Healthcare and Diabetes

Lets start with a quote from decades past:

"The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease." -Thomas A. Edison

The healthcare industry is focused on treating diseases, illnesses, and helping people. No don't get me wrong the healthcare industry is made up of very intelligent people from all walks of life working together to help patients. It is the passion which brings people to this industry, a common goal/desire to help people and make a difference. So why you do I suggest something is wrong with the industry?

Lets start with what we know best here at the clinic, Diabetes. According to the CDC (center for disease control) diabetes has nearly doubled nationwide rising from 5.5% in 1994 to 9.3% in 2012. What does this actually look like? More than 29 million adults in America have diabetes and another 86 million have pre-diabetes. Further more one quarter of seniors, that is about 11 million, currently have diabetes. On current projections, the CDC estimates that by 2050 one in every three adults will have diabetes. Clearly this is not going away anytime soon. As of now, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for around $245 billion in medical costs and lost productivity EACH YEAR! If the current projections are correct these numbers will increase dramatically.

What is more upsetting is that we can change this with preventative medical approaches. So what's that mean? According to ACPM (the American College of Preventative Medicine) preventative medicine focuses on the health of individuals, community, and defined populations. The goal is to protect, maintain, and promote health while preventing disease, disability, and death. How do we go about doing that? Diet, education, weight loss programs focused on lifestyle change (not weight loss pills....not the same at all), routine appointments with physicians, routine lab work, etc. The goal is to prevent disease before it starts rather than having to treat that disease. We can do this with diabetes. In fact diet is the best way to control and even possibly eliminate the disease. We can help you with that, that is what we do. Its as simple as cooking and eating the right foods. No medications, no surgeries just education, cooking demonstrations, check-ins, routine meetings, follow up appointments, and a desire to change.

So if this is so effective then why isn't it covered by insurance? Why isn't this that standard treatment before going to medication which leads to weight gain (lets save that discussion for another day)? Those are the questions I propose to you. Is there a way to get this care to other people? I say yes...word of mouth, send people to the free seminars, send people to the clinic, get the message out that there.

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