Diabetes impacts younger people more often: Are you at risk?
Diabetes impacts younger people more often
Every 17 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. What’s even more surprising is diabetes is growing fastest among younger people, outpacing the rate of heart disease, substance abuse, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The 4.7 percent growth in diabetes impact for younger adults from 2013 through 2015 corresponds to this age group’s spike in obesity rates, a key contributor to the onset of diabetes. Diabetes ranks third in terms of its health impact nationally on the quality of life and cost for the commercially insured population among the more than 200 conditions measured. The “health impact” of a specific condition reflects the prevalence and severity of that condition as well as the years of life lost due to disability and risk of premature death.
Are you at risk?
Younger people may not be as focused on their health and many may not be aware they are at risk for diabetes at their age. The first step is to understand the risk and the next step is to take action. Type 2 diabetes is preventable with thoughtful, proactive measures.