Blog #618 Aging and Diabetes

Aging illnesses – Diabetes:

Hi friends!!!  This is a third in a series on aging.  For seniors, it is a look at the pitfalls and traps ahead of us; for non-seniors it might be a nudge to action now.

Illnesses:

There are a plethora of illnesses for seniors.  Many (if not most) come from our own fault. Let’s look at one of the illnesses that can be reversed

Diabetes:

From the U.S. CDC (Centers for Disease Control):

“More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a new report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report finds that as of 2015, 30.3 million Americans – 9.4 percent of the U.S. population –have diabetes.”

Problems of diabetics include:
Risk of Stroke
Loss of consciousness
Extreme thirst
Visual disturbances
Cataracts and glaucoma
Risk of Heart Disease
Risk of infections
Fatigue and lack of energy
High Blood pressure
And more
(https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/effects-on-body#2)

BUT … there is good news (actually great news):

A radical low-calorie diet can reverse type 2 diabetes, even six years into the disease, a new study has found. … A new study from Newcastle and Glasgow Universities shows that the disease can be reversed by losing weight, so that sufferers no longer have to take medication and are free of the symptoms and risks.

(https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/05/radical-diet-can-reverse-type-2-diabetes-new-study-shows)

So … what are you waiting for?  Do you really want diabetes? NO!!!  So, reduce those calories!!!!

[Note, in 2013 I retired from Quinnipiac University and and started at the University of Texas.  I had low energy and had “energy bars” in my desk drawer. But, I found I liked the energy bars that were coated in chocolate.  I worked hard – and put on the pounds. My doctor said I was pre-diabetic. I immediately cut white sugar and white flour out of my diet (you can’t quite remove all sugar from some products).  Within 3 months I had lost over 30 pounds.]

Yes, I love my sweets (both naturally and maybe because my parents owned a candy shop for several years when I was a boy).  Ice Cream? Of course!!! BUT … I know that a change in diet will greatly benefit me in the long run.

So, how about you?  Headed to diabetes? Change your life!!  Change your diet (and get more activity!!!)

More tomorrow!!!

Bruce

Posted by Bruce White

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