According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely than adults without diabetes to have heart disease or experience a stroke. During any given year, individuals with diabetes are more likely than those without diabetes to require hospitalization.

Increases in rates of diabetes (i.e., Type 2 diabetes) among adults have been described by the CDC as a major public health threat. Obesity and physical inactivity are strongly associated with the development of diabetes. Although diabetes develops most often in overweight, middle-aged and older adults, diabetes is becoming more common in overweight and obese children. Diabetes can be prevented, or at least delayed, by exercise, good nutrition, and other healthy lifestyle choices.

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