Avoid Diabetes With These Simple Tips

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If you thought of diabetes in the same way you did a cold, the statistics would be frightening. In fact, you could even say that diabetes is spreading at an alarming rate across our population. Recent studies have suggested that nearly 100 million people are at risk for developing diabetes in the lifetime.

With so many people afflicted with this condition, wouldn’t it be nice to know if there are steps you could take to reduce your chance of getting the disease? Well, the good news is that you can reduce your risk of ending up with diabetes just by making some changes to your lifestyle.


Understanding Diabetes

In the past, diabetes was largely thought to be a product of sugar in the body and the body’s ability or inability to regulate the levels of sugar. The real indicator of diabetes is insulin and how well it processes the sugar in your blood stream. Really, however, this is an oversimplification of the process, because insulin is dependent on other factors including leptin and ghrelin. When these three combine in a dysfunctional trifecta, diabetes will be present in the patient.

Of course, these three elements alone don’t put you at a higher risk for diabetes. Certain lifestyles and habits will also put you at risk. These risk factors include obesity and activity levels as well as the type of food you eat.

Diabetes will impact your life in various ways, but it always manifests from abnormally high blood sugar. This blood sugar may be compounded by years of lethargy and inactivity. If you ignore the signs of diabetes, you put yourself at greater risk for other conditions including stroke, heart disease, eye problems (including blindness), and infections.

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