Saturday, 19 February 2011

Americans May face Diabetes Outburst By 2020

Americans May face Diabetes Outburst By 2020

Diabetes has become the most serious health problem of America. United Health Group has predicted that 52% of Americans may get diabetic or pre-diabetic by 2020. The percentage is more than two time higher than the amount of diabetes cases registered in 2010.

People of America have not started taking this problem seriously. It is still considered as a big health problem despite all the rapid improvements in science and technology. Experts claims that the reason behind this health hazard is extremely poor lifestyle adopted by the majority of population.

Diabetes is a metabolic condition which arises when the blood sugar level increases abnormally. The high level of sugar disturbs the normal functioning of multiple organs. Diabetes is mainly of two types, diabetes type I and diabetes type II. The deficiency of insulin results in diabetes type I and decreased sensitivity to insulin leads to diabetes type II.

Nearly 95% of the diabetes cases are of type II diabetes whereas diabetes type I is a rare disorder.

In the Last year, $194 billion were spent on diabetes-related care alone. This amount accounts for 7% of total US healthcare costs. According to the United Health Group the amount is expected to rise to $500 billion in 2020 which means a total of $3.4 trillion over the next ten years.

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