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Number of Diabetic Americans Could Triple by 2050 (Oct 22, 2010)

Federal officials estimate that as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by the year 2050.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 1 in 10 have diabetes now. But the number could expand dramatically in the next 40 years if current trends continue.

Nearly a decade ago, CDC researchers estimated that as many as 39 million Americans could have diabetes by the mid-century mark. Now they say it could be in the range of 76 million to 100 million.

The revised figures include better accounting for people who have diabetes but are undiagnosed. Also, they used new population growth estimates for the elderly and minorities, who have higher rates of Type 2 diabetes.

Health officials attribute these massive increases to diet and lack of exercise.
New Middle Class Africans Hit by Western Diseases

As the Western middle class way of life has expanded with the new and growing middle class in Africa, so has the panoply of Western diseases.  While we think of AIDS and malaria as the characteristic disease scourages of Africa, diabetes, stroke and heart disease are increasingly seen as the new "epidemics" in Africa due to the encroachment of lower exercise Western lifestyle and higher fat and sugar dietary habits. For the full details visit .
What you do NOW can make you feel and perform better at 100

A great article in the NY Times gives some wonderful and encouraging information and advice for those of us who are "advancing" in age.  It's a worthwhile read for anyone over 40, maybe even younger, and certainly inspires the "older" individual (whatever that means these days) to stay active and reap the benefits.  Read the article here and STAY HEALTHY!
American Heart Association's "Simple Seven" (March 12, 2011)

We are constantly inundated with "how to" health information. Sometimes we just want to turn it off and eat that cheeseburger, almost to rebel against all that information load.  In response, the AHA has come up with "Life's Simple Seven" to help us to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  It focuses on diet, exercise, blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index and blood glucose. Here's a link to their easy to read and use PDF fof the "Simple Seven". 
Researchers Say Running Is Actually Good for Your Knees (April 2011)

Research continues to point to the idea that running seems to actually improve our bones, with the exception of those with previously damaged joints. A Boston University School of Medicine study shows that in most cases, pounding the pavement does not cause knee degeneration or osteoarthritis. "We know from many long-term studies that running doesn't appear to cause much damage to the knees," says epidemiologist David Felson. "When we look at people with knee arthritis, we don't find much of a previous history of running, and when we look at runners and follow them over time, we don't find that their risk of developing osteoarthritis is any more than expected." And a Swedish study demonstrates that knee cartilage actually biochemically improved in a test group of runners. Read the details here.

New Study Shows Women Need 60 Minutes of Exercise Per Day (July 2011)

Research is showing that women need 60 minutes of moderate exercise or 30 minutes of intense exercise per day to prevent weight gain as they age if they consume a normal diet. The implication of the study is that the general Federal guidelines for exercise for older women are insufficient to prevent weight gain without a diet modification. It appears that with age, metabolism slows and weight tends to increase if exercise is not undertaken to offest the slowed metabolic rate. Women in the study who exercised 60 minutes per day maintained a normal BMI (body mass index) of 25 and normal weight. The women in the study were all over 45 years old at the start of the fifteen year study, and the average age was 54. There was no corresponding study for a male counterpart group.