An Upsurge of Type 2 Diabetes in the United States
Background: Diabetes is a growing health concern in all nations of the world. It is a non-communicable disease that is the ninth leading cause of death globally (WHO, 2021) and an increasing cause of disability. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. (CDC, 2020). Type 2 diabetes develops in individuals over 45 years of age, but recently, more children and adolescents are developing it, affecting the nation's overall health (CDC, 2020). This disease burdens individuals, families, and society physically, emotionally, and economically. Hence it is a significant public health concern that calls for attention. Methods: The magnitude of diabetes is measured through the National Diabetes Statistics Report and surveys. The assessment process of diabetes is ongoing and continuous because of new challenges and changes in health determinants. This research has evaluated the various available resources, such as DSHS health risk assessment, to determine the preventive measures to reduce the diabetic population. Results: This report suggests that effective interventions, at both the individual and population levels, exist to slow the diabetes epidemic and reduce diabetes-related complications. This research describes the current diabetes epidemic and the health and economic impact of diabetes complications on individuals and the health care system. The report also provides suggestions by which the epidemic can be curbed. Conclusion: Diabetes awareness campaigns, promotion of a nutritious diet, and encouragement to increase physical activity can aid in controlling diabetes. This report can help public health professionals plan to reduce the future burden of diabetes.
diabetes, blood sugar, metabolic disorders, type 2 diabetes, health care, nutrition
Das, S. (2022). An upsurge of type 2 diabetes in the United States. Poster presented at the International Research Conference for Graduate Students, San Marcos, Texas.