Today, Tuesday, March 24th is American Diabetes Alert Day. The American Diabetes Association has indicated this day as a “wake up call” to the seriousness of this disease.
24 million adults and children in our country have diabetes. About 25% of these do not even know that they have it. However, early diagnosis is critical to treatment as uncontrolled blood sugars can lead to:
- Heart Disease
- Kidney Failure
- Lower limb amputations
Diabetes prevalence in the U.S. has more than tripled over the past 25 years. Research has shown that obesity is the main reason for this increase. Besides obesity, additional risk factors for diabetes include:
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Unhealthy eating habits
- Age over 45 years
- Family history of diabetes
- African American, Latino, American Indian, Asian American or Pacific Island ethnicity
- Women who have delivered babies weighing 9 pounds or more at birth.
Could you be at risk? Take the free Diabetes Risk Test at www.diabetes.org/alert or call 1.800.342.2383. If you have diabetes or are at high risk of developing diabetes, working with your physician and a Certified Diabetes Educator will help you to be better able to control your blood sugars. Doing so will prevent the complications that can occur when blood sugars are uncontrolled.
Nutrition Pair, LLC is a married couple of Registered Dietitians and Certified Diabetes Educators who, along with the care of your physician, can help those who have diabetes, prediabetes or who are at high risk for developing diabetes. We know diabetes on both a professional and personal level as John has had Type 1 Diabetes for the past 18 years. Contact us at http://www.nutritionpair.com/index.php?link=contact .
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