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Report: N.C. faces a diabetes 'crisis'

Posted May 21, 2008

— North Carolina “is facing a crisis” as the number of residents with diabetes continues to rise, according to a report released Wednesday.

More than 9 percent of North Carolina residents have diabetes, according to the state’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Branch. In the past decade, the number of people with the disease has increased by 102 percent.

“Our state is facing a crisis,” said Dr. Marcus Plesica, with the N.C. Division of Public Health. “We need to help North Carolinians take steps to prevent diabetes or we risk being overwhelmed by the health and economic consequences of an ever-growing diabetes epidemic.”

The new data show that diabetes is becoming more common among middle-income adults, adults between the ages of 35 and 44 and those age 65 and older, men and whites.

It continues to ravage the black, Hispanic and American Indian populations, officials said. Their rates of death and disability from diabetes and related problems, such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, amputations and kidney failure, exceed those of other groups.

The good news is that Type 2 diabetes, which is more common, can be prevented and that people with diabetes can prevent the complications, Plesica said.

The report profiles several programs to prevent and control the disease:

  • Project DIRECT, a community-based diabetes prevention and control program in Wake County
  • Diabetes Today, a curriculum designed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide health professionals and community leaders with skills needed to mobilize communities and develop appropriate interventions for responding to the burden of diabetes and improving the quality of diabetes care
  • Hugh Young Memorial Diabetes Scholarship, which benefits professionals who attend diabetes training at the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine.

For a copy of the report, visit or call them toll-free number at 1-877-362-2678.


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  • doodad May 23, 2008

    Good for you Admiral! I hope you can continue to manage you diabetes.

  • 300zx May 22, 2008

    Diabetis can develope through be inherited too.I was diagnosed 2 years ago with Type 2.I have diabetic relatives on both sides.Currently my diabetis is somwhat under control with the use of medication,exercise,and changing eating habits.You can't avoid what happens through heredity.

  • TheAdmiral May 22, 2008

    "I stand firm here. The artificial trans fats (partially hydrogenated) are behind most Type II diabetes, cancer, infertility,...the list goes on."

    I am a diabetic and I do not eat margarine AKA Hydrogenated oils AKA Sludge because of that.

    Since switching to butter - Diabetes in Check, Triglicerides in Check and guess what - I don't need five tablespoons of the junk to make it taste like a pat of butter.

  • Living and Loving in NC May 21, 2008

    I lost my grandmother to Diabetes years ago before we had any kind of handle on it. I've had to be careful of my diet as I have a tendency for my blood sugar levels to go off balance if I don't eat properly. Recently I was happy to find some cutting edge dietary supplements that are helping me with my overall metabolism. They boost my endocrine and immune system and I can feel the difference. I don't want to violate the terms so I will not post the name of the supplements here but if anyone feels they might benefit from something like this they can contact me privately on my profile. Of course proper diet is essential to any approach to controlling diabetes and I find this to be the hardest part of keeping my blood sugar levels under control! Self control.... I'm working on it ;)

  • Frank Downtown May 21, 2008

    In general, the food on the outer area of the grocery store is better for you- fresh fruit, fresh meat, fresh dairy. Anything that is far removed from its natural for and preserved, like all the stuff in the middle of the store, is very unhealthy.

  • My-Humble-Opinion2 May 21, 2008

    In Europe they are not allowed to put the High Fructose Corn Syrup in anything! It is actually against their regulations. But nothing will replace eating healthy, that doesn't mean eating just vegetables that means eating a well balanced diet and maintaining a good weight for you. Especially if you are at risk for diabetes.

  • doodad May 21, 2008

    Admiral, a vegan I am not. I eat whole foods, meat, eggs, dairy, whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, nothing fried, nothing processed, and other than ceral, nothing from a box.

    I stand firm here. The artificial trans fats (partially hydrogenated) are behind most Type II diabetes, cancer, infertility,...the list goes on.

  • purplerado May 21, 2008

    mfalesana makes a good point. Our modern food supply is just awful. Many restaurants and processed foods should just be avoided altogether. Artificial sweeteners are a cruel, cruel deception for people trying to control their sugar intake. These substances should not even be legal as they are essentially toxic and actually promote overweight, diabetes and other health problems. Yet mainstream media and medicine are basically clueless about this! Type II diabetes can be prevented and reversed. But how, when there are so many things working against people? What do you eat? The best hope is nutritional cleansing, balancing the body with the good nutrition, protein, minerals and enzymes it needs while eliminating impurities so that the body works the way it's supposed to; then the food cravings and fat disappear. One day this will be well known and we won't have this epidemic anymore.

  • Duke_Blue_For_Life May 21, 2008

    It's called don't buy it.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxx--lol, it's part of YOU taking control...

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx May 21, 2008

    "I think it's funny that nobody realizes that almost all of our food now contains High Fructose Corn Syrup..."

    Mine doesn't. Not that I don't eat my share of junk food at lunch, but at home I have Cheerios, oatmeal, fresh meat, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, real milk and real butter. It's not difficult at all.

    "People need to speak up and make the food companies know we don't want their JUNK in our food."

    It's called don't buy it.