Preventing diabetes by eating right.
An ounce of
prevention is always better than cure, particularly if diabetes runs in
your family. But this time, people need tons of prevention to
keep this chronic disease from further seeping into the mainstream not
only of the American society but also of societies all over the world.
become so widespread that the United States spends as much as $100
billion a year for the healthcare of Americans with diabetes.
Millions of people all over the world have diabetes. The sad
thing is most of them do not know they have it until it is too late.
Diabetes is a
devastating disease which can damage the vital organs of the
body including the kidneys, heart and the
eyes. While diabetes does not really kill people, it can
result in more serious and complicated diseases that
can. Diabetes may not kill people as a general rule, but it
makes them lose their eyesight, and leads them to kidney and heart
problems, and later on, death.
diabetes can survive the diseases provided they practice proper health
care. Those who do not have the disease, but are in danger of
getting the disease due to heredity, can avoid getting the Big D
through proper nutrition.
heredity, the top cause of diabetes is improper diet. Modern
man's propensity for leading hectic lives has led him into
eating the wrong kinds of food. Man has become so obsessed
with wealth creation and pleasure, that he has no more time to prepare
a well-balanced meal. Thus, the modern man's diet consists of
canned goods, processed fish, meat and vegetables that can be eaten
immediately by just popping it inside a microwave. The modern
world has convinced man to have a preference for refined food, from
sugar to grains.
More people who
are healthy all their lives are getting diabetes and the culprit is the
kind of food they eat, and our ignorance as to the nutrient content of
the food we eat.
But there are
health-friendly foods that are available in the market, one only has to
learn how to recognize and eat them. It's just a
matter of changing our choice of food, like preferring whole grains
over refined grains such as brown rice, whole wheat bread and the
likes. Eat more fruit and vegetables and less meat, and
sweet or oily food. It also helps to read the labels
of processed food, to determine the amount of one's carbohydrate
Most people shy
away from eating right because of the misconception about proper
dieting. It is okay to eat certain kinds of food but you need
to know how to eat them properly, like knowing the proper number of
servings, or the better way of cooking such food. If you find
vegetables boring, then be creative in your food preparation.
Differently-colored salads can encourage your good appetite.
If you can't
resist oily food, then avoid going to fast food joints because seeing
french-fries and hungry people will just make your saliva drop
and will make you forget you diet.
So how does one
know that he already has diabetes? The common symptoms are frequent
urination, fatigue and being thirsty all the time. Diabetes
simply means too much glucose in your bloodstream. Too much
glucose in the body requires more water, thus making you feel thirsty
most of the time. With thirst comes an increased water
intake, making urination frequent.
symptoms of diabetes includes an increase or decrease in weight,
blurred vision, sores or wounds that are slow to heal and
sometimes lead to infections and tender gums.
one at a greater risk of getting diabetes so it is also important to
watch your weight. Those who have excess fat in the belly are
more prone to being health risks. Weight gain of about 10 to
20 pounds, no matter how moderate, can also make one a candidate for
eating the right food and watching one's weight, it is also good to
increase one's physical activity. This does not necessarily
mean you have to become a sportsman all of a sudden.
Gardening, although a mild physical activity, can help you relax and
lose weight as well. Try ball catching or ball kicks with
your children, it is not only a good way to bond but is also a way to
lose those extra pounds.
Eating is such
a pleasure, particularly if you know how to eat right.