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I’ve discussed the alarming international obesity and diabetes statistics quite extensively on this blog, as bariatric surgery has become a large pull for medical tourists. As previously stated, I think it’s encouraging to see an affordable and viable solution emerge for individuals when diet and lifestyle alterations aren’t enough. That said, it is disheartening to see obesity statistics spin out of control globally, especially when so much can be done to prevent and control diabetes. I wanted to share this interesting article on Fox News Latino from Joxel García, President and Dean of the Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Last weekend, national media outlets reported on an article published by Lancet on the worldwide phenomenon of diabetes. The prestigious medical journal reports that the prevalence of diabetes worldwide has now reached 10 percent – that’s one of every 10 people. Here in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 16 million people have this costly, life threatening disease.

To begin addressing the diabetes problem, you must address the number one reason people develop it, which is obesity. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the US. CDC reports that in 2009, only Colorado and DC had a prevalence of obesity less than 20 percent. Furthermore, 33 states have a prevalence of 25 percent or more, with 9 of those states having 30 percent or more. Read More

via Fox News Latino