On November 9th, D-blog day, every year, bloggers join together to write about Diabetes. This coincides with November being American Diabetes Month and Nov. 14th being World Diabetes Day.
The American Diabetes Association wants to ask you “Why should you care about Diabetes?”.
Why do I care about Diabetes?
I care about diabetes because it has been rampant in my family. My grandmother, my grandfather, aunts and uncles. I want to make sure that I am healthy for my two sons and that they, themselves, do not develop diabetes.
With numbers like these below, many of us have diabetes or have family members with diabetes and that is why awareness is critical.
Nationwide: 23.6 million people – 7.8% of the population – have diabetes
- Diagnosed: 17.9 million people
- Undiagnosed: 5.7 million people
Your Child has a one in three chance of a future with diabetes.
For Diabetes Awareness Month, you can download WalkingSpree’s Diabetes Awareness calendar with walking tips for posting in your workplace or on your fridge as a reminder of the importance of every step you take.
Walking is one of the best ways to control Type II diabetes and improving the health of diabetics.
A diabetes prevention study of more than 3,000 patients with impaired glucose tolerance (a pre-diabetes condition) showed that those who walked or exercised five times a week for 30 minutes lost between 5 and 7 percent of their body weight and reduced their risk of diabetes by 58 percent. Those over age 60 reduced their risk of diabetes by 71 percent, a result not matched by any drug used in the study.
In another study, diabetic patients who wore a pedometer for 3 months showed improvements in their fitness, blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and weight, and lost an average of more than 4 lbs each.
Reduce Health Care Costs
Research shows that approximately 20% of the population with diabetes incur 80% of healthcare costs. The better controlled a diabetic is, the lower the risk for developing long-term complications from diabetes-very expensive complications to treat, like retinopathy (eye disease), nephropathy (kidney disease), and neuropathy (nerve disease).
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