UCLA Study Finds Californians Increasingly Diagnosed with Diabetes and Obesity

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According to a UCLA study, more residents of California are being diagnosed with diabetes and obesity. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research surveyed 48,000 adults, teens, and children residing in the state of California concerning multiple health issues. The results showed that nearly 27% of adults were considered obese in 2014 compared to 19% in 2001. Results also showed that obesity, diabetes and poverty were closely related showing an increase at 9% and 31% respectively. Susan Babey, senior research scientist at UCLA thinks the trend is going to take some time to decrease stating, “Nationally [obesity] has shown a leveling off. But we haven’t seen that leveling off in California, especially among adults.”

Obesity can cause detrimental problems to the feet. If you have any concerns about your feet contact Dr. Carl Ingrassia of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

  • Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.
  • Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.


  • Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain. A podiatrist will help you decide what works best for your specific needs.
  • Exercise – Exercise will help alleviate the pain and give your feet the strength it needs to support your body. Exercise also increases blood flow to your feet, allowing them to remain healthy and strong.
  • Most importantly, seek the help of a podiatrist for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Fords, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.