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The Face of Diabetes


This personal story about diabetes comes from a young New Haven girl who has been struggling with this chronic disease most of her life.

Filmed and Produced by Colleen Nelson


The Link Between

Throughout America numbers on the scale are increasing, but that’s not all. Diabetes rates are also on the rise. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collected data from 2000 to 2001 showing that obesity went form 19.8 percent of American adults to 20.9 percent. That same year, the rate of diagnosed diabetes also increased from 7.3 percent to 7.9 percent.

In the chart seen below provided by the CDC, the rate of diagnosed diabetes has consistently increased and is still continuing to do so.

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body does not properly produce or use insulin. A person with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce any insulin. It is most commonly a genetic disorder but can also strike anyone at any time. A person with Type 2 diabetes can produce insulin, however, there body has become resistant to it and can no longer use it properly. The National Institute of Health refers to Type 2 diabetes as a “lifestyle disease” which is triggered by lack of exercise, poor diet and obesity. It is also important to note that almost 90 percent of diabetes cases are those with the Type 2 diagnosis.

In order to help explain the increase in diabetes, the CDC looked at the correlation between this disease and obesity. The results of the study show that the states with the highest rates of obesity also have the highest rates of diabetes. Currently, we are living in a nation with 25.8 million people who have diabetes.