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Tips and Facts for American Diabetes Month®

Posted on 11/30/2015

As we wind down November, I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to address diabetes in honor of American Diabetes Month®. 

Every 19 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 American adults have diabetes, and unless preventative steps are taken to stop it - it will only continue to grow. 

Diabetes puts one at risk for heart attack, stroke and for death from heart disease, as well as is the leading cause of kidney failure and new cases of blindness in adults.

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An estimate by the American Diabetes Association tallies the cost of diabetes in the U.S. for diagnosed diabetes at $245 billion and indirect costs total $69 billion (for disability, premature death, and work loss). 

Nearly 30 million children and adults in the U.S. (10 percent of our population) have diabetes, and another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type II diabetes. As many as 7 million people have it and don’t even know it!

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Here are a few tips from The Mayo Clinic to help prevent type II diabetes:

  • Eat more fiber every day
  • Go for whole grains in your diet
  • Lose extra weight, if overweight
  • Get more physical activity
  • Skip fad diets and just eat healthier

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The American Diabetes Association suggests to get tested if you have any of these risk factors for diabetes:

  • Overweight
  • Age 45 years or older
  • A parent or sibling with type II diabetes
  • Physically active less than three times a week
  • History of gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than nine pounds
  • Being African American, Hispanic/Latino American, American Indian, Pacific Islander or Asian American 

The American Diabetes Association mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, as well as improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. They have been at it for 75 years! 

For more information and to learn more about diabetes visit diabetes.org.

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In our 30 years of business, Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating has helped thousands of people with type II diabetes lose weight, reduce or eliminate medication and live a healthier life. 

 

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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