Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Statistics like those are what inspire this year’s American Diabetes Month campaign by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes is an initiative designed to inspire people to live a more active and healthier lifestyle, empowering all Americans to cook nutritious and delicious food, and be more active.
KHS supports the ADA’s vision and promotes raising awareness of this ever-growing disease. At KHS, we encourage you to speak with your healthcare professional regarding caring for your diabetes or helping you prevent diabetes. We are doing our part by providing numerous preventative products crucial to ongoing foot care for the diabetic patient, including skin therapy creams, comfortable socks designed especially for diabetic feet and custom comfort footwear.
In addition to the specialized footwear by Dr. Comfort (extra width and depth shoes with heat-molded or custom inserts), we offer socks with superior breathability, non-binding, and seamless contours; anti-microbial odor control; and ball and heel padding to protect feet. KHS will work together with you to be part of the solution!
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American Diabetes Month 2014 Overview
One of the Association’s primary objectives is to raise awareness and understanding of diabetes, its consequences, management and prevention. American Diabetes Month is an important element in this effort, with programs designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues and seriousness of diabetes and the people impacted by the disease. In 2014, the Association will focus on teaching and inspiring the public to cook healthier by providing practical, hands-on tips for preparing “good-for-you dishes” that taste great.
America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes is an initiative designed to engage and inspire people to live a more active and healthier lifestyle by sharing relevant information such as healthy cooking tips, diabetes and nutrition facts, recipe ideas. Some ideas:
- Get Moving Mondays – We will provide some easy tips each Monday to help you get moving and keep up an active lifestyle all week long.
- Tasty Tip Tuesdays – Every Tuesday we will take a traditional recipe and teach people how to substitute certain ingredients for healthier options without losing the taste.
- What’s Cooking Wednesdays – Each Wednesday, the public will vote on recipes that represent a healthy side dish, appetizer and/or dessert that they would like to see for a holiday meal. At the end of the month, we will unveil those winning dishes.
- Get Together Thursdays or Any Day! – Each Thursday we will highlight a suggested activity which can happen any day of the week. Use these fun get-togethers as ways to raise money for the Association and help Stop Diabetes.
- Fact Check Friday – Each Friday we will post a question about diabetes to test what you know and encourage you to share it with your friends, family and/or co-workers.
- Weekend Challenge to Stop Diabetes – For the weekend, we will provide fun fundraising activities for people to engage in and use their 48 hours to participate or, if they are too bus, to donate!
Meet the Faces Joining America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes
Joining the ADA as a spokesperson is DJ Spinderella, a member of the iconic hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa who has personally seen the severe consequences diabetes has had on not only the person with the disease, but an entire family. Her mother passed away from complications of diabetes, and now she watches her brother and young nephew live with diabetes every day. Also Robyn Webb, MS, the food editor for Diabetes Forecast and also an award-winning cookbook author and culinary instructor, has been a passionate advocate of cooking and eating wisely. Because of health problems within her own family, most notably diabetes, Robyn learned early on the importance of a balanced, healthful approach to eating.
The Toll on Health
- People with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized for a heart attack or stroke.
- Diabetes causes nearly 50% of all cases of kidney failure.
- More than half of all amputations in adults occur in people with diabetes.
- More than half a million American adults have advanced diabetic retinopathy, greatly increasing their risk for severe vision loss.
- About 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction and other nerve problems.
Cost of Diabetes
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
- Direct medical costs reach $176 billion and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease.
- Indirect costs amount to $69 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
- One in 10 health care dollars is spent treating diabetes and its complications.
- One in five health care dollars is spent caring for people with diabetes.
For more general information you can visit us on Facebook (facebook.com/AmericanDiabetesAssociation) or by visiting stopdiabetes.com. or by calling 1-800-DIABETES in English and Spanish.