According to the Diabetes Research Institute, Type 2 Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States. The CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) National Diabetes Statistics Report for 2020 shows that cases of diabetes have risen to an estimated 34.2 million. This is about 1 in less than 10 Americans and getting worse fast. The number is projected to rise to 39.7 million (13.9%) in 2030 and up to 60.6 million (17.9%) in 2060. Increases in diabetes are always troubling, but it is most concerning when we start seeing it an early age. This is because of “the potential to create a cascade of poor health outcomes,” according to Dr. Giuseppina Imperatore at the CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation. She adds that “compared to people who develop diabetes in adulthood, youth are more likely to develop diabetes complications at an earlier age and are at higher risk of premature death.” Diabetes changes the lives of people drastically, and the earlier it starts the more painful the course.
Is this inevitable? NO!!! So, what is the problem?
Research is consistently showing that lifestyle is the main driver for this terrible and fast-paced growth. Studies show that the standard western diet promotes the increase of diabetes and associated lifestyle diseases. It is very likely that several of you reading this right now have diabetes, prediabetes or know someone who does. You are also most likely aware of the horrible complications associated with it. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease leading to dialysis, infections, a compromised immune system, cancer, neuropathy, erectile dysfunction, amputations, gastrointestinal problems and so much more. In fact, data from the National Heart Association shows greater than 65% of people with diabetes will die from some sort of heart disease or stroke. This is terrible news!!! Added to the unhealthy diet is a lack of exercise which contributes to the complications.
Yet, hope is not lost. There is hope!!
With the proper guidance and support in coordination with the treatment you are already on, you can reverse or greatly improve your diabetes. We have a lot of experience in this and have worked diligently over the years with diabetics with amazing results. Many have totally reversed their diabetes and off medications or experienced significant improvement with a dramatic reduction in their medication use. They feel so much better as they see their weight, their A1C, their associated chronic conditions all improve. Even their primary doctors are amazed as they see their patients’ condition improve. This could also happen to you! We have yet to see a hopeless case, and even the person who is not very motivated can be helped. It is all about how much you want to commit and what your personal goals are.
As one who has personally dealt with type 1 diabetes since childhood, Dr. Rey Forde has over 45 years of experience both as a patient and a healthcare provider with expertise in diabetes management. We will work with you step by step until you achieve the health and quality of life you have been desiring for so long. It will happen…if you work at it! We are here to help you!!!
Make your appointment today and start on the road to improving or reversing your diabetes!
According to the CDC: “About 1 out of every 6 adults will have depression at some time in their life, affecting 16 million American adults every year.” Depression can occur at any age and to any person; it does not discriminate!
Depression has been linked to more than 1 attributable factor or cause. Attributable factors may include genetics, environment and psychological. Triggers or life events that may lead to an increased risk of becoming depressed are: a personal history of trauma; grief/loss of a loved one or pet; going through a major life event planned or unplanned such as divorce, an empty nest, a challenging job, a new school or career; health challenges such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, postmenopausal changes, post-partum changes, the COVID-19 pandemic, alcohol or other drug use and a family history of depression. If you or anyone you know are facing challenges with depression, we can help.
We recognize that everyone is different and respond differently to life stressors and major life events. Drs Ruth and Reynald Forde are compassionate and caring physicians who want to help and support you through your life’s journey. We are here to provide you with individualized care for problems with depression/anxiety that will get you back on the road to healing and recovery.
Anxiety is commonly seen in people who experience depression and vice versa. According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), “over 40 million adults in the U.S. (19.1%) have an anxiety disorder. “Individuals who have anxiety disorders may struggle with intense and uncontrollable feelings of anxiety, fear, worry, and/or panic that interfere with activities of daily living. You do not have to deal with symptoms of anxiety alone. We can help!
Depression and Suicide [Excerpt from CDC’s Website]
“Some people who are depressed may think about hurting themselves or committing suicide (taking their own life). If you or someone you know is having thoughts about hurting themselves or committing suicide‚ please seek immediate help. The following resources can help:
- Call 1−800−273−TALK (8255)to reach a 24−hour crisis center or dial 911. 1−800−273−TALK is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline external icon, which provides free‚ confidential help to people in crisis. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration external icon runs this lifeline.”