Knowledge of Diabetes Type 2 Is Increasingly Essential
The number of Americans who will develop type 2 diabetes is staggering. Here is why knowledge of this serious health condition is becoming increasingly essential.
The CDC reports that 30 million Americans, or 1 in 10 have diabetes. Even more concerning is that 90 to 95 percent have type 2. Type 1 is a far more rare condition where diabetes is inherited at birth and must be managed by medication. The most widespread however, type 2, is caused by an over consumption of sugar and is completely preventable.
The human body cannot handle the excessive levels of sugar that processed foods put into the body. High fructose corn syrup, refined sugars, soda, and milkshakes masquerading as coffee drinks are some of the major culprits when it comes to America’s sugar addiction. An unfortunate outcome is that childhood diabetes has grown into numbers never before seen and current medicine has yet to understand how a lifelong diagnosis of type 2 affects someone. Heart disease, kidney malfunction, and vision loss are just some of the complications that can come along with this debilitating illness.
The good news is, type 2 diabetes is preventable. By making healthy lifestyle and diet choices you can do a lot to help reduce your chances for ever developing it. The first step is to quit eating the bad stuff. This means strictly limiting or completely eliminating sugar and refined carbohydrates from your diet. Pastas, white flour, white breads, pastries, sodas, and most cereals are all examples of refined carbs. Be aware of “stealth sugar”. The next time you go to the grocery store see if you can only buy food items that do not contain sugar. You will be amazed just by reading labels how many products like bread, ketchup, salad dressings, and more contain high levels of added sugar.
Second, stay active and drink water. Making water your beverage of choice not only keeps you more hydrated, but it helps your body feel full and reduces sugar cravings. Staying active is important to keep blood pressure levels where they should be and extra body weight off.
Knowledge is power. The more you know, the better you will be able to live a healthy life that has greatly minimized the risk for developing diabetes. You could enroll in a healthy eating class at your local hospital, work with a nutritionist, or take a diabetes CE course online.
Whether you take a diabetes CE course, switch your soda for water, or talk with your doctor, there are many ways you can educate yourself about type 2 diabetes and help reduce the chance that you will develop it.