A Diabetes Discussion
Since November 14th is World Diabetes Day , a day dedicated to raise awareness of diabetes, its prevention and complications, and the care that people with the condition need, we decided to sit down with Kathryn Peeden, M.D. (Dr. Katie) to discuss the Type 2 Diabetes epidemic in the United States.
AIM: Hi Dr. Katie. Thank you for sitting down with us to talk about diabetes today.
AIM:Let me first start out by reading you some statistics from the CDCs website : It is estimated that 30.3 million people have diabetes in the United states, which amounts to nearly one in ten people. Since only 5% of those with diabetes have type 1 diabetes , we wanted to spend a moment with you discussing the more wide-spread type 2 diabetes . With over a million new cases being diagnosed annually, what do you find is the number one misconception your patients have of this disease?
Dr. Katie: Too many of my patients are under the misconception that their diabetes is genetic and therefore permanent; that theres nothing they can do to improve their outcome. Many people too often say, My mom or dad had it, so I knew Id get it.
Dr. Katie: Like many disease processes, there is a genetic component, but genes merely show someones propensity towards health or illness they are not Tarot cards; they dont predict our future. Research shows us that genes can be turned on and off depending on our diet and lifestyle choices, so using genetics as a reason for having type 2 diabetes cripples the persons hope of turning their disease around.
Dr. Katie: With proper supplementation, dietary and lifestyle c Continue reading