CDC: Type 2 diabetes increasing with tweens, teens

Our fast-food nation is taking a toll on our children.

Type 2 diabetes was once considered a disease mostly confined to the adult population, but the CDC says it is now firmly established in the teen and tween populations in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says in New England Journal of Medicine the increase in type 2 diabetes corresponds with the increase in childhood obesity, which has tripled since the 1970s.

Photo: Health Aiken, Creative Commons.

The study, funded by the CDC and the National Institutes of Health, found that type 2 diagnosed cases increased by 4.8 percent between from 2002 to 2012.

Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of the disease in youngsters where the pancreas produces no or too little insulin, a hormone that allows sugar to enter cells to produce energy.

Type 2 diabetes used to be known as adult-onset diabetes. It is characterized by high blood sugar and insulin resistance and is thought to be brought on a combination of lifestyle and genetic factors. Extra body fat makes it hard for cells to use insulin.

Those who have diabetes often have to take insulin shots to regulate their blood sugar. The disease also costs an average of $13,700 per year.

In 2012, The American Diabetes Association estimated the total costs of diagnosed diabetes was $245 — a 41 percent increase over a five-year period.

This figure represented a 41 percent increase over a five-year period.

To read more about the latest report, click here to read a Los Angeles Times report that delved into all the study’s findings.

Injecting insulin. Photo: Tess Watson, Creative Commons.

 

 

America is fat – and Florida is no exception, report says

So does all this beach living and sunshine keep Florida skinny?

Nah, not even close.

But Florida does fall in the third-tier of states where more than 26 percent of its citizens are considered obese, according to new data ranking state-by-state obesity rates.

The Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation compiled the report. The fattest states were Louisiana at 36.2 percent. Mississippi, Alabama and West Virginia weren’t far behind, all with obesity rates above 35 percent.obesity-state-map-trust-for-americas-health

Colorado had the lowest obesity rate in 2015 at 20.2 percent.

Florida was the 35th.

But how bad has it gotten in the USA for our waist lines?

Adult obesity rates now exceed 35 percent in four states and 30 percent in 25 states. What’s more, obesity rates are above 20 percent in every single state across the country.

In 1991, no state had a rate above 20 percent.

It’s like America is becoming the citizenry of the animated movie Wall-E.

“The stakes could not be higher,” said Dr. Donald F. Schwarz of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He called the report an “urgent call to action.”

A huge swath of the Midwest from Texas to Michigan, sport obesity rates 30 percent or higher.

“Obesity remains one of the biggest and costliest health threats in the country,” said Richard Hamburg, interim president and CEO, Trust for America’s Health.Wall-E

Being overweight increases the risk for a range of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, and costs the country between $147 billion and $210 billion each year.

Other findings in the report were of little solace on the health front:

  • Adult obesity rates are at or above 40 percent for blacks in 14 states.
  • Adult obesity rates are at or above 30 percent for blacks in 40 states and Washington, D.C.
  • Adult obesity rates are at or above 30 percent for Latinos in 29 states and Washington, D.C.
  • Adult obesity rates are at or above 30 percent for whites in 16 states and Washington, D.C.
  • American Indian/Alaska Natives have an adult obesity rate of 42.3 percent.