Post by Logan on Apr 24, 2016 6:53:59 GMT -6
Delaware has a $1 billion time bomb strapped to its back. It's called Type 2 diabetes.
Today, 1 in 3 Delawareans has higher-than-normal blood sugar levels because they can't efficiently produce and use insulin. Left unchecked, prediabetes and full-blown Type 2 diabetes can disrupt every organ system in the body, leading to blindness, amputated limbs, heart disease, stroke and kidney failure.
Type 2 diabetes, linked to excess weight and a sedentary lifestyle, disproportionately impacts minorities and the poor.
"It's like a tornado," said Carrie Holmes, a Dover diabetes educator. "It just keeps getting bigger and bigger."
Read more: www.delawareonline.com/longform/news/health/2016/04/23/diabetes-delawares-billion-dollar-crisis/82669866/