Friday, November 12, 2010

Type 2 Diabetes: A Lifestyle Disorder

According to a report by the Center for Disease Control, by the year 2050 one in three Americans will have Type 2 diabetes. Currently, one in ten Americans has Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is often referred to as ‘adult –onset’ diabetes. It is the most common form of diabetes and occurs from a variety of factors including obesity, inactivity, and eating a poor diet.

For the vast majority of people with Type 2 diabetes, I consider it a ‘lifestyle’ disorder. What do I mean by that? By far, the overwhelming majority of individuals with Type 2 diabetes are suffering from the illness due to their own lifestyle choices; they don’t exercise enough, eat a poor diet, and are overweight. Due to these poor lifestyle choices, Type 2 diabetes is seen much more frequently today as compared to 20 years ago.

Unfortunately, we are now seeing Type 2 diabetes in children and younger adults. What is the solution for Type 2 diabetes? I am sure you can answer this question by now. The cure for the illness revolves around correcting the underlying causative factors: exercise, eating a healthier diet and losing weight.

Exercise helps to make the insulin receptors more receptive to insulin. In other words, it can cure insulin resistance. Exercise also helps with weight loss. Eating a healthier diet is important for not only avoiding Type 2 diabetes, but also for overcoming it. Diets high in refined foods predispose to Type 2 diabetes. Diets free of refined foods (including refined sugar, salt, flour and oils) are a must. Furthermore, a healthy diet should contain good sources of protein and fat. Healthy sources of these items come from organic food sources free of pesticides and hormones.

If you have Type 2 diabetes, supplements can help you overcome the illness. Cinnamon has been shown to help with type 2 diabetes by reducing insulin resistance as well as reducing blood glucose. I have formulated a product, Gluc-Control, which contains cinnamon, taurine, bitter melon leaf as well as other natural ingredients. This product has been very helpful at helping those with diabetes lower their blood sugar and overcome the illness. Gluc-Control can be found at www.centerforholisticmedicine


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