November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and with 30 million Americans living with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, there’s good reason to draw attention to the disease. Additionally, there are 84 million Americans at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes and an estimated 7.2 million living undiagnosed, according to the CDC.
The average cost of medical expenditures for people living with diabetes is $13,700/year and it is the seventh leading cause of death in the US as of 2015. However, if you are at risk of developing diabetes or are pre-diabetic, you can lower your risk significantly with some lifestyle changes. And now with federal, state and commercial payers including nutritional counseling as a reimbursable benefit, preventive care is much more accessible and affordable.
There are several ways to treat and potentially prevent diabetes (type 2) and one of those ways is to work with a registered dietitians. It has been shown that those with prediabetes could reduce their risk of developing diabetes by 58% - 71% by losing 5% - 7% of their body weight. Eating a healthy and balanced diet could reduce the amount of medication needed. Registered dietitians can provide guidance by helping to develop a meal plan, showing you how to monitor sugar and carbohydrate intake, establishing an exercise routine, etc.
Now that nutritional counseling is a reimbursable benefit, it's more important than ever for registered dietitians to consider becoming an in-network provider and Healthy Bytes is happy to help with that process.