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Diabetes a global problem

Updated on August 27, 2012

Fighting Diabetes in a Natural and Healthy Way

Diabetes today is considered the fifth deadly disease in the United States. It is spreading very fast with a dramatic speed over the world.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone in the body that is needed to convert sugar, starches in which turns foods into energy. Genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and the lack of exercise play a role. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.

Many Americans today have diabetes and unfortunately half of them don’t even know that they have the disease until its complication comes to surface. There are more than 4,000 Americans diagnosed daily with diabetes. By seeing this statistical count of people affected and suffering, shows that it is a global problem. According to the latest reports on Diabetes, the global population is set to be double by the year of 2025 thru 2030. Treatments for Diabetes will fall and will not completely fulfill the medical needs of people.

Symptoms of diabetes can range from unusual thirst and a need to urinate, unexplained weight loss, blurry vision and the feeling of being tired constantly. A lot of people have one or two types of these symptoms, because many of its symptoms seem so harmless, therefore Diabetes goes undiagnosed. Early detection and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes.

The complication of Diabetes can range from many things including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system damage and many more…….

If you have more than 20% above your ideal body weight, it probably increases your chance of getting diabetes. Being overweight is a risk factor for heart disease. So if you’re overweight, lowering weight may help beat diabetes due to decreased insulin resistance.

Prescribe medications have limited positive results with many side affects which of course do not cure. Doctors can only do so much, they are only taught to prescribed and treat your symptoms which only becomes a temporary patch until something else falls apart.

Know what medications you’re taking to prevent any other complication. It is very important to get knowledge of them which only take a few minute of your time and will make it easier for you to decide if it’s for you are not.

Don’t get me wrong I believe in consulting a doctor for preventive measures. Getting a routine check is very important to maintaining good health.

My husband has diabetes and his diet plays a very important role in keeping his sugar levels down. Our body produce itself sugar from sugar deposits. But external sugar taking help our body to work properly. Carbohydrates in sugary and fatty foods you eat can make your blood sugar rise. When the sugar rises it can cause damage inside the body. It is necessary to have or balance of what we eat and what our body produce itself.

People with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as anyone else. Nutrition is important for good diabetes control. By eating well-balanced meals in the correct amount, you can keep your blood glucose levels as close to normal.

No single food will supply all the nutrients your body needs, so good nutrition means eating a variety of foods.

Foods Are Divided Into Four Main Groups.

Dairy Products (Whole or Skim milk, Yogurt, cream etc)

Meats (Fish, Poultry, Eggs, Dried Beans and Nuts)

It’s important to eat food from each group every day. By doing that, you ensure your body have all the nutrients it needs.

The main nutrient is food is carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamin and minerals. Nutrients help your body work correctly and make your body grow strong.

Carbohydrates give you energy. Healthy choices are: Dried beans, peas and lentils, whole grain breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables,

Proteins are needed for growth and are a good back up supply of energy. Health choices include beans meats and low-fat dairy products.

Foods high in fiber are healthy also. Fiber comes from plants and may help to lower blood glucose and blood fat levels. Food high in fiber includes: Bran cereals, cooked beans and peas, whole grain bread, fruits and vegetable.

Fat is a nutrient and you need some fat in your diet. But to much fat isn’t good for anyone and can be very harmful to people with diabetes. Eating to much fat or cholesterol my increase the chance of heart disease or harden of the arteries.

My husband just underwent a triple bypass surgery due to blockage of the arteries. Believe me you do not what to go through that. The surgery was a success and now he has a change to improve his health and focus on eating better to prevent this from every happening again. People with diabetes have a great risk of developing the disease, so it’s very important to limit your fat intake.

It’s a wonder why diabetes has become such a wide spread epidemic, times have changed. People today are moving to fast, in a hurry for instant gratification leading to quick fixes, eating out daily consuming large amounts of calories and fats. With the new technology today it has made people become couch potatoes and exercise has taken a back seat leading to obesity.

When I was growing up as a kid we stayed out doors, running, skating, bike riding and creating our own fun. My mother made very wholesome meals and fast foods was never an option. Our weight stayed down and we where always full of energy.

If you watch what you eat, eliminate bad habits and exercise regularly, you can manage to lower your blood sugar.

If you do not take the time to be well, you will take the time to be sick. The way we live our lives determine not only how long, but how well we live.


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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Excellent hub filled with a lot of valuable information.

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      catmalone 5 years ago

      Thankyou Marlene for your comment. Im happy that this information has been helpful to you and that you will be able to share with others.

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