November is Diabetes Awareness Month. In this issue of Well-Being we have included an editorial focus on Managing Diabetes – through exercise, careful monitoring, and diet. While type 2 diabetes touches 12.5% of all Mississippians, the rates of the disease are much higher in some counties, and the long-term effects of the disease are devastating, including: heart and blood vessel disease, damage to the nerves, kidneys, eyes, and feet, as well as hearing impairment, skin conditions and Alzheimer’s disease. It is also the cause of many lower extremity amputations. The startling truth is that diabetes is preventable, treatable, and beatable. That’s why we have addressed how diabetes can be managed and even prevented in three of our regular editorial sections this issue – FITNESS, HEALTH and NUTRITION.
Diabetes is a perfect example of a disease that when it is controlled can make a tremendous difference in the future of healthcare. Prevention and management are the key to bringing down the cost of healthcare in dollars, reduced productivity and lost lives. When early detection, proper treatment and careful monitoring can prevent the serious progression of diabetes, the trickle down effect in every aspect of society is tremendous. It includes lowered health insurance costs, fewer hospitalizations for diabetes complications, lower medication costs, fewer missed workdays or early retirements, and most of all a better quality of life for patients.
In our next issue we will cover a promising trend on the part of some companies to provide onsite healthcare for their employees. While it is obviously not possible for every employer to provide an in house clinic, it accentuates the potential effect of disease prevention and wellness promotion in the workplace and in our communities.
As always we feel very privileged to have the opportunity to bring important information about health and wellness to our readers. As we enter the holiday season, we want to wish you all our warmest wishes for a joyous holiday, and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.