A Guide to Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the major health issues in the developed world. While Type 1 diabetes remains relatively rare, Type 2 diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions in the US, with the rest of the developed world following close behind. Type 2 diabetes used to be known as “adult-onset” diabetes, overweight teens in the US are being diagnosed in ever-increasing numbers.

In these early-onset cases, most medical professionals believe the modern child’s diet — high in processed carbohydrates and sugars — causes the body to develop the insulin resistance that underlies type 2 diabetes. After years of a diet that causes wild blood sugar spikes, and average blood sugar levels much higher than is healthy, the body’s blood sugar regulation system simply “wears out.” Such patients could possibly have entirely prevented their diabetes (and in some cases, may be able to control it) with dietary changes.

However, in many other cases (such as true “adult onset” cases, with patients in their mid-life or later), type 2 diabetes may be a genetic problem that simply manifested in a matter of time. Sometimes, even fit, healthy mid-life adults find themselves diagnosed with diabetes, and simply can’t figure out why.

In either case, lifestyle changes and proper medical monitoring and care can keep diabetes from becoming a death sentence. There are many relatively simple things a diabetic can do to maintain their health, and continue living a “normal” life. For example, exercise for diabetics is crucial, and often a modest increase in exercise can make a significant difference. The important thing is to really master you diabetes management. From proper dietary precautions,  to finding the best diabetic medication for you, to foot care and other daily concerns, an informed diabetic is a healthy diabetic.

The biggest risk to diabetics is ignorance of the facts.

This site is my attempt to help resolve that situation.

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