There are so many great reasons to lose weight, and one of the biggest is keeping yourself healthy and disease-free.
And right now, that’s more important than ever. The number of people in the U.S. who are categorized as obese is growing. Today, 28.3 percent of people are obese in the U.S., up nearly 3 points since 2008. (Obesity is calculated using BMI, a measure of your weight compared to your height).
And an unhealthy body weight is known to grow your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
As the number of people categorized as obese grows, the number of people in the U.S. who have diabetes has been growing, too. Today, 11.5 percent of people have diabetes, up from 10.5 percent in 2008, according to the recent Gallup-Healthway index.
There are two types of diabetes — Type 1 and Type 2. People with Type 1 diabetes are insulin-dependent, meaning their pancreas produces little or no insulin, while Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder characterized by high blood sugar, insulin resistance and lack of insulin.
While the report looks at all incidences of diabetes, it does draw a correlation between both obesity and the uptick in diabetes.
"The relationship between diabetes and obesity is important for population health stakeholders and healthcare professionals supporting diabetes prevention and management initiatives within their communities," the report says.
The report also looks at the states with the least and most incidences of diabetes.
Alabama, West Virginia and Mississippi have the most people who have diabetes, while Utah, Rhode Island and Colorado have the least number of people who have diabetes.
And, just like nationally, the instances of diabetes in those states is growing.
Ok, seems like some pretty bad news.
But there’s good news, too. You can DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
If you struggle with your weight, have pre-diabetes or even if you have Type 2 diabetes, it’s possible to control it, or even cause it to go into remission.
The key lies in eating healthy, balanced meals and incorporating moderate exercise into your routine. But where do you even start?
That’s where we come in!
Diet-to-Go has a meal plan specifically targeted for people who have diabetes. Our “Balance-Diabetes” meal plan follows American Diabetes Association’s nutritional guidelines. It also addresses the challenge people with the condition face when it comes to knowing what to eat, proper portion sizes and how to fit healthy eating into their busy lives.
Our primary goal is to help you manage your diabetes as easily as possible and learn about healthy living. Along the way, we have an entire team — a registered dietitian, a nutritionist and a certified health coach — all dedicated to helping you reach your weight loss goals.
Plus, we have an online community where you can connect with fellow customers for additional support, and share weekly tips, recipes and information for even more support.
So this year, when you think about whether or not you’re going to make your resolutions stick, remember, you can do it with Diet-to-Go.
Author: Caitlin Hendee
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.