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Keeping diabetes in check during the Thanksgiving holiday
Thanksgiving is a holiday that celebrates family, friends and food (especially the food). In fact, experts say that most people eat between 2,000 and 4,500 calories worth of food on Thanksgiving for dinner alone! Since holidays are built around tradition, many of us grew up eating all of our old favorites every year. For diabetics, however, this atmosphere can be challenging due to old favorites not meeting their new dietary guidelines.
Diabetes is a complex disease that not only affects humans, but can occur in your pet as well. If your dog is showing symptoms of lethargy, frequent urination and excessive water consumption then your pet may have diabetes. Luckily, it is a manageable disorder and also preventable.
The most common form of the disease in dogs is Type 1 diabetes. Pets with Type 1 diabetes will need to receive insulin shots to make up for the decrease in insulin production; Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with a healthy lifestyle. Continue reading
Whether type 1 or type 2, diabetes can be a debilitating disease – if you let it. With proper medication and a healthy lifestyle, most diabetics can go on to live normal lives and accomplish great things. Just look at some of the musicians, entertainers, politicians and athletes who have overcome their diabetes to enjoy highly successful careers. Continue reading
Type 2 diabetes is a very common chronic condition that affects more than 3 million people in the U.S. each year. It develops when the body becomes insulin resistant or when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin. This is caused by a combination of genetics and lifestyle factors.
Contrary to popular belief, eating too much sugar does not directly cause type 2 diabetes. However, it can contribute to other factors, such as high blood pressure and obesity, which may trigger the disease. To minimize your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, health experts recommend avoiding the following foods:
- Meat.Processed meats, such as hot dogs and deli cuts, contain high amounts of fat and sodium. Too much of these can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke, which are common complications of diabetes.
- Grains. Items that are made with refined white flour, such as breakfast cereals, white bread and pastries, are high in processed carbohydrates and can raise blood sugar to unhealthy levels. Whole grain breads and bread products offer a healthier option.
- Processed Fruits. Fresh fruits are good for you! However, it is important to stay away from fruits canned in syrup and dried fruits as they contain very high sugar levels. Also, limit your intake of fruit juices as they have a lot of sugar without the whole fruit nutrients.
- Fats. Saturated fats raise bad cholesterol levels, so minimize the amount of butter, cheese, and fried foods that you eat. Trans fats are even worse for you and should be avoided at all costs.
With good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle, most people can avoid developing type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes mellitus, better known as simply “diabetes,” is a metabolic condition characterized by abnormally high blood sugar levels. Once regarded as a relatively rare disorder, diabetes today is considered by many doctors, healthcare professionals and other medical authorities as a health emergency.
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Interestingly, diabetes impacts a higher percentage of the U.S. population in certain regions and geographical areas. Before exploring which areas and the possible reasons why diabetes affects particular states more than others, it’s helpful to understand the larger, cross-country influence of diabetes. Continue reading