October 29, 2018
How about Type 2 Diabetes!
It’s Halloween, and you know what that means: Candy, Candy and more Candy! Beginning early fall, stores begin teasing and taunting us with delicious displays of treats conveniently packaged in small, easy to eat servings. By the time the actual day rolls around, we’ve been drooling over candy corn and “fun sized” candy bars for months.
All holidays have their food traditions, but Halloween wins the prize for being focused on candy and other sweet treats as the main attraction. And no matter how hard you try to avoid it, you will undoubtedly find yourself staring down a mountain of chocolate before all is said and done.
Will you give in?
While one piece of candy won’t make or break your health, few of us can stop at just one. In fact, most of us see Halloween as we see every other festive occasion from Thanksgiving to our neighbor’s cookout: as a perfectly good time to indulge in every kind of sweet temptations are presented to us.
This indulgence takes its toll and is manifesting itself more and more as Type 2 Diabetes. In 1990 less than 5% of the population had diabetes, by 2015 the number was over 9%.
Every 21 seconds someone is diagnosed with diabetes.
What is diabetes?
Much of the food that you eat is turned into glucose for your body to use as energy. After a meal, your pancreas produces the hormone insulin which helps the glucose, or sugar, move from your bloodstream into the cells in your body where it can be used for energy.
When you have diabetes, your body either does not make enough insulin or it cannot use the insulin that it produces.
The result is a buildup of glucose or sugar in the bloodstream. High levels of blood sugar cause extensive damage in the body such as heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and even amputations. Adults with diabetes are twice as likely to die early as those without diabetes.
What’s the connection?
The connection between Halloween and Type 2 diabetes is simple: the more Candy you eat, the harder your pancreas has to work to produce insulin and keep your blood sugar within a safe range.
The danger lies in the fact that the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin are the only cells in your body that can actually wear out from use. If you overwork them, they will eventually cease to perform in a way that can keep up with the demand.
The good news is that by adopting a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent Diabetes and you will never have to experience this disease. And if you already have Type 2 diabetes, you can do much to control it naturally.
The best strategy is to keep your weight within normal range, eat a healthy diet full of whole foods and very little sugar, and exercise at least 30 minutes, 5 days per week.
Focusing on a simple lifestyle change can defend against Type 2 diabetes.
This Halloween, choose future health over present pleasure. Enjoy one or two treats, and then stop. It’s not worth the price you will pay later.
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