Teerawong (Kan) Kasiolarn, ND, LAc, MSAc, is a certified naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist.

Did you know that in 2012, the U.S. reported 1.7 million new diagnoses of diabetes?  The American Diabetes Association notes that approximately 29.1 million Americans – 9.3% of our population has diabetes.  Of the 29.1 million, 8.1 million are undiagnosed.  And, 86 million Americans aged 20 and older are pre-diabetic.

Chronic diseases and conditions – like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity – are among the most common, costly and preventable of all health problems.  According to the CDC, about half of all U.S. adults – 117 million people – have one or more chronic health conditions.  The statistics are alarming!  So, what can we do to change?

We believe that chronic diseases are not causes; they are effects.  Dr. David Katz – Founding Director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital, and a globally recognized healthcare professional for his expertise in nutrition, weight management, and the prevention of chronic disease – says that “Nearly 80% of the mayhem results from bad use of our feet, our forks, and our fingers.  If we did not smoke, ate well, and were physically active, we could eradicate up to 80% of all chronic disease in the world today.”

So, here’s the 411 on pre-diabetes & diabetes.  Please take special note of the many ways you can lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes.


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