Partnering for a Healthy Tomorrow
An estimated 20 million people in the United States have diabetes, nearly seven percent of the total population. Known as a silent killer, 5 million people are unaware that they are affected. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and the subject of research projects and clinical trials nationwide.
Diabetes occurs when the body fails to produce or correctly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that changes sugar, starches and other food into energy. When controls break down and the level of insulin in the body rises too high, the patient becomes diabetic. Related health problems can be severe, including blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage, amputation, heart disease and stroke. While the exact cause of diabetes is not yet known, Americans’ inactive lifestyle and regular diet of fats, salt and sugar account for a large portion of the worrisome rise in the number of patients with type-2 diabetes.
The Sports Spectacular Diabetes and Obesity Wellness and Research Center will increase the resources for children battling diabetes and obesity. Education is the most basic tool of diabetes care. With the skills and knowledge that patients gain from diabetes education, one can lead a healthy and active life. With personalized counseling about nutrition, exercise, and medication, the Center will empower patients to manage their own diabetes and help manage the risk of their loved ones. It will also provide additional support for school‐based prevention education and capacity‐building through Cedars‐Sinai’s Healthy Habits program, targeting underserved students, schools and communities.