Guest Column: There Are Ways to Prevent and Control Type 2 Diabetes (The News Herald)

October 13, 2011

Today, 25.8 million Americans are living with diabetes and an estimated 79 million American adults age 20 or older are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In Michigan, 7.9 percent of adults have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, with several hundred walking around undiagnosed.

Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90 percent to 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. It usually begins as insulin resistance, a disorder in which the cells do not use insulin properly. Type 2 diabetes can be associated with older age, obesity, family history of the disease, physical inactivity and race/ethnicity. Full article.