Diet and exercise play a huge role in preventing-diabetes. Preventing-diabetes or management of diabetes is a priority because diabetes is a significant risk factor for several other serious diseases. It is a major cause of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. And diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that results in persistently elevated blood sugar. There are two basic types of diabetes. These are:
Diabetes is not just about elevated blood sugar. It is also a very complex disorder that involves many organs including the heart, eyes, nervous system and kidneys. Type II diabetes results in many complications because while blood glucose levels are too high, cells are starved for energy producing glucose.
This condition seriously disrupts the body’s metabolism and leads to increased free-radical generation and lipid peroxidation (Lipid peroxidation is the oxidative degradation of lipids in which free-radicals "steal" electrons from the lipids in cell membranes, resulting in cell damage. Reference: wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipid_peroxidation).
More than ten million people in the United States over the age of 65 had diabetes in 2010. Even more startling, thirty-five percent of U.S. adults over twenty years old had pre-diabetes with 50 percent of those over 65 years old having that condition. And many people don’t know that they are pre-diabetic.
Often people with diabetes do not have symptoms until there is a medical complication. If there are symptoms they generally appear gradually. Symptoms may include fatigue, a sick feeling, frequent urination, sudden weight loss and excessive thirst. Other symptoms may include changes in vision, numbness in the feet and legs, or slow-healing sores of the skin or mouth. These symptoms could also be a sign of conditions other than diabetes.
Preventing-diabetes should be a priority especially if your doctor has already told you that you are pre-diabetic. It is possible to prevent Type II diabetes and in some cases reverse it. For most of us prevention requires lifestyle changes.
Weight loss, nutrition and exercise are important measures to prevent or manage diabetes. I believe that another important measure to prevent diabetes is to manage the stress in our lives. This is easy to say but tough to do especially in these trying times. Stress can and does cause many chronic diseases including heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
The following are some suggestions for your thoughtful strategies in preventing-diabetes:
The lifestyle choices useful in preventing-diabetes are basically the same as those recommended to prevent other chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, etc. Take control of your life. Study health issues and make lifestyle choices based on what you learn. Be a participant in developing your plan of care and schedule regular visits to your family physician. My suggestion is that you read chapter eleven of Dr. Blaylock’s book, “Health and Nutrition Secrets.” The title of that chapter is “Adult-Onset Diabetes: A Growing Epidemic.” Dr. Blaylock’s book is listed on the retirement-resources page of this web site. You might also like to watch the video diabetes prevention compliments of the National Library of Medicine.
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