Fact Sheet

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Dia­betes Overview
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.

Nutri­tion Coun­sel­ing
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.

Eat­wiseRx Mis­sion
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.

East­wiseRx Phi­los­o­phy
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.