Type 2 diabetes prevention means you can avoid this epidemic. There are ways to prevent or at least slow down the progression to type 2 diabetes.
If a virus was going to hit one out of every ten people worldwide by 2030, it would be called an epidemic. Those are the numbers projected by the World Health Organization for diabetes.
Less than one out of ten diabetics are type 1. This means a huge majority of diabetics will have type 2.
No one knows how to stop type 1, although stem cell research and beta cell regeneration trials are bringing us closer.
But type 2 diabetes can be prevented right now in more than half of the people who are prediabetic.
The danger of becoming type 2 diabetic grows as we age. This is why one in four people over 70 are diabetic.
Bad habits like eating a high glycemic diet and sitting around too much have driven us to this epidemic. The older we get, the harder it is to change those bad habits.
But if you have good reasons to try, you will be motivated to change and prevent type 2 diabetes.
To understand type 2 diabetes prevention, look across the world. Countries like China and India have seen the same rise in type 2 diabetics as the U.S.
It is happening to them as Western food chains spread there. That is no coincidence.
Along with more sitting and less exercise, a processed food diet causes insulin resistance, the first step toward type 2 diabetes.
A doctor who wrote about type 2 diabetes thousands of years ago said that it seemed linked to lack of exercise and having too much body fat.
Diets rich in high glycemic processed foods coupled with sedentary jobs and sit-down sports have made us more likely to fit that diagnosis.
This means that you cannot expect your lifestyle to keep you healthy if you simply go with the flow.
If you have any tendency by genetics or family history to become diabetic, you must actively do something for type 2 diabetes prevention.
Here are some of the things you need to be aware of. The simple choice of working the night shift puts you at a higher risk to develop type 2 diabetes.
It may be because night shift workers tend to exercise less, and they have poorer sleep habits and bad diets.
Another lifestyle that is bad for women in particular is to drink two or more sugared sodas, teas or dessert style coffees a day.
A study showed that men were not affected by this, but women were more likely to have high triglycerides and abnormal fasting glucose, a red flag for insulin resistance.
Most of the women in the study were at least middle-aged too. Of course, being 45 or older puts everyone into a higher risk category for type 2 diabetes.
Oddly, the women in the study had higher triglycerides and fasting blood sugars whether they were overweight or not. It means that even if your weight is normal this habit puts you at higher risk.
Learn more about your risk for becoming a type 2 diabetic
For type 2 diabetes prevention, to say that sugar is not your enemy is a mistake. Why?
Simply cutting sugar out of your diet will not keep you from becoming diabetic. The reason is that sugar gets into your diet in forms you may not recognize.
White flour breaks down into sugar in your stomach so fast you might as well be eating candy.
The big problem with sugar, flour and other processed foods is that they hit your digestive system like an atom bomb, forcing your pancreas to pump insulin fast and hard.
To keep your blood sugar levels in balance, your system is stressed by the huge amount of high glycemic food. If this happened once in a while the damage would not be so serious.
But on our standard Western diet, you have been doing this every day for decades.
Our foods have had the good things processed out. Even raw sugar had fiber, iron and minerals that were removed in processing. Grains have so little fiber left that they are not in any way similar to the natural plant.
Nutritionists will tell you that with fiber and fat added to a meal, digestion is slowed down.
But you still need insulin to get the sugar out of your blood. The stress on your pancreas is the reason highly sweetened drinks are so hard on your body.
We really have no idea how much stress our low fiber, high glycemic diet has put on our digestive and endocrine systems, but many nutrition experts think the inflammatory diseases that plague us are one result.
New research is showing that diabetes is another one of the many inflammatory conditions. Every discovery about type 2 diabetes comes back to what we choose to eat.
This will come as no surprise. Type 2 diabetes prevention requires the same things that reverse the symptoms and put type 2 diabetes in remission.
After so many years with type 2 diabetes it may be too late for me to go into complete remission, but that will not stop me from trying.
I hope you will not give up either. If you were recently diagnosed or you are prediabetic, you have a great chance to try type 2 diabetes prevention.
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