In a March Sunday edition of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, I ran across an obituary of a young woman (only 2 years older than me) who died from complications from diabetes. This young woman is survived by one daughter, one son, and grandchildren. This obituary hits super close to home and makes me more aware of the work we are doing at UR Diabetes. The mission of providing information for diabetics and their quest for a healthy life, may be the answer to help them extend their life.
In the United States, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the year 2007. The overall risk for death among people with diabetes is twice as much as other individuals of the same age. Diabetes is tied to a plethora of other diseases such as kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, blindness, amputations, hypertension, and dental disease. The unfortunate fact is that diabetes is most likely underreported. Diabetes may be listed as an illness on the death certificate, but not the cause of death. In 2007, diabetes contributed to 160,022 deaths, and was the leading cause in 71,382 deaths; a total of 231,404 deaths in all.
Who is most at risk?
In Type 2 diabetes, obesity is one of the contributors to diabetes. Those with diabetes had double the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, compared to those without the disorder. But they also found that diabetics had a 25 percent higher risk of dying from cancer and were more likely to die from a variety of illnesses including infections, lung and kidney disease as well as falls.
The research finds that mortality rates for people with type 1diabetes are significantly higher than for people without the disease — seven times higher, in fact. And some groups, such as women, continue to have disproportionately higher mortality rates. Women with type 1 diabetes are 13 times more likely to die than are their female counterparts without the disease.
Blacks also have a lower 30-year survival rate than whites according to a study by Juvenile Diabetes Research Center. One suggestion as to this research is that blacks generally have more susceptibility to heart disease or high blood pressure.
Hope for an Extended Life?
Bloomberg Business, a publication focusing on healthcare, has some good news. Individuals diagnosed with diabetes in 1970 have a lower mortality rate than diabetics identified in 1960. This lower rate is due to the increase in awareness on ways in which individuals can monitor and control their condition. While each type 2 diabetic is different, diet and exercise are two components that can assist with extending life’s expectancy. Using the many resources available through the research of the American Diabetes Association and JDRF, diabetics can follow recommended lifestyles for healthy living.
Type 2 diabetics looking for a healthy alternative can choose a program called “Simply Raw for 30”. This nutritional system could reverse type 2 diabetes in 30 days. For more information, go to the following link. CLICK HERE!