Monday, August 16, 2010

Conquering Diabetes

A global type 2 diabetes epidemic is happening right now according to The World Wide Health Organization. Right now 180 million people are recorded to have diabetes. This number is expected to double by 2030.

The good news is that we can fix this epidemic by changing the way we live. The crisis was created because of our bad health habits.

So what is diabetes? Diabetes affects the body’s ability to use glucose, also called blood sugar, for energy. Blood sugar levels become too high because of a problem with insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. It allows sugar to go from the bloodstream into a cell. There are 2 types of diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body no longer produces enough insulin and raises blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes accounts for only 10% of worldwide diabetes and is not increasing. Doctors have not fully discovered why type 1 diabetes occurs. If you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes monitor it carefully with your doctor.

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin even though the hormone is still produced. Type 2 diabetes can usually be prevented but it cannot be fixed after it occurs because of the physiological changes that occur in the body. Choosing healthier food and making good lifestyle changes can majorly lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Quitting smoking and exercising at least 30 minutes a day can greatly reduce the chance of developing diabetes.

Your health is very important. Make healthy choices today and stop the spread worldwide diabetes epidemic.

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