The Diabetes Epidemic Opportunity for Fitness Professionals
Type 2 Diabetes is one the most prevalent and costly cardiometabolic diseases. According to the CDC, over 37 million adults are currently diagnosed with diabetes, and over 90 million Americans have pre-diabetes. The CDC also reports that the direct medical costs associated with Diabetes are $327 billion annually, accounting for 25% of the total healthcare spending in the United States each year.
Given its prevalence and cost, healthcare systems and the government are looking for ways to address the diabetes epidemic. This need coexists with the fact that physical activity and exercise play a critical role in glucose regulation, diabetes management, and even stopping the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes. Taken together, diabetes is an excellent opportunity for fitness professionals to assert themselves as part of multidisciplinary care teams to address the diabetes epidemic.
Our guest in episode 78, LaurieAnn Scher has worn many hats over her three decades in the diabetes ecosystem; working with individuals, organizations, other care providers, as well as technology and health related companies, LaurieAnn works to enable an equitable person-centered approach for people with diabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions. In this conversation she provides insightful and actionable information for fitness professionals to use to become a critical member of the diabetes care team.
Our Guest: LaurieAnn Scher, MS, RD, CDCES, FADCES
LaurieAnn is a certified diabetes care and education specialist with a background in clinical nutrition and exercise physiology. Throughout her career in clinical practice and currently as a subject matter expert, she has embraced innovative approaches along with the basics of food in its simplest form and physical movement in order to realize improved health outcomes for people with diabetes, prediabetes and cardio metabolic conditions. Working with individuals, organizations, other care providers and technology and health related companies, LaurieAnn works to enable an equitable person-centered approach for people with diabetes and other cardio-metabolic conditions.