August 16, 2013

The Big Apple Has More Diabetes than the Rest of the Nation


big-appleMany New Yorkers will tell you that NYC is one of the greatest cities in the country.  New information was published in MedPage Today that confirms it’s the greatest city in the number of people with diabetes.

Almost 1 in 9 people in New York City are diagnosed with diabetes. The number of adults with T2D has risen from about 450,000 in 2002 to 660,000 in 2012.

The findings are curiously aligned with the intentions of Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on the sale of sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces. Had this ban been in place ten years ago, experts estimate that the population with diabetes would have been cut by a third.

The ban is currently being appealed, but the reality of this study is a bit idealistic. In hindsight, after reading the study that walking to work helps reduce the risk of T2D and 42% of people living in NYC walk to work, I’m calling bluff.

It’s commendable that Mayor Bloomberg has enacted safety measures to improve caloric and saturated fat intake, a smoking ban in public establishments, and “see something say something” to raise public awareness to terrorist threats. However this ban on sugary drinks might rub the Starbucks Venti and Trenta  Caramel Macchiato lovers the wrong way.

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