Today is World Hearing Day, and the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 1.5 billion people globally live with hearing loss and that this number could rise to 2.5 billion by 2050.
I am quite familiar with the devastating toll that diabetes can have. For example, diabetes was primarily responsible for the death of my parents and many other family members. It is a common condition today - more than 37 million Americans have diabetes with 90 to 95 percent of this group having type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is one of the most prevalent and serious health issues in America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 37.3 million people in the United States are diabetic and 96 million people (18+) are prediabetic. A person with type 2 diabetes has insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas “that acts like a key to let blood sugar into the cells in your body for use as energy,” reports the CDC.
The following story is very inspiring. It represents the epitome of what it means to take ownership of your health and be proactive despite the setbacks.
Most people are aware of the usual risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes, such as being overweight, not getting enough exercise, poor diet and smoking. But did you also know that stress is another risk factor for developing this disease that, according to the World Health Organization, impacts over 200 million people worldwide?
Diabetes and low magnesium levels: Two common health problems affecting millions of people. But did you know that they are related? Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, according to the CDC. And most people, in general, aren’t getting enough magnesium on a daily basis. It turns out, low magnesium may make you worse off for developing diabetes, and having diabetes may in turn deplete your existing magnesium levels. Magnesium depletion affects at least 30 percent of diabetics. It’s a cycle that needs to be broken, and it starts with education. Let’s take a look at the relationship between this mineral and diabetes.
One of the great things about life is that there is always a reason to spend time with family and friends and celebrate - the holidays, Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, weddings, baby showers, graduations, vacations, birthdays and the list goes on. And what this sometimes mean is that year-round we may be tempted to eat too much food and overindulge with the booze.
We have a diabetes pandemic on our hands. According to recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 34.2 million people (10.5 percent of the U.S. population) have diabetes. This includes 26.9 people who have been diagnosed, and 7.3 million people who have not been diagnosed. In addition to this, 88 million people (aged 18 years and older) have prediabetes. Foods like chia seeds and lentil can play a huge role in addressing this issue.
Every 21 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. I would like this statistic to change! And I am hopeful that it will through awareness, education and being proactive. But it is equally important to be able to effectively manage diabetes if you are already diagnosed with it.
Type 2 Diabetes (TD2) is a prevalent and often devastating disease. I am all too familiar with the toll TD2 can take on one’s health. (You can read about how diabetes has affected my family, here).
Although many diabetic Americans are able to live overall healthy and happy lives if they manage their condition well, there is a large community of American people being devastated by diabetic amputations.
In 2014, 13-year-old Edgar Lopez died after his mother decided to stop giving him insulin prescribed by a pediatrician. He suffered from type 1 diabetes.
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