MISSOURI  November is Diabetes Awareness Month.  In today’s world, food for consumption is often times made for convenience and not nutrition.  That is making our society obese and stricken with diabetes.

The Center for Disease Control says 30.3 million U.S. adults have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them do not even know they have it. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Jean Huelsing is a retired nurse. She saw diseases in kids that were not present thirty years ago and decided to do something about it.

Huelsing  started a non-profit program to promote kids health called Camp Jump Start.  She believed this epidemic needs to be addressed with a lifestyle change.

At Camp Jump Start, the kids are shown healthy alternative lifestyles. There they learn about eating healthy, fundamentals about exercise, and emotional, mental wellness.

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated on November 14 and brings awareness to a disease that often times goes unseen.

Jean Huelsing at Camp Jump Start

Jean Huelsing at Camp Jump Start

It isn’t until it’s often times too late before people realize they have to cut things out of their diet and get plenty of exercise.

One more thing professionals in the health community say is that American’s need to get their sugars from produce.  There are a lot of healthy benefits from fiber in a diet. Huelsing said just a few generations ago, fruit was a minor part of our diet when we ate approximately 15 grams of fructose in a day. Today Americans consume at least five times that amount but not from fruit.

Huelsing said at Camp Jump Start they focus on four things.

The CDC said Diabetes is the No. 1 cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult blindness.  In the last 20 years, the number of adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled.

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