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Diabetes Still A Pretty Hot Topic*

Diabetes is a rising scourge in our country. The incidence of diabetes has risen strikingly in the last few decades, becoming described as an epidemic.

With that in mind, I decided to step aside for yesterday and today to allow John Doe (yeah, really) who works with the Diabetes Care Community website, which is based out of our neighbor to the north, Canada, to talk a bit about the disease and look into why the incidence of it is rising so precipitously.

As we talked about yesterday, the main reason for this rise could have a lot to do with the culture of inactivity also creeping over our population here in the United States.

Take it away, John.

Much of the increased incidence of diabetes is due to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease. It is often related to obesity and to low levels of physical activity.

 The rise in type 2 diabetes in North America is particularly high. Studies show that over the past three decades, blood glucose levels in the U.S. have risen at more than twice the rate of those in Western Europe.

 These figures may in part be due to the rising numbers of immigrants from high-risk populations. These include people of Asian, South Asian, Hispanic and African descent. Increased life expectancy may also play a part, since older people are more at risk of developing diabetes.

 However, numerous studies also point to the Western culture’s dietary habits and sedentary lifestyle as being a major contributor to the rise in type 2 diabetes. For example, reliance on heavily processed and fast foods, together with high consumption of sugary drinks, may contribute to the elevated blood glucose levels found in uncontrolled diabetics.

 The rise of type 2 diabetes in Native Indian communities is often said to support this theory. Although there is likely a genetic element behind this population’s high risk for the condition, some Native Indian groups have seen such a rapid rise in incidence since the 1940s that other factors are also believed to be at work. These include the move from the traditional diet to the much more heavily processed foods of the typical U.S. or Canadian diets.

 Diabetes is an expensive disease, in more ways than one. A recent research report put the current annual global sales of diabetes medications at around $35 billion. This amount can only rise.

 The cost of these medications, supplies and ongoing healthcare is placing a significant economic burden on individuals and governments alike. Until a cure is found, diabetes will inevitably remain a hot topic for us all.

Thanks, John and the Diabetes Care Community folks up in Canada.

If you dudes are interested in learning more about diabetes, it shouldn’t be all that hard. Try hitting up places like WebMD, or even the U.S. government.

Even if you don’t want to find out more, you can help little dudes and dudettes in your family fight off incipient type 2 diabetes. Get the little dudes outside more often, run them around. Basically get them up off the couch and out from in front of the television. And cut down on the fast foods.

See? Easy peasy.

 

*Just so you know, right here and right now? This is the only way I’m going to acknowledge what anniversary falls on this date. Focusing on the horror only feeds the cause of the idiots who did it. We’ve mourned the dead, now it’s time to live up to our ideals. BTW, this little bit here was only me and does not come from John Doe or the Diabetes Care Community.


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Guest Post: Diabetic Diets

by E. Wood

Hey, dudes, it’s Richard. Today we’ve got a guest post from E. Wood, who’s trying to spread the word about healthy diets that will help those with Type 2 diabetes.

Take it away, E.

Maintaining a balanced and healthy diet is vital to our overall health and wellbeing. Eating the best foods help us control illness, reduce stress, and help to prevent serious disease. However, for anyone with type 2 diabetes, making appropriate food choices can be both frustrating and confusing. Because type 2 diabetes is a serious disease, debunking the subsequent myths may actually help save lives.

Myth 1: Diabetes is due to consuming too much sugar.

Although the cause is not totally understood, diabetes is regarded as the result of genetics and lifestyle factors. Normally, the body uses insulin to convert food into glucose (a kind of sugar), which then provides cells in your body with energy when broken down. Diabetics, however, do not produce enough insulin to power this conversion. Being overweight can make type 2 diabetes more prone to occur.

Myth 2: Diabetics can’t eat sweets.

Consuming a piece of cake will not cause a medical emergency. Although sugars may be empty calories and cause weight gain if eaten in large amounts, when eaten without excess, sweets can be part of a healthy diet, especially when combined with exercise.

Myth 3: Diabetics must consume special diabetic foods.

A balanced and healthy diet for those with type 2 diabetes is very similar to a healthy diet for everyone else – limit the fats, use salt and sugar in moderation, and consume whole-grain foods. Lean protein, vegetable, and fruit also help complete a balanced diet. Many foods marketed as “diabetic” foods still have a tendency to raise glucose levels in the blood.

Myth 4: Carbohydrates are dangerous for diabetics.

Starches are a significant part of a balanced diet. Carbs could have a significant effect on blood glucose levels, so they ought to be consumed in moderation. Carbs contain important nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fiber, so eradicating them from the diet is not a healthy idea.

Myth 5: Fruit may be consumed freely because it is healthy and natural.

Although fruit is chock full of nutrients, consuming too much of it can prove problematic. Also, dried fruits like dates might be high in fat and full of calories. Fruits like these should only be eaten moderately.

Now that the myths concerning the diet for those with type II diabetes have been exposed, diabetics and non-diabetics alike might make wise decisions regarding food. Coupled with proper medical care and exercise, food can continue to certainly be a necessary tool to keep our bodies healthy.

E. Wood blogs for Diabetic Diet Recipes, her personal website, where she tries to help diabetics eat more healthy.

 

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