In the Indianapolis Star this weekend Barb Berggoetz once again cuts to the heart of an issue that should concern us all – the health of our city and state. The article, “The Cost of Diabetes” by Berggoetz came on the heals of a breakfast meeting held at Franciscan St. Francis Hospital on the South Side of Indianapolis on Friday. The two events serve as a “call to arms” to those who care about the future of Indianapolis. We need to get serious about getting healthy, especially for our children.
The costs of Diabetes discussed in the Star article were quite startling. According to the article there are an estimated 714,000 Hoosiers who suffer from Diabetes, with another 1.64 Million suffering from pre-Diabetes. Those who suffer from Diabetes will spend, on average, four times more than a non-Diabetic on health care every year. Their medical bills can easily top $20,000 in a single year if they suffer any form of complications from their Diabetic condition. It is easy to see how participating in a little preventative effort, such as regular exercise as part of a martial arts program, could save us all large amounts of medical expenses over time.
This information fits very well with the discussions of the meeting at the Franciscan St. Francis Hospital on Friday. The American Heart Association and St. Francis Hospital joined forces to present infomation and ideas on health care and improvement for small business owners in the Indianapolis Area. Amoung the many ideas presented were a set of statistics on leading health care issues. Heart Disease is number on the list, followed very closely by Diabetes. All of the top conditions on the list are preventable, most being caused or made more deadly by obesity and our sedentary life styles. The experts on hand for the symposium all repeated the same matra, diet and exercise are the key to improving our health.
Tip 1: Get more physical activity
There are many benefits to regular physical activity. Exercise can help you:
- Lose weight
- Lower your blood sugar
- Boosts your sensitivity to insulin — which helps keep your blood sugar within a normal range
Research shows that both aerobic exercise and resistance training can help control diabetes, but the greatest benefit comes from a fitness program that includes both.
The Mayo Clinic
One of the most troubling statistics presented was the note that, for the first time in probably one hundred years, this generation of children have a life expectancy that is lower than that of their parents! It is time to start practicing some “Health Defense” on behalf of our children by getting them up off the couch and “unplugged” from the electronic devices that currently distract them and make it impossible for them to get the exercise they need.
We, as adults and parents, need to get involved in turning this trend. Many of the estimated 1.64 Million pre-Diabetics are our children. Their futures are not set, they are not doomed to suffer and die from Diabetes or Heart Disease. We can, and should, do what we can to help them increase teir life expectancy and quality of life. SImple activies and exercise are an important start. Getting them enrolled as active members of a martial arts school such as Pilsung ATA Martial Arts is an even more powerful step towards saving money in health care and improving their future quality of life.
Get Involved. Get Committed. Save our Children’s Future.