West Virginia has the second highest rate of diabetes in the nation

Published: Jul. 31, 2019 at 5:23 PM EDT
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The Centers for Disease Control says that more than 100 million Americans are now living with diabetes.

Not only are that many Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes, but West Virginia has the second highest rate of diabetes in adults in the nation. According to the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, roughly 15% of West Virginians have diabetes.

Luckily for West Virginians, Type 2 diabetes is completely preventable and Type 1 can be treated. Not only is Type 2 preventable, but it can be reversed as well. Proper diet and exercise used to maintain a healthy weight is the best way to avoid it and to reverse it.

Unfortunately, there is a correlation between socioeconomic class and diabetes rates. Doctor Frank Schwartz is an expert in diabetes and he says diabetes prevention is difficult.

“Just because of the socio-engineering we’re going to have to do with our entire education and nutritional guidelines for the schools and for our food supplements,” said Schwartz.

According to Schwartz, the assistance often given to people with food insecurity often puts them further at risk for diabetes because the food they are given isn’t very nutritious. Food insecurity can also cause some people to overeat when food is available, which can also lead to obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

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