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Diabetes Affects One In Ten New Mexicans

PHOTO: It's estimated that nearly one-third of people will have diabetes by 2050. Photo credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
PHOTO: It's estimated that nearly one-third of people will have diabetes by 2050. Photo credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
November 5, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In New Mexico and across the nation, it's American Diabetes Month. David Becker is spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association, which reports about one-in-ten adults in New Mexico have the disease, which can lead to kidney failure, blindness and amputations.

"There's a lot of co-morbid diseases, as far as diabetes and cancer and heart disease," says Becker. "It all kind of is interrelating."

Becker says about 95 percent of the 29 million Americans with the disease have Type 2 diabetes, which healthier lifestyle choices may help prevent.

Becker notes even some simple, small changes to healthier eating and regular exercise can yield big results.

"If you lose just seven percent of your body weight, you can decrease your chances of getting diabetes by 58 percent," says Becker.

If the current trends don't change, it's estimated that by 2050, 30 percent of all Americans will have diabetes.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NM