The newest number from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 100 million adult Americans currently have diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes can be an extremely disabling condition. Could you be on the road to developing diabetes and not know it? Or could you already be living with it and not know?
Diabetes and Prediabetes is an epidemic in the United States as well as in numerous other countries. A published study in the June 2017 New England Journal of Medicine reported that over 2 billion people in the world are overweight or obese. Obesity is a primary cause for the onset of type-2 diabetes.
Diabetes, according to research collected in the U.S. in 2015, was the seventh leading cause of death. The CDC’s recent report revealed that nearly one in four adults in the U.S. do not know they even have diabetes.
Recently, the director of the CDC announced that over a third of American adults have prediabetes. “And the majority don’t know it.” It’s pretty frightening that millions and millions of people are prediabetic and are unaware of their own condition.
Prediabetes is the condition that can lead to type-2 diabetes when left untreated.
When a person develops type-2 diabetes, he/she is at greater risk for:
- heart attack
- kidney disease
- nerve disorders
- vision loss
- hearing impairment
- bacterial and fungal skin infections
- Alzheimer’s disease
Although it make takes years to develop and show outward symptoms, routine blood sugar tests (perhaps with a yearly physical) can inform you and your health practitioner if there are any concerns.
If you experience symptoms such as:
Increased thirst, increased hunger, extreme fatigue, frequent urination, blurred vision, areas of darkened skin, or have slow-healing sores…
These may be signs that you are diabetic.
Reversing the Damage
The body is an amazing healing machine. Even with prediabetes and type-2 diabetes, making specific lifestyle changes can help you overcome your body’s resistance to insulin. But, before you fall ill, you may want to start taking better care.
Two major recommendations are:
1) Feed yourself properly and healthily.
Choose fresh foods. Eat lots of vegetables. Avoid processed foods and meats. Cut down on any products with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and corn syrup. (There is sugar in bread, by the way.) Avoid all artificial sweeteners except for Stevia.
Any time you move your body, you may consider that exercise. Walking as much as you can (and often) can do wonders. Swimming, cycling, running, dancing, making love, taking the stairs, gardening… these are all excellent ways to cleanse toxins from your body and help you lose weight.
GetThrive online and its newsletters offer a wealth of ideas on how to lose weight and how to stay healthy. Today is a great day to start your journey to wellness!