How To Stay Healthy With Type 2 Diabetes

Kathy Smith's Project: You! Type-2 for the Management of Type-2 Diabetes in Teens

The incidence of type -2 diabetes has increased over the past decade, rising significantly among teens. Researchers believe that this trend is due primarily to lifestyle changes. It is no secret that Americans in particular are more sedentary these days. Teens are often on the computer, looking at television and in class without few reasons to be physically active. Many school districts challenged by budget cuts have eliminated physical education classes from the curriculum. Further, busy families with children often eat prepared foods from fast food restaurants which are typically very high in calories, unhealthy fats and refined sugar. Now the serious problem of obesity has reached near epidemic proportions. With the rise in obesity also come the illnesses which are linked to it, such as type-2 diabetes.

As a parent, it can be worrisome to hear that your teen has been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. How will my teen's life be different? What can a parent do to manage it? While no one should underestimate the seriousness of type-2 diabetes, it is treatable. A change in lifestyle should be a top priority. Physical exercise and a healthy diet will go a long way toward successfully managing or even reversing type-2 diabetes. Because there are plenty of diets and exercise programs available, choosing the appropriate plan can seem overwhelming. Which plan is credible? Which one is effective and safe?

Kathy Smith, renowned fitness expert, has developed a program to help manage type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Appropriate for teens, Kathy Smith's Project: You! Type- 2, combines healthy diet and exercise into a program for those with type-2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. The program carries the endorsement and support of the American Diabetes Association. The easy-to-understand, common sense program is sound and consistent with the latest in medical research. There is strong evidence to suggest that type-2 diabetes is correlated with diet and lack of exercise. Smith's meal plans and exercise program inspire confidence and will likely prove to be a very practical approach to managing type-2 diabetes or pre diabetes.

Just how does the You! Type-2 program work? The food plan focuses on carbohydrate, weight and blood sugar management. The workout uses a three-pronged approach; strength training, cardio and core /flexibility. The goal is to build muscle and increase basal metabolic rate while also improving aerobic capacity and fitness. In conjunction with a doctor's expertise and support, this plan enables a diabetic teen to take charge of his own health.

The program includes a 12-week workout guide to get rid of the guesswork and worry. DVDs and a CD offer a rich, multimedia experience to keep your teen's attention and motivate him. Easy to use meal cards make it easy to plan using program guidelines. Incorporated with the plan is a special cookbook with recipes for low-carb, low-glycemic index foods. Journaling is an important component. Tracking fitness and dietary goals helps to illustrate progress, as well as areas of concern. It is truly a credible and comprehensive program which is appropriate for teens with pre-diabetes or type-2 diabetes.

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