Diabetes will be the next health epidemic in the United States. In some populations, it already is. Some call it the “Silent Killer.” Why? Diabetes is similar to cancer in the fact that you can’t see it. It sneaks up on you, and by the time you find out you have it, it’s almost too late to do anything about it. Diabetes is hereditary, but it is mostly behavior induced. We can blame it on our grandma or great aunt, but at the end of the day, it’s really on us. There are different levels of diabetes, but the worst case is extremity amputations; yes, the amputation of toes, and even legs.
I had a client/friend named Addison who had diabetes. Addison was bed-ridden at his home when we met, with one half of his left leg amputated. Three years later, Addison was walking around the house on a walker with a much healthier attitude about life. What got Addison out of bed? Hope, determination, and the willingness to put forth a little effort of exercise. Would you have that in you if you were bed-ridden? Addison did, and he’s managed to add years to his life. Here are three easy steps in preventing diabetes from my book, “Lessons Learned”
- Get exercise, plain and simple
- Lessen the amount of simple carbohydrates in your diet
- Lay off the sugar-filled sodas, along with beer, wine, and mixed drinks
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, its not. However, the alternatives are even harder to think or write about. The threats in today’s world are real, so we have to deal with them now. You have to deal with them now, before it’s too late and you lose something vital to your life.
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