July Health Hint: Could You Be at Risk for Diabetes?

UHC-blog-header (3)Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes. Two thirds of them have been diagnosed. That leaves one third (or about seven million people) who don’t yet know that they have diabetes. Could you be one of them?

Diabetes can lead to serious problems, such as kidney failure, blindness and heart disease. Some of these problems can be prevented, but only if the disease is diagnosed and treated.

Don’t wait for symptoms. Type 2 diabetes may not cause any noticeable symptoms for years. All too often, people only learn they have diabetes when they develop a major complication, such as kidney disease, heart attack or stroke.

A number of factors increase your risk of developing diabetes. You’re more likely to get diabetes if:

  • You are overweight
  • You are 45 or older
  • You have a parent, brother or sister who has diabetes
  • You are African American, Native American, Latino, Asian American or Pacific Islander
  • You have high blood pressure (140/90 or higher)
  • You have a cholesterol problem, such as low “good” HDL cholesterol (35 or lower) or high trigylcerides (250 or more)
  • You don’t get much exercise (less than three times a week)
  • You had gestational diabetes or gave birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds

If you have any risk factors, talk to your doctor about being tested.

Pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes can often be prevented. Research shows that reducing your body weight by 5 percent to 10 percent can cut your diabetes risk in half.

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One Response to July Health Hint: Could You Be at Risk for Diabetes?

  1. LCC says:

    If you count those who are pre-diabetic, about 1/4 of the US is either diabetic or pre-diabetic.

    Individuals are diagnosed with pre-diabetes and potentially later on type II diabetes due to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is caused by prolonged continuous high levels of glucose (blood sugar). Blood sugar is chiefly influenced by ingestion of carbohydrate.

    Limiting carbohydrate is the best way to prevent (and even reverse) type II diabetes. What can you do? Cut out most or all sugar (sucrose i.e. table sugar). Do not drink regular soda or juice. Cut out bread, cereal and pasta.

    The article mentions the following influencing factors which I’ll comment on:

    1)Overweight: You gain weight due to a metabolic defect in fat metabolism. You are not releasing enough fat and storing too much. To put it simply, it is tied in with insulin (the main regulator of fatty acids in your body) and what was mentioned before. Lower carbohydrate.

    2)45 or older: Age is only a factor because insulin resistance of the cells does not occur quickly. It may take years for it to happen – which is why there is an age association. Being older doesn’t necessarily make you more prone – it is how you choose to eat.

    3)You have high blood pressure: This is another association of what you are eating. If you eat even the standard USDA guideline of 350g carbohydrate a day, ingesting whole grains (2 slices of which = 10 teaspoons of sugar) and copious amounts of cereal, fruits etc. you will get high blood pressure eventually, guaranteed.

    4)Cholesterol “problem”: Another association with having an overall metabolic defect mentioned before. If you eat high carbohydrate, low fat, you’ll have high triglycerides, low HDL. If you eat high fat, low carbohydrate, you’ll have high HDL, low Triglyceride. Your body reacts to the nutrient ratio you ingest, even if it is not apparent on the outside.

    All of it boils down to metabolic syndrome x. This is what happens when you ingest foods high in carbohydrates for a considerable amount of time. Your body begins to break down. You are prone to cancer, cardiovascular disease, weight gain and diabetes. These are all considered chronic “Diseases of the West”. Why? They were not around in some populations AT ALL just over a hundred years ago.

    Do not be fooled by United Health Care, who takes scripts from the USDA and others who tout the same erroneous information they have been for 40+ years. They’re wrong and it is killing America.

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