CHEF TIMOTHY October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and November is National Diabetes Month. One reason they are back to back could be because the two diseases correlate with each other. It is estimated that American women with diabetes have a great possibility of developing breast cancer, especially in the African-American community.
Diabetes is an epidemic that is rapidly increasing each year. Even though we think of diabetes as a controllable disease, The Wall Street Journal reports that it appears to be growing out-of-control. The sixth leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes is moving closer to heart disease and cancer. If it continues to run rampant, in the near future it could be the number one killer disease.
According to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one third of the American population will be living with diabetes by the year 2050. The CDC also reports that one third of all children born in the United States since the year 2000 are at risk for developing this disease. Hispanic children have the greatest risk. The reason for this is poor diet, economic conditions, and not getting enough exercise, which improves the circulation and blood flow in the body.
As adults, we have learned to live with the disease, but when this tragedy hits our beloved children, we need to sit up and take notice. We don't want our children to develop a deadly disease just because we don't give them a healthier lifestyle.
Sadly, one in eleven adults have diabetes; and one in every three adults in the United States have pre-diabetes, which is likely to turn into full blown diabetes unless some major lifestyle changes are taken. Diabetes is a silent killer and it usually appears unexpected in one's life. When it does appear, it increases the possibility of a stroke, kidney disease, blurred vision, blindness, heart disease, dehydration, edema, unexpected weight loss and obesity.
Another key factor related to the onset of diabetes is obesity. Based on BMI figures in individuals, it is estimated there are over 45 million Americans considered obese. When you combine obesity, economic conditions and poor diet the outcome becomes diabetes.
Because of complications related to diabetes, males 40 years of age will lose 12 years of quality life, with females losing approximately 15 years of life. This debilitating disease can be prevented, avoided, controlled and even cured with some simple lifestyle changes, such as emotions, dietary, resting and exercising.
While some are worried about Obamacare, it's time to put the emphasis on taking control of our health and putting more initiative into self-care. Diabetes is a disease, so please, take it seriously!