Dieting and Diabetes
Did you know that your weight has a lot to do with your chances of getting diabetes?
The fact is that the onset of diabetes is much greater in people that are overweight than in those that are not. Type 2 diabetes, or adult onset diabetes is more commonly found in people with weight issues than those that are within their ‘ideal’ weight ranges. In fact, almost 90% of those with Type 2 diabetes are overweight. My nephew, how is a young fellow of 26, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes this winter and guess what, he was overweight.
Being overweight puts you at risk to more diseases not jut diabetes. To use the example of my nephew, he was also treated for high cholesterol and his blood pressure was starting to get too high for comfort.
As we get older it is easier to pack on the pounds and is getting increasingly more difficult to shed those unwanted jelly rolls.
No worries, if you have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or labeled at risk for this cruel, sneaky condition there is hope. It is up to you if you want to act and stop or even reverse this disease.
- First thing to do is to lose the pounds. I know this is much easier said than done. Dieting is never easy and rarely fun for the average person. However, if you take this seriously and follow a strict regiment this will become your lifestyle and you will see amazing results.. Let your condition be your motivation. My nephew took this seriously, and lost over 60 lbs in one year. Guess what he is now only taking 1/3 of the initial dose of his medication and as a added bonus his looks improved dramatically so he is happily dating now. As he said it: this diabetes thing was a blessing in disguise 🙂
- Get active. Find some form of exercise that you enjoy and get out there and start doing it consistently. Even if it’s just going out for a walk everyday get out there and walk or bike or walk up and down the stairs at the beat of your favorite song…. Do whatever it takes to get up and moving each and every day. You will feel so much better you will wonder why you didn’t’ do it sooner.
- Change your diet and be mindful of what you eat. I think this is the most important part. In my experience what you eat matters about 3 times as much as to how much you exercise. You will have a strict diet once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes. This means that you absolutely must follow your dietary restrictions. Learn to live within those limits in order to live and enjoy life to the fullest you can. The amazing thing is that there are all kinds of foods available that are friendly to those with diabetes that weren’t around just a few short years ago. It is quite possible to live and eat quite nicely with diabetes if you stick to your plan. The most important thing about dieting with diabetes is that you understand the importance of how food affects the disease and you stick to your lifestyle change.
Don’t let Diabetes control you. Stand up and take control of your body it is yours and you are not a helpless being. This is a fight to the finish and if you let it, diabetes will be your end, a very slow and painful end. Lose the weight. Get out there and exercise, listen to the doctor’s orders and follow them. Find the strength within you to battle this disease head on. You’ll be amazed at the great things that will happen. Don’t forget my nephew’s story….loose weight….look better….have success with the opposite sex. Great side benefit! Kidding aside you will feel so much more alive!
As usual, please leave your comments and share your experience!