The person that has type I or type II diabetes has to look at diet and exercise differently than someone who may see it as a personal choice. Eating the wrong foods, especially high amounts of sugar and carbohydrates, living a sedentary lifestyle, and being overweight are all factors that contribute to high blood sugars and an unhealthy body. According to the American Diabetes Association, the statistics for people living with diabetes are astounding:
- 8.3% of the population has diabetes
- 18.8 million are diagnosed
- 7 million are diagnosed
- 1.9 million over 20 years old were newly diagnosed in 2010.
- 79 million with prediabetes
Many experts in the health field consider this disease of epidemic proportion. Of those diagnosed, it roughly affects men and women equally. In 2007, diabetes was a contributing factor in the deaths of over 231,000 people.Living with Diabetes
No doubt, living with diabetes requires a significant lifestyle change, which is a challenge in itself. If you are newly diagnosed, or you are the spouse or family member of someone recently diagnosed, you have to find the drive and desire to commit to these changes:
- Proper Diet
- Regular Exercise
- Weight Loss
- Frequent Doctor Visits
- Regular Medications
- If You Smoke, Quit
- Take Blood Sugar Readings Before and After Meals
What do all of these bullet points have in common? If you stick to the plan, you can monitor and control your circulation. In doing so, you have the opportunity to lower and maintain your blood sugars.