Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, a disease where a person’s blood glucose levels are above normal. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin, or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood that your pancreas is unable to break down.
• According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “In 2012, diabetes and its related complications accounted for $245 billion in total medical costs and lost work and wages.”
• Diabetics are twice as likely to be hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke and more than half of all amputations in adults occur because of diabetes.
• Research shows that modest weight loss between 5-7% and regular physical activity can help prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes by up to 58% in people with prediabetes.
• A person living with diabetes is at an increased risk for many health problems. However, if a diabetic is well informed, it is possible to prevent or delay diabetes related complications by making some lifestyle changes.
Each year, the American Diabetes Association prepares a special initiative to not only prevent and cure diabetes, but to also improve the lives of people affected by diabetes. This year, the theme is “America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes.” The ADA is focused on teaching and inspiring the public to cook healthier by providing practical tips for preparing “good-for-you-dishes” that taste great.
Our blog post, Living with Diabetes – How to Make the Most of Your Holiday Feast!, is another excellent resource for the 2014 holiday season. The fitness manager of Lifestyles at OakBend provides tips to enjoy the holidays with family and friends, without putting your blood sugar levels at risk.
Take a stand against diabetes for you and for your loved ones. Everyone is encouraged to practice a more active and healthier lifestyle by exercising regularly and preparing your own healthy, home-cooked meals. Act now and start cooking to stop diabetes.