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Diabetes on the Rise in CT; 189,000 Adults Impacted

Image: The latest data finds 189,000 people are living with diabetes in Connecticut, as the nation recognizes American Diabetes Month. Credt: American Diabetes Association.
Image: The latest data finds 189,000 people are living with diabetes in Connecticut, as the nation recognizes American Diabetes Month. Credt: American Diabetes Association.
November 17, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. – November is American Diabetes Month, and 2014 finds a growing number of people in Connecticut living with the disease.

Chris Boynton, executive director of the American Diabetes Association of New England, says the latest numbers show 29 million Americans with diabetes, and the toll on health can be great, including kidney failure, blindness, amputations and more.

Unfortunately, he reports that Connecticut is following the national trend of more people coping with the disease every day.

"The numbers of people dealing with diabetes continues to grow in Connecticut," he says. "We're up to 189,000 adults who are diagnosed with diabetes right now.

“Those people need to visit their physicians. They need to get their feet checked, their lipids checked."

Lipids measure things such as good and bad cholesterol, and it is recommended that people with diabetes get tested once a year.

Boynton says about 95 percent of those people who have diabetes have Type 2, which healthier lifestyle choices with nutrition and physical activity can help prevent.

Boynton adds obesity often contributes to diabetes, and for people who are very overweight, even small changes with healthy eating and regular exercise can produce positive results.

"A lot of diabetes is connected to obesity, but it's not the only cause,” he explains. “It's a contributing factor for the growing number of people living with diabetes, but there are lots of people who maintain a healthy weight who are still dealing with diabetes."

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

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - CT