According to the United States center for Disease Control and Prevention, 85% of the diabetic patients are overweight and 55% are obese . Due to the number of overweight/obese individuals increasing, the World Health Organization estimates that approximately 366 million people will have diabetes by the year 2030 . This is of great concern, and can also be an indication that current practices, including dietary practices to prevent Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) are not effective enough to lower these figures. It is my opinion that current practices are focused on the management of T2DM and not as much the prevention thereof. Practices to prevent lifestyle diseases such as T2DM may include healthy eating, exercise, proper stress management, etc.
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Author - Metabolica Med Dietitians