On the heels of a court of appeals’ ruling that the ban on soda was indeed unlawful, a new report shows that New Yorkers are facing a serious health risk. Diabetes is occurring at alarming rates for those living in the five boroughs and this health condition can lead to a whole host of other health problems including cardiology problems, strokes, and kidney failure. How can you, as a New Yorker protect yourself from becoming another statistic and are you already at risk? Here is what you need to know about the diabetes crisis in New York City.
Diabetes Rates of Epidemic Proportions
In late July the New York City Health Department released documentation that diabetes rates in the city grew at alarming rates from 2002 to 2012, according to Everyday Health. The number of adults with diabetes increased 33 percent from 2002 to 2012, and the rate of diabetes has now grown to 10.7 percent—well above the national average of 9.5 percent. Thomas Farley, the New York City Health Commissioner, stated that these numbers reflect a crisis and an epidemic in the city. There are reportedly around 670,000 adults living in New York City currently whereas there were only around 200,000 in 2002.
What These Numbers Really Mean
To put those numbers into perspective—there are currently one in nine adults in the city living with type two diabetes, according to Pix 11. Type two diabetes is the second leading killer after smoking, which means this is a very dangerous path for a large majority of smokers. Diabetes kills so many people mainly because of the associated complications that come with having diabetes. Those with type two diabetes are often also at risk for, including:
– Cardiovascular disease
– Limb amputation
– Kidney failure
– Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
– Nerve damage
– Skin and mouth conditions
– Hearing impairments
How to Prevent Type Two Diabetes
The best methods of preventing type two diabetes are healthy lifestyle choices. Even if you are someone who has a history of diabetes in your family that does not mean you have to get it. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight can all help to reduce your risk of developing type two diabetes. It has been noted that obesity rates in New York City are a large contributing factors to the diabetes crisis in the city. If you are concerned about your risk factors for developing diabetes, speak with your doctor about changes you can make to your lifestyle to reduce your risk.
If you are a New Yorker who is living with diabetes, you need to be sure you are taking steps to get yourself healthy and keep your diabetes under control as best as possible. This may include things such as a healthy diet, regular exercise, needing to see specialists such as a Queens cardiology specialist if you are at risk for one of the associated complications, and monitoring your blood sugar. Living with diabetes is possible only if you are willing to put forth the effort to regain control of your health.