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What can YOU do to prevent prediabetes>?
YOU have the power to prevent prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes, both for yourself and those close to you! No matter how strong your family history or risk factors seem to be, you can reverse the course of these diseases. The question is whether you are willing to make enough changes to match your risk. How far are you willing to go to prevent a disease that may have devastated others you know? Although even small changes can be helpful, those at the highest risk should focus on major 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. Industry suggested "solutions" may lead to excessive use of fruit drinks and milk, which 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 still contains 20 grams and even milk has 11 grams of sugar! The government is finally acknowledging the role of sugar, and recently began a campaign advising Americans to cut their consumption of sugar in half. That is certainly a start, but little more. 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!
Beliefs about food are tainted by misleading and downright wrong government policies instituted since the 1970s, as well as manipulation of science by the food lobby since the 1950s. The greed of some food processing companies took advantage of government folly, introducing chemically altered foods that are highly diabetogenic (foods that cause diabetes). You will have to learn the pitfalls of many common processed foods. In the United States, lax government regulation allows some foods to claim they are natural, worsening the situation. Since the the epidemics of prediabetes, Type II Diabetes, and obesity are all closely linked, the right diet for one can begin the healing process for all. The right choices in your diet will help you lose weight if you need to, but you do not have to wait until you reach a weight-loss goal before benefiting from improved diabetes or prediabetes. Instead, getting healthy will become part of your daily life.
Genetic factors are part of your family history, but so is behavior that has been learned or was thrust upon them by financial factors or oppression. People of 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 their ancestors. 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, that is simply not true . You can overcome this heritage and write a new family story for yourself and those around you!
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** Diabetes is a serious disease. This website can not and is not intended to provide individual medical advice. If you are currently using any form of diabetic medication, significant dietary change may necessitate modification or discontinuation of your medication schedule. Consult a qualified medical practitioner for individual direction and medical advice. **