Diabetes – Up with Weight


By Staff Reports

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

Diabetes has been growing more common for decades, and researchers who looked at the percentage of people with diabetes – its prevalence – have come up with what’s literally a big reason why.

At a private research firm, Social & Scientific Systems in Silver Spring, Maryland, Andy Menke reviewed national health survey data on possible diabetes factors, involving almost 24,000 people ages 20 to 74. The first data was from 1976; the latest, 2010.

“Overweight and obesity explained most of the increase in prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. during this time period. In comparison, age, race and ethnicity had little influence on diabetes prevalence.”

The study in Annals of Internal Medicine was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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


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