Last night, I posted about the new docuseries from iThrive:
If you didn’t see that post, please check it out here to see why this series is so important!
I watched the first video episode in the series and took some notes while I was watching. I want to share some of the take-aways with you because this is such an important health issue that nearly all of us are facing.
Even children are at risk.
Even thin people are at risk.
Even people who eat “healthy” are at risk.
Episode 1: “The Black Death of the 21st Century”
Facing The Twin Pandemics of Diabetes & Obesity
Here are a FEW of my notes on this episode:
50% of people in America have diabetes or pre-diabetes, but 70% of us don’t know it!
Diabetes affects all the organ systems of the body. Diabetics have increased risk for Cancer, Amputations, Stroke, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Blindness, Alzheimer’s, Erectile Dysfunction, Liver Failure, Neuropathy, and much more.
We’re facing the first generation of children who will have a shorter lifespan than their parents and that’s because of diabetes.
Today, 71% of the population of the U.S. is overweight or obese.
Nearly everyone will be pre-diabetic at some point in their lives.
Obesity increases the risk of diabetes 37 times.
40% of the normal weight population have the same risks of diabetes. It is not just an issue of obesity.
A diabetic has the same heart attack risk as someone who has already had a heart attack.
Very few diabetics live long enough to end up on kidney dialysis because they die of a heart attack before their kidneys fail.
People with Type 2 diabetes are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s. In fact, “Type 3 Diabetes” is the name used for insulin resistance of the brain. Brain cells become insulin-resistant which can lead to Alzheimer’s.
Diabetics have an average life expectancy of 12 years LESS than non-diabetics.
Each generation is getting heavier. If one parent is obese, a child’s likelihood of obesity is increased by 3 to 4 fold. If both parents are obese, it is increased 15x.
Based on populations studies, the ramifications for a teen/pre-teen who is overweight include: Less likely to finish school; lower grades; less likely to go to college; less likely to marry (males 10% less likely, females 20% less likely); higher likelihood of poverty throughout their lifetimes; etc.
Y’all, these take-aways are all from the first video. It’s staggering. It’s depressing. It seems hopeless!
But, there is HOPE!
You don’t just “catch” diabetes. Your lifestyle contributes to it; therefore, your lifestyle can be changed to prevent it, or to minimize the impact it has on you. You can make the CHANGES needed to avoid diabetes or to minimize its effect on you. This is HOPE. You must know that it IS possible to change the future! Please WATCH episodes 2 thru 9 to discover the HOPE!
Here’s the link to register. Remember, this is FREE to watch while it’s online. A new episode will be released each evening at 9:00 PM.