There are two types of diabetes
- Type I impacts children and young adults. Unfortunately there is not much you can do to reverse this condition (that I’m aware of). The problem is the body does not produce insulin on its own.
- Type II diabetes is more diet related. Thankfully, this is the most common form of diabetes. Some say you can be genetically susceptible to this condition as well. While being genetically at risk might be technically true. The truth of the matter is, if our parents have a poor diet, we are going to pass this poor eating habit onto our children. Thus passing on the damage caused by this way of eating. Now I’m not going to pretend that I’m a doctor and know how to cure type II diabetes, but I have witnessed people get off their insulin and live a normal life, through diet and exercise.
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The statistics on diabetes is staggering in volume and cost. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), complications of this debilitating disease are:
- Heart disease and stroke
- high blood pressure
- kidney disease
- nervous system disease
The ADA also give the financial burden of this disease (Updated March 6, 2013)
- $245 billion: Total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2012
- $176 billion for direct medical costs
- $69 billion in reduced productivity
With such staggering numbers, why isn’t more being done to alleviate this travesty? I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I can say with absolute certainty that there are a lot of people making a lot of money off of this disease and it ain’t us!! Now I don’t have anything against walking for the cure and raising money to combat the disease. But let’s face it people the walks and collections are doing absolutely nothing to reduce the number affected. As a matter of fact the numbers are increasing! A visit to the ADA website shows way too many happy, smiling faces for my liking. Almost like it’s so commonplace it’s really no big deal at all to be suffering from diabetes. Just take your meds and life will be grand for you. Oh puhlease…..So where’s the billions of dollars from the walks and donations? Don’t even get me started down that track……..
The bottom line is that if we don’t take responsibility for our health, we can not expect someone who is profiting from our disease to help us. Wake my brothers and sisters!!!
So many of our people are affected by diabetes. I personally can’t count the number of people I know who have diabetes. Their children have diabetes and generation after generation of families are all affected by diabetes. I feel especially bad for the children who I know that unless they get on a proper diet, their health will continue to deteriorate.
Consider the following true story:
- Little Debbie’s snack cakes (all varieties)
- Soda’s (grape, red, and Tahitian Treat)
- Candy bars (Hershey’s bar, York Peppermint Patties, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Twizzlers, Milky Ways, M&Ms, Zero Bar, Milky Way)
- Sweet Tea (and I mean really sweet)
- Krispy Kreme jelly filled, hot glazed, and chocolate doughnuts
- Fried Chicken
- Fast Food of any type
So I know what I’m pleading with you to give up. When I would eat these foods, my inner-voice would say “you’re going to get diabetes if you keep eating this way”. I ignored those inner-voice warnings for many, many years. The 5-20 minutes of satisfaction I would get from giving in to the cravings would be followed by hours and sometimes days of regret. It got to the point where I didn’t even want to look in the mirror or God forbid take off my shirt in a public setting.
The funny thing is I thought I would miss these foods (and I did for a moment in time), but for the most part I don’t miss them at all. Do I have the occasional treat? Yes, but they are getting fewer and fewer as I enjoy my High School body (I just turned 48) and new found fitness much more than the pleasure of any Krispy Kreme doughnut or Snickers bar could bring.
I like to keep things simple in life. I also like to apply my God given common sense when possible. Just live by this motto “I’m only going to love food that loves me back”. Two things we eat that don’t love us back are sugars and grains. At the end of the day, we all know the truth don’t we? I mean do we need a 4 page report to tell us that McDonald’s happy meals and Fruity Pebbles cereal are bad for us?