Obesity continues to be one of our most prominent health challenges, affecting more than a third of all adults in the United States. Now, a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows an alarming trend between rising obesity rates and more Americans with type 2 diabetes.
Going back to the late 1980s, researchers examined the health data for more than 18,600 men and women and determined that despite improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, blood sugar was a different story. Lab results suggested an overall decline in blood sugar control among U.S. adults, putting them at a greater risk of becoming diabetic.
Also of note, while the number of people with only one or two of the three key risk factors for heart disease—high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar—declined during the course of the study, the number of people with all three risk factors increased by 6 percent, which researchers believe is a bad sign for overall heart health in America.
Based on their findings, study co-authors Dr. Fangjian Guo and Dr. Timothy Garvey believe obese adults with high blood sugar are especially at risk and may benefit from taking a proactive approach to weight management and healthy blood sugar.