Day 26 – Prevention of Diabetes
Diabetes (Type 2) is becoming increasingly common in our society - 1 out of 3 of us will develop it at some time in our life. People with diabetes have a higher incidence of heart disease and stroke. It also puts you at an increased risk of blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage, foot problems, skin infections and dental disease.
Diabetes is preceded by a condition called metabolic syndrome which is characterized by an increasing waist size, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. This syndrome does not occur suddenly but comes on over years. Repeated eating of high-glycemic meals over time most often causes this condition.
Diabetes develops when your body can no longer deal with these high sugar levels. Initially, your pancreas over produces insulin. Over time it wears out, you no longer produce enough insulin and you become dependent on insulin shots.
That's the bad - here's the good news! The condition of metabolic syndrome and, even the early stages of diabetes (before your pancreas wears out), are reversible. What you have learned through this program - learning to eat foods that don't spike your blood sugar, having an active lifestyle, controlling your stress, will have a huge impact on your ability to reverse this disease. If you have metabolic syndrome or Type 2 diabetes, it is imperative that you keep following the plan of this program.
For those of you who don't have diabetes but are concerned about developing it, if you continue to follow a healthy lifestyle plan as outlined in this 28 day program, the likelihood of getting this disease is greatly reduced.
"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died." —Erma Bombeck
- Continue to follow the food guideline, eating low-glycemic foods.
- Continue to take your supplements.
- Stay active.
- Sleep well and reduce your stress.
- Check in with your USANA associate, especially if you have specific health concerns.