Diabetes is a top 5 chronic diseases in the United States!
Do you think diabetes is a disease than happens to the poor, the extremely obese, or those than eat ice cream every day? Think again. Diabetes is VERY common and can affect people who even consider themselves fairly healthy.
It is time to consider the question what is healthy?
The prevalence of diabetes across the world among adults aged 18 and above increased by 4.7% (from 108 million people to 422 million) since 1980 to 2014 – according to global Report on Diabetes 2016. The National Diabetes Statistics Report 2014 revealed shocking statistics. The total number of diagnosed and un-diagnosed cases of diabetes in the United States was 29.1 million; 21 million diagnosed and 8.1 un-diagnosed. This is equivalent to 9.3% of the population.
Almost diabetic… is closer than you think!
There are an estimated 86 million people in the United States with pre-diabetes where your blood sugar is elevated but not enough to be diagnosed as diabetic.
What is diabetes?
Often referred by doctors as diabetes mellitus, diabetes is typically a group metabolic diseases where the patient suffers from high levels of blood sugar (blood glucose) for two reasons; 1) Due to inadequate production of insulin, and/or 2) failure of the body cells to respond appropriately to insulin. Among the most commonly observed symptoms of diabetes are frequent urination, and increased thirst and hunger. How does it happen? The pancreas can no longer keep up with the insulin needed to reduce blood sugar levels.
Types of diabetes:
Type-1 diabetes: where the body fails to produce insulin. About 10% of all cases are type 1
Type-2 diabetes: happens when the body does not produce sufficient insulin for proper body function. About 90% of all diabetes cases across the world are of Type 2
Gestational diabetes: affects a number of women during pregnancy. The majority of patients suffering from this type of diabetes can control it using exercises and diet. However about 10% to 20% of them may be required to take some blood sugar controlling medicines. Unfortunately if uncontrolled or un-diagnosed it can increase the risks of complications during delivery.
Signs and symptoms of diabetes:
– Dramatic weight loss or weight gain
– Blurred vision
– Frequent urination
– Increased thirst and hunger
– Nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain
– Sexual dysfunction – among men
– Itchy skin and or more skin and yeast infections
– Red or swollen gums
– Bruises and cuts that take unreasonably long to heal
– Numbness in your feet or hands or a tingling sensation
Prevention and treatment of diabetes
Fortunately all types of diabetes are treatable. Its consequences avoidable or even delayed by adopting proper diet, regular physical exercises, the right medication and regular screening. Causes of Type 2 diabetes are preventable and include obesity and the consumption of sugar and carbohydrates. Some cases of Type 2 are genetic
Your doctor will prescribe medications that must be complimented with regular physical activities and proper diet. There are a lot of benefits linked to exercises. They include:
– Weight loss
– Lowering blood sugar
– Promoting sensitivity to insulin that in turn assists to keep your blood sugar in check
Research indicates that both resistance training and aerobic exercises are good at controlling diabetes. However optimal benefits are reaped when a fitness program incorporates both. What you feed your body is also of utmost importance. It is important that you observe the right diet to help you keep your weight within normal range. If you have witnessed increased weight gain due to diabetes and need help to get rid of it in record time visit https://healthywithnicole.com/store/six-week-slim-down and get a copy of my EBook or take the online Six Week Slim Down Ecourse and get your blood sugar and body weight to a healthy place!