Why are cases of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes becoming more common?

Internist Marc Lavin, MD from West Hills Hospital & Medical Center discusses the increasing number of people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and how it relates to the obesity epidemic.
Jasprit S. Takher, MD
Internal Medicine
An increase in obesity has also caused an increase in diabetes. In this video, Jasprit Takher, MD, a practicing internist from MountainView Hospital, explains this and other reason why type 2 diabetes is becoming more prevalent.    
Nidal Boutros, MD
Internal Medicine
Prediabetes and type 2 diabetes are becoming more common because of sedentary lifestyles and increased rates of obesity. Obesity is linked to sedentary (inactive) lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits such as eating more than the necessary amount of carbohydrates, fast food and premanufactured meals.

Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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