Diabetes mellitus has increased five fold in the last 35 years. More than 24 million Americans have diabetes. It leads to heart disease which is the number one killer of Americans and is also the number one cause of blindness and kidney failure among adults. It’s estimated that 6 million people don’t know they have this disease, and 54 million adults have “pre-diabetes” that will develop into full-blown diabetes without a change in diet or lifestyle. It is a silent killer.
Every symptom related to cardiovascular disease is a common to diabetics. In fact, four out of Five diabetics die from cardiovascular disease. They suffer from poor circulation, heart attacks, strokes, peripheral vascular disease, coma, high cholesterol etc.
Type I Diabetes
Type I diabetes or juvenile diabetes is an autoimmune disease that attacks the pancreas. Damage to the pancreas prevents the body from producing it’s own insulin which makes you insulin dependent. Only 5% of all people with diabetes are type I. Daily insulin shots or an insulin pump is necessary in these rare cases.
Type II diabetes
Type II or adult onset diabetes is developed by years of eating high glycemic foods which causes insulin resistance. Foods that are high glycemic break down quickly by your body into glucose or blood sugar. This spike in blood sugar forces the pancreas to produce unnatural amounts of insulin to metabolize the sugar. Eventually your body develops a resistance to the insulin and you can actually “become diabetic”.
Some of the above advice is common sense, but it needs to be highlighted because it’s been scientifically proven to prevent type II diabetes nine out of ten times. This is exciting news but also frustrating because lifestyle habits are not easily changed. With diabetes rising at epidemic proportions, I think it’s time we pay attention to the power of good nutrition and smart choices to improve our life.
The Five Risk Factors Of Diabetes Are
- Excess Weight
- Lack Of Exercise
- Poor Diet
- Abstaining From Alcohol
Lose Excess Weight
Carrying excess weight, especially in the mid-section, is a pre-cursor for diabetes. It’s important to lose weight safely and naturally by eating the right kind of food. Science has given us a blue-print of how the body works and weight loss is attainable and predictable with the right information. Just add commitment and dedication for a fool-proof way to reach your target weight.
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A sedentary lifestyle is a clear path toward diabetes. Everyone has heard the saying “Diet and Exercise”. Aren’t you sick of that? It sounds like spending your day on a tread-mill and eating a carrot for dinner. Although spending time on a treadmill is certainly better than watching T.V., there are other ways to keep active. The whole idea is to keep moving. Find something you love to do that involves physical activity. And if watching T.V. is what you like to do, then by all means put a tread-mill in front of it! Nobody’s asking you to swim the ocean, just keep active and avoid sitting too long.
Nutrition is life or death for diabetics. Counting carbs and checking blood sugar is important, but what foods can prevent diabetes?
For diabetics, understanding the Glycemic Index is a must. It was once believed that carbohydrates were all the same when it came to a healthy diet, but recently science has concluded that foods with a low glycemic index are better for the body. Low glycemic carbs break down slower and do not allow insulin levels to spike.
Moderate Alcohol Consumption
Studies show that 1-2 alcoholic drinks per day are beneficial to your health and can actually help prevent diabetes. Red wine has a good reputation for it’s antioxidant qualities but alcohol in general relaxes the arteries (and your mind) which has shown scientific health benefits. Most doctors agree that if you already drink alcohol, try to stay within the 2 drink max per day.
Be A Quitter
Stop Smoking. There is no easy way to quit this terrible habit. But you can and you must.
Type II diabetes is "Highly Preventable", and sites several clinical trials that "strongly support the idea that type 2 diabetes is preventable –Harvard University School Of Public Health
90 percent of type 2 diabetes in women can be attributed to five such factors: excess weight, lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking, and abstaining from alcohol–New England Journal Of Medicine
Even two or three or four of the five factors, in any combination, were associated with substantially lower risk (of diabetes–Dariush Mozaffarian, Harvard University