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  • Dealing with the onslaught of diabetes in the American population is one the nation’s most pressing health challenges.

  • The growing prevalence of T2DM will stress the medical care system, increase spending and utilization intensity, and may well lead to an increase in heart disease rates.

  • Lifestyle change must play a central role in T2DM prevention and treatment strategies.

  • Successfully managing the diabetes crisis requires acknowledging that it is primarily (in the case of Type 2 DM), a disorder of lifestyle.

  • Insulin resistance in aging adults stems in large part from physical inactivity and injudicious eating habits that lead to weight gain and disordered glucose metabolism.

  • It is possible to normalize HBA1C levels in adults using evidence-based physical activity strategies and eating habits. Stabilizing this critical measure of long-term glucose control is an essential step in eventually helping people reduce the intensity of their medical care utilization, and, thus, lower the amount of money spent on their medical care needs.

  • An essential, but often overlooked, element in ameliorating the impact of T2DM on the US’s medical care system is engaging at-risk adults in the process of lifestyle change.

  • Without meaningful, evidence-based lifestyle change, there is virtually no hope of stemming the tidal wave of spending and adverse quality of life impacts that will come over the next two decades as a result of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

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