In 2011, the American Diabetes Association estimated that within the United States, 25.8 (8.3% of the population) million children and adult live with diabetes. An additional 58% of the population, 179 million people, is affected with pre diabetes!
A note from your dietician:
Diabetes is a condition characterized by hyperglycemia (increased blood sugar levels) resulting from the body’s inability to use blood sugar for energy.
There are three basic types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes and Gestational diabetes. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes accounting for 90% of all diabetics.
Prior to being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, people are generally considered pre diabetic — blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. Research shows we can prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes by 58% if we lose 7% of body weight and exercise moderately at a rate of 150 minutes per week, that’s only 22 minutes per day!
If you’re already suffering from Type 2 diabetes, you can delay or prevent the onset of complications with the proper medical treatment that includes but not limited to: the control of carbohydrates intake, weight loss, exercise, oral medication and insulin, when needed.
Let’s begin by getting tested!
Rossie Bonefont, MPH, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist. She has spent over twenty years in the health field on nutrition assessment and counseling, wellness promotion and public health.
In addition to proper diet and exercise, it is very important to get certain yearly checkups to prevent complications. For instance, a yearly eye exam including a Glaucoma screening can help prevent the development of this condition in Diabetic patients or catch it early on to stop its progression. Even better, most of these screenings are covered at no additional cost to the patient! So don’t wait another second to schedule your eye exam or any other preventive screening. Call your doctor’s office today or FPG’s customer service department and ask us how!