With more than 199 million women presently living with diabetes, this disease ranks as the ninth leading cause of death in women globally – causing 2.1 million deaths per year.
But there is hope.
As part of its mission to change the face of healthcare, Integrated Health Center of Miami recently presented a World Diabetes Day Event in Doral. Geared to create awareness of this devastating disease and in support of the World Diabetes Day 2017 Campaign, “Women & Diabetes: Our Right to a Healthy Future,” the Nov. 19 event focused on maternal health and nutrition and other health behaviors before and during pregnancy.
Published author and director of IHCMiami, Dr. Ruben Valdes, kicked off the event at NaturXHeal Pharmacy & Restaurant in Doral, with a discussion of his most recent book, “From Diabetic to Non-Diabetic.” Other highlights included nutritional cooking demos with Miami’s own celebrity Chef Chris Valdes, a prenatal Pilates class for moms presented The House of Movement, and activities presented by Arka Yoga & Art for Kids.
According to Dr. Valdes, women are the key to preventing and reversing Type 2 Diabetes for future generations. “It is important to provide women with the information and the tools necessary to stay healthy during their pregnancy so that we can reduce the number of births affected by gestational diabetes.”
The International Diabetes Foundation notes that one in two births are affected by gestational diabetes and about half of women with a history of GDM go on to develop Type 2 Diabetes within five to 10 years after delivery.
Compounding the problem, one in two people with diabetes remain undiagnosed and it is projected that more than 640 million may be living with diabetes by 2040.
Faced with these statistics, IHCMiami is leading the effort in the community of Doral where they practice – in order to create awareness of this growing pandemic and to show unity with the cause, the community, and the International Diabetes Federation.
IHCMiami, led by Dr. Ruben Valdes, focuses on reversing* Diabetes Type 2 based on the Functional Medicine Model. (The doctor notes that “reversing” should not be confused with curing.)
For more information, visit www.ihcmiami.com or call 786-801-3977.