Diabetes: An Illness Affecting 24 Million Americans

Around 24 million Americans have Diabetes or the precursors to diabetes. Women who get diabetes are more likely to have a heart attack.

There are two types of diabetes; 1 and 2. Type 1 is an auto-immune disease that destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The treatment helps muscles absorb and use blood sugar. In type 2, the body looses it’s sensitivity to insulin. Historically, type 2 primarily affects obese people. Today, children and normal weight people are being diagnosed.

The American Diabetes Association believes that there is a lot of misinformation about diabetes in the general public.  Type 1 diabetes, or juvenile diabetes can be hereditary, but Type 2 diabetes is typically brought on by weight issues, obesity, unhealthy BMI ratios, and family risk factors.

Common symptoms of diabetes are frequent thirst, hunger, urination, weight loss, fatigue and irritability. If you have concerns or questions, go to your your general practitioner or clinic (go to the homepage for listing of available specialist) and have your blood glucose checked.

A healthy diet and exercise can help control your symptoms (all the things we discuss here all the time), especially a Mediterranean diet made up of lots of fish, fruit, nuts and olive oil. If your diabetes can not be controlled with lifestyle changes, your doctor will prescribe medications and therapies.  If not controlled, Diabetes can lead to amputation of toes and feet, and very severe health consequences.  Get the facts.  Get accurate information and make the changes you need to keep you and your family out of the risk factor zone.

Workout Diary:

Yoga DVD- 70 min

 Food Diary:


Organic steel cut oats (150 cal.)

1/8 cup blackberries, blueberries (30 cal)

protein shake with 1/2 cup pasteurized egg whites (190 cal)

A.M. Snack-

Banana, 2 tbsp organic almond butter (240 cal)


3.5 oz salmon (180 cal)

8 oz. Salad-2 cup spinach, 1/2 sweet pepper, pea pods, 2 tbsp garbanzo beans, broccoli slaw (90 cal)

P.M. Snack-

apple (57 cal)


4 oz chillean sea bass (360 cal)

1 cup spaghetti squash, spritz with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, tomato, shredded parmesan (65 cal)

1 cup wilted spinach, garlic, EVOO (85 cal)


1/2 cup non-fat cottage cheese, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup strawberries(120 cal)


(photo: http://www.outsmarthormones.com/2011/03/23/curbing-diabetes-epidemic-2/)

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  4. Ward Huemmer

    May 2, 2013 at 8:11 am

    All forms of diabetes have been treatable since insulin became available in 1921, and type 2 diabetes may be controlled with medications. Insulin and some oral medications can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugars), which can be dangerous if severe. Both types 1 and 2 are chronic conditions that cannot be cured. Pancreas transplants have been tried with limited success in type 1 DM; gastric bypass surgery has been successful in many with morbid obesity and type 2 DM. Gestational diabetes usually resolves after delivery.-,

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    • Paula

      May 2, 2013 at 9:05 am

      I agree that there are vital medicaitons available, but they are best utilized in conjusction with healthy eating of whole foods, daily exercise, meditation/yoga practices and other holistic interventions.

  5. Matt Verona

    June 24, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Type 1 treatment must be continued indefinitely in all cases. Treatment should not significantly impair normal activities but can be done adequately if sufficient patient training, awareness, appropriate care, discipline in testing and dosing of insulin is taken. However, treatment remains quite burdensome for many people. Complications may be associated with both low blood sugar and high blood sugar, both largely due to the nonphysiological manner in which insulin is replaced. ;’,-

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    • Paula

      June 24, 2013 at 5:24 am

      Excellent information. Recently, a close friend of mine was diagnosed with stage 4, Type 2 diabetes. I always saw obesity and the epidemic of diabetes to be a ‘platform’ issue for me as a writer, but this diagnosis took me by surprise. I will continue to research information and appreciate your feedback Matt.

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