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"What is the Connection Between Obesity & Type II Diabetes? Given That the Prevalence of Both Obesity and Type II Diabetes is Increasing, should We be Worried? If you were a Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Health, What would your Recommendations B

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"What is the Connection Between Obesity & Type II Diabetes? Given That the Prevalence of Both Obesity and Type II Diabetes is Increasing, should We be Worried? If you were a Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Health, What would your Recommendations Be? By: Shruti Sehgal Although the causes of diabetes are not exactly known, researchers claim that both genetics and environment play a significant role. The National Diabetes Education Program figures indicate that being older than 45 and being overweight places individuals at a greater risk for Type Two Diabetes. Recent studies also show substantial evidence regarding the relationship between Type Two Diabetes and obesity. Researchers at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine currently reported the discovery of a new hormone, now given the name of "Resistin," as a molecular basis for exploring this connection. ...read more.

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However, there is caution as the case study is still preliminary. More research is needed to explain the function of Resistin. Statistics reveal that from 1990 to 1998 there was a 33 percent increase in the overall incidence of Type Two Diabetes in the United States. There was a 70 percent increase in those aged 30 to 39, a 40 percent increase in those aged 40 to 49, and another 31 percent increase in those aged 50 to 59. Officials also reported a six percent increase in 1999 in the prevalence of Type Two Diabetes among American adults of all ages. This was observed of genders, all ethnic groups, and at all educational levels throughout the country. Along with these diabetes figures, the prevalence of obesity in the United States rose nearly six percent during the same study period. ...read more.

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Based on the points made, it is clear that something should be done. It is more important than ever for people to examine lifestyle factors that can place them at risk for Type Two Diabetes. Frank Vinicor, director of the CDC's diabetes program explains that, "maintaining healthy behavior such as controlling weight through nutrition and physical activity can help ease the burden of diabetes, and may actually prevent its onset." If I were a scientific advisor to the Ministry of Health, I would make recommendations. I would advise the department to administer campaigns and programs to promote public awareness of new discoveries and scientific evidence of the connection. These programs would also provide information regarding general weight loss, exercise tips, and maintaining healthier lifestyles. Promotions and advertisements would also help to encourage people. Obesity and Diabetes are both recognized diseases and it is vital that we help prevent them in anyway that we can. ...read more.

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