Can the Diabetes Epidemic in America Be Stopped? One Way Is By Families And Communities Doing It Together!

Walk to Reverse DiabetesApr 7, 2011 – When the CDC, Center of Disease Control in 2010  announced their projection that at the current rate one out of every three Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050, ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer reported.  And terms used like “It’s an epidemic spiraling out of control”, “an epidemic that could cause early death”,  “the treatment could bankrupt the health care system” are painfully honest realities when you think that in 40 years from now every second person you see will have diabetes!

But the good news is that the CDC said that it could be headed off!

Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News Chief Health Medical Editor, spoke with Dr. Ann Albright, Dir. Division of Diabetes Translation, CDC who says diabetes is the number one cause of blindness, number one cause of amputation, number one cause of kidney failure!

But in order to change the course it will take first and foremost, people taking diabetes seriously and understanding that we can make a difference but we have to start now!

Dr. Besser said some reasons for the epidemic is the baby boomers are now aging, a larger diverse population, but the main reason is we are currently having an obesity epidemic. 

Dr. Besser said one large study shows that just moderate exercise and healthy eating reduces the risk of diabetes by 58%!  (Source: National Institutes of Health)

During an Oprah show a few years back with guest, Dr. Mehmet Oz  now of the Dr. Oz Show and Dr. Michael Roizen, award-winning author, and who are both authors of the NOW series of health related books, reveled a case study where they helped turn around the lifes of two dangerously obese people one having Type 2 Diabetes. After 6 months of walking 10,000 steps daily, change of diet, and stress reduction exercises, the diabetes was confirmed by Dr. Roizen as “gone” and even the blood pressure was normalized. To see more of that article, Read…

During Dr Besser’s report he spoke of a program in Raleigh, North Carolina that has been credited with preventing hundreds of cases of diabetes. To get the adults up and moving, the program started walking groups where whole families have daily get-togethers for the purpose of walking together.

The program educates families on healthy eating practices like portion size control, and reading food labels. Since white bread and pasta quickly turn to sugar in your body, they learn the importance of counting carbs.

Dr. Besser stressed his concern over the fact that many insurance programs don’t cover prevention programs such as this one which is mind-boggling because the health care system spends $174,000,000,000 (billion) per year for the treatment of diabetes.  That number is expected to at least double according to reports.  (source: Center for disease control and prevention).

Dr. Besser’s report left us with this ray of hope that the diabetes epidemic can be prevented but the key is the earlier you start the better.  With one in three children now considered obese or overweight we need to start in the school and it has to be followed up at a home with proper diet and exercise.

Like The Little Engine That Could.  “I think we can,  I think we can, I think we can….!”

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