19 November 2015

Diabetes Awareness: Three Basic Thing You Should Know About Diabetes

Today I received a shocking news that our well known local pastor has passed away. I am so sorry for the family lost, my prayers and thoughts are with them during this time of sorrow. I heard she died from diabetes. I heard from a friend, not actually sure but things for sure is death news, especially caused by illness is always a kind of awakening moment for me.

Things You Should Know About Diabetes

I know everyone will die someday. But if people died because of a preventable disease, it is something to be regret forever. Today's focus is about diabetes. Some cases of diabetes may be directly inherited, but not all. Skinny person can get diabetes despite the myth of thin people don't get the disease. But that is another story.

I am obese and the scary truth is obesity will likely lead to type 2 diabetes. Women have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes if their waist measures 80cm (31.5 inches) or more. Being overweight especially around your waist seems to be significantly risky.

Now my priority to lose weight has change. I always wanted to lose weight to have a younger appearance. Obesity makes people look much older than their real age. But now my main goal is to lose weight so that I can keep up with my two children who are ages 8 and 5 years old. I want to have energy to play with them. I want to lose weight to prevent Diabetes and other obesity related diseases, and so that I can watch my children graduate from college or get married. I want to lose weight not just because I want to fit into that Christmas party dress. But I want to feel more at ease with my body and get my confidence back.

Let's see the general causes of diabetes and how we can reduce the risk or prevent this disease.
Symptom of Diabetes
Symptom of Diabetes

1. Overweight or Obesity
In many studies, waist circumference which reflects abdominal fat accumulation is a strong predictor of type 2 diabetes. Excess fat changes the way that your body responds to insulin, leading to a condition called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body produces insulin but does not use it effectively. Instead of being absorbed by the cells, glucose builds up in the blood leading to type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.

Prevention: A major clinical study proved that losing modest amounts of weight lowers the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by more than half.

2. Watching too much TV
A study shows that zoning out for hours, often combined with snacking increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Prevention: Reduce sitting. Regular physical activity is a key element when it comes to weight management and prevention of obesity.

3. Poor diet
The relationship between diet and diabetes has been documented more recently. Eating too much of the wrong kinds of foods can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Prevention: Change your bad and unhealthy eating habits.
- Replace saturated and trans fats with unsaturated fats, including sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Ensure generous consumption of fruits and vegetables and adequate folic acid intake.
- Consume cereal products in their whole-grain, high-fiber form.
- Limit consumption of sugar and sugar-based beverages.
- Limit excessive caloric intake from any source.
- Limit sodium intake.

How Diabetes Kills You
Diabetes is a silent killer. Type 2 diabetes may have a long term consequences if diabetes is not well-controlled. Some of the effects are including heart attacks, kidney failure, poor circulation in the feet (sometimes requiring amputation), and blindness. At first, the organs only lose blood supply and slowly begin to fail but then these life-threatening events can occur. Diabetes management can be frustrating, so prevention is better than cure.

As you can see, the formula to prevent diabetes is pretty basic. Sleep well. Eat real. Exercise. Repeat.
Long term effect of Type 2 Diabetes
Long term effect of Type 2 Diabetes 

Diabetes should not be taken lightly. Do you have diabetes stories to help or encourage others? Share your story in the comments. Every story matters.

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