By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNETONKA (WCCO) — Obesity is a main reason type 2 diabetes is on the increase.

Type 2 diabetes is also known as adult-onset diabetes, though it can affect some children.

“We show that nearly half of Americans will have diabetes or pre-diabetes by 2020 — at a cost of nearly $3.4 trillion over the next decade,” said Dr. Deneen Vojta, who is senior vice president of the United Health Center for Health Reform & Modernization.

The center released a study which stresses the need for prevention through healthy living practices. Doctors say the recommendations not only could improve health and life expectancy, but save up to $250 billion over the next 10 years.

“Since we have unprecedented levels of obesity in this country, it’s not a surprise to see a couple years behind that this new diabetes epidemic,” said Vojta.

Recommendations include lifestyle intervention such as exercise and weight control.

United Health Group is headquartered in Minnetonka.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Interviews Dr. Deneen Vojta

Comments (7)
  1. Susan says:

    As a type I diabetic, I would humbly ask that journalists make the easy distinction between type I and type II diabetes. Just add “type II” to your text. I’ve been diabetic since I was 10 years old and have to take insulin shots for the rest of my life. There is NO cure. Including type I or type II in news articles is a major and easily articulated distinction between the two, and very different diseases. Type II is most definitely driven by lifestyle choices. I personally am growing tired of having to explain to well meaning folks that “no, I can’t just eat right and be cured.” I believe that the omission of this distinction is allowing for a lot of confusion. Diabetes is not diabetes is not diabetes as they say. Please report accurately.

  2. rlbrownwcco says:

    Thank you for the note, Susan. I have added that detail.

  3. Thunder-Rose says:

    Ms Susan, I am also a T2 diabetic. I know the struggles that all of us share from trying to have a HEALTY BALANCED diet along with a sensible fitness program.
    However, I have to dissagree with your asumpion that “T2 diabetes is most definately driven by lifestyle choices.” There are MANY people out there that live a HEALTHY fitness program, and eat a HEALTH, BALANCED diet rich in nutrients. These same people check their BG several times dayily (Like I do). Lifestyle choices do however enhance diabetes related symptoms such as high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels, hormone inbalance, heart disease, strokes. and others. The cause of T2 diabetes is when your pancreas decrease insulin needed to transport glucose to our cells to be used up as energy. Reminds me of my dad, He had a healthy weight, his bloodpressure and cholesterols were in the “good” range. On the outside, my dad looked to be the epitome of decent health. SO, on that note, IIts time for me to go to sleep so I ‘wish all well ! BLESSED BE 🙂

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