For decades, it has been understood that an important part of managing diabetes includes patient education, patient involvement, and giving patients the power they needed to manage their health. When patients are able to control their health, they are able to live a longer, happier, more meaningful life. This is especially true with individuals who have type II diabetes.
The health cost of addressing diabetes is clear. But there are also emotional and financial costs. The emotional cost comes from living every day with a chronic disease. The financial cost comes from trying to treat and control that disease. In the United States alone more than $245 billion is spent addressing diabetes, and that number is expected to rise to almost $500 billion over the next decade and a half.
This underscores the importance of addressing this disease from multiple fronts at Radiantly Healthy MD. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By educating people, steps can be taken to prevent some cases of type II diabetes. Education is also key in helping individuals who are dealing with diabetes to manage their health so that their diabetes does not have as great of an impact on their life.
Part of educating people about this disease is helping them to see how serious the it is. Diabetes has been linked to heart attacks, kidney failure, blindness, amputation, and death. And what makes these consequences so sad is that in many cases they can be prevented or delayed by having healthy meals, exercising, controlling weight, and keeping tabs on blood sugar. Many guidelines recommend that everyone over the age of 45 gets tested for diabetes once every three years. Individuals who are in at risk groups should be tested at an even younger age.
It is estimated that in the United States 14 percent of all households are defined as food insecure. This means that they do not have a steady supply of nutritious food. The link between not having nutritious food in the house and diabetes is clear. Patients who have food insecurity in their home and have poor glycemic control often find themselves visiting the doctor more frequently and carry twice the risk of type II diabetes. This is something else that must be addressed when talking about finding a cure for and preventing diabetes.
Do not let yourself fall to the disease that is Diabetes type II. Discuss ways to avoid it or ways to stay healthy at Radiantly Healthy MD. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!