Diabetes on the rise

Tom Lee
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - Local doctors are concerned about the growing number of people in Amarillo being diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the county.

The Center for Disease and Control says it affects nearly 26 million Americans.

79 million adults have what doctors consider " pre-diabetes".

More than eight percent of people in the U.S. now have diabetes.

That's a nine percent increase from over three years ago.

Most of those affected with diabetes have type two diabetes.

Diabetes experts at BSA are especially concerned with more young people getting the condition.

Marty Farris, a registered nurse, and certified diabetes expert at BSA says, "We're having a problem with little kids getting diabetes 9,10,11 year olds. They're coming up with adult onset because they go home from school get in front of the TV do their video games, they don't go out and play. "

The consequences of type two diabetes could be severe and diabetes experts urge you to monitor your health very carefully.

Farris says, "You can have a heart attack. You can have a stroke. And you can lose a toe or foot. Lose a leg. Once those complications kick in it's hard to stop them. "

Doctors believe being overweight or obese can greatly affect your chances of becoming diabetic.

You can decrease your chances of getting the disease with a healthy diet and exercise routine.

You can learn more about diabetes and get help with free classes by calling BSA at 212-2000.