One in three American babies born today will have Type 2 Diabetes in their lifetime. That is, if current trends continue.
Today is World Diabetes Day. In the past 25 years, the rate of diabetes in the United States has more than tripled. Currently, over 26 million Americans have Diabetes. Another 79 million have a condition known as “Prediabetes” and are at a high risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes. The current prevalence of diabetes could double or even triple over the next 40 years if exercise and eating habits do not improve (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
One out of every 5 health care dollars is spent on the treatment of Diabetes. Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and is triggered by both controllable and uncontrollable factors which include:
- Age over 45
- Overweight or Obese Status
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Family history of Diabetes
- African American, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Latina or Hispanic Ethnicity
- Have given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds or were diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes
The good news is that diabetes is a controllable and, sometimes, preventable disease. We can’t control our genetics, ethnicity or age, but we can control unhealthy eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle. Complications are decreased when blood sugar control is managed through healthy eating and physical activity. For every 1% reduction in Hemoglobin A1C (average blood sugar over the previous three months) the risk of developing eye, kidney, and nerve disease is reduced by 40%.
If you have diabetes, pre-diabetes or are at high risk of developing diabetes, find a Certified Diabetes Educators (CDE). A CDE is a health care professional that teaches people with diabetes to manage their condition. Formal education, years of practical experience, and a Board Examination are required. CDE’s provide tools, skills and emotional support to help control blood sugars and decrease the risk of complications.
Let’s reverse these trends and take care of ourselves! Stay active. Eat well. Most importantly, let’s be positive role models for children.
It’s Your Health. It’s Your Life. Make That Change! ™
We are Angie and John Lamberson, Registered Dietitians, CDE’s and owners of Nutrition Pair, LLC. Because John has Type 1 Diabetes, we know what it is like to manage a chronic disease on a daily basis. We often personal experience when educating on and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Nutrition Pair ™ offers the following services:
- Nutrition Therapy
- Duke Integrative Health Coaching
- Group Presentations
- Consulting Services for Health Care Facilities and Corporations