Jul

27

Diabetes is becoming more common and more of a medical problem than ever before.  I am specifically referring to type 2 diabetes, which is invariably brought on entirely by ones eating habits.  This is why it has earned the designation “adult onset diabetes”.  The “juvenile” type, or type 1, occurs at an early age for other reasons entirely.  So let’s discuss type 2, since that is the big problem and since it is entirely in your control to remedy.  Quite simply, type 2 diabetes occurs associated with obesity.  For each pound of “extra” weight one carries, risk of diabetes rises, exponentially.  As an example, someone 30 pounds overweight has a 4000% increased risk in becoming diabetic.  (This is not a typo).

Heart disease and peripheral artery disease are the biggest complications that people face with uncontrolled diabetes. Approximately 65% of death from diabetes is due to heart disease and stroke.  Peripheral artery damage or nerve damage, also from uncontrolled diabetes, can lead to foot problems that can lead to amputations. More than 60% of leg and foot amputations not related to an injury are due to diabetes.  Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in this country. Other problems include glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.  Studies show that regular eye exams and timely treatment of diabetes-related eye problems could prevent up to 90% of diabetes-related blindness. Recent studies correlate metabolic syndrome with marked increase in total fructose intake in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, beverage and table sugar.  Metabolic syndrome is a name given to a group of risk factors including heart disease.  If you learn to read labels, you will find that many products now contain high fructose corn syrup.

Dizziness, a common problem in and of itself, is often associated with deregulation of sugar.  Sugar levels, both too high, and too low, will lead to dizziness. Your body does a delicate balancing act trying to maintain as steady a level of blood sugar as possible.  You can help this cause  by maintaining a healthy diet that does not cause blood sugar levels to suddenly go through the roof, or conversely, waiting all day to eat causing them to plummet.  More information on healthy eating tips can be found on my website.  Much of the dizziness which I see clinically is ether caused by or complicated by extreme variations in blood sugar levels.

Of equal importance is exercise.  Humans were not meant to be sedentary, which unfortunately, is how many Americans spend their day. Exercise should be performed at the highest level of your ability.  If you are unsure of your ability, you should discuss it with your doctor.

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