Yes, Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle disease. That’s because the lifestyle choices you make contribute significantly to whether you will become part of “the global diabetes epidemic”. That’s what the NY Times called it. And it’s serious.
If you are diagnosed as diabetic and do not make changes in the way you live, you could be diabetic for the rest of your life… and that’s not something you would want!
In almost every case, a diagnosis of prediabetes happens before type 2 diabetes occurs. This is because your blood sugar levels rise but not dramatically. If you’re pre-diabetic, regular testing will show a gradual increase in your blood sugar.
As a pre-diabetic, you’re heading for trouble but it’s definitely not too late.
Once you know you’re blood sugar levels are too high, you can take action to keep prediabetes and diabetes out of your future. This can be done very simply, with a protocol that’s proven to return blood sugar levels to a healthy range.
Choosing a healthier lifestyle
Diabetes is a chronic disease, and here are some of the miseries that can develop:
Nerve damage, kidney failure and vision problems including blindness.
UPDATE: Surprisingly, diabetic blindness can be reversed by diet. Click here to read one doctor’s account of this amazing phenomenon.
They’re not things you want to look forward to in your future, right? And since health experts agree this is a lifestyle disease, you can simply choose a different lifestyle.
What does a non-diabetic life look like?
- REGULAR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
It includes regular physical activity to naturally expend energy. Don’t worry, you don’t have to run the Boston Marathon, swim, bike and run a triathlon, become an Olympic bodybuilder and purchase an expensive gym membership. All you have to do is get up and moving more than you are sitting and inactive. That’s really it as far as physical activity is concerned. Work 2.5 hours of physical activity into your week.
Research shows that undertaking 15 separate 10 minute sessions of moderate to intense aerobic activity provides the same rewards as 5 physically active sessions that are 30 minutes each. Just figure some way to raise your heart rate through aerobic activity 2.5 hours each week.
- NUTRITION — IT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN GENETICS
Did you know that approximately 60% to 70% of your level of health and well-being is directly related to the foods and liquids you put into your body? As recently as the 1990s it was believed that you inherited the greatest part of your physical fitness. We know now that nutrition has a greater influence on your overall mental and physical wellness than genetics.
In other words, you can choose how well you want to be.
Diabetes specialists will tell you regular physical activity and smart nutrition is an almost unbeatable combo for not only preventing diabetes, but also for reversing diabetes as well. So, the choice is yours. You can choose a diabetic lifestyle where you sit around a lot, don’t get much physical activity, eat a lot of processed foods and develop chronic health problems.
You can choose to keep prediabetes and diabetes out of your life, or reverse those conditions if they have already developed. The lifestyle choice is yours, and the key to good health is well-known. This is great news, because it means you have control over your health and well-being, and making simple changes in your life can lead to the healthiest, happiest you.
Why is type 2 diabetes considered dangerous?
A type 2 diabetes diagnosis means your blood sugar levels are dangerously high. Either your body is unable to produce enough insulin, or you have developed an insulin resistance.
What’s the big deal about insulin?
It’s a chemical that helps your body handle glucose. Glucose is a very simple sugar. When your body does not handle it properly due a lack of insulin or a reduced reaction to insulin, glucose is quickly stored as fat.
This leads to the overweight and obesity condition almost always seen in diabetes sufferers. If this condition continues, you can experience damage to the important organs in your body and other exterior and interior health problems. Because you are not processing glucose effectively, foods considered normal and healthy for one person to eat may act as a sort of “metabolic poison” to your system.
Okay, so how dangerous is type 2 diabetes?
At first, you might only experience frustrating and tiresome symptoms such as…
- Extreme hunger, even when you know you shouldn’t be hungry
- Unusual and unexplained weight variation
- Constant and unnatural thirst
- Frequent urination
- Mood swings and irritability
- Chronic fatigue and low energy.
Over time this can lead to more serious symptoms, such as…
- Bruises and cuts that are slow to heal
- Blurry vision
- A numbness and tingling in your hands and feet
- Bladder infections
- Skin and gum conditions.
If left untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to complications like these…
- Heart disease, including stroke and heart attack
- Loss of hearing
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Nerve damage that leads to loss of a limb, usually a foot or lower leg
- Kidney failure
- Vision problems, including blindness
- Bacterial and fungal infections of your skin
- Death arising from kidney failure.
SO WHAT CAN I DO?
There are simple steps you can take to prevent and reverse this debilitating and possibly deadly condition.
Here’s how to take the danger out of type 2 diabetes.
It’s not complicated.
- Eat right
So many times in our lives the results we want are achievable with a simple strategy. Happily this is the case with preventing or reversing prediabetes and diabetes.
Frequent movement (at least 2.5 hours a week) plus eating healthy foods is a “secret” that confers many health advantages, including overcoming a whole range of lifestyle diseases.
Since being overweight or obese dramatically worsens your chances of developing diabetes, it is essential that you reach and maintain a healthy weight.
IT MEANS standing up more than you sit down.
IT MEANS moving instead of being sedentary, and…
IT MEANS eating fewer processed foods, refined sugars and white flour, and enjoying more nutritious and delicious fresh fruits, berries, nuts, wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef and organic, pastured poultry and dairy products.
You’ve probably heard the whole “exercise and eat right” argument for good health many times. While it is very easy to choose proper nutrition and physical activity over eating junk food and being sedentary, it is also usually even easier to choose the unhealthier options.
Making smart choices about your diet and physical fitness can lead to so many wonderful mental and physical health rewards. It is also the best way to keep the dangers of type 2 diabetes out of your life.
- “Warning: Standard treatment of diabetes can lead to a “downward” spiral of increasing medications” Click here to read this article
- “…type 2 diabetes is virtually 100 percent avoidable, and can be effectively treated without medications, supplements or surgery. Type 2 diabetes is not a disease of blood sugar, but a disease of insulin, and perhaps even more importantly, leptin signaling. Therefore, diabetes can be controlled by recovering your insulin and leptin sensitivities. And, the only known way to reestablish proper leptin and insulin signaling is through a proper diet and exercise!” Click here to read this article from Dr. Mercola