I know it’s a “chick flick”, but the movie Steel Magnolias really sheds light on the dangers of diabetes. Over 8 percent of people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes and one in every 400 children and adolescent are living with the disease.
Though this disease can be controlled and in some cases even prevented when a person is diagnosed, it needs to be taken seriously. Diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disease and amputation. And then there’s the financial burden of living with diabetes.
Diabetes really is a burgeoning epidemic that many people deal with every day. Early detection and prevention are key to helping to improve people’s quality of life or even save them from death. In 2007, diabetes was a contributing factor in 231,404 deaths in the U.S.
Tomorrow night my colleagues and I, including a dietician, will be at the Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton. After a free showing of Steel Magnolias, we will be available to answer questions. Would love to see you there.