Beat diabetes before it is diagnosable. Does your family have a history of type 2 diabetes? Do you worry you may develop diabetes? Are you overweight or obese? There are simple ways to avoid developing diabetes.
Currently in the United States 29.1 million people are diabetic. Of this number, 90 to 95% have type 2 diabetes. There are several myths surrounding diabetes. One is that all people who are obese will become diabetic. This is not true. Many factors contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. Weight certainly plays a major factor, as do genetics and lifestyle.
Another myth is a diabetic can never eat sweets again. Not completely true. With the aid of a good dietician, some good research, and exercise, small occasional treats can be had without detrimental effects. It is all about intake and counterbalance.
A person can lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% by losing 7% of their body weight. That really is not much. If you weighed 200 pounds, simply losing fourteen pounds and exercising thirty minutes five days a week can help you reduce your risk for developing diabetes.
Should you develop diabetes, by losing weight and exercising you can avoid medications and the complications that develop from diabetes and those concurrent medications. It seems simple, but like all good things in life that should be easy, our inclination to take things for granted is what screws things up. The solution, let’s stop screwing around and get serious about our health.
If you are like me, you probably have had numerous occasions that were serious wake up calls telling you to lose weight and exercise to save your life or at least prolong it and have a chance to live a healthier fuller life. My problem, and hopefully your not as dumb as me, is once I feel better from whatever scare I have had, I forget all about the agony I went through, and I go right back to my stinky bad habits.
Hello, no one is going to fix our way of thinking but us. Avoiding diabetes all together especially when you know you have the propensity to develop the disease, is in your hands. You are in control of your destiny for the most part. Sometimes, no matter what we do, even if we do everything right, things go against us. This does not mean we don’t do our part to stave off disease. It just means we work harder to keep our disease under control. Who wants to develop diabetic complications? Not me.
After I had gastric bypass surgery, my diabetes went away. Even with the weight I have gained back, I am fortunately not diabetic. My physician took it off my chart, which made me very happy. He did say, though, that even though my blood sugars are normal, once you develop diabetes you are always diabetic. He said it is like a virgin. Once you have sex, you can never be a virgin again. I laughed at this.
Control of diabetes, showing no signs of the disease does not mean you are not diabetic. Doctors consider a person with normal blood sugars who used to be diabetic as now being in remission. That word kind of scares me. When I think remission, I think cancer.
It is a scary thought. And maybe we need to keep a few scary thoughts in the back of our minds when it comes to doing better at controlling our weight. Perhaps then we will not take what we do to ourselves for granted. We need to stop living our lives with the mindset that tomorrow is another day. If we blow it, then let us start anew the next minute. When it comes to avoiding disease, be it diabetes or obesity, we don’t have another second that we can afford to take for granted.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.
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