Diabetes grew at a global rate of more than 20% since 2009 and accounts for approximately 4.6 million deaths per year world wide.
Why should we care? The stress on world economies has disastrous consequences for all of us if we merely focus on the economic risks posed by diabetes. However this rapid rise in the disease is more than a canary in the coal mine. The canary has grown much more rapidly than scientists imagined and signals a global health crisis caused by rising rates of sedentary lifestyles and poor diets.
In the U.S. it is expected that 50% of the adult population will have diabetes or pre-diabetes in the next nine years. Scientists have recently discovered that the risk of diabetes increases dramatically the longer an individual is overweight.The growing rate of childhood obesity guarantees that these numbers will only increase if we do not reverse the trend of sedentary behaviors.
We need a grass roots movement revolution in this country that demands a central focus on health. Please read more about the studies in our research area.