The following are four important facts you should know about diabetes:
1. By age sixty-five, 40 percent of people have diabetes.
2. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease than the general population.
3. People over thirty, who are overweight and/or have a family history of the disease, are at risk for diabetes. This age is getting lower every year – as low as 11 years of age.
4. People with diabetes are five times more likely to suffer a stroke than people who do not have diabetes.
Unfortunately, most patients diagnosed with diabetes experience major difficulties when it comes to changing their lifestyle. With care, the results of diabetes management do not go unrewarded. Good blood sugar control can delay and/or prevent the devastating complications of diabetes, including heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, adult blindness, amputations, and impotence.
Diabetes is an “equal opportunity disease” - the ratio of male-to-female is 50:50. Even mild to moderate weight loss has been shown to improve diabetes control. The amount of fat you consume, especially the amount of saturated fat, is thought to be a key factor in the development of diabetes.
Plan ahead to eat well. If you are pre-diabetic, please find a dietitian on www.eatright.org to help you improve your eating habits. It's better than drugs and their side effects. Following a healthy diet is worth it!