I had great intentions for today’s post. However, I think I am… well… sick. I don’t admit that these type of things happen to me. In fact, this is the first time I have even admitted to Coop that I am sick, and I havent even technically done that. So I apologize first off that it is 7 pm and I am just now blogging, and I also apologize that this post will lack humor.
So here we go!
I said in a previous post that insulin was a term that most of us know. Today is the day that we either learn about this disease for the first time or we learn about it in a very specific way.
There are currently 25.8 million Americans who have diabetes, that is 8.3% of the population (source).
Diabetes is a disease in which your body lacks the control needed to stabilize and maintain proper sugar levels. Much of the problem is with a specific hormone called insulin. Insulin is a hormone that your body makes… as in creates. Insulin is used by your body to create energy from sugar.
Did you get that? Your body has within it the exact tool to make energy from SUGAR. We need sugar… how much, when and in what combination is the real question.
Diabetes is not a joke. In this post we will specifically be discussing type II Diabetes and will look at the following; how it is caused, the symptoms, the American Medical Associations directions on managing it and how to prevent it.
Let’s dive in…
How is diabetes caused?
Diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle. Since you cannot change your genetics (thank your mom and dad), we will look at how lifestyle affects your chances of managing or preventing diabetes. What exactly makes up your lifestyle? You eating habits, exercise habits, and other health habits.
Things that statistically lead to diabetes (source)
- Consuming large amounts of alcohol
- The lack of physical activity
- High consumption of sugar
- Drinking Soda (diet or regular)
- Lacking a diet rich in water consumption
- High consumption of processed carbohydrates
The symptoms of Diabetes
- Frequent Urination
- Frequent Thirst
- Blurry Vision
- Extreme Fatigue
- Tingling, Pain and/or numbness in hands and feet
What the AMA suggest concerning Diabetes…
Honestly, this is the point in which I am thoroughly disgusted with the AMA… managing diabetes according to them (source) is by eating a well balanced diet that includes grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables…. however limiting meat and fats. They also recommend getting 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week and by cutting sugar and instead using artificial sweeteners. They also recommend using medication to help manage your diabetes, which I am not opposed to like I am eating grains, dairy and limiting meat.
Well, it’s pretty simple. STOP EATING MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF SUGAR!!!!!!!! At least that is how you prevent type II Diabetes.
Ok friends, I am going to sleep a lot tonight so that I can come back to you tomorrow with better reading!