It has long been known that there is a direct connection between weight and the development of Type 2 diabetes. While not all overweight people will develop the disease the percentage of overweight individuals who do is many times greater than that for people of average weight. This by itself would be enough, one would think, to cause most people to take a serious look at their diet and effect change. But the fact is as a society we are becoming heavier by the day. As a result the number of Type 2 diabetes cases is exploding.
Many morbidly obese individuals with Type 2 diabetes have undergone stomach surgery (bariatric surgery) to help them reduce their weight and manage symptoms of their disease and this has proven an effective treatment. Now, according to a recent article on the Reuters website, researchers in Taiwan have undertaken a study of mildly obese people who have undergone the same procedure to see if they might experience similar benefits as their morbidly obese counterparts. Initial results are both startling and promising.
Among those who had surgery, diabetes resolved completely in 36 percent and partially in 28 percent. In the medically-treated group, by comparison, diabetes resolved completely in only 1 percent and partially in only about 2 percent.
In addition, control of blood pressure, triglycerides, and “bad” LDL cholesterol “was generally better in the surgical group,” the authors found.
Though researchers caution it’s too early to say if those whose diabetes resolved would stay diabetes free for the rest of their lives or if the condition would return, the implications for both individuals and society as a whole are exciting and come not a moment too soon. That’s because, according to the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) “over 60% of all Canadian adults are overweight or obese”.
The Disability Tax Credit: An Effective Social Safety Net
While research like that conducted in Taiwan is helping to show a way toward a potentially brighter future the fact is many diabetics currently find themselves swimming in a sea of medical debt that can appear endless. Many find their only bulwark against the onslaught of diabetes related costs to be the Disability Tax Credit.
The Disability Tax Credit is intended to provide relief to the disabled who find themselves saddled with extraordinary health related expenses. It’s an effective and efficient program that helps the disabled regain control of their lives and it’s sorely needed by many of the country’s 3.4 million diabetics because, according to the CDA:
Fifty-seven percent of Canadians with diabetes reported they cannot adhere to prescribed treatment due to the high out-of-pocket cost of needed medications, devices and supplies.
That’s a startling statistic and points to just how important the benefits accorded by the Disability Tax Credit can be to someone struggling with diabetes. By enabling diabetics to maintain effective treatment regimens the Disability Tax Credit not only helps them maintain a higher degree of personal health but also helps insure they do not develop unnecessary complications that could lead them to become dependent on the state for direct support. Support which is typically nowhere near as cost effective as having the individual care for themselves.
Still, many Canadians disabled by diabetes decline to take advantage of the program and it’s easy to understand why if you’ve ever had any experience with the byzantine application and approval process. That’s why we’re here. We’re Disability Credit Canada and our mission is to ensure qualified individuals and their families receive the maximum benefit allowed by law under the Disability Tax Credit.
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We appreciate the difficult situation many disabled citizens find themselves in: unable to earn to their potential while being saddled with extraordinary health related expenses. It’s the cruelest of catch-22s and one we’ve helped scores of our fellow Canadians find a way out of. Our goal is to open doors for you that might otherwise seem closed and by doing so, help you find a way back toward a normal life. Call us today at 1-855-765-4458 and find out how we can help you.