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Was Bloomberg onto something with the soda ban? Number of NYers with Type 2 diabetes HIGHER than national average

Posted at 10:05 AM, Aug 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-01 10:09:35-04

(PIX11) – Mayor Bloomberg may have lost his big soda ban in court, but New Yorkers are losing their battle against diabetes.  The city health department released a new report on the amount of New Yorkers suffering from Type 2 diabetes and the numbers are shocking.

In 2012, there were 667,000 New York City residents with Type 2 diabetes. That’s up from 450,000 in 2002. That is a 30% increase!

To put this in perspective:  one in nine adults has it, making type two diabetes the second largest killer behind smoking.

New York is above the national average for Type 2 diabetes. Nationally, the average is 9.5% percent. In New York, it’s over 10.5%.

This is largely tied to the obesity crisis.

We’re not eating healthy, we’re not active enough and we’re getting fatter.

That increases the risk of diabetes. But remember, diabetes is a setup for other diseases.  It significantly increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and blindness among other things.  It has a negative effect on every organ system of your body.