Diabetes Ain’t So Sweet

I was running through social media today, searching for an article I had posted several weeks back.  I ran across an article on diabetes and someone had asked me a question about it.  Somehow I had missed the question, but it was a good one, so I’m going to address it here.

In the post I made I spoke about the stat that says that 1 in 3 kids born this year are expected to develop diabetes.  I spoke about how when I was in college there was juvenile diabetes (something you’re born with) and then there was adult onset diabetes (which is developed and is caused by lifestyle).  This second one is also known as Type II diabetes. Now it’s no longer called Adult Onset Diabetes though.  Why?  You can probably guess, it’s much more common among our young people these days.

So many people think take Diabetes so lightly.  They think, “Well I’ll just have to give myself a shot, and maybe watch what I eat a bit.”  Understand that once you have the diagnosis, your chances of blindness, kidney disease, gangrene and heart disease just went up substantially.  I’m reminded of a young early 30’s patient I had 10 years ago.  He had a prosthetic leg from the knee down.  Why?  Diabetes had affected his immunity, and an infection in his foot spread and turned into gangrene and they had to remove his leg.  Unfortunately he continued drinking 6 Dr. Peppers a day, even after my hardcore cajoling.  I saw him a couple of years later, in a wheelchair.  Why?  He had lost his other leg.  No bueno amigos. No bueno.

It’s sad for the obvious reasons, but it’s also sad because it’s simply preventable.  My father in law, a diabetic, stayed with us for 3 months many years ago, and yes I obviously survived that (as did he).  He checked his blood sugar levels daily as he was supposed to.  However, because he was eating at our house, in our way, his blood sugar levels improved daily. When he returned home, his blood sugar levels got bad again.

The solution is so simple.  Eat real food, with a focus on veggies and protein.  Real food is defined as things that either grew or used to have eyes.  (meats, veggies, proteins, nuts and seeds).  Avoid all processed foods, avoid all bread including whole wheat (that impacts your blood sugars worse than table sugar does).  Avoid artificial sweeteners for too many reasons to list here. Walk 30 minutes daily, or as close to daily as you can get.  Studies say that if we all as a nation walked 30 minutes a day, 90% of diabetes would be gone.  That’s a two step we should all be doing for health reasons anyway.  Simple, not always easy, but simple.

We as a nation try to complicate matters too much.  We run to the newest MLM that has a product that is the supposed be all end all for all disease.  There’s no magic potion folks.  It’s simple.  Eat well, move well, think well, and rest well..

Untl next time…Be Well.

Dr. Bruce

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