Posted on 11/13/2012
November is American Diabetes Month and although more than 100 million people are affected by the disease in one way or another, there is so much that is unknown about it.
Did you know...every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes? It's true. In the U.S., nearly 26 million adults and children are living with the disease. Another 79 million are at high risk for developing type II diabetes, many of which do not even know it. Together more than 100 million people in our great nation are impacted by the serious and often misunderstood disease.
Both type I diabetes (also called juvenile diabetes) and type II diabetes (once called adult onset) are becoming increasingly prevalent among American children. Type II has risen 21 percent in kids under 20 years old in the past decade, which can be attributed to the rise in obesity. And Type I has risen 23 percent in the past decade, although it is unclear as to why since that is not associated with being overweight.
Diabetes complications run from everything including gum disease to nerve damage to eye, foot and skin problems/conditions to kidney disease to heart disease and stroke. It is also associated with high blood pressure, depression and lower limb amputations.
Although most Americans don't understand diabetes, it is a very severe disease and with it comes lifelong complications associated with it. In fact, type II diabetes is taking a toll on our country, financially, physically and emotionally. With that type of diabetes prevention is key, as well as lifestyle modifications if you do have it or are at risk of developing it. An overweight and inactive type II diabetic or pre-diabetic can do exceptionally well with a portion controlled diet and exercise. Often times, reversing their dependence on insulin injections and/or other medications to control their blood sugar. I have seen it thousands of times with our healthy, calorie controlled meal plan since starting the company in 1985.
Recent projections estimate that 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. will have diabetes by 2050, based on the current trend. Did you know that the disease kills more people every year than breast cancer and AIDS combined? In fact, 2 out of 3 people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. And, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and blindness among American adults.
Want to learn more? Visit stopdiabetes.org to learn more about how you can prevent the disease or manage it better if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic.
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.