Are You at Risk for Pre-diabetes?
According to the CDC, 35% of adults have pre-diabetes. This is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not quite high enough to be considered diabetes. In other words, more than one-third of American adults have a problem with high blood sugar. This greatly increases their chances of getting type II diabetes, which in turn greatly increases their risk of heart disease, kidney failure, stroke, blindness and amputation.
These numbers should be alarming. The CDC estimates that by 2050, one-in-three Americans will have diabetes. This will take an enormous toll on our nation’s workforce and resources. In addition, the treatment for diabetes continues to climb, partly due to the increase in price for medications used to treat this illness. If the numbers of adults with pre-diabetes are mostly accurate and one-in-three Americans will have diabetes in the near future, it will take a disastrous toll on this country. It is imperative that we do something to lower this risk.
According to researchers, there is one reason why these numbers are so high and continue to climb: Weight gain, including the poor diet and lack of exercise which contributes to weight gain. Americans are eating more calories than ever before. Among young adults, up to 25% of their daily intake of calories is from sweetened beverages, such as soda. Even diet sodas and artificial sweeteners have been shown to cause weight gain. While we cannot control genetic predispositions to diabetes and weight gain, we most certainly can control the most likely causes of obesity and diabetes – poor diet and lack of exercise.
While there is no such actual thing as a “diabetes diet”, there are foods that are recommended to help prevent diabetes or keep diabetes under control. These foods are called Low Glycemic Foods. The most important aspect is learning to control blood glucose levels by eating foods that glycemic response even throughout the day, avoiding sudden spikes. There are many different components of nutrition, including carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Of these, carbohydrates have a profound impact on blood sugar and can cause sudden spikes in blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates have this immediate effect on blood sugar because they are broken down into sugar during the early part of digestion. While carbohydrates are an extremely important part of the diet, helping us with energy and even helping balance our moods, we need to focus on eating the right amount of the healthiest carbohydrates, along with eating a healthy diet and partaking in moderates amounts of exercise.
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