The Beating Diabetes Podcast: The Latest Diabetes Facts and Figures


Welcome to the newly released Beating Diabetes Podcast with Dr. Michele.

This year the podcast will be focusing on all things diabetes. As your host, I’ll be recording solo episodes which will answer some of the most common questions I’m asked as a physician such as “what CAN I eat as a diabetic?”, “how can I lose the extra weight that I’ve put on recently?”, “is it really possible to reverse type 2 diabetes?”, “What can I do to prevent my children from getting diabetes since it runs in the family?” and more. I will also be coaching patients and clients live on-air, and conducting interviews with other diabetic experts.

Today Dr. Michele is sharing facts and figures about diabetes, how it is affecting millions of Americans each year, and her clinical experience in treating thousands of diabetics over the past 22 years as a diabetic specialist.

I hope you enjoy the show!

About Dr. Michele:

As a physician, surgeon, health coach, yoga teacher, anatomy instructor, author, podcaster and overall health & wellness expert, Dr. Michele Summers Colon’s passion is helping women and men with diabetes and autoimmune disease heal their body. She has been interviewed and quoted in many prominent publications including USA Today, US News & World Reports, Health Magazine, Yahoo! Makers, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. One of Dr. Michele’s greatest strengths is her ability to help women create balanced, healthy lives by looking at the whole picture. Shee combines the best of Eastern and Western medicine to create individualized health & wellness plans for her patients and clients. For over 22 years, Dr. Michele has dedicated herself to maintaining a private medical practice and providing exceptional care to her patients while at the same time studying holisitic and integrative medicine. Dr. Michele believes that food is medicine and that yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation are the keys to perfect health.

Dr. Michele has a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology from UCBerkeley, a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and a Doctorate degree in Podiatry from Barry University, and graduated from a Foot & Ankle Surgical Residency in Los Angeles. Dr. Michele is also certified in Health Coaching, Yoga, Reiki, Reflexology, and Laser Therapy. Dr. Michele specializes in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Therapeutic Yoga to provide the most healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation to her patients and clients. Dr. Michele has studied Ayurvedic Medicine extensively and has worked with some of the best practitioners throughout California to bring Ayurveda to the forefront of medicine. Combining yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation is one of Dr. Michele’s passions so that she can spread the word to as many clients and patients as possible that this is the path to perfect health.

Show Notes:

Prevalence of diabetes:

Total: 30.3 million people (9.4% of the U.S. population has diabetes.)

Diagnosed: 23.1 million people

Undiagnosed: 7.2 million people

Prevalence of diabetes among different age groups:

Age 18-44 years: 4.6 million

Age 45-64 years: 14.3 million

Age 65 years or older: 12.0 milion

Men:  15.3 million

Women: 14.9 million

*This total included:
132,000 children and adolescents younger than age 18 years (0.18% of the total U.S. population younger than age 18 years).
193,000 children and adolescents younger than age 20 years (0.24% of the total U.S. population younger than age 20 years).

*About 5% of people with diabetes are estimated to have type 1 diabetes.

 Prevalence of diabetes by race/ethnicity among people 20 years or older:

The prevalence was higher among Native Americans/Alaska Natives (15.1%), non-Hispanic blacks (12.7%), and people of Hispanic ethnicity (12.1%) than among non-Hispanic whites (7.4%) and Asians (8.0%)

Among people of Hispanic ethnicity, Mexicans had the highest prevalence (13.8%), followed by Puerto Ricans (12.0%), Cubans (9.0%), and Central/South Americans (8.5%)

Among Asians, Asian Indians had the highest prevalence (11.2%), followed by Filipinos (8.9%), and Chinese (4.3%). Other Asian groups had a prevalence of 8.5%

Prevalence varied significantly by education level, which is an indicator of socioeconomic status. Specifically, 12.6% of adults with less than a high school education had diagnosed diabetes versus 9.5% of those with a high school education and 7.2% of those with more than a high school education

Prevalence of Prediabetes:

An estimated 33.9% of U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (84.1 million people) have prediabetes, based on their fasting glucose or A1C level. Nearly half (48.3%) of adults aged 65 years or older had prediabetes.

