DIABETES AND PREVENTION TECHNIQUES
There are many of us who now “suffer” from Diabetes who have, more than once, thought “I only wish I knew then what I know now.” The “then” that we refer to is when we were young, healthy, and in the category of “Pre-Diabetic.” The number in that category today is in the millions, and, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, some 90% are not aware of it! As a result, they do nothing to prevent the actual onset of Diabetes!
The question becomes, “If you aren’t aware that you are Pre-Diabetic, how can you possibly do anything about it?” There are two suggestions we have in this realm: Inasmuch as Diabetes is one of those hereditary issues, if you have a Family History of Diabetes chances are pretty good that you, too, might be plagued with them! Also, the symptoms of Pre-Diabetes are similar to those of a Diabetic, which includes, but are not limited to:
- Dry Mouth
- Excessive Thirst and Hunger
- Frequent Urination
With many youths, even though they may know that they have a propensity for obtaining the disease and are even experiencing some of the symptoms, the fact remains that most will not have a proclivity to do anything about it! As a result, those of us who have already contracted Diabetes need to be proactive in mentoring our children and grandchildren to take the steps to ensure that they avoid the issues we must contend with.
The first step may very well be to have family members take the Glucose Blood Test, which requires fasting, or have hemoglobin A1C levels tested, which does not require fasting. Once the determination is made that an individual is, in fact, Pre-Diabetic there are numerous steps that can be taken that might ward off the onset of Diabetes itself. These include, but are not limited to:
- Cut Sugar and Refined Carbs from Your Diet – Studies found that people with the highest intakes of fast-digesting carbs were 40% more like to develop diabetes than those with lower intake.
- Drink Water as Your Primary Beverage – Sugary Beverages like soda and punch have been linked to an increased risk of Type I Diabetes and Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults.
- Drink Coffee or Tea – Especially effective with “high” consumption, Coffee and Tea have antioxidants known as polyphenols that may help protect against Diabetes.
- Eat a High Fiber Diet – Consuming a good Fiber source at each meal can help prevent spikes in Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels, which may help reduce your risk of developing Diabetes!
- Lose Weight if you are Over-Weight – Although losing only a little weight will help you some, studies show the more weight you lose the more benefits you will enjoy!
- Minimize Your Intake of Processed Food One study showed that poor-quality diets that were high in processed foods increased the risk of Diabetes by 30%.
- Watch Portion Sizes – This is an important suggestion as it doesn’t tell us to give up any foods, but just cut down on the quantities we eat of them!
- Work Out Regularly – Self-Explanatory!!!
As you can see, many of the activities that helps with the Prevention of Diabetes are the same ones that are used to limit the adverse effects of Diabetes. The key, of course, is to convince people to participate in these activities before they actually contract Diabetes!
If you, or someone you know, needs help in managing their Diabetes, please call AVEON HEALTH at 480-300-4663 to make an appointment with a member of our staff and allow them to escort you down the path to an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones!
This Blog was written, in great part, with information gleaned from the following sources: