Gayle Anderson was live in West Los Angeles at Equinox Sports Club West L.A. for "GET MOVING MAY with the AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION" as the organization prepares to participate in Saturday's May 12th Operation Fitness FREE health and fitness expo at the Westfield Culver City Mall.
For more information about the FREE health expo:
FREE Health & FitnessExpo
Saturday, May 12th @ 10am to 5pm
Westfield Culver City Mall
6000 Sepulveda Boulevard
Culver City, CA 902230
At the expo you will learn Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes is a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors appear to play roles. There are different types of diabetes:
TYPE 1: An autoimmune disease in which the body does not produce any insulin, most often occurring in children and young adults. People with Type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to stay alive.
TYPE 2: A metabolic disorder resulting from the body's inability to make enough or properly use insulin. This form of diabetes is associated with older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, prior history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, physical inactivity and race/ethnicity.
GESTATIONAL DIABETES: Immediately after pregnancy, 5 to 10% of women with gestational diabetes are found to have Type 2 diabetes. Women who have had gestational diabetes have a 35 to 60% chance of developing diabetes in the next 10 to 20 years.
PREDIABETES: A condition in which individuals have blood glucose or A1C levels higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Recent data from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health has noted that diabetes has been the leading cause of death since 1997 and has also become and important cause of premature death (death before the age of 75) since 1999. In 2006, diabetes caused 25 deaths per 100,000 population and was the 9th leading cause of premature death. The risk of death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people without diabetes of similar age.
Also, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies issued a new report on Diabetes May 8th, 2012 entitled 'ACCELERATING PROGRESS IN OBESITY PREVENTION: SOLVING THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION." That report says, "
Two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight or obese. Left unchecked, obesity's effects on health, health care costs, and our productivity as a nation could become catastrophic.
The staggering human toll of obesity-related chronic disease and disability, and an annual cost of $190.2 billion for treating obesity-related illness, underscore the urgent need to strengthen prevention efforts in the United States. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation asked the IOM to identify catalysts that could speed progress in obesity prevention.