May 2001 Issue

The New Diabetes Epidemic: What’s Fueling It, How To Combat It

Chances are, you know someone with type 2 diabetes. Of the 16 million Americans with diabetes, 90% to 95% have type 2, which until recently was the bane only of older adults. Now, experts are realizing everyone is potentially vulnerable—even children. In fact, the rise in the incidence of type 2 diabetes is of epidemic proportions. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease shot up 6% in 1999 alone, confirming it is a major public health threat.

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