Let Your Wise
Woman’s Lifestyle Reduce Diabetes Risk
Jack Brooks on
over 9 million women suffer from diabetes, with well over a million of
reproductive age; some of us aren’t even aware of it. This
debilitating disease is particularly hard on women, affecting pregnancy
and the unborn child, as well as increased yeast infections, greater
side effects than men from equivalent diabetes medication, menopausal
consequences, greater incidence of heart disease, and a host of others. Known
as the “silent killer,” diabetes has risen among us due to a variety
the most significant cause has been the widespread change in our
diet as evidenced by the popularity of high-fat “convenience
foods,” such as French fries, potato chips, hamburgers/hot dogs,
candy, sodas (especially sugar and caffeine-laden energy drinks so
popular with teens today), pre-packaged meals, and so on.
is the trend for passive activities: TV, computer, “hanging
out,” driving everywhere, reading magazines, etc. While these in
moderation aren’t necessarily harmful, it’s the lack of moving
our bodies that leads to the obesity fuelled by poor dietary
Many women these days get the most exercise shopping as they walk
from one store to the next in the nearby mall!
Our widening waistlines are a harbinger of our future
“graying” of America means more women live longer; as we age,
our body’s ability to process glucose decreases and our risk of
developing diabetes increases.
care has become increasingly expensive and thus out of reach for
many women. Diabetes is a disease that requires early detection to
detect any pre-diabetic conditions and minimize damage, as well as
design an effective treatment regimen, if needed.
clear that it’s up to us to act proactively to prevent diabetes from
overtaking us-let’s look at some things we can do and changes we can
make to begin our “non-diabetic” lifestyle:
Busy Getting Fit
noted above, a good starting point is one of our favorite pastimes,
eating. Yes, Virginia, it’s possible to “eat healthy”
and get as much appetite satisfaction as when you downed a handful
of fries before you wised up!
It’ll take more thought and care to be
“diet conscious,” but it is actually entering a new world of choice;
it’s learning what the positive and negatives are for everything that
crosses your lips. As you increasingly focus on the elements of the food
you eat, you’ll become familiar with calories, sugar content, vitamin
content, preservatives and other chemical additives, starches, fillers,
processing, FDA ratings, and more.
Food labels will become as much a
“must-read” as the latest fashion magazine! As you gain food
knowledge, the wisdom you’re exercising in making each meal a
well-deserved gift to yourself (and your loved ones!) will lead to the
next stage of “exercising” a wise lifestyle choice.
body you inhabit is a complex organic “machine” that, among
other things, was designed to move. If you don’t think so, park your
car for thirty years and see if it starts! Yet we do that and more (or
less) with our bodies, becoming TV junkies and couch spuds day after
day, “working out” with the remote or computer mouse.
hurdle for many of us can be just the concept of exercise; try to think
of it as starting a movement
One popular strategy is using your own power to get places
whenever possible; this means stairs instead of elevators, walking
rather than car or taxi, fetching rather than asking, and so on.
Certainly a regimen of walking, jogging, or a gym is good, however,
you’ll be gratified to see the additional “choice driven” movement
opportunities available in even your typical busy woman’s day.
More Women’s Diabetes
the two health areas above are core considerations, additional measures
can help us in managing diabetes risk:
at all possible, get a blood workup yearly-this will reveal any
diabetic or pre-diabetic red flags early on, when medical solutions
are easiest to implement.
yourself aware of any conducive factors for diabetes, such as
genetic disposition, racial group prevalence, or any other
particular conditions that could apply to you.
your own general health, watch your body for changes, and continue
your wisdom journey of
exploring and embodying health-oriented choices. Educate yourself on
diabetes factors relating to your age group-there’s information at
your library and in most consumer advocacy publications
today can very well be the first day of the rest of your life!
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