There's a new kind of belt across the US: a "diabetes belt" which includes 15 US states and 644 counties. The recent discovery was made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It has surprised many and is a major concern to health officials.
Diabetes is definitely one of those things which has swept over America and now even affects the very young. This epidemic is something that everyone should be concerned about. Hopefully, now that the CDC has been able to identify the states in the "diabetes belt," more can be done about educating and helping those who are affected with the disease.
Apparently, the study found that 12 percent of residents living in the "diabetes belt" zone have diabetes. The rate of residents who live outside of the zone with diabetes is at 8.5 percent. The 15 states affected are "Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, [Mississippi], North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia."
CDC's Lawrence E. Barker stated, "Variations in preference of diet, based on culture, may be a contributor."
Well, knowing is only half of the battle. Now, it's time to take action and roll out a plan to educate people on their diets. It may be difficult to change one's diet but what's more important is one's life. A nice piece of juicy fried chicken and a thick slice of chocolate cake may wreck havoc on your body in ways you don't even realize.
Â© Evalynn J. Saeyang Â– Gather Inc. 2011