Diabetes: The Result of an Unhealthy Lifestyle

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Excessive glucose in the blood is a feature of Diabetes mellitus.  Type 2 Diabetes, also known as insulin-dependent Diabetes, is chronic and carries significant incidences of morbidity and mortality, with heavy quality of life questions and costly health care issues.  Nine out of ten new patients suffering with type 2 Diabetes contracted the condition through an unhealthy lifestyle.

A study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine over 10 years assessed the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle, including factors such as exercise; body weight; diet, alcohol consumption and smoking: the more of these issues that are present, the more likely the person is to contract type 2 Diabetes.  Thankfully, improving a poor lifestyle can help in delaying or even reversing type 2 Diabetes.

Medical Director of the Aviisha Medical Wellness Institute says: “Many people are not aware of how their lifestyle can have a tremendous impact on their health – for better or worse. Type 2 diabetes is a perfect example of a serious disease that can be prevented, and even reversed, by basic lifestyle changes”.

Even more interesting, the study showed that people who paid attention to their lifestyle habits were at a lower risk of getting Diabetes, by:

·         Sustaining regular physical exercise

·         Adhering to a sensible diet consisting of high fiber; low fat and a low mean glycemic index

·         Not smoking, or if a former smoker, someone who smoked less than 5 years

·         Not consuming alcohol or at least in moderation

·         Keeping a healthy BMI of less than 25 and maintaining an average waist measurement of 88cm for women and 92cm for men.

Genetics are also important, although the more of the criteria for health that is adhered to, the more remote is the chance of developing type 2 Diabetes.  The regime is not difficult to stick to and mostly prescribes everything in moderation, including eating! 

If you suspect you might be suffering with the symptoms of type 2 Diabetes, they are:

·         Increased thirst and possibly dehydration

·         Increased appetite

·         Loss of weight

·         Nausea and vomiting

The symptoms are certainly unpleasant but even if you are not suffering from Diabetes, surely it makes sense to take steps to ensure you do not fall victim to this unpleasant disease by adopting a healthy lifestyle.  Prevention is better than cure!