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A third of adults have prediabetes, study says

November 26, 2018 - 3:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Arthritis is a major health problem in the U.S., which affects more than 50 million people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects this number to rise to about 75 million in the next 20 years. 

According to a report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, arthritis is found in about a third of adults who have prediabetes and diabetes — a link that could be related to physical inactivity and obesity. 

The thought is that people with arthritis pain tend to exercise less, and as a result of exercising less they can gain weight. The weight gain increases the risk for developing signs and symptoms of diabetes. 

Prediabetes is the warning sign that diabetes is on its way. It is estimated approximately 84 million adults in the U.S. have prediabetes.