Good job America, you’re on the road to hyperglycemia–yes diabetes–and you’re doing it right. According to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes by 2050. Awesome! Eat more sugar, eat more processed junk food, you’ll get there soon enough. Stay focused people…FOCUS!
Ten years ago, experts at the CDC estimated that as many as 39 million Americans could have diabetes by mid-century, but today they say it could be in the 76 million to 100 million range. Nice America, don’t you love exceeding expectations?
Here’s what you can expect from your diabetes, folks:
- increased risk of heart attack
- increased risk of stroke
- amputated toes, feet or legs
- kidney failure
- erectile dysfunction
- slow wound healing (including surgical incisions)
- and arterial disease, including coronary artery disease
So keep drinking them sodas, peeps; diabetes will not be far off. I know, I know it’s tough. Temptations lay all around us. The inability to practice discipline in the face of desire is a human enigma that has baffled great thinkers for millennia. But remember you do have a choice in the matter: Type 2 diabetes represents 90-95% of all diagnosed cases, and it is lifestyle related.
Those who have high levels of physical activity, a healthy diet, do not smoke, and consume alcohol in moderation have an 82% lower rate of diabetes. When a person is of normal weight, the rate is 89% lower. Obesity contributes to approximately 55% of type 2 diabetes cases.
So it’s up to you, folks: Want to be in the group of people without diabetes in 2050, or you want to be a 1/3er? Got to make the choice and changes now.