Diabetes is taking over the world one person at a time. Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the past ten years in the United States. The bad news is that this number is expected to climb instead of decline. The good news is that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed for millions of people. The first step is to educate the public about this type of diabetes to help curb these epidemic proportions.
Who it Affects
Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95% of diabetes cases in the US. Type 2 patients do not use insulin in their body properly so the pancreas tries at first to make up for it. Over time the pancreas cannot keep up with the production of insulin and must be controlled in other ways. Type 2 diabetes does not single out any certain age or race. However, there have been some studies that claim African Americans, Hispanics and Pima Indians are the most at risk races in the United States. Symptoms of the disease include frequent urination, increased thirst and hunger, weight loss, blurred vision, heavy breathing and vomiting. There is no exact cause for this type of diabetes. It is often a mixture between genetics and lifestyle. Overweight children and adults can prevent or delay this type of diabetes with diet and exercise.
Education is the key to curbing Type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program states that overweight people can delay or even prevent the disease by losing up to 5 to 7 percent of their body fat. Overweight people are more prone to this type of diabetes due to eating Trans fatty fats and saturated fats and getting little exercise. Getting exercise helps decrease HbA1c and improve insulin sensitivity. Eating a healthier diet improves your blood sugar control. Educating the public about healthy dieting is imperative to the prevention of type 2 diabetes and speaking to someone who has a nursing bachelors degree can help you ensure you are doing what you can to prevent it.
Many people simply don’t know what to eat or how much to eat. They think Type 2 diabetes will not affect them. There are so many fad diets out there, but eating smaller portions and healthier foods is the easiest way to stay on track. If you take intense measures to work on your diet and exercise more you are lowering your risk of Type 2 diabetes by over half. Only eating healthier helps a little, but might not bring down your overall risk.
For more information on diabetes as it relates to nutrition, read the August 30, 2013 Today Show article entitled: Why you should eat fruit – not drink it – to lower diabetes risk.
There is no magical cure for Type 2 diabetes. It can only be monitored and treated with medicine as well as lifestyle changes. Curbing the epidemic proportions of Type 2 diabetes starts with educating the public about the disease itself and educating the public about what they can do to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.