AIDs is not the only disease that can be construed to be lifestyle-related and thus preventable. Diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, is rampant in our country, and particularly in our state, at this time.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), "... a third of Americans born in 2000 may develop type 2 diabetes." And further, the CDC reports: "Two of the biggest risk factors for type 2 diabetes are being overweight and leading a sedentary lifestyle ....The Surgeon General estimates that 61 percent of American adults are overweight, as are 13 percent of children ...." And moreover, "...the annual cost of diabetes in both direct medical expenses and lost productivity ... (is) $132 billion dollars annually" (CDC June 16, 2003). The National Institute of Health (NIH) corroborates these statistics, and points out: "Americans are increasingly overweight and sedentary. According to recent estimates, the prevalence of diabetes in the United States is predicted to be 8.9 percent of the population by 2025" (NIH Publication No. 04-3873, November 2003).