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  • Type 2 diabetics: 85% overweight or obese

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    Friday, November 19, 2004 5:46 pm Email this article
    Among U.S. adults 20 years or older that have been diagnosed with diabetes, 85.2 percent are overweight or obese, and 54.2 percent are obese according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    This data is as of 1999-2002.

    Excess weight increases the risk of diabetes more than any other disease.

    Here are some facts about diabetes relationship to being overweight.

    “In 2000, it was estimated that 30 percent of boys and 40 percent of girls born in the United States are at risk for being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at some point in their lives” according to a report on Childhood Obesity from the Institute of Medicine published September 30, 2004.

    Women with diabetes lose nearly twice as much fat with high-protein diet.

    Diabetes is undiagnosed in 11.3 percent of U.S. adults.

    Diabetes increases the risk of stroke 2-6 fold according to a recent paper. Seventy (70) percent of people with strokes have diabetes or prediabetes.

    Additional facts about diabetes can be found here.

    Thank you to Dr. Jacqueline Jacques for alerting me to the newly published paper.


    Anon. Prevalence of overweight and obesity among adults with diagnosed diabetes—- united states, 1988—1994 and 1999—2002. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2004 Nov 19, 53(45):1066-68.

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