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Commit to a Healthy and Fit Lifestyle for National Diabetes Month: Part One

Nov 14, 2012

In recognition of National Diabetes Month this November, Fitness Together has created two blog posts dedicated to helping our clients maintain a healthy lifestyle. This blog post describes diabetes and its impact on American lives, as well as one way to prevent the disease, while the second blog post will focus on two more prevention techniques: exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a fact sheet in 2011 that labeled diabetes the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Reports indicate that almost 26 million adults and children in the US have been diagnosed with this disease, which can cause kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, non-traumatic lower limb amputations, and blindness.

Characterized by high levels of blood glucose that have resulted from the body’s inability to produce or use insulin, which is the protein that is responsible for fueling cells by extricating glucose from foods, diabetes has two major types: Type I and Type II.

Type I diabetes is usually found in children and young adults and is distinguished by the body’s inability to produce insulin. Type II diabetes, arguably the most common, is more prevalent in adults and is not only associated with the body’s inability to produce enough insulin, but also its ability to ignore insulin all together. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends a healthy lifestyle, made up of regular exercise and a nutritious diet, as a great way to prevent diabetes.

Fuel Your Body by Eating Healthy Meals

The old adage “You are what you eat,” might be a little cliché, but it is a simple, and accurate, way of saying that food is fuel. Just as cars need the right type of fuel to function, so do people.

The food that people eat ensures that internal systems are functioning correctly, that their bran can think clearly, and that their cardiovascular and muscular systems are able to perform physical tasks appropriately. Because food is such an important factor, it’s important to focus eating habits on nutrient-rich diets that include fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains.

The next blog post will focus on two more prevention techniques: exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. If you would like more information on preventing diabetes, call Fitness Together Ellicott City today.


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