A silent killer

So yesterday I was watching the Oprah show with Dr. Oz about diabetes: “America’s Silent Killer: Oprah and Dr. Oz Want to Save Your Life.”
It was a very interesting show that I highly recommend you to go and watch it, it truly is information that can save your life but as they mention in there “it’s not what you know, it’s your emotions that will make the difference”.

Some of facts out of the show:

  • Diabetes is the fastest-growing disease
  • 6 million Americans undiagnosed
  • It’s estimated that 80 million people in the United States have diabetes or are on the verge of developing this disease.
  • United States is forced to spend $174 billion a year treating this disease—more than AIDS and all cancers combined.
  • Type 1 diabetes (you are born with it), formerly known as juvenile diabetes, affects 10 percent of Americans diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Type 2 develops from lifestyle issues. “Ninety percent of type 2 diabetics can actually reverse their problem,”
  • On average person eats 150 pounds of sugar a year.
  • In the United States, approximately 86,000 diabetes-related amputations are performed every year.
  • Dr. Oz says there are four major risk factors for type 2 diabetes: Belly fat,  Sedentary lifestyle, Family history and Smoking.

We all heard about diabetes before, haven’t we? What’s different about it now?

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