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Diabetes facts, figures, and myths

Diabetes facts

1 in 11 people in the U.S. has been diagnosed with diabetes. 1 in 2 is undiagnosed.

- CDC, 2020

1 in 3 people in the U.S. is prediabetic.

- CDC, 2020


... someone has a diabetes-related amputation.

- American Journal of Managed Care

- World Health Organization, 2019


Obesity facts

By 2030, 1 in 2 Americans will be obese.

- American Journal of

Preventative Medicine


Using the model for weight gain 'calories in vs. calories out,' the difference between a healthy weight and overweight adult is 10 calories per day more over a lifetime, or the equivalent of one potato chip too many a day.

 - Obesity Action Coalition


Diabetes and obesity myths

Myth: Diabetes is a bigger problem in North America and Europe than the rest of the world.
Fact: more than 10% of people in the US have diabetes. That's shockingly high, but it ranks 59th worldwide behind the Marshall Islands at 30%, Sudan at 22%,  Pakistan at 19%, and Belize at 17%.
Diabetes is a global issue. - The World Bank

Myth: We get obesity or type 2 diabetes because we eat more in calories than we expend in exercise. 
Fact: We really don't know what causes diabetes and studies implicate everything from gut bacteria to microplastics to working the night shift. While being overweight is a strong risk factor for type 2 diabetes, genetics, family history, and other environmental factors are too.

Myth: Type 2 diabetes and obesity are easily reversed by eating less and exercising more.
Fact: While weight loss is beneficial to those of us who are overweight, eating less and exercising are unreliable for diabetes remission. For example, 3.5% of people experienced 4-year remission in this study. We should make healthy choices, however, often eating less and exercising don't stop or reverse diabetes.

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