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Diabetes is caused by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25.8 million people, or 8.3% of the U.S. population are affected by diabetes. In 2011, 50% of adults over the age of 65 had prediabetes and another 26.9% of adults over 65 had diabetes. This means that more than 75% of adults over 65 are living with elevated glucose levels and are susceptible to a host of serious diabetes-related complications.
Complications of Diabetes
If not properly controlled, diabetes can cause serious health complications and an increased risk of death. Diabetes can impact almost every organ in the body. Some of the serious health complications of diabetes include kidney failure, vision impairment or blindness, nerve damage and loss of sensation, pain in the legs or feet, severe periodontal disease and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. More than 60% of leg and foot amputations not related to an injury are due to diabetes and it is the leading cause of blindness in adults aged 20–74. The risk of death for people with diabetes is about twice the rate of people of similar age without diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
In adults, type 2 diabetes (previously known as adult-onset diabetes) accounts for approximately 90–95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the body either does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. There is no cure for type 2 diabetes, but with diet and exercise, it can be managed effectively.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that every person with diabetes see a Registered Dietitian as part of their core treatment team. Registered Dietitians provide nutrition counseling and diabetes meal planning. Nutrition counseling is clinically proven to be effective in lowering a patient’s A1C (by 1–2%), and lowering weight, blood pressure and triglyceride levels. The benefits are so significant that Medicare and most insurance plans have waived all patient responsibility (no co-pay/no deductibles), covering 100% of the cost of nutrition counseling for people with diabetes. However, less than 1% of Medicare beneficiaries eligible for nutrition counseling take advantage of it due to lack of awareness of this benefit and accessibility to nutrition consultant.
Buffalo-based company EatwiseRx, has created a new model that makes nutrition counseling more accessible to people with diabetes by providing the convenience of in-home consultations with Diabetes Diet Experts. The EatwiseRx team of Diabetes Diet Experts are all board certified Registered Dietitians. They provide the resources to the patients in their homes where change will ultimately need to take place. EatwiseRx’s Diabetes Diet Experts take the time to understand the patient’s lifestyle and personal needs and create a personalized diabetes nutrition plan centered around foods they like to eat.
EatwiseRx’s philosophy is that every person with diabetes should have access to nutrition counseling. EatwiseRx believes that counseling patients in their homes is the best way to understand their unique needs and challenges and develop a personalized nutrition plan that works for their life. EatwiseRx’s individualized nutrition plans incorporate the foods the patient already likes to eat, increasing the likelihood that they make lasting changes and better control and manage their diabetes for a lifetime of health and wellness. The Diabetes Diet Experts at EatwiseRx are teaching people that diabetes can be delicious.