Unfortunately, here at Joslin Diabetes Center we were not surprised by the projections for rapid growth in type 2 diabetes across the United States that were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.
Among the CDCP’s findings: “If recent increases in diabetes incidence continue and diabetes mortality is relatively low, prevalence will increase to 33% by 2050.”
“Our analysis suggests that widespread implementation of reasonably effective preventive interventions focused on high-risk subgroups of the population can considerably reduce, but not eliminate, future increases in diabetes prevalence,” the authors added.
For many with pre-diabetes, interventions begin with diet. Here’s some good quick advice from Martin Abrahamson, M.D., who oversees the Joslin Clinic as our chief medical officer, from a follow-up story in U.S. News & World Report:
“The best preventative diet is one that gets 40 percent of its calories from carbohydrates (including fruits and vegetables), 30 percent from protein, and 30 percent from healthy fats… Opt for carbs like whole grains and whole wheat… And it’s smart to choose vegetable protein over animal protein, and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat over saturated fat.”