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Reduce Diabetes Risk – how to reduce the risk of diabetes



 

 

Let Your Wise
Woman’s Lifestyle
Reduce Diabetes Risk

by
Jack Brooks
 on
behalf of

http://www.womenshealthpro.com/womens_health_and_menopause.shtml

Today,
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
of factors:


  • Probably
    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.
lady sitting in hammock reading
Next
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
choices.


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
health problems.


  •  
    The
    “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. 
  •  

  • Health
    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.

It’s
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:


Get
Busy Getting Fit

As
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.

That feminine
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.

The biggest
hurdle for many of us can be just the concept of exercise; try to think
of it as starting a movement
program
.

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.

elderly lady in track suit walking


More Women’s Diabetes
Suggestions

While
the two health areas above are core considerations, additional measures
can help us in managing diabetes risk:

  • If
    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. 
  •  

  • Make
    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.
  •  

  • Monitor
    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

Remember,
today can very well be the first day of the rest of your life!