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Diabetes - Nutrition Verses Medication
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Diabetes  -  Nutrition Verses Medication

Did you know that it is projected that 1 in 3 Americans will suffer from diabetes by the year 2050? Diabetic cases are growing by leaps and bounds yearly. Studies have shown that the number of reported diabetes cases has risen from 4.9 % in 1997 to 9.1% in 2007.

Many people do not realize how serious an illness diabetes can be. With an estimated 230,000 people who die every year from diabetes related illnesses such as heart disease in 68% of those deaths. Diabetics also have higher risk factors for blindness, kidney or renal failure as well, as loss of lower limb use and amputation due to poor circulation.

With diabetic cases increasing from 10.1 million reported diabetes cases in 1997 to 25.8 million reported cases in 2011. Diabetic cases have risen by 15.7 million in the past 14 years. These numbers show an average increase of over 1.120 million reported new cases of diabetes yearly.

There are two types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes insulin dependent and Type 2 non-insulin dependent. According to the American Diabetic Association an estimated 25.8 million children and adults suffer from diabetes. 8.3% of americans. There are 18.6 million diagnosed cases of diabetes. An estimated 7 million undiagnosed. There are 215,000 people below the age of 20 who are diabetic.

How do you treat diabetes types 1 and 2? Type 1 diabetes is insulin dependent and will always require an injectable insulin at least once daily. For example levemir,humalog or lantus. Type 2 diabetes does not require insulin injections but may require oral medications. Most commonly prescribed Glyburide, Glipizide, Glimepiride, and Metformin are but a few of these oral medications.

While medication may be required in most, it may not be required in all cases. Diabetes has been proven to be manageable by altering your diet and daily exercise regimen has been shown to lower and control some diabetic cases without the need for medication. Replacing sugar with sugar substitutes such as Splenda and Nutrisweet. Using 100% natural fruit juices, molasses and honey in recipes and lowering your carbohydrate intake are good places to start.

Alcohol consumption is not recommended for anyone, but for diabetics it should be avoided completely, because alcohol can cause dehydration and slows the bodies metabolism allowing for a rise in blood sugar levels. This can be dangerous for diabetics, because if the levels become to high and their bodies become dehydrated they can lapse into a diabetic coma which can be life threatening.

Foods you should eat more of that are high in fiber are Fresh fruits and vegetables, Cooked dried beans and peas, Whole grain breads, cereals, and crackers, Brown rice, Bran products. Keep track of the carbohydrates found in Fruits, Milk,Yogurt, and Starches. Eat foods that are low in fats so choosing lean meats, low fat margarine and salad dressings.

Portion control is also key to nutrition management. Take a dinner plate dividing it in half. On the first half place a portion of non-starchy vegetables. The second half of the plate should be divided in half. Placing a protein source of 3 oz. such as lean meat or fish, tofu, or dairy. On the other portion of your plate place a starchy food such as: bread, potatoes, or rice.

There are diabetics who have been on oral medication and or injectables that with these proper diet guidelines along with exercise have lowered their blood sugar to controllable levels. Allowing them to stop oral medication and in cases of injectables to discontinue injections and simply take oral medication.

Before you begin any diet or exercise regimen you should discuss with your physician the type and severity of diabetes as well as the treatment options that would work best for you.


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