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One of the most alarming health statistics to surface in recent years is the dramatic increase in diabetes, especially the largely preventable type 2 variety.
The rate of new diabetes cases in the U.S. has doubled in the last 15 years. Most alarming is the fact so many children and teens are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. And tens of millions of Americans have what's described as pre-diabetes, and don't know it.
The surge in type 2 diabetes is linked primarily to obesity and physical inactivity. Quite simply, that means there is a relatively easy way to control, and even prevent the disease - lose weight and exercise. Indeed, studies show that the onset of type 2 diabetes can be dramatically reduced by shedding ten pounds and moderately exercising 30 minutes a day.
KSL brings this up because of our desire for a healthier populace, but also because we see it as a significant way to combat rising health care costs. Diabetes is said to be the largest single cost driver of Uncle Sam's health expenditures. Reducing the disease through more physically active living could save taxpayers billions each year.
November is American Diabetes Month. In our view, it is a good time to learn more about the disease, while taking personal steps - we mean that literally - to keep from getting it.