Sunday, February 17, 2008

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Unfortunately there is little you can do to prevent Type 1 Diabetes, but there are lots of things to help prevent Type 2.

First let's see if you are predisposed to get Diabetes.

• Are you over weight? Is so; is most of it around your mid section?
• Do you have parents that have Diabetes? One or Both.
• Do you have siblings that have Diabetes?
• Do you have other relatives that have Diabetes?
• Do you eat a diet high in carbohydrates? Rice, potatoes, Breads, Pasta, Sugary foods like candies, donuts, breads, Breakfast cereals, milk, sugary drinks like fruit juices, sodas or heavy sugar in drinks like coffee or ice tea.
• The Carbs you do eat, are they high on the GI index or low?
• Do you eat a low fiber diet? Less than 20g's a day.
• Do you eat lots of fried foods? Ore than once a week.
• Do you eat lots of sugary fruits like Bananas, Oranges and apples?
• Do you have a fairly sedimentary life style? An office job verses a construction job. Lack of exercise after work.
• Do you have a high stressed lifestyle?
• Do you smoke an drink to much (1-2 day max)
• Do you take good supplements daily?

If you answer yes to most of these questions then you are predisposed to get Type 2 Diabetes.

Next you want to be tested for Diabetes? A simple blood test will tell. They do 2 kinds, a fasting blood glucose test with a meter and the A1C test.

If the meter test shows 110 or more after a 12 hour fasting you are pre-diabetic. This is a huge HEADS-UP! Make some changes today, and I mean drastic changes.

The A1C will give you an average of your blood sugar for the past 3 months.

Your Doctor will go over the A1C test with you, but if it is a little on the high side and you have answered yes to most of the above questions, you need to make some drastic lifestyle changes now! And I do mean now.

Do what ever you can to answer NO to the above questions.

If you do this soon enough and drastic enough you can avoid of greatly extent the time before come Diabetic a risk the REAL POSSIBILITIES of Blindness, amputations, kidney failures, liver failure, stroke and heart attacks.

Type 1 diabetes risk is known to depend upon a genetic predisposition based on HLA types, an unknown environmental trigger (most likely an infection), and an uncontrolled autoimmune response that attacks the insulin producing beta cells. Some research suggested that breastfeeding decreased the risk. Various other nutritional risk factors are being studied, but no firm evidence has been found.

Type 2 diabetes risk can be reduced in many cases by diet changes and increased physical activity. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends the following preventative measures:

Ø Maintain a healthy weight. This is the biggest issue if you are over weight by 10 or more pounds. It can not be stressed enough to loss the weight or gain it if you are under weight. Most Type 2 is a case of insulin resistance cause or amplified by being over weight.

Ø Exercise at least 2½ hours each week-a brisk walk is sufficient.
Ø Have a modest fat intake
Ø Eat a good amount of fiber and whole grains.

Other possible preventative measures:

Ø Moderate alcohol intake, though heavy consumption significantly increases damage to body systems.
Ø Certain medications. For example, the incidence of diabetes was reduced by 77% in patients taking hydroxychloroquine for rheumatoid arthritis.
Ø Breastfeeding.
Ø Vitamin B-3 (niacin). Children with antibodies treated with vitamin B-3 had less than half the onset of diabetes incidence in a seven-year time span as the general population.
Ø Build muscles. Muscles use more sugar than fat so the more muscles you have the more sugar you burn, that means less sugar in your blood stream.

I you are over weight, the Single most import thing you can do is to achieve your proper weight. This can not be stressed enough. Being over weight KILLS. Even 10 pounds is not good if you are predisposed to becoming Diabetic. If you are more than 50 pounds over weight, you are obese and must loss weight now.

Weight loss programs, muscles building programs, exercising programs along with true diet and lifestyle changes are require.

Please do research on Type 2 Diabetes, learn about many possible cures and start in on a good nutritional program.

Improve your overall health.

Bottom line is; Diabetes is a horrifying disease with some of the worst side effects you can imagine like blindness, amputations, kidney and liver failure, strokes heart attacks and even death.

You DO NOT want Diabetes; start today to do anything and everything you can do to prevent it.

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