HealthDay reports data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics reveal that “14 percent of U.S adults have diabetes – 10 percent know it and more than four percent are undiagnosed.” Epidemiologist and lead researcher Mark Eberhardt, PhD, of the NCHS, said, “Diabetes remains a chronic health problem in this country, affecting some 30 million people.” According to HealthDay, Eberhardt attributed “a number of factors” to the increased diabetes rate, including “an aging population” and “the obesity epidemic.” The findings were published in NCHS Data Brief 319.
What does that mean for you? 1. Modify your diet to include large amounts of fruits and vegetables. 2. Decrease consumption of animal fats and processed sugars. 3. Make sure you receive regular dental care, as diabetes affects dental health dramatically.