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Diabetes is an epidemic in the U.S. At least 23 million Americans have diabetes, and the incidence has increased at an alarming rate in recent years, rising 61% among people in their thirty’s. Each year there are 800,000 new-cases, of which over 125,000 are people younger than 19.

German researchers reported that overweight and obese diabetic patients who exercised and ate a low-glycemic diet for 3 weeks reduced their diabetic medication requirements by 86%. Since 9 out of 10 diabetic patients are overweight or obese. Studies show that losing as little as 5 to 10% of total body weight improves insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control. Weight-loss is often difficult, and patients need a step-by-step program that targets fat burning and is relatively easy to follow and get results.

The primary way to take control of type 2 diabetes is by restructuring how you eat and your food choices.

Low-glycemic foods; beans, unsalted seeds/nuts, most vegetables (not corn, potatoes, carrots, beets, peas or winter squash), limited fresh fruits (no bananas), limited whole grains  (no refined flour or white rice), lean meats, poultry, fish.

Exercise, especially aerobic (walking, hiking) 3 to 5 times weekly, for 30 to 60 minutes. This will help burn and control glucose.

Medication is more than just glucose control. Managing type 2 diabetes shouldn’t be to just achieve some standardized blood sugar target, but to enhance your health and protect against complication.

Taking oral medication and/or insulin may lower blood sugar, but also increases the risk of the following complications; weight gain (increases insulin dosage), dangerously lowers blood sugar levels and doubles to triples the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Losing vital nutrients, diabetics rapidly lose major vitamins and minerals that are associated with increased risk of heart disease, neuropathy, vision loss, kidney failure and other diabetic complications.

All material in this article is provided for information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action should be taken based solely on the contents of this article. Instead reader should consult with appropriate health professional on any matter relating to their health and well being. Readers who fail to consult with appropriate heath authorities can assume the risk of any injuries.

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