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Growth of Diabetes in the United States

Updated on May 10, 2013

In an article by Mike Stobbe of the Associated Press posted on October 22, 2010 Stobbe reviews a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlining the new estimates on the growth of Diabetes in the United States. The article does not give any advice on how to treat diabetes or prevent this increase. An increase in type two diabetes is predicted by 2050 due to people with diabetes living longer as well as other factors such as people who could go undiagnosed and the increase in diabetes in minorities.

In the article “Number of Diabetic Americans could triple by 2050” Michael Stobbe explains a new report by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention on the potential rise in Diabetes in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that the number of people with diabetes will rise from one in 10 currently to as much as one in five to one in three by 2050. The rise in the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions forecast is in sharp contradiction to an earlier one predicting 39 million people with diabetes by 2050. The new amounts are predicted to be between 76 to 100 million people with the disease. The current number of people with this disease is around 29 million (Ohio.Com, 2010).

The new estimate includes people living longer with the disease as well as the population growth of the elderly and minorities. The study also for the first time includes people who have not been diagnosed. The article clams that the new figures are closely tied to the rise in obesity in the United States. The rise of obesity in the United States may be leveling off the study will still be valid. The article gives overview type one ant two diabetes. Type one is the body’s inability to produce insulin a hormone used to process glucose a type of sugar into the cells of the body. The other is type two where the cells grow resistant to the body’s insulin. This type is the most common one because it can affect the elderly, obese, and minorities.

The article does not say outright that type two will be the most prevalent it is clear that given the new parameters of the study elderly, obesity, and people undiagnosed that it is implied. The officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that they were surprised by the increase. The article suggested that the increase is not a surprise the old standards were not as comprehensive. The new forecast will give an accurate view of the medical health of the Country.

The article at the end gives the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention credit for the new study saying that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was the main source of information. This would seem to suggest that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alone is responsible for the new study although Mike Stobbe seems to give his belief in the authenticity to the study.

At no time does this article give any suggestions on how to curb this trend. The article does not offer any reasons for the increase in diabetes in minorities or the elderly. It would seem to belief that the reader would already have this knowledge; or even hint that the minority population is also the largest group either growing in the obesity rates or that they are living longer than before. The article does not suggest ways to treat diabetes.

The value of any study is how it impacts the reader. This disease trend is an alarming one given that diabetes is one of the biggest killers today with it only affecting on in seven. The out of control nature of the rise in diabetes could lead it to be the future number one killer in the United States. Mike Stobbe does not mention how this study can either change people’s views on diabetes or how it can help prevent the trend. The article was a basic breakdown of a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention giving an overview of the dramatic increase in diabetes in the United States (Ohio.Com, 2010).

References

Ohio.Com. (2010). Number of diabetic Americans could triple by 2050 . Retrieved from http://www.ohio.com/news/break_news/105552368.html

Sources Consulted

Ohio.Com. (2010). Number of diabetic Americans could triple by 2050 . Retrieved from http://www.ohio.com/news/break_news/105552368.html

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