Type II Diabetes

Prediabetes

A classification given to someone whose blood-glucose level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as type-2 diabetes. Seventy-nine million Americans have prediabetes. The good news? Reducing body weight by just 5 percent to 10 percent coupled with 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day can decrease prediabetics’ risk of developing type-2 diabetes by 58 percent.
Source: Diabetes Prevention Program, 2002

200,000 Women a year have gestational diabetes. About half the time their glucose tolerance returns to normal after they give birth; the other half remains in the prediabetes phase, with blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

 

64 Percentage of Mecklenburg County adult residents who are overweight or obese (compared to more than 65 percent of North Carolina residents and 63 percent of U.S. adults).
Source: 2010 Mecklenburg County Community Health Assessment

28 Percentage of Charlotte residents who are classified as obese (above the national 25 percent).
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

9th Rank Charlotte held among major metropolitan cities for obesity risk in 2009.
Source: Men's Fitness

7 Rank of diabetes among the top ten leading causes of death in Mecklenburg County (and the state, and the nation).
Source: 2010 Mecklenburg County Community Health Assessment

Thin as a Rail?

Could public transit help you slim down? A study published last year in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine seems to indicate that it could. Researchers looked at the impact of Charlotte's Lynx light rail transit system on riders' physical activity and weight. Here's what they found:

  • 6.5 Average number of pounds lighter Lynx users are than drivers
  • 81% Amount by which your chances of being obese are if you ride the Lynx
  • 1.2 miles Average increase in distance walked per day by people who use light-rail transport
  • 30 minutes Amount Americans are supposed to walk per day, according to the recommended U.S. guidelines.
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