Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in the United States, according to a new study. Not only is type 2 diabetes on the rise in the Unites States, the study published by USA Today on March 9 shows that type 2 diabetes rates are on the rise in 175 countries around the world over the past 10 years.
The research shows that increased sugar availability in the foods most commonly associated with higher rates of type 2 diabetes is most likely the cause of the ever increasingly newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics around the world. The new study does not prove the cause and effect of increased sugar consumption, but the study does raise questions about sugar and the role it plays in type 2 diabetes.
The research showed that for every 150 additional calories of sugar available per person per day, the incidence of type 2 diabetes rose by one percent. That is equal to the amount of sugar found in one 12-ounce can of soda.
Nearly 26 million adults and children living in the United States have type 2 diabetes and another 79 million are pre-diabetic or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. When a person has diabetes, their body does not make enough of the insulin hormone, or the body does not use insulin properly. Insulin helps glucose, or sugar, get into cells, where it is used for energy. If your body has an insulin problem, sugar builds up in the blood and does damage to the body’s nerves and blood vessels. Gone untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to diseases of the cardiovascular and neurovascular systems, heart attack, stroke, poor circulation, loss of eye sight and even amputation of fingers, toes, feet or lower limbs.
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