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! 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.