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World Diabetes Day

Today is World Diabetes Day. Heart disease and diabetes often go hand in hand. In fact, at least 65% of people with diabetes die of some form of heart or blood vessel disease. (American Heart Association facts/stats)

Diabetes involves a problem with the production and supply of insulin in the body. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body produces no or insufficient insulin. Type 2 diabetes is when the body cannot use the insulin it produces effectively.

Type 2 diabetes is most common in people who are older than 45 years old and most often overweight. But lately, the statistics are showing that it is becoming more common in children and young adults. There are often genetic factors involved but certain lifestyle factors also increase the risk.

  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Unhealthy diet
Each one of those factors can be changed with healthier lifestyle choices.

Maybe you or a friend or family member has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Make sure that you follow your doctor's advice regarding your treatment. But also be aware that you have the power to make choices to improve your health in this particular area.
  • Begin an exercise program even if it's simply going out for a walk. If you've not been exercising be aware that over time, it will lower your blood sugars and so your medications may need to be decreased.
  • Eat small, frequent meals. It's important to not skip meals as this will impact your blood sugar.
  • Monitor and record your blood sugars, especially when you're making new healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Discuss any major changes with your doctor.

Remember that you may not have control over all of the circumstances you're dealing with in your life, but you do have control over how you respond to them.

On Diabetes Day 2008 let's choose to live a more healthy lifestyle; body, mind and spirit.

Debbie Petras
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  1. I always have trouble remembering the difference between 1 and 2. Is it also hereditary? We have it in my family but not Tito or I or the kids yet, thank God. We try to stay active and watch our diets.

  2. Lisa- Yes, diabetes tends to run in families but it's not a given. And Type 2 can often be treated with diet and exercise. (not all)

  3. Diabetes can develop in pregnancy too. And yes, diet and exercise is very important to help prevent it.

  4. Thanks for sharing this. Both my parents had long term, unregulated, type 2 diabeties, though no obesity. My father passed away from a long list of things that resulted from this. My mother is still alive, but suffering many long-term consequences of the same - most notable kidney failure. I think the thing they had in common was a poor diet, and sedentary lifestyles, so I try to keep moving, and keep my diet varied and somewhat healthy. I should pay a bit more attention to both, so thanks for the reminder.


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