Half a million Texans unknowingly have diabetes - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Half a million Texans unknowingly have diabetes

Posted: Updated:

AMARILLO - According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, half a million Texans are living with diabetes and don't even know it.

The department says one out of every ten Texans is diagnosed with some type of diabetes.

Northwest Texas Healthcares System Endocrinologist Dr. Cesar Arias says it's only going to get worse.

"It's an epidemic," Arias said.

Arias says he's seen an increase in diabetic patients for the past 11 years and he doesn't see it getting better anytime soon.

"It is anticipated by CDC data, the Centers for Disease Control, that by the year 2050, one of every three Americans will have diabetes," Arias said.

He says the lack of education on prevention and risk factors plus the unhealthy lifestyle of our society contribute to the increase.

The number of Americans diagnosed with pre-diabetes has jumped from 47 million in 2010 to 76 million in 2012.

It doesn't help that less and less medical students are specializing in endocrinology at a time when they're needed most.

"If that keeps going that way, we won't have endocrinologists in this country to take care of the population with diabetes," Arias said. "That's why it's so important that primacare physicians, pa's, nurse practitioners to learn how to treat this disease."
     
The risk factors for diabetes include are obesity, a family history of the disease, and a Hispanic or African American background.

"Don't wait until you get symptoms if you know that the risk is there," Arias said.

80 percent of diabetics die of heart attack or stroke. Arias says that fact alone should make everyone, especially those with risk factors, lead a healthier life.

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • APD searching for stabbing suspects

    APD searching for stabbing suspects

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:53:21 GMT
    Amarillo Police are looking for three suspects who are accused of stabbing a man early Sunday morning. They say the victim was at the Sanborn park around 2:30 a.m. when he was approached by the suspects. Officials say the victim was stabbed twice in the abdomen and was transported to the hospital. If you know anything about this incident, call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.
    Amarillo Police are looking for three suspects who are accused of stabbing a man early Sunday morning. They say the victim was at the Sanborn park around 2:30 a.m. when he was approached by the suspects. Officials say the victim was stabbed twice in the abdomen and was transported to the hospital. If you know anything about this incident, call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.
  • Alibates celebrates National Park Week

    Alibates celebrates National Park Week

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:47 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:47:35 GMT
    There are over 400 national parks in America, one of which is here in our area.This week, the Alibates Flint Quarries National Park is celebrating national park week. Until the 27th, you're invited to stop by our local national park where you can hike, camp and enjoy the wild life. On the 22nd, national parks are honoring Earth Day. They encourage you to stop by and help pick up trash to help keep our parks beautiful.
    There are over 400 national parks in America, one of which is here in our area.This week, the Alibates Flint Quarries National Park is celebrating national park week. Until the 27th, you're invited to stop by our local national park where you can hike, camp and enjoy the wild life. On the 22nd, national parks are honoring Earth Day. They encourage you to stop by and help pick up trash to help keep our parks beautiful.
  • Large donation to help local Ronald McDonald House

    Large donation to help local Ronald McDonald House

    Volunteers from Kohl's donated over a thousand dollars to the Ronald McDonald house of Amarillo, Saturday afternoon.
    Volunteers from Kohl's donated over a thousand dollars to the Ronald McDonald house of Amarillo, Saturday afternoon.