Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
Another 79 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take steps to Stop Diabetes.
The Toll on Health
Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
The rate of amputation for people with diabetes is 10 times higher than for people without diabetes.
About 60-70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nerve damage that could result in pain in the feet or hands, slowed digestion, sexual dysfunction, and other nerve problems.
Cost of Diabetes
The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.
Direct medical costs reach $116 billion, and the average medical expenditure among people with diabetes is 2.3 times higher than those without the disease. Further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, prediabetes, and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the U.S. could exceed $218 billion.
Indirect costs amount to $58 billion (disability, work loss, premature mortality).
The cost of caring for someone with diabetes is $1 out of every $5 in total healthcare costs.
This was taken directly from the American Diabetes Association website, it's not numbers I'm just making up. With something this serious effecting millions of lives and with the nation in the current economic state, doesn't it make sense to do all you can to try and not be a statistic? Absolutely. With that said, here are some natural approaches to help you fend off this ailment as well as others!
- Avoid soda all together when possible. If you must have your pop then try a brand sweetened with Stevia leaf, as this sweetener will not raise your blood sugar (because it isn't sugar). But honestly carbonated beverages are detrimental anyway, so no to very moderate consumption is advised.
- Don't skip meals and eat snacks as neccessary. Now that doesn't mean raid the pantry every couple of hours but get something; an avocado, an apple, a handful of almonds, some grass-fed beef jerky. Ideally you want it to have good fats and a higher protein content.
- For your bigger meals, avoid processed foods as many are processed and enriched wheat flours that are really just highly refined sugars. These highly refined sugars lead to altered hormone levels, such as elevated cortisol, and inflammation. They may taste good, but they are not good for you! Make a valiant effort to eat across the color spectrum. Be sure and get plenty of leafy greens so that you have enough fiber intake. Take in no less than 25 grams of fiber per day so that your digestion keeps on rolling.
- Exercise at least 10-30 minutes a day everyday! Shoot for 150 minutes of exercise total per week. You can bust this up in to a ten minute walk or just a quick body weight workout at your desk, but get your body in motion. A body in motion stays in motion. LIFE IS MOTION!
- Take a multi-vitamin and mineral. However, you should pick one with less than 100 micrograms of copper. Research has shown that by simply taking a multi each day you prolong your life by approximately 10 years on average.
- Take chlorella (a Japanese algae) as a supplement. Chlorella has been shown to normalize blood sugar, lower blood pressure, increase energy, definitely increase elimination from the bowels and improve brain function. Personally I take 2-3 grams per day.
- Take 2-3 grams of high quality EPA/DHA omega 3's per day. Again, ideally you'd want to take these in a liquid form, as it more readily absorbed. These have been shown to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease by regulating the dilation of the blood vessels and reducing blood pressure, as well as reducing the triglyceride levels in the blood which helps prevent plaquing. A bonus: daily consumption of EPA/DHA has been shown to increase brain health and function.
- Take a vitamin D3 supplement. Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to increase the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease (and many more.) Approximately 85% of the North American population is vitamin D deficient. Tip: when it's bathing suit season, get one on and get outside. You get about 1 gram per minute when you have over half your body exposed.
- Get a full 8 hours of sleep each night. A lack of sleep leads to altered hormone levels which leads to stress on your body and puts you at risk for things such as diabetes.
- Lastly, stay well adjusted! If the areas of your spine that control your pancreas and other endocrine organs are being interfered with then they simply can't function optimally.