It's forecasted that almost half of Americans will have diabetes by 2050.
Did you know that 29 million Americans or approximately 10% of the population are currently living with diabetes? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the year 2050 as many as 1 in 3 adults will be living with diabetes.
We need to wake up and realize that diabetes rates are steadily increasing and more people are having to face diabetes as a part of their daily lives. Diabetes is a disease that unfortunately has become a commonality in our communities -- which means it has become part of our lives or the lives of our friends and family! Diabetes is a disease that can be well-managed, but we have to sort out untruths from truths to treat the underlying cause of the problem and live a healthy live.
Even though diabetes has become such a common disease, there are still many myths about it and how it should be treated. A myth is defined as an idea or story that is believed by many people but is not true. Myths are dangerous because, since they are believed by many, people don’t realize that they are not true! Here are 2 really important myths about diabetes that I think are important to debunk. If learning more about how to treat diabetes is important to you, then come to my upcoming dinner presentation on 4/9 and start learning the action steps to transform your health.
Myth: Diabetes is not a serious disease.
Fact: Diabetes is a serious disease that can often be controlled through diet, exercise, stress management and medications. Diabetes is considered serious because it takes more lives than breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. It is the seventh leading cause of death. Diabetes is also considered serious because it increases of your risk of heart disease. Two-thirds of the people with diabetes will die of a heart attack or stroke. Finally, diabetes is considered a serious disease because the complications can drastically change a person’s daily activities. Complications include: amputations, blindness, and kidney disease.
Myth: You have to be overweight to develop diabetes; thin people don't get diabetes.
Fact: People that are overweight are at a higher risk of developing diabetes than those who are thin. However, thin individuals can still develop diabetes. Thin people can still develop insulin resistance or metabolic disorders in their bodies. Even if you are thin and have one or more of the following, you are at a higher risk for diabetes:
Being over the age of 45
A sedentary lifestyle
Being African-American, Asian, Hispanic or Native American
Having a family history of diabetes
A personal history of gestational diabetes
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or high triglyceride levels
If you are struggling with any of these issues, and you want to learn how to manage them, come learn more about our practice’s approach and how we can help you reverse these diseases! Tonight’s free dinner seminar is on Reversing Diabetes.
The best way to create a fresh outlook on life is to have a control of our health and begin leading a healthy life. Thus, the theme for this month is taking a fresh look at our health creates a sweet life.
See you tonight for our dinner seminar!
To Your One Sweet Life,
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