Last week Everyday Health hosted a health talk featuring some prominant physicians, nurses and health experts on the topic of diabetes. Diabetes is a pressing topic across the country, from board rooms, classrooms and hospital rooms. This health talk brought together Dr. Sanjay Gupta, New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley and Montefiore Medical Center’s Dr. Joel Zonszein to discuss the causes and impact of the diabetes epidemic in the country as a whole and in New York City, where one in eight people live with the condition. The doctors and health experts discussed how those numbers compare to the rest of the country, looked into preventive measures against the disease, and talked about education initiatives to prevent the disease.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, diabetes affects 25.8 million people in the United States, and according to Dr. Gupta, half of all Americans are projected to develop diabetes or pre-diabetes by the year 2020. Though there is a lot of talk (in this health talk and elsewhere) about medication and a ‘cure,’ many other experts have noted that diabetes and other lifestyle diseases can be prevented and even cured with a plant-based diet. Of course, there are other factors that make any disease difficult to solve entirely (education, income, pre-existing conditions) but most doctors agree that a wholesome diet, physical activity and maintaining a healthy body weight can GREATLY reduce your risk. In fact, Dr. Gupta notes in the Health Talk that even modest weight loss (about 5%) can greatly reduce your risk of diabetes.
If you want to learn more about what’s happening in NYC and across the country, read the whole talk here on Everyday Health. Here’s a peek of what the talk looked like: