Control Your Diabetes. For Life.
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A Disease of National Importance
There are 23.6 million people in the United States who have diabetes. The total prevalence of diabetes increased 13.5% from 2005-2007. 24% of diabetes is undiagnosed and rates are even higher in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties due to our unique ethnic diversity. Diabetes is a life-long disease, which presents many difficult challenges. Left untreated, this disease is the leading cause of blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and foot problems.
Obesity and Diabetes
Two out of three Americans are now overweight or obese, which poses a threat to their cardiometabolic health. Weight loss can be a struggle for many patients because it means substantial changes in eating and exercising habit, which can be some of the hardest habits to change. Registered dietitians from the Diabetes Center are available to counsel patients and foster healthy eating habits.