Why Intersection of Weight Loss and Diabetes Matters to More Than One in Three American Adults

Why Intersection of Weight Loss and Diabetes Matters to More Than One in Three American Adults

Fort Washington, PA (PRWEB) July 17, 2012

Today, according to the National Diabetes Fact Sheet jointly produced by the CDC, NIH, ADA and other organizations*, nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States – roughly 10% of the adult population – have diabetes, with the vast majority being type 2. On average, there is a new case of diabetes diagnosed in the U.S. every 17 seconds. Another 79 million, or one in three American adults have pre-diabetes, meaning they are at high risk for developing the disease, which kills more Americans than breast cancer and HIV combined, and is a major driver of preventable healthcare costs. *http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/factsheet11.htm?loc=diabetes-statistics

The issue of “diabesity,” diabetes related to being overweight or obese, and often used synonymously with type 2, is in the forefront of the national dialogue on health, thanks in part to high-profile celebrities who share the plight.

An Addressable Problem

Type 2 diabetes is nothing short of a national epidemic – and one that is almost entirely manageable. There are steps people can take to help avoid getting the disease and curb related complications. Studies have shown that losing even relatively little weight can have a dramatic impact on preventing or delaying progression of type 2 diabetes. The NIH multicenter study known as Look AHEAD (Action for HEAlth in Diabetes) has shown that losing as little as 5%-10% of body weight can slow the progression of type 2 diabetes, help people improve their glucose, blood pressure and more, and take fewer related costly medications. That 5-10% equates to just 10-20 pounds for a person who weighs 200-lbs. But losing weight can be challenging.


They’re starting to find them. Mara Hall had been overweight her entire life and, over time, she developed type 2 diabetes. When she lost her brother to diabetes in 2002, it was a wake-up call. “I knew it was either I take control of my life or I lose my life. Plus, my diabetes was making me feel fatigued often,” she said. Mara, a Nutrisystem D customer, takes the program’s snacks and meals with her when she leaves her home in the morning, so she’s not tempted to purchase and eat the wrong things. She’s lost 36 lbs.* The health ramifications are significant – both her blood glucose and A1C levels have improved.

In 2008, Bruce Mulligan weighed in at 255 pounds (on a good day) and his health was suffering. “It seemed as though I was losing the battle for better health. So my wife and I decided to go on Nutrisystem that year to lose weight,” he shared. Since then, Bruce has lost 80 lbs on Nutrisystem D* and is living a healthier life.

Those are the kinds of results that prompted Nutrisystem, a pioneer in the home weight loss delivery space, to recently debut an enhanced version of its Nutrisystem D program specifically designed for people with type 2 diabetes.

Reversing the Trend

From The First Lady’s focus on combating childhood obesity to the annual American Diabetes Association Alert Day® — a one-day “wake-up call” asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes — there is a full-court press to change the projected proliferation of the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has noted that type 2 diabetes is projected to double or triple by 2050.

Experts contend the growth of diabetes in America doesn’t have to be “a given” and it can be stemmed, even reversed. Many people, understandably, feel overwhelmed by the challenges and health care decision-making that comes with a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, but simple, methodical, affordable changes can go a long way. A structured diet with pre-prepared meals can take all the guesswork out of ensuring your diet will help maintain blood glucose levels, avoid highs and lows, and meets the nutritional guidelines of the American Diabetes Association®*. Home delivery of meals customized for people with type 2 diabetes costs approximately $ 10 a day.† Some healthcare providers and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) may even cover all or a portion of the cost. *American Diabetes Association: Standards of medical care in diabetes – 2012 (Position Statement). Diabetes Care 35 (suppl.1): S11-S63.

“Weight loss brings impressive improvement in the control of diabetes,” explains Dr. Gary Foster, Director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University School of Medicine and Chair of Nutrisystem’s Scientific Advisory Board. “A structured plan empowers overweight people with type 2 diabetes to transition from feeling overwhelmed by meal planning to instead making the appropriate food choices that can have a positive impact on weight loss and blood glucose.”

Nutrisystem has spent years developing, improving and testing Nutrisystem D, which includes a wide selection of more than 130 nutritionally balanced, portion-controlled entrees and snacks, delivered directly to customers’ homes with customizable menus. The program now also provides access to registered dietitians and certified diabetes educators, as well as online tools for tracking progress and online support.

“When you know you’ve got a program that works – and the research backs that up again and again – you can’t help but want to get it in the homes and hands of people who can and will benefit,” said Anthony Fabricatore, Ph.D., Senior Director of Research and Development at Nutrisystem. “People just need to make sure that if they are taking medications for diabetes, that they work with their doctors while losing weight, as those medications may need to be adjusted.”

More information, including customer testimonials and images, is available in the Nutrisystem D News & Information Center at http://www.nutrisystem.com/hcpnews. Orders can be facilitated by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/success4u or by calling 1-888-841-2572.

*Results not typical. On Nutrisystem, you can expect to lose at least 1-2 lbs per week. Weight lost on a prior Nutrisystem® program. † On the Auto delivery program. Restrictions apply. Does not include the cost of fresh grocery items.

About Nutrisystem

Having helped Americans lose millions of pounds over the last 40 years, Nutrisystem, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTRI) develops evidence-based programs for healthy weight management, and is the leading provider of home-delivered weight loss meal plans. Nutrisystem offers balanced nutrition in the form of low glycemic index meal plans designed for men and women, including seniors, vegetarians and the Nutrisystem® D® program for people with diabetes or at risk for type 2 diabetes. Nutrisystem® plans include a wide variety of pantry and fresh-frozen entrees and snacks to aid in program satisfaction and adherence, as well as transition plans to support long-term success. The Fort Washington, PA-based company also provides weight management support and counseling by trained weight-loss coaches and registered dietitians, as well as through an engaged online community, online tools and trackers, mobile apps, cookbooks and more. Healthcare professionals may learn more about the programs by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/hcp. The Company has also introduced a new in-store retail line, Nutrisystem® Everyday™ products, comprised of nutritionally balanced bars, smoothies, bakery and breakfast items aimed at consumers who aspire to eat healthier.


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