Wednesday, September 21, 2011

If You Can't Afford to be HEALTHY, You Sure Can't AFFORD to be SICK By Seay Stanford

About one-third of U.S. adults (33.8%) are obese. Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese, according to the CDC. For the first time in history, children born after 2000 are projected to have a shorter life-expectancy than their parents. It's time to purchase healthy, sometimes more costly, all natural nutrient-dense ingrediants that fuel our body and help PREVENT diabetes.

Cost of Obesity Related Diabetes
Heart Attack: 
Direct Costs: Ambulance transportation, diagnostic tests, hospitalization, and possibly surgery and a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator. Long-term maintenance of heart disease is also expensive, including medications, testing, and cardiologist appointments.
Indirect costs. It's harder to grasp the indirect costs of heart disease, but they can be enormous. The biggest are lost productivity and income. Many people might be able to return to work a few months after having a heart attack. But even losing income for a few months can cause grave financial problems. Surveys show that most people would be only 90 days away from bankruptcy if they stopped getting paid. People with more severe disease may never able to return to work full time, or at all.
Those who don't have good health insurance, or no insurance, can be financially ruined by heart disease overnight. That can also be true for people who do have decent health insurance. The lost wages alone can be crippling.
Even if you don’t develop heart disease, it's still costing you. "You're paying for cardiovascular disease whether you have it or not," Heidenreich says. "You're paying for it in your taxes and your health insurance premiums." He estimates that the average person in the U.S. is paying $878 per year for the societal costs of heart disease.
Despite diabetes' ominous potential, learning about the complications serves to reinforce the treatment regimes necessary to reduce, if not eliminate the potential pitfalls of the disease. 
Cardiovascular Disease: Heart disease and strokes are the leading cause of death in diabetics, accounting for approximately 65% of all deaths. The most common types are coronary heart disease, resulting from fatty deposits in the arteries, and high blood pressure, or hypertension. Approximately 74% of adult diabetics have high blood pressure or use prescription medication for hypertension. High cholesterol is also a cardiovascular disease complication. 
Diabetes Kidney Disease: Kidney disease, or diabetic nephropathy, is the leading cause of kidney failure. The condition is the slow deterioration of kidney function, which can ultimately lead to kidney failure. Diabetic kidney failure is known as end-stage renal disease or ESRD, and accounts for approximately 44% of all cases in 2005.

Diabetes Nerve Damage: Nervous system damage, or neuropathy, affects approximately 60%-70% of diabetics. The neuropathy damage varies widely in scope and type of affliction. Damage can include reduced sensation, possibly pain in hands, feet, arms and/or legs, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Amputations are also a possible result of neuropathic damage. Autonomic neuropathy, a type of nervous system disorder, can affect the autonomous nervous system, which controls breathing, sexual function (men and women), circulation, urination, digestion and temperature regulation.
Diabetic Retinopathy: Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in adults (20-74), approximately 12,000 to 24,000 cases a year. Retinopathy progressively destroys the small blood vessels in the eye, affecting vision. Ultimately, the disease can advance to blindness, known as proliferative 

So what can you do to prevent ALL this? Small decisions YOU make everyday are going to effect you in the years to come. Make a choice now to not be a slave to medical bills, debt, poor health, a bad heart, leaving your family behind because you were eating crap (a little dramatic I know but its the real shocking truth). If you are ready to take on a more fulfilling and healthy life Contact ME! There is hope, there is time to change, it is never too late to make that decision, whatever age, whatever you are facing, you can CHANGE! 

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