Beating a Diabetes Diagnosis
Getting diagnosed with diabetes can be frightening, especially if you do not know very much about this potentially life threatening condition. Usually, the diabetes diagnosis conjures up instant images of a radically altered lifestyle, diet or even the possibility of having to administer regular insulin injections. Equally disturbing is the fact that diabetes can strike anyone—at any age. What most people don't realize is that many types of diabetes can be controlled and even prevented with a combination of healthy food and exercise.
What does a diabetes diagnoses mean?
The seventh leading cause of death in the United States is diabetes. Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases that involve problems with the hormone insulin, which causes blood glucose levels to spike above normal. Type 1 diabetes, where the body fails to produce insulin, is far less common than Type 2 diabetes, where the body does not produce enough insulin to function properly. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower-extremity amputations.
Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into our cells. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience symptoms ranging from frequent urination to becoming increasingly thirsty and hungry.
Type 2 diabetes is responsible for nearly 95% of all diabetes diagnoses in the United States and is typically associated with poor nutrition, weight gain, and lack of physical activity.
How common is a diabetes diagnoses?
Sadly, the incidence of diabetes is on the rise across the United States. According to a 2011 study by the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults—8.3% of the population—have diabetes. The Association estimates 18.8 million people already have a diabetes diagnoses, followed by an estimated 7 million who are undiagnosed and 79 million who have pre-diabetes. In 2010, nearly 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older.
Diabetes Control and Prevention
If you have been given a diabetes diagnoses or if you have pre-diabetes, you can take positive steps to control and prevent it through healthy eating and proper nutrition. Research indicates that even losing small amounts of weight can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by up to 30%, while weight loss can help people with diabetes improve glycemic control, lower blood pressure, reduce triglycerides and lower LDL ("bad" cholesterol). While exercise is also important to overall health, what you eat has the biggest impact when it comes to weight loss.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, a healthy eating plan that is high in nutrients, low in fat and moderate in calories is the way to go. The main difference is that you need to pay more attention to some of your food choices—most notably the carbohydrates that you eat.
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