On Demand April 26, 2006
Diabetes Update: Foot Care and Nutrition
Broadcast Date: April 26, 2006
Diabetes is a growing problem in the United States. The number of U.S. adults with diagnosed diabetes has increased 61% since 1991 and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. And while as many as 21 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, more than 6 million people remain undiagnosed.
There is also a large group of adults ages 40 to 74 who have a condition known as pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes means that the blood sugar level is elevated but is not high enough to be classified as diabetes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services coined this term, "pre-diabetes," in an effort to educate the public on prevention, symptoms and treatment of diabetes.
The U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program demonstrated that sustained lifestyle changes with modest weight loss and physical activity resulted in substantial reduction in diabetes among older adults who were at very high risk for diabetes. While we are up against alarming precedence of type 2 diabetes, on the positive side it is a disease which is highly responsive to positive changes in lifestyle and diet.
Barbara Bain, RN
Molly B. Pettyjohn, MS, RD, LD
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