Today’s post doesn’t specifically relate to me, but it deals with something that effects 26 million people (roughly 8% of the U.S. adult population). It’s diabetes. That’s a staggering number isn’t it? In fact, according to the American Diabetes Association there is a new case of diabetes diagnosed in the U.S. about every 17 seconds. Even more mind blowing – another 79 million adults over the age of 30 have pre-diabetes, (a high risk for developing the disease).
According to About.com, diabetes is a disorder that affects the way your body uses food for energy. Normally, the sugar you take in is digested and broken down to a simple sugar, known as glucose. The glucose then circulates in your blood where it waits to enter cells to be used as fuel. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps move the glucose into cells. A healthy pancreas adjusts the amount of insulin based on the level of glucose. But, if you have diabetes, this process breaks down, and blood sugar levels become too high.
So if I thought getting on the Nutrisystem program was a life changer for me, their newest program is going to literally be a life changer for someone with type 2 diabetes. It’s called Nutrisystem D and it’s designed to help people with type 2 diabetes effectively lose weight and better manage their blood glucose levels.
“Weight loss brings impressive improvement in the control of diabetes,” says Dr. Gary Foster, Director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University School of Medicine, Chair of Nutrisystem’s Scientific Advisory Board and head of the research team for Nutrisystem’s first clinical trial. “A structured plan empowers overweight people with type 2 diabetes to transition from feeling overwhelmed by meal planning to instead making appropriate food choices that can have a positive impact on weight loss and blood glucose.”
Seriously, I get overwhelmed by meal planning and I don’t even have health problems! I can’t imagine how difficult it must be when you do.
After years of developing, improving and testing, Nutrisystem D meets the nutritional guidelines established by the American Diabetes Association for people with diabetes. Add to that Certified Diabetes Educators on staff, and Nutrisystem D is an easy first step in managing the disease.
Weekly weigh in
Week seventeen loss: 0 lbs
Weight loss so far: 17 lbs
End weight: 178 lbs
Couple of things stacked against me this week (namely my period and a couple of bottles of wine in the cupboard), but at least it’s not a gain. Still I’m hoping for some good numbers this week.
Hope everyone has a good, healthy week!
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