Health: Diabetes Epidemic – Why It’s important to workout
Every Day the cases of Diabetes in America are growing at a rapid increase. Diabetes.org states that “25.8 Million children and adults living in the United States have diabetes.” This is a disease encompasses all age groups. Although it’s predominantly seen in African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans, diabetes is a disease that can be diagnosed within any race/ethnicity.
What is Diabetes:
Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications (Diabetes.org).
There are 3 Types of Diabetes:
- Type 1- Where the individual does not produce Insulin at all, and if they do it doesn’t work.
- Type 2- Is the Most common type and is caused by insulin deficiency and insulin resistance.
- Gestational Diabetes- Developed during pregnancy
Would you believe that 62% of Americans have uncontrolled Blood Sugar?! Major reasons for this are due to fast food eaters, video games & computers, working too much, and simply living sedentary lifestyles. Just think about it…. several people can stay at home alllllll dayyyyy, without even stepping outside to take out the trash & that’s sad!
Apple & Pear shaped bodies…..Which One Are YOU?
People who are “apple-shaped” — with fat more concentrated around the abdomen — have long been considered more at risk for conditions such as heart disease and diabetes than those who are “pear-shaped” and carry weight more in the buttocks, hips and thighs. Fat in the abdomen and above the waist have been considered the most detrimental to health, while hip and thigh fat is not.
The dangers of “sugar belly”
Calories obtained from fructose (found in sugary beverages such as soda, energy and sports drinks, coffee drinks, and processed foods like doughnuts, muffins, cereal, candy and granola bars) are more likely to turn you into an “apple” by adding weight around your abdomen. Cutting back on sugary foods can mean a slimmer waistline as well as a lower risk of diabetes.
Either you personally have been effected by Diabetes or you know someone with the disease….& If neither then I just knowwwww You’ve all seen Soul Food! No one can forget the wise and caring “Big MaMa” and her fight with diabetes from a long life of poor dieting and inactivity. Yes we all love to get downnnn at the table, but that’s not living healthy realistically! It’s a New Year, let’s not pick up our old habits of poor dieting and not being physically active. Here’s a few alternatives to get you started if you find your self slacking:
- Take the stairs EVERYWHERE you go instead of the elevator
- Create a fruit tray instead of desserts
- Take a walk around the block, instead of lounging inside
- If you have children, take them to the park and play with them versus watching the play
- Encourage more outdoor family outings instead of Movies & Dinner
Thanks for Reading Savages, and Remember…Whether your trying to prevent diabetes or control it the #1 Difference you can make is LIFESTYLE CHANGES! I’m not implying that you have to make sudden changes, but making changes in moderation would make tremendous differences! Let’s Take Care of our Bodies in 2013! Be sure to drop a comment below and let us know how you feel….