by Raya Jewell
- Based on recent CDC estimates, healthy looks (like a slim figure or a six-pack) can be deceiving. One in ten adults today is diabetic, and if current trends continue, one-third of all US adults will be diabetic by 2050.
- Of these adults, a surprising number are young and of average builds, also known as “skinny diabetics.” About 15% of people with Type 2 diabetes aren’t overweight, according to the National Institutes of Health.
- Some attribute the dramatic rise of Type 2 diabetes to not enough exercise, yo-yo dieting and daily stress. Other factors contributing to the increase in diabetes include longevity due to the advancements in medicine and increases in minority groups that are at higher risk.
WHAT THIS MEANS TO BUSINESS
- While it’s getting easier for diabetics to manage their conditions anytime and anywhere, early awareness and education help play a large part in what could be a preventable illness.
- Skinny diabetics are an eye-opening reminder that nobody is immune to illness. A healthful lifestyle, exercise and proper nutrition early in life allplay a large role in overall good health, regardless of age or body type.