(PIX11) – Mayor Bloomberg may have lost his big soda ban in court, but New Yorkers are losing their battle against diabetes. The city health department released a new report on the amount of New Yorkers suffering from Type 2 diabetes and the numbers are shocking.
In 2012, there were 667,000 New York City residents with Type 2 diabetes. That’s up from 450,000 in 2002. That is a 30% increase!
To put this in perspective: one in nine adults has it, making type two diabetes the second largest killer behind smoking.
New York is above the national average for Type 2 diabetes. Nationally, the average is 9.5% percent. In New York, it’s over 10.5%.
This is largely tied to the obesity crisis.
We’re not eating healthy, we’re not active enough and we’re getting fatter.
That increases the risk of diabetes. But remember, diabetes is a setup for other diseases. It significantly increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and blindness among other things. It has a negative effect on every organ system of your body.