Diabetes is a disease that can occur at any age throughout the life span. Current research and clinical data indicate that diabetes affects approximately 300 million persons worldwide and 23.6 million persons in the United States. As with the management of any health condition, patients and family members and/or their caregivers need to understand the disease state of diabetes and how it affects one's overall health. This entry discusses the role of lifestyle behaviors in the causes, prevention, and management of diabetes.

The Connection between Obesity and Diabetes

Approximately 1.7 billion adults worldwide are overweight and 250 million to 312 million are obese. Some estimates put the incidence of obesity in the United States between 72 million and 92 million persons. As obesity (specifically visceral fat) increases, ...

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