Explosion of type 2 diabetes put strain on local health resources

Type 2 diabetes can be an extremely expensive and time consuming disease to manage, and helping individuals control their symptoms is starting to become a major burden for local health departments.

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that Tennessee has the highest rates of diabetes in the country. In Hamilton County, as many as 11 percent of adults reported having the condition, according to local CBS affiliate WDEF.

Jill Heine, a cardiovascular health educator with the county's Health Department, said that there could be major consequences for individuals who do not take steps to improve their health.

"Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to complications such as vision loss, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, and kidney disease," she told the news source. "Taking the right steps to prevent this disease could be one of the most important things you do for your health."

Slightly less than ten percent of the U.S. population suffers from type 2 diabetes. However, the CDC has estimated that this number could more than triple by the year 2050.
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