The Diabetes Explosion

As the U.S. gets fatter and fatter, an old scourge exacts a toll among younger and younger victims

Americans are pretty much fed up with being carped at about their waistlines. There are only so many lectures an increasingly plump public wants to hear about hypertension, heart disease and other consequences of obesity before simply tuning it all out and popping another Pringle's. Now, however, there's one more reason to listen to the seeming scolds: the danger of diabetes. According to a report published last week in the journal Diabetes Care, as a fat and happy U.S. gets fatter still, the incidence of diabetes is rising too, striking more and more people in younger and younger age groups--and threatening...

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