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RST: Type 2 diabetes exploding due to unhealthy lifestyles

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 22, 2013 11:03 AM

What to look for on Radio Smart Talk Monday, September 23, 2013:


The numbers are astounding -- more than 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and it's estimated that one in three could be treated for it by the year 2050.

The explosion of Type 2 diabetes can be attributed to another epidemic -- obesity.  Type 2 diabetes is brought on by poor diet and a lack of physical activity -- the same combination that leads to obesity.

Those are a few of the findings of a special York Daily Record/Sunday News series called Type 2 Diabetes: Taking Control.

witf's Transforming Health initiative is collaborating with the York Daily Record/Sunday News to provide information on one of the nation's unhealthiest trends.  Stories can be found on both websites.

Monday's Radio Smart Talk will focus on Type 2 diabetes and will provide graphic stories from two people who have the disease.

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Barbara Eckert, Leigh Zaleski, William Alt

See addiional coverage at the the York Daily Record/Sunday News website:

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  • Robert D Colgan img 2013-09-22 21:28

    Is it possible to get Type 2 Diabetes with a diet extremely low in sugars?

    Is it possible to get T2D with a diet extremely high in sugars?

    That's the starting place----then tack on the exercise or lack-of-exercise and the inability of the body to use thyronine (T3) or thyroxine (T4) or the inability to form sufficient thyroid hormones because of the lack of iodine in the diet, throw in food allergic reactions such as to wheat and gluten, overeating as an attempt to fill in the haunting emotional voids ----and obesity becomes a lot easier to understand.

    And yes, it's epidemic in America....while starvation is a reality for many millions of people globally.
    Something is very wrong here.

  • Dayna Reidenouer img 2013-09-23 09:04

    This entire show today is full of misinformation. I'm really surprised that it was approved by the show's producers. Instead of researching the claims in the York paper's series, RST is blindly going along with them. I'm thoroughly disappointed!

    I realize that the "obesity epidemic" is a popular idea among so-called journalists, but some simple research will show that a) there is no epidemic, b) no one has died from being fat, c) there is no reason to medicaluze size, and d) pertinent to today's discussion, diabetes is not caused by being fat. Let me say that again: Diabetes is NOT weight-related.

    According to the American Diabetes Association, what RST and the York paper are reporting as fact is actually a myth. The greatest predictor of whether someone will develop diabetes is heredity. Otherwise, all fat people would be diabetic, and all thin people would be diabetes-free, but that's certainly not the reality. To promote anything different - as today's show did - is biased, bigoted, and not worthy to be called journalism.

  • Estelle Spencer img 2015-08-05 08:30

    Diabetes is a chronic disease, which affects the way our body manages glucose in blood. Pancreas is responsible in making a hormone called insulin, which turn glucose from the food we eat into energy. As you are talking about type 2 diabetes, yes it seems to be increasing rapidly in all countries. An unhealthy lifestyle is the primary cause of this problem, however, certain pathology tests are helpful in diagnosing the condition early and provide effective treatment of it. General causes of type 2 diabetes are the combination of genes, extra weight, metabolic syndrome and broken beta cells.