Obesity & Diabetes
50% of Americans Could Have Diabetes by 2020
Yet another study confirms the rising risks of Public Health Enemy #1: Diabetes. TrekDesk aims to change the numbers.
In October, a study released by the Centers for Disease Control reported that one third of US adults will develop diabetes by 2050. A new study released today by UnitedHealth Group is even more dire, predicting that 50% of all U.S. residents will be either diabetic or pre-diabetic within the next ten years. TrekDesk Treadmill Desks provide a solution that has the potential to mitigate the impact of this dreaded disease.
A large portion of the 60-page report focused on the direct link between obesity and diabetes and the need for combating America's fastest growing disease with diet and exercise. Unfortunately, Americans walk less that 50% of the minimum requirement set by the Surgeon General (10,000 steps) citing lack of time and motivation.
One of out of every two Americans afflicted at some level with diabetes in the next ten years is shocking but remember that this is only one of 58 diseases related to obesity. We need to sound the alarm as loud as possible and repeatedly.
The American Diabetes Association reports that a healthy lifestyle combined with 10,000 steps per day (5 miles) would actually reduce Type 2 diabetes by 50% from its current levels in the U.S.
The UnitedHealth report projects that diabetes will cost more than $3.4 Trillion over the next ten years. Individuals diagnosed with diabetes at the age of thirty have a total estimated lifetime cost of $305,000 (source: American Diabetes Association).
Medical reports and studies focusing on rising obesity rates and ill health caused by "Sitting Disease" (a term given to the multitude of syndromes and diseases caused by sedentary lives) have emerged from numerous medical authorities this past year. While the financial and productivity risk to American business is well understood, affordable solutions to the problem have proven to be a challenge.