Taking Steps to Prevent Diabetes
Diabetes is on the rise. The reason for this is not because God is angry about our dancing television shows, or the fact that gays are now allowed to wed in Iowa. No, the rise in diabetes is due to several factors that are coalescing as we make our way into the 21st century. Diabetes is not entirely preventable, but there is no reason that so many should have this disease. It may not be ‘entirely’ preventable, but if you take responsibility for how you live your life (and how you care for your children), you will have a much better chance of avoiding this disease. Overeating can be a contributor to diabetes. The portions in America are (typically) WAY too big. Just because you can stuff yourself until you can hardly move, does not mean that you should. We’ve been told our entire lives that we should be thankful for the food that we have; and eat it—all. While as a nation we have largely benefited from our agricultural advantages, this has led to incredibly cheap food. If you can buy five hamburgers for five dollars, you’d be an idiot not to take advantage of that amazing deal—right? Wrong! Just because you can afford to eat yourself until you get sick, does not mean you should. Obesity is caused by overeating and inactivity. It is also a contributor to diabetes. All that extra fat is a problem for your body’s insulin because we are not designed to be so large. Losing weight immensely helps your body regulate its blood sugar. If you are already diabetic, being obese is dangerous. As people age, they generally become less active and thus heavier. This may be one of the reasons that those 45 and older are at a higher risk of developing diabetes. Life is hard, and by the time someone reaches their mid-forties, I’m sure the last thing they want to do is think about their fitness level. People have control over very little in their lives. What they can control is what they eat, and whether or not they make an effort to be healthy and fit. Those 45 and older should consider this, because as time passes, if control has not been taken by the individual, it will be taken by disease. Stress and anxiety aren’t ever healthy. Stress is felt by your entire body, and being stressed often can contribute to an eventual diabetes diagnosis as well as many other health problems. Some people choose to smoke to deal with their stress. Don’t do this. Lung cancer and heart disease aside, it can also contribute to diabetes. Also, it is dangerous to smoke if you have diabetes. Just don’t smoke.