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First Step to Active Health for Diabetes by Phil Page, PT, ATC, MS, CSCS, and Michael E. Rogers, PhD, CSCS, FACSM

Diabetes is a chronic disease affecting an estimated 180 million people worldwide, advises the World Health Organization. In the United States, 24 million people—8% of the population—have diabetes, and the number of individuals with this condition grows every year, increasing 25% in the past 6 years alone2 (see Figure 1 on page 45). In fact, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently estimated that one in 3 (~30%) Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.

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