Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death. One in 11 Americans have diabetes, and another 86 million are at high risk for developing diabetes down the road.
According to Dr. Carolyn Jasik, bringing awareness to the disease is crucial, because 28 percent of Americans who have diabetes don't realize they even have it. These individuals may be suffering with symptoms, and without proper treatment, the disease will only progress.
Testing is key, so treatment can begin as soon as possible. If you have symptoms that might be consistent with diabetes, talk to your doctor and request any of the three diagnostic tools to help identify if you are indeed suffering.
Prevention is particularly important in those who may be at risk for type-2 diabetes. Eating healthy and exercising can go a long way in cutting off that risk.
Dr. Jasik also advises to eat earlier in the day, so your body uses that energy instead of storing it.
The sad prediction is that by the year 2020, half of Americans will have the disease, and while Dr. Jasik hopes that can turn around, she knows it will probably be true.
So, the best thing sufferers can do is adhere to regimen. Technology will do much for the health and longevity of patients, offering things like apps that can help you track your medication and lifestyle habits.
Listen in as Dr. Jasik explains why diabetes is so prevalent in our society, as well as what the future may bring in terms of diagnosis, prevention, and self-management of the disease.