Posted on November 4, 2015 at 11:47 AM by Iowa Weight Loss Specialists
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the National Diabetes Association and November is National Diabetes Month.
Type 1 diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes) is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. While Type 1 diabetes can be managed well with insulin and nutrition management, a strong focus of the National Diabetes Association is finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes. This type of diabetes affects about 5% of those diagnosed with the disease.
Type 2 diabetes is developed through lifestyle choices including poor diet, lack of exercise and other factors. Individuals who are overweight, obese, or morbidly obese have a high-risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, however, Type 2 diabetes can be prevented and can also be treated.
Check out some of these facts from the National Diabetes Association:
The Toll on Health:
Cost of Diabetes:
If you are overweight or obese, weight-loss surgery could significantly decrease your risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, along with other life-threatening diseases. If you have already been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, surgery is even more important to lose excess weight to help manage or alleviate your need for medications. Many of our patients are off their diabetes medications within 2-4 weeks of surgery.
“Because of my weight, what started off as gestational diabetes turned into full blown Type 2 diabetes. When I left the hospital following my weight loss surgery I immediately stopped taking my diabetes medication (with approval from my doctor) and I’ve been clear of diabetes since!” – Lindsay Kerch, IWLS Patient
Awareness is key. Now is the time to change your lifestyle to live the life you deserve. Join us for a free informational class to learn more about our weight loss programs and ask questions. Register online at Iowa Weight Loss Specialists or call us at 515-327-2000.
American Diabetes Month 2015 Messages and Fact Sheet