According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), about half of the adult population in the U.S. has either pre-diabetes or diabetes. Interestingly, reaction to the findings seems to suggest this is a good thing. In an editorial responding to the findings, William H. Herman, M.D., M.P.H., and Amy E. Rothberg, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, note that the results “…provide a glimmer of hope.”

Apparently, this glimmer of hope stems from the study’s findings that despite half of the population being pre-diabetic or diabetic, the numbers are showing that the disease is starting to plateau. It’s this stabilizing of numbers after nearly two decades of seeing them increase, in addition to widespread health and obesity awareness efforts, that are making experts feel warm and fuzzy over this latest discovery.

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Why Jamie Oliver Wants The World To Pay Attention To Diabetic Amputations

Today is Food Revolution Day, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. His passion, dedication and his approach to food truth and global changes in nutrition education are impacting the world. Oliver’s use of social media to educate a growing community is inspiring. It dawned on me recently that we are both working towards the same goal of helping people, just from different ends of the issue.

As Oliver and his team rev up for their annual Food Revolution Day on May 15, human beings are in the midst of two connected crises–food education and wound care.

According to there are currently 42 million children worldwide under the age of five who are overweight or obese. According to theAmerican College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair it is estimated that there are 5 to 7 million cases of non-healing wounds in the U.S. alone. There is no doubt that these two problems are connected and wrapped up in one big mess like an old strand of Christmas lights. When patients are not making proper nutrition choices they are at higher risk for developing diabetes and obesity, which can make wound healing a challenge. If that isn’t sobering enough, according to every 20 seconds someone in the world loses a limb due to complications of diabetes.

The outlook is very grim  MORE