Not all news is bad for diabetes! "The good news, is that most cases of Type 2 diabetes are preventable with lifestyle changes. By staying lean and fit, can reduce the chances of getting diabetes by 95%! (That's an amazing number) 'It's almost totally preventable,' says Dr. Robert Rizza, president of the American Diabetes Association.'"
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The information in this piece, was taken from an article entitled, "Diabetes On The Rise," which appeared in the Albuquerque Journal (July, 2006) and was written by Lisa Roberts of the Orlando Sentinel. The article talks about the dangers of diabetes and what can be done to treat and prevent it...and along the way, I add my two cents.
MY TWO CENTS: One of the questions I ask my doctor, when I go in to see the results of my physical examination every year, is there anything seriously wrong with me, like cancer; diabetes or aids. I want to know right away, so I can start working on the problems, if any. Like most other people, I am terrified of cancer, diatetes, etc. All the other problems like high blood pressure and high cholesterol I can work on.
In the past, I've known two people who have died from diabetes. My aunt Molly and the neighbor who lived next to my parents. Both of them met a similar fate...as they both became blind; both had a leg amputated; and both were in their early 50's when they passed away! (They were much too young)
Before I was laid off from one of my jobs, I worked side by side with a fellow for over six years. He was overweight, and apparentely didn't take care of it. One day, he went in for a physical exam and he learned the bad news...he had Type 2 diabetes. I noticed that his behavior changed right away! He became more withdrawn; reserved and distant and he told me depression had set in. Because I like to be around people with a good sense of humor, I noticed that his sense of humor had changed as well...for the worse! (Can't blame him for that)
ARTICLE: "If you don't know someone with diabetes, there's a good chance you will some day. A recent study found the occurrence of Type 2 diabetes has doubled over the last 30 years. Another estimated that a third of U.S. adults...more than 73 million...suffer diabetes or may be diveloping it. Simply put, it's an epidemic, and it's driven by sedentary lifestyle and obesity, the upswing of which closely parallels the growth of the disease, says Dr. Kimberley Bourne, as Orlando Fla., endocrinologist, who treats diabetics."
MY TWO CENTS: In my article "Weight Loss: How I Lost 40 Pounds," the thought of getting diabetes, was one of my motivators to lose the weight. And, because diabetes usually afflicts people who are overweight, I knew, when I stepped off that scale in the doctor's office, that I was going to lose the 40 pounds, which was my goal at the time. And, I didn't care how long it took...six months...a year or longer...the weight was going to come off!
PRESCRIPTION FOR DIABETES: Diet and exercise
ARTICLE; "Diabetes is a disease in which the body doesn't produce or ignores insulin. The hormone regulates the metabolism of blood glucose...sugar...which fuels our cells. When diabetes takes hold, glucose can build up in the body and coat blood vessels and nerves. Left untreated, the disease can cause an array of devastating maladies, including blindness; cardiovascular disease; and kidney failure."
The glucose interrupts nerve impulses and blood flow to extrimities, diabetics sometimes are unaware of things such as cuts, scrapes and blisters, which may become infected. In severe cases, an amputation might be necessary."
MY TWO CENTS: I started walking/jogging 10-15 miles a week back in 1986, and in the year 2007, I still do my jogging every week. I didn't really know that much about diabetes and the seriousness of it, until I read this article, but after reading it, I'll continue with my jogging and "pumping aluminum," for the rest of my life.
ARTICLE: "Though the exact cause of diabetes hasn't been determined, research has repeatedly pointed the finger at obesity as perhaps the greatest risk of all. As weight increases, the pancreas pumps out more and more insulin to handle increased blood sugars.
Symtoms of diabetes include: numbness in extrimities;extreme hunger; frequent urination; excessive thirst; increased fatigue and blurry vision among them. "But, the ability to fend off diabetes is with almost in everyone's grasp. Excercise and a proper diet not only can help to decrease weight, they also can take a bite out of high blood sugar." says Dr. Bourne.
MY TWO CENTS: For me, exercise is so easy, and can be done almost any time and any place. For examble, I like to watch a football game on television on occasion. But, I don't necessarily like to watch the half-time festivities. So, it's easy for me to jog down the street for a mile...and then walk back. By that time, the half-time of the football game is over, and the second half is about to began. Therefore, I get a little jogging in while I watch the game.
In 2005, I was in the hospital for over three months, and I would walk up and down the halls in the ward and eleswhere. I can tell you just how many floor tiles are in ward 7 and ward 5...and stay in bed all day for me...forget it! I'm just too active to stay in bed or just lie around! Other veterans used to join me in the walking and trying to get a little exercise.
ARTICLE: "Prevention and early treatment of diabetes are paramount goals, says Mark Williams, CEO of Community Health Centers, Inc., which operates a network of Central Floride clinics and offers diabetes screening. 'As a community, diabetes is one of those diseases that screams 'treat me early' so we can avoid complications, because complications are so very expensive."
MY TWO CENTS: The walking and jogging take care of the lower portion of the body for me, but I've been "pumping aluminum," to take care of the upper body as well. Many years ago, I looked like the 6 million dollar man, and now I just look like the $6.00 man! But, everyday, I do repititions with the 10 pound dumb-bells.
ARTICLE: "At the Florida Hospital Diabetes Center in Orlando, diabetics are proving that eating well and working out can help control the disease. Gym members test their blood before and after their workouts, and the difference they see in their blood sugar after exercising motivates them to keep on the move, says Paul Frickman, the center's exercise coodinator. It's not unusual to see blood sugar tumble from, say 140 to the normal range, which is between 70 and 100. The benefit of a workout lasts from 24 to 72 hours. Another bonus: 'When you exercise, sugar goes into your body without the assistance of insulin,' says, so a diabetic's reliance on drugs may lessen.'"
MY TWO CENTS: I've never done the treadmill thing, because I've always liked to spend time outdoors...to smell the roses...watch the sunsets and sunrises...and the blossoms in the spring, etc. I love to get out and get my "sweat therapy," which help me to sleep better; reduces the stress in my life; clear the cobwebs in my head; solve problems; get more ideas and be more creative...and, I just feel better all around! And, since we all live in a concrete and asphalt jungle, I just like to get a little grass and dirt under my feet everyday.
ARTICLE: "Talar Clover, a clinical nurse specialist at the center, says today's super sized meal portions and fat-and-sugar-laden foods, as well as a variety of social conditions, are helping to fuel the disease. Through many believe diabetes is about eating excess sugar, it's not about sugars...it's about carbohydrates. They turn into sugar, she says. That's why diets should be based on a balance of meat, fruits, vegetables, dairy, produces and whole grains.
For over twenty years, exercising has been a way of life for me. I have to get out and get my "fix" every week! In the year 2007, is my 21st anniversary of walking/jogging 15 miles a week, and I'll keep doing it, but I'll have to change my ways. As I get older...now I'm 62 years young...I'll have to stop pumping aluminum...and I'll have to start "pumping aluminum foil!"