Get Moving May: American Diabetes Association

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Gayle Anderson was live in West Los Angeles at Equinox Sports Club West L.A. for "GET MOVING MAY with the AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION" as the organization prepares to participate in Saturday's May 12th Operation Fitness FREE health and fitness expo at the Westfield Culver City Mall.

For more information about the FREE health expo:
Operation Fitness
FREE Health & FitnessExpo
Saturday, May 12th @ 10am to 5pm
Westfield Culver City Mall
6000 Sepulveda Boulevard
Culver City, CA 902230
1-800-933-8633
www.operationfitness.com
info@operationfitness.com

At the expo you will learn Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes is a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors appear to play roles. There are different types of diabetes:

TYPE 1: An autoimmune disease in which the body does not produce any insulin, most often occurring in children and young adults. People with Type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to stay alive.

TYPE 2: A metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to make enough or properly use insulin. This form of diabetes is associated with older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, prior history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, physical inactivity and race/ethnicity.

GESTATIONAL DIABETES: Immediately after pregnancy, 5 to 10% of women with gestational diabetes are found to have Type 2 diabetes. Women who have had gestational diabetes have a 35 to 60% chance of developing diabetes in the next 10 to 20 years.

PREDIABETES: A condition in which individuals have blood glucose or A1C levels higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Recent data from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health has noted that diabetes has been the leading cause of death since 1997 and has also become and important cause of premature death (death before the age of 75) since 1999. In 2006, diabetes caused 25 deaths per 100,000 population and was the 9th leading cause of premature death. The risk of death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people without diabetes of similar age.

Also, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies issued a new report on Diabetes May 8th, 2012 entitled 'ACCELERATING PROGRESS IN OBESITY PREVENTION: SOLVING THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION." That report says, "…Two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight or obese. Left unchecked, obesity's effects on health, health care costs, and our productivity as a nation could become catastrophic.

The staggering human toll of obesity-related chronic disease and disability, and an annual cost of $190.2 billion for treating obesity-related illness, underscore the urgent need to strengthen prevention efforts in the United States. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked the IOM to identify catalysts that could speed progress in obesity prevention.

The IOM evaluated prior obesity prevention strategies and identified recommendations to meet the following goals and accelerate progress below:
Integrate physical activity every day in every way
Market what matters for a healthy life
Make healthy foods and beverages available everywhere
Activate employers and health care professionals
Strengthen schools as the heart of health

On their own, accomplishing any one of these might help speed up progress in preventing obesity, but together, their effects will be reinforced, amplified, and maximized.
Diabetes is one of the most costly medical conditions to treat. The annual direct medical costs for Americans with diabetes were estimated to be $116 billion in 2007, while another $58 billion were attributed to indirect costs including disability, loss of productivity, and premature mortality. In LA County alone, the direct medical costs of diabetes are estimated to be $6.4 billion per year. Hospitalizations in LA County due to complications from diabetes increased 9% from 2005 to 2008 (from 22,292 hospitalizations to 24,309).
Fortunately, the majority of Type 2 Diabetes and its precursor, prediabetes (fasting blood sugar 100-125 mg/dL), are preventable. A study among high-risk individuals shows that lifestyle interventions such as improved diet and exercise, or treatment with the oral diabetes drug metformin, reduced the development of diabetes by 58% and 31%, respectively, during a 3 year period.
Obesity is the most important modifiable risk factor for Diabetes. In 2007, the obesity rate among those with Diabetes (43.5%) was more than double the obesity rate among those without Diabetes (20.2%). Physical activity and good nutrition are important modifiable health behaviors that can prevent diabetes as well as help to control or reverse Diabetes.
To prevent Diabetes, follow a healthy meal plan of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products and lean cuts of meat, fish or poultry and limit foods high in salt and sugar. You should also be physically active for 30-60 minutes on most days of the week. If applicable, lose excess weight through a healthy diet and increased physical activity.
If you have Diabetes, see your health care provider regularly and ensure that your diabetes is being treated according to recommendations. Exercise daily and follow a proper diabetic diet. If you smoke, seek help to quit. It is important that you monitor your health. Check your feet daily for cuts, blisters or swelling. Get a dilated eye exam and complete foot exam at least once a year. Brush and floss your teeth daily to prevent problems with your teeth and gums.
To learn more about Diabetes, contact the American Diabetes Association (ADA), www.diabetes.org. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association's mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by Diabetes. The Association is behind the largest national movement to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences. The movement will inspire and mobilize people to Join the Millions and take up the fight against the disease.

Again, the American Diabetes Association, as well as Michael Torchia, will be at the Operation Fitness Expo on Saturday, May 12th. This FREE event provides information about diabetes prevention as well as tips on physical fitness and overall well-being.

The Operation Fitness Expo will be held at the Westfield Shopping Mall in Culver City from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information:
American Diabetes Association Los Angeles
5200 West Century Boulevard
Suite 480
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(323) 966-2890
(310) 410-9372
www.diabetes.org

Gayle's live location was:
Equinox Sports Club West LA
1835 Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles 90025
(310) 473-1447
www.equinox.com

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