Foundation for Prevention
How can prediabetes be prevented?
You can prevent prediabetes, even when you are at high risk!
Diabetes prevention is possible. No matter how strong your family history or risk factors seem to be, you can reverse the course of the disease. The real question is whether you are willing to accept enough changes to match your risk. How far are you willing to go to prevent a disease that may have devastated others? Even the smallest changes can be helpful, but with those that feel they are at the highest risk need to consider significant changes.
Small changes, as an example, might include a reduction in your sugar consumption, just by replacing sugary beverages with water. This simple step, for many people, will amount to a tremendous reduction in sugar consumption. It is not just sugary soda that is the villain. Even excessive use of fruit drinks and milk will add to this total. An 8 ounce glass of a popular sugary soda may contain as much as 30 grams of pure sugar, but orange juice may contain 20 grams and even milk has 11 grams of sugar! The US government is finally acknowledging the role of sugar, and the CDC recently began a campaign advising Americans to cut their consumption of sugar in half. That is certainly a good start, but not close to enough. Sugar consumption in the United States has been estimated at well over 100 pounds a person per year, so even cutting it in half we would each be eating about a pound of processed sugar per week. That figure does not even include the amount consumed from certain naturally sugary foods!
Although small changes are helpful, they will not be enough for many. Beliefs about food in the United States have been tainted by misleading and downright wrong government policies instituted since the 1970s. The greed of some food processing companies took advantage of government folly, introducing chemically altered foods that are highly diabetogenic. The best way to deal with this is to learn the pitfalls of many common processed foods. In the United States, lax government regulation allows many of these processed foods to be sold as if they are natural, worsening the situation. Only by learning what to avoid can you return to healthy eating.
The obesity epidemic you have heard about is also directly related to the same causes. Diabetics do not become diabetic just because they are overweight, but because of the same eating pattern that makes them overweight. The good news is that by choosing the right diet for weight-loss, anyone can begin to get healthier from the very beginning. They do not have to wait until they reach a weight-loss goal to benefit from their new eating choices. Whether you need to lose weight or not, understanding a diet that can reverse diabetes and using much of it as part of your daily life will greatly reduce the chances of you or your family developing diabetes.
All this is true even if you are concerned about genetic factors in your family's history. Although people who have native American or African heritage are at the highest risk in the U.S. of developing diabetes today, they are victims of a social and environmental heritage that forced poor diet upon them. There is strong evidence these problems this did not exist before contact with Europeans. If you have been taught that diabetes is inevitable in your family, it is simply not true. You can overcome this heritage and write a new family story for your self!
Ready to learn how to do it? Read the book
Diabetes Recovery and use it with its accompanying cookbook, to find the information you need to take this healthier path to prevention.
For further help, an e-learning course is also available online.
READ DIABETES RECOVERY:
Reversing Diabetes using the New Hippocratic Diet®
Disclaimer and Cautions
This information is provided by Irving A. Cohen, MD, MPH. Dr. Cohen is the author of Diabetes Recovery: Reversing Diabetes with the New Hippocratic Diet®. He is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He obtained his training in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins University where he served as Chief Resident of Preventive Medicine. All information presented here is the opinion of Dr. Cohen and represents general information. If is not intended to offer individual medical advice. Individual medical advice should be obtained from the reader's personal physician.
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