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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say about 2 in 5 Americans can expect to have diabetes in their lifetime – unless something changes in their lives. Dr. Edward Gregg looked at 26 years of data, and found the risk has been rising:

“Your average American has a 40 percent of developing diabetes at some time during their life. This unfortunately represents a very large increase – from around about 30 percent now up to 40 percent.”

And he says Hispanics, and non-Hispanic black women, are more likely to get diabetes than avoid it.

Obesity is the primary cause of diabetes. So proper eating habits and regular physical activity can reduce or even prevent it.

The study is in the journal The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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