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THE DIABETES EPIDEMIC:
Things You Should Know
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Type 2 diabetes has become an epidemic of sorts in the United States. Statistics from
the Center for Disease Control’s National Diabetes Fact Sheet shows that diabetes affects
nearly 1 out of every 10 people living in the U.S., 9.1 percent, and that number is higher in
Kentucky with 10.6 percent of our population diagnosed with the disease. Nationwide, the
percentage of people living with diabetes or prediabetes is near a staggering 50 percent.
Unchecked diabetes is the 7th most prominent cause of death here in the U.S., as well as
the leading cause of blindness and kidney failure. It also increases fatality rates due to
other causes and cardiovascular events. As our nation continues to over-eat and overdrink, the number of diabetes cases is estimated to increase by as much as 20 percent
each decade from 2020 to 2050.
Type 2 diabetes is one of the greatest health challenges facing our nation. To learn more,
GLMS spoke with Dr. Fred Williams, a practicing endocrinologist with KentuckyOne Health
Endocrinology and Diabetes Associates. Dr. Williams has practiced endocrinology since
1983 and has seen national and state trends worsen year by year.
If you’re concerned that you or someone you know may have diabetes or prediabetes
symptoms, please contact your physician. Thank you Dr. Williams for explaining more
about type 2 diabetes and other forms of diabetes for the health of our readers.
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