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What Can I Do To Lower Risk of Diabetes?

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A study by health.com says these five items will lower your risk of diabetes:
a. Normal weight. They were not overweight or obese, and maintained a body mass index below 25 (a threshold equivalent to 155 pounds for a 5-foot, 6-inch woman).
b. Nonsmoking. They had never been regular smokers, or they’d been smoke-free for at least 10 years.
c. Physically active. They got at least 20 minutes of heart-pounding, sweat-inducing exercise three or more times per week.
d. Healthy diet. They consumed a diet with lots of fiber, little trans fat, few refined or sugary carbohydrates, and a high ratio of good (polyunsaturated) to bad (saturated) fats.
e. Little to no drinking. They used alcohol in moderation, if at all — two drinks or less a day for men, and one drink or less for women.
We all know about smoking and drinking. We all should know about weight and exercise. Diet seems to get lost on most Americans. Read what it says. Less trans & saturated fats (that is meat) and fewer sugars. This study doesn’t mention power of plant based foods but many others do. Fruits and vegetables have a power to fight many diseases including diabetes. Eat well and live well!

Can we beat the rise in overweight people?

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ERIC, Educational Resources Information Center says obesity affects 65% of Americans and is rising. We are already a predominantly obese society. With that distinction, our society gets increased heart risk, cancer risk and diabetes risk. We know its epigenetic reactions to our diet, stress and lifestyle. We also know it’s a factor of our parents and grandparents lifestyles as well. Epigenetics is CHANGEABLE! We are NOT predetermined by our genes. Anyone can change and become normal weight with proper diet and exercise. The reduced weight will only last if you make these changes a lifestyle change. Diets don’t work long-term. Decide on health or illness and make changes in your lifestyle. If you are waiting for a magic pill, STOP! It’s never coming. It is not economic to cure obesity. As long as people’s weight bounce up and down, companies will make a lot of money on pills and diets and food.

What Foods are Addictive

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Can chocolate, meats, sugars and other foods be addictive? YES! Neal Barnard MD discusses how addiction works. These addictions cause cancer, diabetes, male impotency, arthritis and many other diseases. Neal suggests, as I have in this BLOG, that eating too little will prevent you from losing weight. He suggests taking your ideal weight times 10 and that equals the MINIMUM number of calories you should eat in a day. Eating less will cause you to binge and gain weight. When we look at animal based foods as the cause of most chronic illnesses and the fact that they are addictive, we see the tough battle we are all in today. Look at the next generation of children. They are more obese than ever, they are getting type two diabetes at earlier ages, their arteries are becoming clogged and they are getting cancer at an earlier age. Is this really what we want for our children? We are killing ourselves by habits that are changing our healthy epigenetics into unhealthy conditions. You have the power to reverse any disease. Try it; what do you really have to lose? Dr Barnard suggests after a 3 week period of eating vegan, you will not enjoy eating meat again.