Diabetes Prevention

Diabetes Affects Young and Old Alike

There Is Hope In The Fight Against Diabetes

▪People seem interested enough in cutting back calories that Coca Cola is now offering a new Mini-Coke, in addition to the 150-calorie product.

▪Healthier drinks are being put in vending machines at  business and schools.

▪If you know where to look, you can find the nutritional and caloric content of many food items at the grocery store and also in foods offered in fast-food restaurants.

▪And then there are more aggressive ideas, like the Mayor of New York City asking every restaurant in town to provide nutritional information about everything on their entire menus.

There is a strong movement in public health to control health risks:

▪There are bans on smoking in public places.

▪There is more awareness of cholesterol and blood pressure.

▪There is more promotion of healthy eating & physical activity.                         

The National Diabetes Education Program

The NDEP is a partnership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and more than 200 public and private organizations.

Find more information at     http://ndep.nih.gov

Find State Diabetes Prevention  And Control Programs

Find out more about the State Diabetes Prevention and Control Programs and their activities in your area.


Why Diabetes Is Called The Disease of Prosperity

It's not easy to make changes to the way we do things, especially when we’ve become so comfortable with our snacks, fast foods and eating out routine.  No one underestimates the challenge of changing our way of eating or getting to and maintaining a healthy weight.  But that if we want to avoid the risks and complications of diabetes in our lives, that is what we must do.

Every day there are all sorts of tantalizing inducements around us to eat more, not less - and eat foods that aren’t healthy for our bodies. Entire U.S. industries push “super-sized” portions; they find ways to hide sugars, salt and fat where we don't see them; and they use clever packaging and advertising campaigns to tantalize our taste buds.

Then there’s the additives that make the food feel so good in your mouth (fast food burgers taste the way they do and go down as smooth as silk for a reason, you know). 

We can always blame our weight it on the couch, the computer, the TV, or the decline of Physical Education in our schools and inactivity at home.  But for most of us it still comes down to two basics things:  not feeding our body proper portions of healthy foods; and not getting the daily exercise our bodies need.

Today, major factors are promoting obesity around the world. Urbanization is accompanied by a more sedentary lifestyle; developing nations clamor for the "Western diet" - the fastest growth in obesity and diabetes over the next 20 years will not be in the U.S. but in China, some African nations and India.

The unfortunate truth is that wherever in the world people achieve adequate nutrition, over-nutrition inevitably follows.

That's why diabetes is often called a disease of prosperity.

5 Standard Treatment Techniques                         That Help Manage Diabetes

1. Nutrition

Proper nutrition treats type 2 diabetes by keeping the body healthy

and by managing body weight. Diets should be high in nutrition

and they must include large servings of vegetables, fruits

and whole grains. They should also avoid alcohol, smoking and


2. Exercise

Regular aerobic exercise treats type 2 diabetes by aiding in

circulatory functioning, lowering blood pressure and managing

body weight. Engage in at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five

days per week. Make sure to monitor blood sugar levels before  

engaging in any physical activity.

3. Medications

In more severe instances where diet and exercise cannot solely

treat the condition, physicians will prescribe diabetic medications

and insulin. Diabetic medications help to lower blood sugar levels

by compensating for impaired insulin functioning.

4. Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgeries like gastric bypass surgery have been shown to

cure type 2 diabetes in obese people. Physicians are currently

testing duodenal jejunal bypass surgery, which mimics the

diabetes eliminating effects of gastric bypass without inducing   

weight loss. Duodenal jejunal bypass involves removing the upper   

part of the small intestine, and it has shown to be an effective way   

to cure type 2 diabetes in non-obese people.

5. Daily Foot Care

Diabetics are susceptible to nerve damage, which can cause foot

injuries to go undetected and aid in development of infections.  

Type 2 diabetics should inspect their feet daily. They should also   

protect their feet by keeping them clean, properly covered, smooth

and with trimmed toenails. 

More than 23% of people over 60  suffer from diabetes, but not everyone who has diabetes knows it.

57% of adults diagnosed with diabetes do not take not medication to manage their diabetes.


According to the U.S. Government’s National Institute of Health (NIH), diabetes could be reduced in high risk people by nearly  50 percent simply by making a few basic changes in lifestyle. 

2 Ways To Reduce Your Risk Of Developing Diabetes

      1.  Reduce your fat intake with better food choices.

      2.  Exercise for 30 minutes, 5 days a week.


Diabetes Can Affect Your Body From Head To Toe

Why It’s Important to Include Both Adults and Kids       In The Fight Against Diabetes

Why start an anti-obesity campaign with the children? Well, they're obviously this nation's future diabetics and, since they're just beginners, we have a better chance of reversing their obesity.

One report in JAMA (Journal of American Medicine; January 20, 2010) found the rate of obesity in children increasing from 12 percent to 19 percent in a decade. But, interestingly, about 2/3 of the kids changed their obesity status, so that's a hopeful sign.

Another reason to start with the kids is, if parents and other adults pay better attention their children's nutrition, they will make healthier choices in the kinds of food they buy and prepare for their kids as well as themselves.

Everyone will survive without the overabundance of sweets and bad stuff in our cupboards. Nobody will die if they miss out on an empty-calorie candy snack or over-processed, low nutrition meal. We could all do better by eating an apple instead of an apple pastry, some low-fat milk instead of an sugar/caffeine/carbonated soda or drink, along with a good dose of daily exercise some daily exercise.

90 to 95% of All Cases of Diabetes Are Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is now considered a chronic condition         that is widespread across the United States.

Find information on the nutrition facts of fast-food restaurants at

Because of our reduced physical activity and the supersizing of high-fat, high-salt and high-carbohydrate foods, more than 54 million Americans are overweight and pre-diabetic.  Others have been diagnosed with diabetes, or are living with diabetes but are not yet aware they have it.

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