Yes it can! Diabetes causes more deaths every year than breast cancer and aids combined. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 1.1 million people died from diabetes in 2005. That is a low estimate and the number is expected to double by 2030.

In the U.S. for 2005, the number of deaths where diabetes was listed as the underlying cause or a contributing cause was 233,619. This is likely to be under reported since studies have found that only about 35 to 40 percent of decedents with diabetes had it listed anywhere on the death certificate. Only about 10 to 15 percent had it listed as the underlying cause of death.

Most of these deaths could have been prevented if those persons had chosen to lose weight with diet and exercise. While type 2 diabetes is a serious condition with many unpleasant complications, it can be easily prevented or reversed with a change in lifestyle and eating habits.

So don’t become one of those statistics. If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, get started today to change your health for the better.