Do You Have Diabetes?

by on Oct.03, 2012, under Diet

If you are over 40 you should have a blood test at least once a year. Ask your doctor to test for cholesterol and for diabetes. My husband’s diabetes went undetected for a year, and now we are working to reverse some of the effects. If it had continued unchecked he could have wound up in a coma or worse.

Diabetes is almost in epidemic proportions in the United States. Why? Experts say it is our diet, which is high in sugar and carbohydrates. This along with a sedentary lifestyle can lead to diabetes type 2.

You can avoid diabetes by eating a balanced diet of protein, vegetables and carbohydrates, but with limited sugars like desserts and junk foods. Walking is the best exercise for just about everyone. Walking will help lower blood glucose levels. In fact, any exercise will, but exertion is to be avoided. That doesn’t do you any good. Walking and swimming are the two most popular exercises that do not strain your heart.

Even if you are free of diabetes, eating a proper diet with food portions in moderation will help you maintain your general health.

Don’t wait to be rushed to the doctor to find out you have diabetes. Eat right, exercise and have your blood tested. Not all diabetes type 2 patients have symptoms, but here are the common signs to look for: drowsy even after a good night’s sleep, mood swings, blurry eyes and numbness in extremities.

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