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Research on the At-Risk Population

In 2006 and 2007, the ADA conducted research on over 1,400 Americans 40 years and older to examine awareness about lifestyle choices they can control to help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Among other important statistics, the study found:

  • Nearly 87 percent of adults 40 years and older are either at risk for type 2 diabetes or heart disease (61.1 %) or have been diagnosed with one of these diseases (25.8%).
  • Nearly half (45.8%) has high blood glucose, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.
  • Almost six in ten (58.6%) are overweight or obese.
  • More than 80 percent of "at risk" respondents (81.6%) described their health as excellent or good.
  • Less than half of those "at risk" regularly implement lifestyle modifications that would have a positive impact on their health.

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