Are You At Risk For Diabetes? Find Out! Get Involved With the American Diabetes Assocation Now: November Is "American Diabe
Posted Dec 18 2008 8:12pm
It's November again, and that means it's time to talk about diabetes and and to get you, members of the public, to learn more about the disease and risks associated with it.
Indeed, November is American Diabetes Month, and every time this year, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) encourages you to educate yourself about this disease, participate in fundraising activities, and more.
The ADA reminds you (and I'm quoting here) that: :
Diabetes is America's number one health threat in our country today.
Nearly 21 millions adults and children have diabetes.
One-third of them (6.2 million) don't know they have the disease.
1 in 3 Americans born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime in nothing is done to stem the tide.
Diabetes kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined.
If you're still in the dark about this potentially deadline disease, here's a quick description of it from the ADA:
"Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose (sugar) to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. Nearly 21 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes. It is the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S. and it has no cure."
While I heartily applaud the ADA's wonderful work and I'm a huge proponent of this worthwhile organization's efforts, I am disappointed by the group's comment that the disease "has no cure." You see, I feel that the ADA is doing a misservice to people by that description, because it conveys a tone of pessissism that I don't feel is necessary.
Because, as you've probably heard by now, considerable research shows that you could prevent or manage type 2 diabetes (which accounts for most diabetes) if you make substantial lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly, losing weight if you're overweight or obese, cutting out or cutting back on culprit carbs, and closely monitoring your blood sugar levels.
Indeed, as I've pointed out many times previously on this SUGAR SHOCK! Blog and as I explain in my upcoming book SUGAR SHOCK!, monitoring your intake of these sweets and fast-acting carb foods such as white rice and mashed potatoes could help you peel off those pounds, cause less swings to your blood sugar levels, decrease your risk for diseases like diabetes, etc.
So, in honor of National Diabetes Month, I encourage you to give the ADA your full support and get involved. Again, I urge you to:
Learn about diabetes.
Take steps to prevent the disease (if you're at risk). In particular if you're overweight or obese (as 65 % of Americans are, you should: Start an exercise program; eat more nutritive foods and in smaller, more polite portions; and monitor your blood sugar levels.