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Type-2 diabetes is considered largely preventable through proper diet and active lifestyle. So when the Queen of Southern comfort food, Paula Deen, went public about her Type 2 diabetes, many in the medical community were not surprised.
"I'm here today to let the world know that it is not a death sentence," said Deen on the “Today” show. She added that she is going to help others manage their diabetes.
Deen is right about one thing; diabetes, which afflicts millions, is not a death sentence and it can be managed, even prevented.
Unlike many other chronic diseases, drugs are not always necessary when treating diabetes, and simple diet and lifestyle changes can often achieve even better results. But for most people, it need not even come to this, as the disease is essentially prevented by proper diet, exercise and weight control.
Controlling the modifiable risk factors for diabetes is more than do-able,” said Dr. Mark Rosenberg, Director of south Florida’s Institute for Healthy Aging. “The problem is that many people do not know that they have diabetes or that they are at risk for developing it.”
In the United States, nearly 26 million people have diabetes, according to data from the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet. But of that total, only about 15 million know they have it. This is because type 2 diabetes is usually diagnosed years after its onset, which gives the disease a head start in causing damage.
Education is key to stopping the epidemic, experts say. A well-informed public is more likely to detect their diabetes early, and to take steps in reducing their risk factors.
“Without appropriate education, a person cannot be expected to make the complicated daily medical decisions required for good health, quality of life and survival,” Dr. Mark Rosenberg said. “In other words, a person has to know what they are doing wrong before they can make steps to change it.”
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