Sneaky and silent - two adjectives health care providers use when talking about type 2 diabetes. As the American Diabetes Association states, “Diabetes imposes a substantial burden on society in the form of higher medical costs, lost productivity, premature mortality, and intangible costs in the form of reduced quality of life.
THE EFFECTS OF DIABETES TO YOUR BODY
Diabetes can affect nearly every major organ in your body, including the blood vessels, nerves, eyes, and kidneys. Diabetes puts you at a higher risk for many related health problems, including toe, foot, or leg amputation. But eventually, diabetes complications may be disabling or even life-threatening.
Children with unhealthy behaviors or chronic conditions may miss more school, which reduces their opportunities and time for learning. They may face lower academic achievement, increased disability, fewer job opportunities, and limited community interactions as they enter adulthood. We must do a lot more for our children if we plan on helping them obtain a healthy life.
THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE WHEN YOU HAVE DIABETES
“Healthy diet and exercise are likely as strong as any medication I will ever prescribe for diabetes, and should be continued forever,” says Michael Heile, MD, a family medicine doctor at TriHealth’s Family Medical Group.
Exercise benefits people with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes by helping manage weight, by improving blood sugar levels, and by improving heart health. For a person with diabetes, exercise is just as important as diet and medication. In fact, the American Diabetes Association recommends at least 30 minutes of physical activity that increases the heart rate five days per week.
It is important to design a lifelong exercise routine that is both attainable and enjoyable. If you adhere to a steady, regular program, you can expect these outcomes:
The American Diabetes Association recommends two different types of exercise for managing diabetes: aerobic and strength training.
Diabetes has skyrocketed over the last 20 years and is still climbing, prompting experts to call it an epidemic.
DIABETES IN YOUTH
Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. In 2017, diabetes was mentioned as a cause of death in a total of 270,702 certificates.
Diabetes may be underreported as a cause of death. Studies have found that only about 35% to 40% of people with diabetes who died had diabetes listed anywhere on the death certificate and about 10% to 15% had it listed as the underlying cause of death.
COST OF DIABETES
Updated March 22, 2018
After adjusting for population age and sex differences, average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes were 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.
REDUCE YOUR RISK OF DIABETES
Consider These Steps to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Diabetes: