Over the past decade and a half, the United States has seen a "dramatic" rise in rates of diagnosed diabetes, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study editors suggest the rise is likely due to people with diabetes living longer as well as increases in diabetes cases...Here is a hint:
Obesity Highlighted as a Driver of Diabetes
The report editors suggest the main driver of these increases is the rise in incidence of diabetes in the US since 1990. This could be as a result of many things, including changes in how the disease is diagnosed, improved ways of detecting it, changes in the population (for instance more older people and minorities who have an increased risk for the disease), and a rise in the risk factors, such as obesity and sedentary lifestyles.
"Although the contribution of each factor to increasing diabetes incidence cannot be discerned, the increase in diabetes prevalence coincides with the increase in obesity prevalence across the United States," they note.
"These rates will continue to increase until effective interventions and policies are implemented to prevent both diabetes and obesity."