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Study Shows Obesity and Diabetes Quickly On The Rise

The most recent study from RAND Corporation, a non-profit research group, says in the last decade the number of americans who are severely obese has grown to 15 million up almost three percent.

"Body fat percentage, we want to get that down to the desirable range," said Sparrow Bariatric & Diabetes Coordinator Carrie Crandall.

It's a challenge that bariatric and diabetes coordinator Carrie Crandall says has been on the rise over the last decade.

"We're doing a lot more sitting, a lot more computer work, we're not scheduling exercise into our day anymore," Crandall said.

As a result, that has landed roughly 15 million americans into the severely obese category, which means they carry a body mass index over 40, which equals 100 pounds or more overweight.

Carrie Crandall says at Sparrow's weight management center over the last year, they've actually seen an increase in male patients.

"It used to just be a vanity thing, I think for women and now I think people are seeing the health consequences of obesity."

Consequences such as increased blood pressure, kidney failure and type 2 diabetes.

"The more overweight a person is the more insulin resistant they become, meaning the insulin is not able to get the sugar or food into the cell," Crandall said.

Last year, Sparrow's health center educated close to 900 patients on the risks associated with diabetes and Crandall says as that number grows, so does her concern about being able to meet that demand for help.

"How well are we going to be able to care for these patients from the healthcare standpoint and personal standpoint and how good will their quality of life be if we can't spend the dollars that we need to, to care for them properly."

Crandall says proper care means planned care, sticking to regular exercise and healthy eating habits.

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