Do YOU want to be a Statistic?

Do YOU want to be a Statistic?

 

The APMA, American Podiatric Medical Association, recently released some staggering facts about Americans and their feet.  Among them, 72% of Americans do not exercise due to foot pain![1]  This fact is shocking when one considers that obesity and diabetes, which affect a significant portion of the US population, are on the rise, and can be curbed (or even prevented) by diet and exercise.  This finding makes visiting a podiatrist and addressing foot pain critically important.

 

 (Statistics from National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse and CDC)

 

FOR DIAGNOSED DIABETES:

- Among U.S. residents ages 65 years and older, 26.9 percent, had diabetes in 2010.  (That is 1 out of every 4 retirees in the population)

- Among people 20 years or older, 11.3 percent, had diabetes in 2010.

- Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.

- Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke, which is the number one cause of death among all Americans

- Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

 

LEADING UP TO DIAGNOSED DIABETES:

- People with pre-diabetes have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

- Studies have shown that people with pre-diabetes who lose weight and increase their physical activity can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and in some cases return their blood glucose levels to normal.

 

THE COSTS OF DIABETES:

- Direct medical costs: $116 billion—after adjusting for population age and sex differences.

- Indirect costs: $58 billion—disability, work loss, and premature death

- Medical expenses for people with diabetes are more than 2 times higher than for people without diabetes.

 

So, the question remains…do you want to be a statistic?  With proper diet, regular exercise, and managing any foot pain by visiting a podiatrist, one can prevent or delay diabetes.  Avoiding diabetes will help maintain a high quality of life, help to reduce the onset of heart disease, reduce the risk of loosing a limb, and save people and families hundreds of dollars in medical bills.

1 http://www.apma.org/MainMenu/News/Foot-Pain-Making-72-Percent-of-Americans-Fat.aspx