With the chronic obesity in America, it's more important than ever to not only feed kids healthy foods but to teach them how to make healthy choices on their own.
Jennie Garth, actress and film director. (1972- )
Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects how our bodies turn food into energy. 90 to 95% of people suffer from Type II diabetes, which is largely a lifestyle disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 100+ million Americans (one-third) are living with diabetes (30+ million, of which 25%+ do not know they have it) or prediabetes (84+ million - 90% of do not know that they have it!). The number of people affected has more than tripled in the last 20 years, increasing the risk for serious health problems like: heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and a loss of toes, feet or legs. The impact on families, employers and the U.S. health care system is staggering. About 1 in 4 of all health care dollars is spent on people with diagnosed diabetes. Medical expenses for people diagnosed with diabetes averages $16,750 annually. It's reported as the 7th leading cause of death, but it is probably seriously underreported, since complications from diabetes result in other direct causes of death.
Now for the good news! Most of this can be avoided. It begins at the dining room table. It should begin in childhood, but it's never too late to change. Even a little weight loss can have a major impact on a diabetic's, or prediabetics, health condition. Remember the MEDSS prescription for a healthy lifestyle: Move More, Eat & Drink Healthy, Don't Use Tobacco, Sleep Well and Stress Less. One day at a time, little by little, step by step. - M. J.