Why Are You Putting Yourself at Risk For Type 2 Diabetes?

Why Are You Putting Yourself at Risk For Type 2 Diabetes? – There are so many names used to describe this new epidemic… insulin resistance, diabesity, adult onset diabetes, type 2 diabetes. Whichever name is used… all have the same issues.
Type 2 diabetes is the leading chronic condition this century. Do you know from 1983 to 2009 the number of people with type 2 diabetes worldwide increased from 35 million to 240 million? This is higher than the number of people affected by the HIV virus!
Don’t you think we should be wondering why this is happening? Why are you putting yourself at risk for this condition and its associated complications, why are you cutting your life short?
Although type 2 diabetes is more than high blood sugar levels; it involves all of the following which are almost always traceable to excessive levels of sugar in your blood stream for many years. High blood sugar levels gradually damages your blood vessels and nervous system
Type 2 diabetes affects both your small and large blood vessels. Nearly all type 2 diabetics have:
Cardiovascular Disease: Approximately one third have known heart disease. If your heart stops beating or if major blood vessels clog, you could die. Strokes are a major killer… stroke is up to four times more likely if you have type 2 diabetes. Heart attacks are a prime cause of death in middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes. A recent study showed that up to 50% of heart attack victims had high blood sugar levels at the time of their heart attack.
High Blood Pressure: Seventy-five per cent of people with type 2 diabetes have high blood pressure. Your blood pressure is a prime indicator of your heart health. Fats as well as high blood sugars cause your blood vessels to constrict… usually your health care provider will treat you and keep your blood pressure at 130/80 mmHG or less.
Blindness, kidney failure, nervous system damage, gum disease, dementia and cancer are all outcomes of uncontrolled blood sugar levels.
What is your approach to treating your type 2 diabetes? Is it to take anti-diabetic drugs or insulin? Do you take anti-hypertensives to lower your blood pressure? Statins to reduce your cholesterol level? Do you realize this is treating the symptoms rather than the cause? High blood sugar levels are symptoms of a metabolic process that is out of whack… lowering your blood sugar levels with drugs does not deal with the issues that caused the high blood sugars in the beginning.
The core of treatment for type 2 diabetes and all it encompasses, is the food you eat… what you eat affects your weight, your blood pressure, your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. These may all drop significantly with a weight loss of 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 to 7 kgs). Add 150 minutes a week of physical activity to your treatment plan and you are well on your way to preventing damage to your blood vessels and getting to the real reason you developed type 2 diabetes.