Diabetes Prevention Is Our Mission, From Defense to Advance!
has been the topic of contention lately especially on the issue of how to prevent its onset. Some say this is hogwash and that it does not matter at all. They say that it costs more money than it is worth. Let me set the record straight.
First of all, let it be known that this issue is key to health reform. If we let people say such things, how can we make the necessary improvement? If preventing the condition from appearing is not a good thing, then why make changes to the way the system handles the mistakes that are made and the fact that the standard of care leaves much to be desired?
As you can see putting all kinds of diabetes prevention in one category is downright dangerous especially when we are working so hard to make some changes in the policy adopted in the political world. It sure clouds up the thinking process and just lets the bad policy to keep on giving us substandard care.
Besides, it has been proven by studies after studies that programs that help prevent the onset of diabetes work. Not only do they improve the health but also they save money. And if the program is targeted, it works even better as in the case of programs targeting the minorities who are more susceptible to develop diabetes.
Allow me to give an example. Without the strategy in place, one could develop diabetes and this could lead to complications like amputation and loss of sight. Now tell me if you can, which costs more: teaching healthy eating habits and exercising or cutting off one's limb and taking care of the blind?
You opted for the diabetes prevention, did you not? I thought so. Anyone in his right mind will do so. And this is even without mentioning the suffering, the fear and the stress that the diabetics will go through once they find out the complications are on the horizon.
Can you understand why I get cross to hear that all forms of trying to stop diabetes do not save money? Concluding that it is so is just plain wrong. I agree that medical interventions cost money in the short term. But, stay with me on this, will you? Over the long term higher spending will be avoided due to the complications that are prevented.
Sorry to rant and rave, but I just had to get that off my chest. When they hurt the diabetics, they hurt me. I am just concerned that we are shooting ourselves in the foot (Is that the right expression?) and miss out on the additional funding for diabetes prevention. That said, let me tell you some of the ways we can prevent diabetes:
- Eat more whole grains as this stabilizes the blood sugar level. Look for the word whole on the package of cereals, pasta and bread.
- Be physically active as it helps to lose weight, lowers the blood glucose and increases insulin sensitivity.
- Eat more foods with high fiber content like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, seeds, nuts and beans.
- Avoid fad diets and instead opt for healthy choices of variety of foods and think portion control.
- Lose extra weight as this has been found to lower the risk of developing diabetes by as much as 58%.
Speaking of fad diets and such, there is another perspective from a famous TV lady doctor on this but find out Why Are They Mad at this Doctor? Click the fat loss secret in the bottom of that page that will take you to the doctor who will talk to you about this. And that my friends, is the end of my story on diabetes prevention.
Are You at Risk to Develop Diabetes? Take this five-minute test.
Answer Yes or No to the Following Questions:
- Are you overweight?
- Do you eat an unhealthy diet of high fat, highly processed and little fruits and vegetables?
- Are you physically inactive or do not exercise?
- Are you over 40 years old?
- Have you been told before that you have glucose intolerance or that your body has difficulty processing sugar?
- Is there someone in your family who has diabetes?
- Do you have high blood pressure and high cholesterol?
- Do you belong to any of these groups- Hispanics, Asians, African Americans and Aboriginal people from USA, Australia and Canada?
- For women only, have you had gestational diabetes?
If you answer yes to any or more of the above or if in doubt, get tested for diabetes as you may be able to prevent or delay its onset.
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