My Dad Has Diabetes. Is Diabetes Prevention Possible?

Ever think of DIABETES this way?

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A noted medical authority compares the diabetic person to a charioteer, whose chariot is drawn by three steeds named Diet,
Insulin, and Exercise. This authority points out that it takes skill to drive one horse, intelligence to manage a team, and an unusual ability to get three to pull together.

Yet, the diabetic person… my dad in this case… if he is to maintain good health and avoid complications… must learn to harness diet, insulin, and exercise and make them pull together in complete harmony. Only in this way can well-established diabetes be kept under good control.

What is insulin… why is it used? And if my dad has Diabetes, does that mean that I will have Diabetes as well? More about that later.

Insulin is a secretion of the pancreas gland, which enables the body to store and burn sugars and starches (carbohydrates).

When the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin, sugar is not fully utilized and diabetes may result. It then becomes necessary to replace natural insulin with prepared insulin or to reduce the need for it with a carefully adjusted diet.

Why are diet and exercise so important?

Diet determines the amount of sugar and starch taken into the body. With pregnant women, this process may even cause a higher risk of getting diabetes.

In all cases, the doctor’s advice is needed about the kinds and amounts of foods that will best meet the needs of each patient. Active work or exercise is necessary, too, as it helps the body burn up sugar and starches.

If you are a diabetic, your faithful, intelligent cooperation with your doctor may help you to control the disease through diet, insulin, and exercise. In most cases, you can look forward to living a long life with almost undiminished activity. What also matters is that antioxidants may play a crucial role when it comes to the prevention of cancer and diabetes.

Guarding against diabetes

Medical science has not yet discovered why certain people develop diabetes. Research, however, has revealed who are its most likely victims. They are:

1. Middle-aged, overweight people. Anyone can help guard against diabetes by keeping his weight down. The only effective way to do this is by controlling the amount of food you eat–especially sugars, starches, and fats.

2. People who have diabetes “in the family.” If you have diabetic relatives, you should pay particular attention to diet, and be alert to the usual signs of diabetes. These include excessive thirst and hunger, frequent urination, and loss of weight and strength.

Since the signs of diabetes may not appear at the onset of the disease, it is always wise to have periodic medical check-ups, including urinalysis. This is important because when detected early, the chances for successful control of diabetes are best, often by diet alone. Check also this post about diabetes smartphone apps. Highly innovative and interesting.

My dad has diabetes. Will I get it too?

The fact that your dad has type-2 diabetes is not meaning that you will develop the illness as well. There are certain factors, however, that put people at a much higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes in their lives. These factors are mainly being obese, living a non-active life, and having a family history of developing diabetes.

If you really want to keep from developing type-2 diabetes and get healthier in many other ways, take this advice at heart:

  • Eat healthy food. Eat foods that are high in nutrients but low in fat. For example whole-grain bread and cereals, vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and dairy products. These great and healthy foods will provide all of the nutrition you require to grow but are, at the same time, perfect to help you get (or stay) in shape and at a good weight, which also helps to prevent type-2 diabetes.
  • Stay away from sugary sodas and fast food!  Drinking sugary beverages and eating calorie-full fast food will definitely result in weight gain, a real cause of diabetes.
  • Get up get your ass in gear! Reducing your sit-down time and staying active will help to prevent diabetes. There’s no need to join a gym every day, but getting active could mean simply mowing the lawn or walking your dog in the morning. Just do something that will get you moving.
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