- Type 2 Diabetes (Page 2)
(Image courtesy of lookuprey) The key to preventing type 2 diabetes mellitus--or maintaining it, if you already have diabetes, is diet and exercise. In this post we want to talk about the diet aspect. The goal of your diet should be to lose weight. It is through weight loss that you will gain control over your diabetes [or risk of diabetes]. This means you need to be eating filling food that are low in calories. The best foods to eat are those that are high in protein, and low in carbohyrdrates (carbs), like meats, beans, vegetables, and fruits. You need to cut out as much bread, rice, grains, and diary (with the except of skim milk) as possible. Remember, these are just general guidelines not ...Read More
(Image courtesy of Ranald101) All this information about Type 2 diabetes can be a bit overwhelming and depressing, but don't despair. If you have diabetes or you are at risk of diabetes you still control your fate. That is because diabetes can be prevented (if you don't have it yet) or brought completely under control (if you already have it) by losing weight. Diet and exercise are the only known "cures" for diabetes, and they are very effective if done properly. This might not seem like good news, but it is. It means you can do something and not just resign yourself to disability and maybe even death.
(Image courtesy of starluck) There is a common misconception that Type 2 Diabetes is caused by sugar, but it's not. There are two causes of diabetes: - Family history - Being overweight or obese Unfortunately, since nothing can be done about the first risk factor it is important to focus on the second. Eating too much sugar will increase your weight, of course, but your weight is what you need to worry about, not how much sugar you consume. A skinny person can eat Pixy Stix (straws filled with sugar) every day and never develop diabetes. Whereas an overweight person can cut the sugar completely out of their diet and still develop diabetes. We cannot emphasis that point more. No amount of "healthy" eating will help you ...Read More
Diabetes can be controlled by diet and exercise. Unfortunately, if it is not properly controlled it is fatal. In 2006 alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 231,404 people died from diabetes, or conditions related to diabetes. That makes it the seventh most deadly condition in the United States. And worse yet, dying from diabetes is not pretty. As the disease progresses it wreaks havoc on your limbs and organs, and many patients are forced to have one or both of their feet amputated. The CDC reports that in 2007, 65,700 people had a leg or foot amputated because of diabetes. The image above is a real picture of a diabetic person's foot. To learn more about how diabetes is affecting America please ...Read More
(Photographer: Karen Barefoot) In the coming week we are going to be talking about type 2 diabetes, a condition in which a person's body does not produce enough insulin. Currently, 8.3% of the population of the United States of America (or 25,800,000 people in America) is diabetic. Unfortunately that number is continuing to rise with no sign of slowing down. This makes diabetes the greatest national threat to our health.