Are you aware of the Diabetes epidemic in our country? You should be, because it is one of the fastest growing diseases that we have in the U.S. It is estimated that nearly 24 million children and adults have diabetes, with 57 million people that are pre-diabetic.
Every year 1.6 million people are diagnosed with diabetes. This is tragic, and what is even more frightening is that these numbers are growing each year, and most people aren't taking it very seriously.
I know diabetics that keep eating unhealthy foods, keep gaining weight, never exercise, but they take their medication and use that as a stabilizer with no thought to changing their lifestyle which is what caused it to begin with. This is just pure ignorance, and laziness.
Obesity and lack of exercise is the most common cause of type 2 diabetes. 95% of Americans who have diabetes are in this category. When diabetes first invades your body you might feel very thirsty, have rapid weight loss, feel tired, and have skin itchiness and irritation. If you have these symptoms, see your doctor immediately.
There are so many things that can happen to you when you have diabetes and do not change your lifestyle to a healthier one. This is a long list of what can happen with this disease;
Foot or Leg amputation
Bacterial and Fungus infections
All of that just because people aren't eating healthy and not moving their bodies enough. It makes no sense to me that anyone would prefer the risks of those ailments to trying to do the right thing for themselves and eat right and get off their lazy ass!
I see diabetics eating fatty foods, sweets, drinking soda, and eating lots of white flour, white sugar products. They are literally committing lifestyle suicide. After they consume all the bad stuff, they just shoot a little more insulin into their gut to try and balance it out. Insanity!
95% of these diabetics could control their disease if they change to a healthier lifestyle, but most of these people would prefer to keep glutinously eating away while sitting on the couch. I know I am being harsh, but obviously this is extremely serious, and someone needs to stop babying these people and tell it like it is.
We spend 175 billion dollars a year just on the treatment for diabetes. Just think of what that could be used for if people would just start taking care of themselves.
Type 2 diabetes is also referred to as Adult onset. The reason for this is because adults used to be the only ones to get it due to their unhealthy lifestyles as they got older. Now it is said that 1 out of 4 children will get diabetes. Horrible! Some of the reasons for this is children do not exercise or move nearly as much as they used to. Children are eating more non nutritious, high fat, sugary foods, than they used to. All in all, children are living very unhealthy lifestyles too.
The statistics are scary, but you can choose to not be one of those people by eating healthier foods, and committing to daily exercise. Get off the sugar, white flour, soda's, and all the junk and fast foods. Eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, lean proteins, and whole grains as the bulk of your diet.
Its up to you if you want to feel good, look good, and be healthy. Choose to not be a statistic of diabetes!
- I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.