Diabetes: An Illness Affecting 24 Million Americans

by Paula | December 8, 2012 1:42 am

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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