First I would like to define the three categories of Diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an insulin dependent diabetes sometimes also called Juvenile onset. Type 2 diabetes is non-insulin dependent and also called Adult onset diabetes. 90% – 95% of those diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2. Gestational diabetes is also something to be concerned about. 2% – 10% of pregnant women contract gestational diabetes. Women that have been diagnosed with this type of diabetes have an increased risk of 35% – 60% of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within 10 – 20 years after.
Diabetes is a leading cause of death in America. It is estimated that 13 million men over the age of 20, and 10.9 million women over the age of 20 have diabetes. Furthermore 1 out of every 3 children born after 2000 are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is in epidemic proportions. By the year 2030, it is estimated that 1/3 of all Americans will be diagnosed with the disease.
Over $245 Billion was spent on treating diabetes in the U.S. alone in 2012. Imagine the money saved if people would take the initiative to turn this disease around and either minimize its impact, or eliminate it all together from their lives. This can be done.
Before we move on to how you can change your health, just a few more statistics.
- In the next 24 hours diabetes will claim the lives of 200 people
- Every 17 seconds, someone is diagnosed with diabetes
- Within the next 24 hours, 130 people will develop kidney failure as a result of diabetes
- In the next 24 hours, 5000 new cases of diabetes will be diagnosed
So what are the risk factors, and do you fall in that category?
- Age – as we age our risk increases – not much we can do about this risk factor
- Gender – men are at higher risk than women in contracting the disease
- Family diagnosis – if you have a sibling, or parent with diabetes you are at greater risk
- Ethnicity – African Americans, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, and Asian Americans have higher risk
- High blood pressure means higher risk
- Not active – now this we can contrl
- Overweight – time to change lifestyle
To measure your risk, visit: Diabetes Risk Assessment
So what can you do to minimize your risk, or help to eliminate the disease all together.
- The key is lifestyle changes with exercise and eating healthy low glycemic foods. Eat more salads, green vegetables, beans, and legumes. Eat foods high in complex carbohydrates, increase your fiber intake, enjoy dark chocolate, and sweeten with Stevia, a natural sweetener.
- Watch out for sugars. Read the labels and avoid all words that end in OSE, fructose, glucose, sucrose, etc. Also avoid high fructose corn syrup, xylitol, sorbitol, sorghum, fruit juice concentrates, malt, maltodextrin, dextrin, and modified cornstarch.
- Avoid junk food.
- Eat snacks between meals of protein.
- Reduce/eliminate alcohol.
- Reduce stress in your life. Easier said then done, but add even 10 minutes of meditation with breathwork, and you will be amazed at the impact it can have on your life.
Keep in mind when we talk of exercise it helps to stabilize the blood sugar, control weight, oxygenates tissues, and stimulates the metabolic functions. When you use your muscles vigorously, glucose is absorbed by the cells as an energy fuel without the help of insulin, so the body is less likely to react to sugar intake with surges in insulin. Light exercise, such as walking, swimming, or cycling can do wonders for the body, as well as the spirit.
All of these actions although not guaranteed to eliminate diabetes, can aid in substantially reducing your need on insulin, and may help prevent you from contracting the disease all together.
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