Diabetes Hits Close to Home, But It Still Time to Reverse it and Prevent it

Diabetes and Heart Disease are among the leading health problems in NC.

Approximately 1 of every 3 persons in NC has pre-diabetes. 90% of them are unaware they have the condition. Without lifestyle changes to improve their health about 1/3 of them will develop Type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

Diabetes can take 15 years off of your life. Unfortunately North Carolina has one of the highest incidences on diabetes. The rate of diabetes in NC has almost doubled in the last 20 years. Many folks with type 2 diabetes are on medication, insulin or even both. It has been shown that with changes in lifestyle many of these folks can get off medication or at least decrease the amount needed.

Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2015 but this may be underreported. While it is often identified as the cause of blindness, lower-limb amputations and kidney failure, doctors are not able to easily identify diabetes as the cause of heart attacks or strokes. So, while it’s reported that a person died from a stroke, the real cause of death may have been the diabetes which caused the stroke.

In 2016, the CDC partnered with the American Diabetes Association, American Medical Association, and the Ad Council to start a national prediabetes awareness campaign. The Public Service Announcements are reaching millions of people who may be at risk. These risks include being overweight, being 45 years or older, having a family history of type 2 diabetes and being physically active less than three times a week. People who have even one of these risks should talk to their doctor about being tested for diabetes. Be tested and know your numbers!

Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in North Carolina and the United States. Many of the risk factors for heart disease are the same as for diabetes. When one is prevented you can often prevent the other. Prevention is better than treatment but many folks with disease will be able to actually see reversal if they can make the appropriate life style changes. Often heart disease will take a person in the prime of life.

Optimal Health – “Reversing and Preventing Diabetes and Heart Disease” is the name of a class being held in our area. It will be held 6 Tuesday evenings at 7 pm beginning September 12th at the

Community Life Center of the Arden Seventh-day Adventist church at 35 Airport Road, Arden.

It is open to anyone and will include a series of blood tests the first and last evenings to see what progress you are making. It also includes two very helpful book to help you make the changes needed. There will be food samples each evening. It is based on the latest scientific information.

The cost is $45/person or $65/couple and it includes the blood tests and the books. For more information or to register call 828-490-1371.