Diabetes rising in the USA

This video is called Diabetes Overview.

By Gary Joad in the USA:

One third of Americans are diabetic or prediabetic

2 February 2011

According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet released by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on January 26, last year saw an increase in the numbers of people with diabetes in virtually every age category.

The federal agency reports that some 25.8 million Americans, or 8.3 percent of the total population, have diabetes. Fully a third of these individuals do not know that they have the disease and are unaware of the serious risks it creates for their health. In a staggering indictment of the state of public health in the US, the CDC found that a further 79 million people in the country are prediabetic, meaning that their blood sugar levels are elevated, but not yet to the point where they meet the criteria for a full diabetes diagnosis.

Dr. Brian Moench, Truthout: “Environmental contamination is emerging as a significant contributor to the obesity/diabetes epidemic. In a remarkable study of over 2,000 Americans those people with the highest blood levels of PCBs, dioxins and pesticides had a rate of diabetes 38 times higher than those with the lowest levels. Just as startling, in the group with the lowest levels of chemical pollutants there was no correlation between diabetes and obesity”: here.

The re-emergence of diseases like pertussis, tuberculosis, measles and mumps in the US is an expression of the dangers posed by failing infrastructure and declining living standards for the working class: here.

The UK’s girls eat only half their five-a-day of fruit and vegetables, research finds: here.

Familiarity with television fast-food ads linked to obesity. Adolescents and young adults who recognized TV ads for quick-service restaurants more likely to be overweight: here.

‘DIABETES KILLS MORE THAN HIV, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA COMBINED’ Someone dies of diabetes every six seconds. [Reuters]

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