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Type 2 Diabetes & Weight Loss Advice

Type 2 Diabetes & Weight Loss Advice

Type 2 Diabetes & Weight Loss Advice

What is Diabetes?

America's epidemic of obesity is leading to a corresponding epidemic in diabetes, but most people don't know much about the disease other than some vague ideas about shots and sugar-free diets.

I'm Dr. Caroline Cederquist, giving you The Skinny on Your Health.

In diabetes, sugar builds up in the blood instead of entering the body's cells. Medication or insulin shots are needed to move the sugar into the proper places.

But the physical costs of the disease go way beyond the discomfort of injections.

Diabetes often leads to kidney disease, heart attack and stroke.

If you've heard about demanding dietary changes, imagine the lifestyle changes caused by diabetes-induced blindness.

Diabetes causes circulatory and nerve problems that lead to nearly 100,000 amputations every year!

Diabetes is now the sixth-leading cause of death in the U.S.

Sure, people do learn to manage the illness, but why not just avoid it to begin with?

Type 2 Diabetes is also almost totally preventable- through proper diet and fitness.

Magnesium Effect on Diabetes Risk

Anyone who grew up with Popeye knows that eating spinach will help you fight bad guys. Now new research is showing that it also helps fight diabetes.

I'm Dr. Caroline Cederquist, giving you the Skinny on Your Health.

The research shows a protective effect of dietary magnesium - which is found in spinach - against diabetes. Good magnesium sources include other leafy green vegetables, whole grains and nuts, and, believe it or not, coffee.

In two large studies over several years, researchers found that participants who had the highest magnesium intake had much lower incidence of developing diabetes than those with the least magnesium intake, up to 34 percent lower!

Even better news: they also found that the protective effects of magnesium in the diet were actually magnified in those who need that protection most: people who are already overweight!

They haven't figured out why that is, but they're looking at magnesium's affect on glucose tolerance.

Whatever the reason, it makes a compelling argument for anyone built more like Bluto to start eating more like Popeye!

Maternal Obesity and Lifelong Risk for Offspring

Tremendous public health efforts finally got the message out about the dangers that mom's smoking can pose for her unborn children.

We may need that same kind of effort about the risks of being overweight before getting pregnant.

I'm Dr. Caroline Cederquist, giving you The Skinny on Your Health.

Being overweight during pregnancy is problem, not just for the mom, but for her baby. And not just during the pregnancy.

Evidence from many years of research shows that the offspring of women who were medically overweight during pregnancy are affected throughout their lifetimes, starting from a higher risk of being born with heart or nervous system defects.

The babies are at high risk of becoming overweight themselves, even as adults, and of eventually developing diabetes, even if there is no family history of the disease.

It's never a good idea to try to LOSE weight during pregnancy. For both mother and baby, pregnancy is the most important time to get good nutrition and plenty of it.

But if you're a woman planning to have a baby, plan to be at a healthy weight first.

Lifetime Risk of Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes is one of the most expensive diseases facing Americans, but it's largely preventable. And in the midst of the U.S. obesity crisis, new data have come out showing just how shockingly common it's becoming.

I'm Dr. Caroline Cederquist, bringing you The Skinny on Your Health.

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that with current trends, a child born in 2000 has a one in three chance of getting diabetes in his lifetime.

In some ethnic groups, the risk is even greater. Among Hispanics, America's fastest growing minority group, the researchers found the lifetime risk of getting diabetes is 45 percent for men and a stunning 52% - more than half for women!

The cost of diabetes is enormous, both in terms of loss of life and actual expenses for treatment.

But prevention is the form of diet and exercise is proven to work and it's the safest treatment of all.

Maternal Obesity, Diabetes Means Risks

Diabetes causes birth defects, and Type II diabetes-the kind caused by obesity-is twice as likely as Type 1 to cause miscarriage and birth defects.

I'm Dr. Caroline Cederquist, giving you The Skinny on Your Health.

For women of childbearing age, the risks from diabetes are extremely grave - for them and their children.

Compared to national averages, the babies of women with Type II diabetes are SIX TIMES more likely to die within their first year, and 11 TIMES more likely to have birth defects.

But with two thirds of Americans now overweight, more and more people are developing diabetes, including women of childbearing age.

Unfortunately, most young women are not screened for diabetes, even if they are overweight. And many become pregnant without even knowing they already have the disease, needlessly exposing themselves and their babies to dangerous risks.

Even without the diabetes, obesity during pregnancy creates all sorts of additional risks. The smartest, safest thing to do is to get to a healthy weight BEFORE conception.

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