Theres no simple way of saying it: Americans are getting fatter. Every year new statistics come out with the obesity rate, and every year larger and larger percentage of the population is classified as obese. Along with the fattening trend are other deadly diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. These diseases are a strain on the individual, the families, and the healthcare system. The biggest issue that many people have is that they are totally preventable.
Diabetes in America
There are two forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is genetic and unpreventable. The only thing that can be done is to manage the symptoms. Type 2 diabetes is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. Poor diet and lack of exercise leads to this type of diabetes.
As of 2012 the US population was roughly 9.3% diabetic. This means that 29 million people suffer from diabetes. About 3 million have type 1 diabetes; the rest have type 2. To make matters worse, roughly 86 million people have prediabetes where their blood sugar is high, but not high enough to be classified as diabetic.
There is a simple way to prevent diabetes, or to even cure it once it has taken hold.
Curing Your Type 2 Diabetes
Technically the term is that diabetes goes into remission. There is no way to cure this disease once you have had it. Similar to cancer, you can remit, but you cant cure. Fortunately, if you cure your diabetes, it generally stays away as long as you stay healthy.
That simple way to cure diabetes is a mere two part change in your lifestyle. First, you start eating healthy foods. This means lots of whole grains and vegetables, get most of your protein from fish and beans, and minimize dairy (with the exception of some yogurts and aged cheeses), sugars, and skip the processed junk or fatty fried foods. Your next step is to take some steps. Literally take some steps.
The average person takes about 2,000 steps to walk just one mile. Most people can walk a mile in about half an hour (often faster). By taking 6,000 to 10,000 steps per day, you can walk 3 to 5 miles. Combined with your healthy diet, you now have the recipe for shedding weight, making your heart healthier, decreasing your risk of heart disease, and curing your diabetes. That is all there is to it. No more dangerous diabetes drugs, no more frequent doctor visits, and less pain throughout the day.
What are you waiting for? No more excuses. Eat healthy and take some steps so you can live a better life.