Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes risk has become a global epidemic. In the U.S. alone, 21 million adults and children are diabetic, with 250 million affected worldwide.
And of the 250 million diabetics, over 95 percent have type 2 diabetes, which most experts believe is highly preventable through healthy lifestyle and dietary changes.
Diabetes Risk Predictions
In the very near future, it’s predicted that 50 percent of all Americans will become pre-diabetic in their lifetime. In other words, the chances are one out of two that you or someone in your family will be at risk in the future for this debilitating disease.
Even when diabetes doesn’t kill you, it still greatly increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, impotence and sexual dysfunction. Diabetes is also the world’s leading cause of blindness and is responsible annually for over a million amputations.
Each year, this disease causes millions of premature deaths. In fact, every ten seconds someone with diabetes dies from one of the diabetes-related causes.
As you can see, this is a serious disease and should not be taken lightly.
And neither should pre-diabetes, generally referred to as metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome, which is also called syndrome X, is characterized by such early diabetic symptoms as obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.
Hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), for example, increases your risk of heart attack death by up to five times and your risk of death from stroke by as much as 15 times.
Natural Diabetes Prevention
Now for the good news. In most cases, both metabolic syndrome and diabetes are preventable. According to the American Diabetic Association, healthy lifestyle and dietary modifications can prevent as much as 80 percent of type 2 diabetes.
Just 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise and 5 to 10 percent weight loss reduces your risk of diabetes by 58 percent, which is a lot better than the results from medication.
And a 5 to 10 percent weight reduction should be possible for most anyone.
For example, a 150-pound person can lose 15 pounds in a year simply by walking two miles, five days a week, for one half hour. That adds up to a 10 percent weight loss. They can also lose another 15 pounds a year by just giving up one 12-ounce cola a day.
And if both these steps are taken, the person will lose about 30 pounds in a year.
Living a Healthy Diabetes Free Lifestyle
Regular exercise and a healthy diet can not only help prevent and reduce the negative effects of diabetes, it can also help prevent a whole host of other serious diseases.
So, if you want to live a longer, happier, healthier life, begin your new diet program by eliminating all the bad fats and high glycemic refined carbohydrates. Eat more cold water omega 3 fish, low fat poultry and dairy, whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Then start your new exercise program by pushing yourself away from the table before you eat too much – especially before that sugary, high fat desert is served.