According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 84 million adults in the United States currently have prediabetes – and this number continues to rise. It is estimated that nearly 90% of individuals suffering from prediabetes are unaware of their condition, putting them at a high risk of type 2 diabetes development, heart disease, and other serious cardiometabolic complications. Both patients and physicians should know and understand the various risk factors contributing to prediabetes and type 2 diabetes to help mitigate the progression of the condition as well as its comorbidities.
Currently deemed a public health crisis, the rapidly rising rate of obesity within the population shows no signs of slowing down, with over 100 million obese adults and children in the United States. Per the current estimates, about 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. are caused by obesity, and the prevalence of the condition has increased the incidence of severe chronic cardiometabolic diseases – type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. Although deficits in physician’s nutrition education persist, strategic treatment and prevention protocols to alter dietary patterns are urgently needed. Read more