A new study confirms the role of obesity in the risk of diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiled national health survey data from 1997 to 2003 examining trends of diagnosed diabetes among U.S. Adults. Of those with diabetes in 2003, 30 percent were overweight and 59 percent obese. The total increase in diagnosed diabetes was 41 percent.
This study did not distinguish between type 1 (childhood-onset) and type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes; however, type 2 accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases. Type 2 often relates to body weight, so a change in diet and lifestyle can reduce the risk of the disease and aid in its treatment.
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