26 MILLION adults and children have diabetes in the United States. Diabetes is the underlying or contributing cause for a quarter million deaths a year.
If you are looking for a reason for our high health care costs, look no further than diabetes. The National Diabetes Association estimates diabetes costs America $218 billion annually. Putting that into perspective, the 2011 Federal budget for education is approximately $138 billion.
What causes diabetes? The number one contributor to diabetes is obesity.
And here’s the bad news. The number of Americans that are obese is high and rising.
Gallup recently conducted a poll on obesity. Their findings are:
- 26+% of Americans are obese
- The rate of Americans becoming obese is growing
- There is a clear statistical link between obesity and diabetes, with states having a lower percentage of their population being obese also having an approximately 28% lower percentage of people with diabetes.
But it doesn’t have to be like this. Diet and exercise is the cure to obesity.
HERE’S FIVE ACTION ITEMS that health experts have recommended for weight control:
- Eat small, eat often. Try eating 5 small meals rather 2 or 3 big ones. Why? Two reasons. One is that eating 5 times a day will mitigate hunger. The second is smaller meals don’t stretch your stomach. Small stomach, less hunger.
- The CDC says we all should be eating 3 servings of fruit and 2 servings of vegetables. There really is something to the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And that really means eating an apple, not drinking apple juice. An apple and its fiber will help with those hunger pains.
- No Fried Food. It tastes great but is lousy for your health.
- No Sodas. Drink water, eight glasses a day. Sounds boring but it really works.
- Walk at least 20 minutes a day non-stop. It’s call the miracle walk for the type of benefits it creates for your health. Try it.
Bill Roth is the founder of Earth 2017 and author of The Secret Green Sauce of best practices being used by businesses and entrepreneurs to grow green revenues and reduce costs.