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Diabetes Forecast and Our Children

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The Center for Disease Control, and Prevention released a startling and dramatic estimation for diabetes in adults by the year 2050. What is most startling about these numbers is who those adults will be – our children.

While the numbers do not specifically mention our children, we know by the year 2050 many of our children will be long gone out of our homes, grown up with possible families of their own.

Unless something is done to curb the unhealthy lifestyles, and eating habits American’s are taking part in today, the CDC estimates that one in three American adults will be a diabetic by the year 2050. While this sounds very alarming the jump isn’t as high as we may think.

As of 2008 in our country there are eight new cases per 1,000 adults. Which will only increase to 15 cases per 1,000 adults for the 2050 estimate.

Currently one out of ten American’s lives with diabetes but the forecast includes the rise in ailing elderly, along side the increase in certain minority populations more prone to the disease will boost the numbers as high as estimated.

The rise in number of obese American is also one of the largest contributors to the CDC’s projection, according to ABC News chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser.

“Obesity is the biggest risk factor that’s changeable and we haven’t been able to tackle the obesity epidemic in this country,” Besser said on “Good Morning America.”

Healthy eating habits start with our children, and our lifestyle as a family. As a mother with not only type I diabetes, but type II diabetes on both sides of my family, we find ourselves being more cautious than most when it comes to encouraging our children to make healthy choices in eating as well as lifestyle.

As parents, what kind of choices, and changes can we make starting with our children to help prevent these numbers from becoming a reality?

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