Diabetes impacts one in ten adults in Utah

It's estimated nearly one-third of people will have diabetes by 2050. Photo credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SALT LAKE CITY – In Utah and across the nation, it’s “American Diabetes Month.” It comes as the disease becomes more prevalent in the state and across the nation.

David Becker, spokesman with the <a href=”http://www.diabetes.org/” target=”parent”>American Diabetes Association</a>, which reports about one-in-ten Utah adults have the disease, which can lead to kidney failure, blindness and amputations.

“There are a lot of co-morbid diseases as far as diabetes and cancer and heart disease,” Becker points out. “It all kind of is interrelating.”

Becker says about 95 percent of the 29 million Americans with the disease have Type 2 diabetes, which healthier lifestyle choices with nutrition and physical activity can help prevent.

Becker notes, even some simple, small changes with healthy eating and regular exercise can yield big results.

“If you lose just seven percent of your <a href=”http://www.stateofobesity.org/states/ut/” target=”parent”>body weight</a>, you can decrease your chances of getting diabetes by 58 percent,” he says.

If current trends don’t change, it’s estimated by 2050, 30 percent of all Americans will have diabetes.

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