The 5 Keys to
Preventing Diabetes Naturally (Part 1)
BY MEGHAN MCDONALD
These days almost everyone knows someone personally who has type 2 diabetes—it is one of the most common modern lifestyle diseases on the planet, affecting more than 380 million people worldwide. Furthermore, type 2 diabetes is on the rise in the U.S. and worldwide. More than 29 million people in the United States alone have type 2 diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010. What is even wilder is that 1 in 4 people with diabetes don’t know they have it.
86 Million and Counting…
Another 86 million adults—which is more than a quarter of the entire U.S. population—are pre-diabetic, where their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Without taking the appropriate measure, 15% to 30% of people who are pre-diabetic will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. To say that type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels would be an understatement…
Which is ironic because type 2 diabetes is one of the most preventable and treatable diseases in existence. While some doctors and researchers believe it is genetic in origin, there is no question that lifestyle is a huge factor in the development—and prevention and successful treatment—of the disease. There is much evidence to suggest it is, in fact, the lifestyle component that is the number one contributing factor in most cases.
However, when it comes to treating diabetes, there can be a lot of conflicting advice between traditional western doctors, naturopathic physicians, and people claiming miracle cures on the internet. This can make it hard for those seeking to handle their diabetes holistically and effectively to know what to do.
The Keys to Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Naturally
Luckily, there has been a phenomenal amount of research into the causes, prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes in recent decades, so much so that there is a fairly clear roadmap of what works and what doesn’t and the best ways to go about things.
With diabetes personally affecting some of our family members and them coming to us for insights and help as those with a deep knowledge of the health and wellness space, we have been seeking answers ourselves. While there are many exotic natural methods being touted to reverse and prevent diabetes, when you really break it down, they all center around a few key things that are simple and effective for both managing symptoms and reversing the progression of the disease.
During our research, we even found a specialized program for people who are pre-diabetic that is based on sound research: Real Appeal Effect.
Being the experts that they are, we asked the team at Real Appeal Effect if we could test their program and platform to better understand what the optimal way to go about preventing type 2 diabetes naturally. Below are five key takeaways we got from working with them that are extremely important to implement for anyone who falls into the category.
1. Diet & Nutrition
Perhaps more than any other factor, the quality of your diet and nutrition (or lack thereof) are extremely important both in influencing the development of and successfully preventing type 2 diabetes. While type 2 diabetes is often considered a disease that affects older adults, it often arises in children and teenagers who maintain poor eating habits high in sugar, soda, candy, fast food, processed foods and refined carbohydrates.
Eating any of these types of foods regularly can lead to type 2 diabetes by keeping your blood sugar elevated and decreasing your body’s sensitivity to insulin, which in normal, healthy people is used to keep blood sugar levels in check. However, if your blood sugar levels are constantly elevated from all the sugar and processed carbohydrates you are eating, which are quickly converted into sugar, then your body eventually becomes desensitized to the insulin, and it loses its effectiveness, causing blood sugar levels to get and stay elevated, which is extremely dangerous and even fatal if left unaddressed.
As such, proper diet is incredibly important in preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. For some people, this can often entail significant changes in lifestyle and eating habits—having to relearn how to eat healthy after years or even decades of taking it for granted. While learning how to eat properly to prevent diabetes isn’t difficult, there is a bit of a learning curve that can deter people who try to go it alone. Cravings for old foods can surface that sabotage even the best of intentions, and therefore it is important to have regular guidance from a nutritionist to help you understand the subtleties and nuances of the best ways to eat to keep things in check.
It goes without saying that exercise is essential for lifelong health, and with type 2 diabetes that is doubly true. The Centers for Disease Control reports that being overweight and lack of sufficient movement and exercise are major contributing factors in the development of type 2 diabetes. Our modern lifestyles have many of us sitting and sleeping more often than we are standing and moving, which, when combined with the preponderance of processed food and sugar in our diet, deals our bodies a one-two punch that can put us on the fast track to diabetes if we are not careful.
As a society we are getting heavier than ever. In the U.S. alone more than 60% of the population is overweight or obese due to the above-mentioned factors of poor diet and lack of exercise. It should come as no surprise then that diabetes levels are not far behind—the two go nearly hand in hand. However, therein lies the keys to manage and even reverse the onset of type 2 diabetes—the very things that help us lose weight also help us prevent diabetes. Getting regular exercises is an essential ingredient in both and a very easy and even fun thing that we can do to get our bodies and health back on track to thriving.
And if you hate running on the treadmill, fear not, because virtually all forms of exercise have positive effects in helping to manage diabetes, from yoga to walking, swimming, bicycling and just about anything you could think of, it helps in some way shape or form.
Both in-depth, research-based diet coaching and exercise/fitness tracking are a core part of the Real Appeal Effect program—and with good reason: they are proven, effective ways to prevent type 2 diabetes.
In the second part of this series, we’ll be covering the final three things that are essential to combine with diet and exercise to help you or your loved ones succeed long term in preventing type 2 diabetes. Stay tuned for the full picture.
This is a sponsored article written by Conscious Lifestyle Magazine on behalf of Real Appeal, Inc. However, the opinions and ideas shared therein reflect those of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine.
About The Author
Meghan McDonald is the co-founder of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine.
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