The U.S. is experiencing a crisis in obesity. More than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health (NIH). Obesity contributes to, and worsens, fatty liver disease, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, osteoarthritis and more. Excessive weight also increases the risk of early mortality. Bariatric surgery is a means to address this issue – but it is not a magic bullet, and it is not an easy path.
Epidemiologic and statistical experts from the diabetes division of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wrote an important article on the surge of diabetes complications between 2010 and 2015, largely due to lifestyle modifiable factors in the May 21, 2019 issue of JAMA. The article is a dire warning about young (age 18-44) and middle-aged (age 45-64) adults who disproportionately represented the resurgence in diabetes complications.
While work needs to continue to better understand the demographics and behaviors of subsets in these age groups, the message is that we have to do more to prevent diabetes and reach diabetic individuals who are on a collision course with serious maladies.
APH is dedicated to reversing this untoward trend – and has done so for many clients – but there is more work to do.