According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 47% of US adults now have diabetes or prediabetes, a whopping 700% increase in the past 50 years. And an estimated 23% of adults have undiagnosed diabetes. These numbers are staggering and are contributing to rapidly rising healthcare costs in this country.
According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD, the author of “The End of Diabetes,” the major reason for this increase is America’s expanding waistline. Contrary to what many people believe, his research–and that of others–shows that type II diabetes is a “lifestyle disease,” and that it is completely preventable and reversible with lifestyle changes, especially switching to a healthier whole food diet. He states that medication is the accepted treatment in our conventional Western medical system, even though it is often the medication itself “causing more weight gain, worsening symptoms, and making individuals more diabetic.”
Most often, diabetes develops gradually, over a period of 3 or more years. Although insulin resistance and lipotoxicity (fat molecules invading body cells and organs) are internal, invisible processes, they slowly alter the body’s normal metabolic functioning and cause the blood sugar to climb.
If you believe you may be at risk for diabetes or prediabetes, follow these important steps:
- Know the risk factors for diabetes, which include being overweight and sedentary lifestyle
- Maintain your ideal weight
- Exercise moderately for at least 20 minutes per day; walking is convenient and free
- Include more whole foods and at least 6 servings of fruit and vegetables every day
Changing eating patterns and other lifestyle habits can be challenging, but with the help of an experienced health coach, you can reach your health-related goals. For more information on preventing or reversing diabetes or prediabetes, go to http://Integralhealthsolutionswi.com