By Dr. Nina Radcliff
Today diabetes (a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood), takes more lives than breast cancer and AIDS combined – claiming the life of one American every 3 minutes. It is a leading cause of heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, vision loss, nerve damage and amputations. Diabetes is serious, common, costly, but, in most cases, can be manageable.
There is much that we can do to defend ourselves and loved ones against the trials of this disease. We must remain vigilant to take action for prevention, early detection, treatment—accompanied by effective and proven lifestyle changes—in regards to diabetes, and its impact on your health.
The National Diabetes Statistics Report is a periodic publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provides updated statistics about diabetes in the United States. Their findings are alarming— with more than 100 million U.S. (1 in 3) adults now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to the recent report. It impacts men and women from virtually every cross-section of life. As well, Type 2 diabetes, which was once considered a disease mainly faced by adults is increasing amongst youth and becoming more common in children.
Small steps can make a big difference. It is important to know there are ways to reduce your risks.
Dr. Nina’s What You Need To Know: Reducing Diabetes Health Risks