Diabetes affects more Working People!

Type 2 Diabetes generally affects old people. In the Lehigh Valley, as throughout Pennsylvania, the percentage of type 2 diabetes patients who are working age is becoming bigger, a survey of the disease in several regional markets and the state has found.

Statewide, the amounts were 45 percent in 2015, versus 44.7 percent the year before as mentioned at diabetes forums.

Making matters worse, type 2 diabetics throughout the state were more likely than those nationwide to additionally suffer with several other serious illnesses. For example, the co-morbidity rate for obesity in the Lehigh Valley was 20 percent, versus 19.5 percent nationwide.

The study was commissioned by the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare and drug maker Sanofi U.S.

"Diabetes is an important factor in employer spending for medical care and its impact on other conditions can further exacerbate the health status of workers," Coalition President Tom Croyle said in a news release. "By identifying workers with diabetes, and supplying the care they want, companies can keep a healthier and more productive work force."

Type 2 diabetes is the more common of both types of diabetes. It occurs when the body fails to efficiently use insulin, a hormone needed to get glucose into the body's cells to give them energy.

Untreated diabetes can lead including ailments affecting the kidneys, nerves and eyes, as well as other disorders of the heart, joints and bones, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Type 2 diabetes rates have been increasing across America and Pennsylvania for decades, the impact of sedentary lifestyles, poor eating habits and obesity. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects that the number of diabetics will just grow because the population is aging.

Although being obese doesn't always mean an individual will become diabetic, keeping off extra pounds is the finest means to keep type 2 diabetes at bay, according to experts.

The study of the coalition also looked in the Reading, Scranton and Harrisburg areas.

The co-morbidity rates for obesity for Reading and the state overall were even higher than that of Allentown's 20 percent. Get more details at diabetes discussion forums

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