Strategies to Help Prevent Diabetes

These simple strategies can help prevent diabetes or manage it over a lifetime.


| February/March 2006



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The good news is that many factors that can reduce diabetes risk are within our control, such as diet and exercise.


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It’s never too early to develop the healthy habits that can prevent diabetes, a disease that is all too common in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), 18.2 million Americans are diabetic, and another 16 million have pre-diabetes — elevated blood glucose levels that indicate they are developing the disease. In fact, a child born in the United States today has a one-in-three chance of developing diabetes during his or her lifetime, according to a 2003 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The good news is that many factors that can reduce the risk of diabetes are within our control. A healthy diet and regular exercise will help prevent diabetes. For those already diagnosed as diabetic, these healthy habits can help reduce symptoms, and a number of herbs and supplements are worth exploring, as well.

What Is Diabetes?

Awareness of this disease dates back to the first century or earlier, but only within the last 100 years have scientists been able to pin the problem on insulin, a hormone that is produced by the pancreas.

Insulin ushers glucose from the blood into the body’s tissues. In type 1 diabetes, also called insulin-dependent diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin. This form of diabetes often begins in childhood or adolescence, so it is sometimes referred to as juvenile diabetes.

With type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, the pancreas produces insulin, but the body’s tissues do not respond to it. Reacting to the high levels of glucose in the blood, the pancreas produces even more insulin.

In both types of diabetes, the tissues are starved because they don’t receive enough glucose, leading to hunger and fatigue. Because the kidneys must excrete the excess glucose in the blood, frequent urination and excessive thirst are early symptoms of diabetes.

manish
9/29/2008 9:24:39 PM

I have made one ppt for changing some life style and using natural herbs can prevent or overcome diabetes. I am ready to share with all the members to creat awareness. Thanks, Regards, Manish


laurel
9/29/2008 1:44:21 PM

Julie & Bill B are 100% CORRECT! Dietary fat is not the enemy. Can't believe this so-called expert recommends low-fat & vegetarian lifestyles. These people who just toe the party line when it comes to nutrition are killing the good people of this country. Stop pushing the high-carb agenda!


abifae
9/29/2008 1:26:57 PM

I came here to explain about the carbs, as well :) I know a few people who are entirely off insulin just through low carb! My blood sugar, too, is nearly under control with it (I produce too MUCH insulin). If you return to the diets our ancestors ate, instead of all the fast-paced induced snacks, sugars, and carbs we eat now, you'll have a much better chance at a long, healthy life.


jan_2
9/29/2008 12:53:02 PM

I am a diabetic, type 1. Diagnosed 40 years ago at the age of 14. I was healthy and active and not overweight. My life depends upon controlling this disease and not letting it control me. What upsets me (and I see this every day), are the children who are being set up for developing type 2 diabetes. Hungry? Drive through a fast food joint and while you are at it, supersize that fat laden meal. Bored? Sit if front of the television or computer screen and let your mind and your butt turn to lard. Parents are encouraging their children to follow this life style. Whatever happened to family walks after a home prepared dinner? Or bike rides or trips to the park? We have become a nation of fat and lazy people and this is the legacy we are leaving our children. Nothing is going to change, until WE change. Its time to take back the kitchen by preparing healthy home cooked meals and turning off the television or video games and go outside and PLAY again. JJ


bill b_1
9/29/2008 10:29:39 AM

Julie, you hit the nail on the head. insulin resistance is the key and what drives this resistance? High carb diets... diets low in fat and protein....... just the opposite of the food triangle. turn the triangle upside down and start a new life eating the way humans were meant to eat.


julie_1
9/29/2008 8:45:25 AM

I am SO SICK AND TIRED of hearing "experts" announce that obesity causes diabetes. You might as well say that sneezing causes colds. BOTH obesity and diabetes are caused by insulin resistance! The Syndrome X trifecta -- high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes -- are all a result of insulin resistance. Let's not confuse symptoms with causes, people!


julie_1
9/29/2008 8:43:55 AM

I am SO SICK AND TIRED of hearing "experts" announce that obesity causes diabetes. You might as well say that sneezing causes colds. BOTH obesity and diabetes are caused by insulin resistance! The Syndrome X trifecta -- high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes -- are all a result of insulin resistance. Let's not confuse symptoms with causes, people!


bill b_1
9/29/2008 8:08:12 AM

What is actually causing type 2 diabetes and obesity in our country is the lack of fat in our diet and the increase in carbs. Everything we are told to eat nowadays is lowfat but it then becomes high in carbs...... Eat your fruits and vegetables but dont eat your starches an sugars (carbs) and you will lose weight, feel better than you ever have before and lower blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol readings. Eat your meat,eggs, eat vegtalbes like brocolli, cauliflower, beans, stay away from potaots, corn, breads, cereals..... get the idea? There is way to much research ut there today to ignore. do your research.. you will be better for it. Bill B


robert_101
6/3/2007 2:57:34 AM

Hi Dr. I have many diabetes in my internal medical practice. Could you please comment on by what % the Accucheks improve and also the average improvement in the HGBA1C over a defined period of time? Sweet Success sounds like a great product and reasonably priced. I merely noticed that you didn't mention anything about it in your article about herbal therapies of D.M. Does the product only work for Type 2? I look forward to your response. If this is progress towards true scientific management of D.M., I wouldn't mind even investing in the company. Robert F. Bader, M.D. fax. 714.543.9200






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