Diabetes is a chronic and preventable health condition that has reached epidemic proportions in this country. 24 million Americans have diabetes and one third of them don’t know it. An additional 57 million are at risk for developing the disease. If this disease is allowed to continue unchecked we’ll have over 66 million people with diabetes by 2025. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that one of every three children born after the year 2000 will get diabetes in their lifetime!
The cost to our communities in dollars alone, is over $225 billion annually, and that doesn’t take into account the human suffering caused by a host of debilitating complications that include blindness, amputations, kidney disease and failure, heart disease, and strokes to name only a few.
It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out that this disease has the potential to totally bankrupt our health care system if something isn’t done to stem the flood tide.
The good news is Type 2 diabetes, which represents 90% of all new cases, can be prevented 95% of the time.
For a variety of reasons the primary focus of the money spent on diabetes has been 1) to search for a cure 2) to find more effective treatments.
This has led to a greater understanding of the disease and its complications. It’s given people with diabetes more effective treatments and has resulted in longer lives and improved quality of life for millions of diabetics. However, very limited resources have been spent on the prevention of disease.
Martial arts training can add to the solution to this problem at a grassroots level by inspiring people to take action – to be real life action heroes by teaching people to defend themselves with their heads by empowering children with the information to protect themselves from a real killer – diabetes.
We work to encourage regular exercise as well as obtaining and maintaining a healthy diet, which can help reduce the number of type 2 diabetes. For mor information on how Family First Martial Arts can help you or your child become more active, call 615-425-6554 or send us a message HERE and one of our staff will be contact you shortly.