Hindsight is 20/20, as the saying goes, but unfortunately we can’t look into the future with the same 20/20 vision.
Considering that we are a few hours away from the year 2020 it’s a very poignant time to tell you that, in some cases, you CAN also look into the future with the same 20/20 vision.
Eleven million, or one in three, Canadians have diabetes or pre-diabetes. By 2026, this number is expected to be 14 million.
Basically this means that we all have a one-in-three chance of getting diabetes or pre-diabetes. A depressing thought, but this knowledge gives us pretty damn close to 20/20 vision for the future.
The number one cause of Type 2 Diabetes is obesity and an inactive lifestyle (spoiler alert: fitness and good nutrition are the opposites of this!).
Canadians with diabetes account for:
- 30% of strokes
- 40% of heart attacks
- 50% of dialysis cases due to kidney failure and
- 70% of non-traumatic amputations.
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, and 30% of people with diabetes have depressive symptoms.
Diabetes is known to reduce lifespans by 5-15 years, and diabetes was estimated to account for one in ten deaths of Canadian adults between 2008-2009.
The risks and complications with diabetes are severe, making proper maintenance extremely important. However, monthly costs can exceed $1,250.
In simple terms, living with diabetes sucks and is really expensive too!
Overall Costs Associated with Diabetes
Canadians with Type 2 diabetes who have some coverage report annual spends between $2,529-$2,868 (up to $238 per month). For people with Type 1 diabetes, these costs can range between $531-$5,264 (up to $439 per month). Canadians without any coverage report spending up to $15,000 ($1,250 per month) annually in out-of-pocket costs.
The above costs do not include medical visits and transportation, diagnostic tests, specialized home care visits, rehabilitation, or permanent residential care.
Where does fitness come in?
On a purely financial basis this makes getting regular exercise even more compelling.
Those of us who have made it our life’s mission to help change peoples lives through nutrition and fitness clearly see and understand how beneficial staying healthy and fit is in so many more ways than just financially.
However, around the holidays we all have plenty of conversations with people who “can’t afford to workout” or “don’t have the time right now”.
I propose that you can’t afford not to!
There’s another part of the story that is a bit more granular. Many health issues result from being out of shape and eventually succumbing to obesity. North America is on a staggering decline towards widespread obesity and we have the ability to do something about it.
Given that a staggering 1 in 3 Canadians have diabetes, we can look at Type 2 Diabetes as a good example of the cost of letting your health slip via poor exercise and nutrition. The number one cause of Type 2 Diabetes is obesity and an inactive lifestyle which is the opposite of fitness and nutrition!
The hard part about this number is that once you have Type 2 Diabetes, spending up to $1,250 each month is not a choice.
Right now, you have the choice to spend your time and money where you choose. With obesity, heart disease, type 2 Diabetes, etc., you are forced to spend money to stay alive.
If you’re worried about the time or financial cost of joining a gym, be honest with yourself and run the numbers. Would you rather look & feel better and add years to your life? Or save less money (medical costs far outweigh a gym membership or workout equipment) and some time now?
Unfortunately, what you may find is that people get upset when you point out the reality of their situation. This is common.
However, for the few that do sit back, think about it, and realize that they can change their lives, it is completely worth the effort and potential hurt feelings. I’d rather offend a few people and have the chance to add years of quality living to those who listen.
My favorite stories to tell are of those who have decided to take control of their lives and make a change. I love looking back on my first memories of meeting them and seeing the amazing change they’ve made through simple steps in their fitness and nutrition.
I hope this is helpful and a gentle push over the starting line (or re-starting line!) to help you invest in your long term health and happiness.
Remember you’re doing it so that you can be the best version of you possible; for you, your family, your loved ones and all those that YOU have the potential to help.
Lets make 2020 the year of YOUR success!