Among adults with prediabetes, 11.6% reported being told by a health professional that they had this condition.

Age-adjusted data indicated that more men (36.6%) than women (29.3%) had prediabetes.

Prevalence of prediabetes was similar among racial and ethnic groups.

Risk Factors for Complications:

1. Smoking:

15.9% of adults are current smokers, and 34.5% had quit smoking but had a history of smoking at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.

2. Overweight and Obesity:

87.5% of adults were overweight or obese, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 kg/m2 or higher.

3. Physical Inactivity:

40.8% of adults were physically inactive, defined as getting less than 10 minutes a week of moderate or vigorous activity in each of the physical activity categories of work, leisure time, and transportation.

4. High Blood Pressure:

73.6% of adults had systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg or higher or diastolic blood pressure of 90 mm Hg or higher, or they were on prescription medication for high blood pressure.

5. High Cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia):

58.2% of adults aged 21 years or older with no self-reported cardiovascular disease but who were eligible for statin therapy were on a lipid-lowering medication.

66.9% of adults aged 21 years or older with self-reported cardiovascular disease who were thus eligible for statin therapy were on a lipid-lowering medication.

6. High Blood Glucose (Hyperglycemia):

15.6% of adults had an A1C value higher than 9%.

Complications of Diabetes: 

1. Amputations

More than 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations in the United States occur among people with diabetes.

Nearly 82,000 non-traumatic lower-limb amputations are performed among people with diabetes each year.

Non-Hispanic blacks are 2.7 times as likely to suffer from lower-limb amputations as non-Hispanic whites.

2. Kidney Disease

Among U.S. adults aged 20 years or older with diagnosed diabetes, the estimated crude prevalence of chronic kidney disease (stages 1–4) was 36.5%.

Among those with diabetes and moderate to severe kidney disease (stage 3 or 4), 19.4% were aware of their kidney disease.

Approximately 53,000 people develop end-stage renal disease with diabetes as the primary cause each year.

3. Blindness

Preventing Diabetes Complications:

A podiatric physician, a doctor focusing on the treatment of diabetic foot and ankle conditions, plays an integral role in a diabetes management team. Diabetes can affect many parts of the body and can lead to serious complications such as blindness, kidney damage, and lower-limb amputations. Working together, people with diabetes and their health care providers, such as a podiatric physician, can reduce the occurrence of these and other diabetes complications.

Comprehensive foot care programs can reduce amputation rates by 45 percent to 85 percent.

Research in the United States and abroad has found that lifestyle changes can prevent or delay the onset of type II diabetes among high-risk adults.  Lifestyle interventions included diet and moderate-intensity physical activity, such as walking for 2.5 hours each week.

My Clinical Experience:

As you many know by now, I’ve been practicing medicine for over 20 years, and in that time I have seen thousands of diabetic patients. My practice is specialized to focus on diabetic care and to prevent diabetic limb loss and amputations.

I have discovered that most of my patients are not educated much about how to prevent complications of diabetes or how to reverse diabetes by their primary care physicians. I spend much of my time educating my patients about diabetes, what they should and should not be eating (and it’s not just about table sugar), how they can start to lose the stubborn weight and bloated belly by making a few simple changes in their daily routines, and how to save their eyes, kidneys, and feet from the damage that diabetes can do.

My passion is to help pre-diabetics, borderline diabetics, women who have been diagnosed with prenatal diabetes (research has found this to be a precursor to type II diabetes), and people who have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance, reverse their diagnosis and prevent full blown type II diabetes from taking over their lives.

If you have any of these conditions or type II diabetes and would like to discuss how we can work together to prevent or reverse diabetes, schedule a free consultation with me so we can dive deeper to find out what is going on and come up with a plan of action for you:

P.S. Make sure to read my blog post #1 and blog post #2 for more information on reversing diabetes.

Dr. Michele Summers Colon, DPM, MS, RYT-500
3503 Lexington Ave.
El Monte, CA 91731

*Information for this blog post has been compiled using the latest statistics from the American Diabetes Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017 Report.

Today’s show was brought to you by coaching program “Beating Diabetes: the 10 week roadmap”. For more information, head on over to my website and click on the work with me tab. All of the information is there about my group programs as well as 1:1 coaching.

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