Diabetes is an epidemic that is expanding around the world at a rapid pace.
Here’s what the picture looks like in Canada:
- Every three minutes someone in Canada is diagnosed with diabetes
- At least 1 in 10 deaths in Canadian adults is a result of diabetes
- 29 per cent of Canadians have diabetes or pre-diabetes
- By 2025 33 per cent of Canadians will have diabetes or pre-diabetes
The good news is, pre-diabetes and diabetes can be reversed.
Here’s what some of the experts are saying:
In a report in The New England Journal of Medicine, Walter Willett, MD, PhD, and his team from the Harvard School of Public Health showed 91 per cent of all Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented through improvements lifestyle and diet.
The Canadian Diabetes Association says research has shown if you take steps to manage your blood glucose when you have pre-diabetes, you can delay or prevent type 2 diabetes from developing. You may be able to reduce blood glucose (sugar) levels with simple lifestyle changes.
The American Diabetes Association says there is good news – that the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes is not inevitable. The National Institutes of Health clinical trial, the Diabetes Prevention Program, found that for people with pre-diabetes, modest lifestyle changes … can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 58 per cent in individuals at high risk.
The International Diabetes Federation, says there is a lot of evidence that lifestyle changes (achieving a healthy body weight and moderate physical activity) can help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.
The evidence is clear. Pre-diabetes and insulin resistance are reversible through dietary and lifestyle changes.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and I want to help spread the message that you have the power to change the future of your health, reduce your risks and even prevent and reverse diabetes.
Common Risk Factors
If you have any of the following symptoms you could be at risk for diabetes:
- You have a family history of type 2 diabetes
- Your blood tests have revealed elevated blood glucose levels
- You don’t get much daily activity, have extra weight on and don’t sleep well
- You have high blood pressure or abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- You have heart disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome or gestational diabetes
- You have blurry vision, excessive thirst, and urinate frequently
Diabetes can lead to further serious health complications including heart disease and stroke, nerve damage, kidney disease, eye damage, and anxiety and depression.
Free Diabetes Nutrition Guide
To help you get started with making some positive changes, I’m excited to share a new free resource from diabetes expert, Dr. Brian Mowll. He’s put together a diabetes nutrition guide to help you make the dietary shifts necessary to get your blood sugars moving in the right direction.
Whether you’re just looking for more information, or you’re ready to transform your health, the free Diabetes Nutrition Guide is both valuable and practical. It’s a 128-page eBook, with 31 Expert Tips on Reversing Type 2 Diabetes.
This post first appeared here in the Halifax Citizen on Nov 16, 2015.