Everything we do in life is about the choices we make on a daily basis.
And each choice you make has its own set of consequences, either good or bad.
For example, maybe you just love sugar. You might even say you are addicted.
You love eating any processed food that is loaded with refined sugar.
Just reading those last two sentences has your mouth watering for a sweet, sugary hit! But hey, that’s totally your choice.
When you consume too much sugar you greatly increase the risk of contracting type II diabetes.
This is just one small example of how lifestyle choices can increase or decrease your risk of diabetes.
1. Dietary Relationship and Type II Diabetes
One of the most direct correlations between a lifestyle choice and whether or not you will develop type II diabetes exists because of the nutritional choices you make.
Saturated fats, trans fats and sugary foods dramatically raise your risk of type II diabetes.
The same is true if you eat a diet full of processed foods. Alternately, eating a lot of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains almost instantly begins to lower your chances of contracting type II diabetes so next time you feel like a sugar hit reach for an apple or a few raw nuts instead of a biscuit or a bag of chips.
2. Quality Sleep Patterns Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
The quality of your sleep impacts your diabetes risk.
Reduce the amount of sleep you get, and you increase your possibility of developing type II diabetes.
Sleep soundly and regularly, and your risk is lowered. Teens and adults will benefit from 7 to 8 hours of restful sleep each night.
3. Drop Some Weight to Drop Your Diabetes Risk
A Science Daily report titled “Body fat location may determine type 2 diabetes risk for obese patients” in summary that “Obese individuals with excess visceral fat (abdominal fat that surrounds the body’s internal organs) have an increased risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center”.
Other studies show excess belly fat is present in two out of every three male diabetes sufferers.
Too much excess body fat is even more of a diabetes red flag for women.
A full three out of every four women with type II diabetes are overweight or obese.
If you work diligently to reach and maintain a naturally healthy body weight you can dramatically improve your health, and reduce your diabetes risk.
4. Exercise and Physical Activity – The Diabetes Wonder Cure
If you watch a lot of TV, work at a job which requires sitting down all day and get little exercise, you are practically begging type II diabetes to invade your body.
Physical activity is vitally important for your health, both mentally and physically.
Regular aerobic and strength training exercising helps regulate a healthy blood sugar level, is extremely heart healthy, and improves your mental functioning while reducing your risk of contracting diabetes.
5. The Perfect Knock-out Punch Combo for Diabetes
Doctors now agree medication is not the best way to prevent and or treat diabetes.
Enjoying a healthy diet while incorporating moderate regular exercise has been proven, in multiple studies, to be much better prevention and treatment tool for type II diabetes than medication.
So the message is; start eating smart, exercise regularly, and you can keep debilitating diabetes at bay.
In closing I thought this video I found may interest a lot of people. It offers an alternative view which I feel many will appreciate – it tells us Type 2 diabetes is not a “disease,” it’s a physiological pattern that can be easily reversed using these 3 simple strategies.
Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, reveals the cure.
Watch it below and let me know what you think.
Best wishes – John – your Active Ageing Activist and Coach.
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