Preventative Measures

By TBOzarka1 Latest Reply 2008-09-15 07:56:51 -0500
Started 2008-03-13 04:37:38 -0500

What are some preventative measures one can take to not get diabetes?

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MAMA J 2008-09-15 06:52:32 -0500 Report

i heard it comes down the family line. my dad had diabetes. also being over weight can cause it. keep the weight down. im trying but it is hard

Toma 2008-09-15 07:56:51 -0500 Report

Heredity is defiantly part of the equation. The higher risks for type 2 diabetes include family history, ethnicity, (I think melatonin blocking absorption of vitamin d may be part of this) exposure to certain chemicals, (such as dioxin, arsenic, and some others) medications, and a few other things increase our risks. The biggest risk factor that over rides all others is bad diet and lack of exercise.
I had two aunts die of complications of type 2 diabetes. My mother’s toes were going purple from neuropathy. We have the strong family history, I had exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam, we both had bad diets yet we both have become well controlled by paying attention to what we eat. I have been getting feedback for three years from others who learned how to control blood glucose with diet. Unfortunately none of them are claiming good success with what we are being told by the ADA. ADA is about 10 years behind the curve and they should be the best source of information but they clearly are not.


DonnaAnn 2008-09-14 22:30:03 -0500 Report

Well, for what it is worth, here is my opinion.
I do not think you can prevent it. Its like cancer or any other auto immune disease, your either going to have it or not. I know people who are thin, eat properly, but are so stressed out, that their numbers are high. My father had on set diabetes from his illness. all you can do is live the best way you can by drinking water, getting a workout in (or just keep moving), and whole some food.

Toma 2008-09-15 05:56:48 -0500 Report

Based on statistics, there is a lot we can do. In 1950 less than 1% of the US population was diagnosed as diabetic. We are currently approaching 9% or a 900% increase in 58 years. CDC and other health agencies have predicted that 1/3 of today’s infants can be diabetic within their life time if nothing is done. The majority will be type 2.

We can argue about type 2 not being diagnosed as effectively in 1950 but that doesn’t account for such dramatic increases. Experts in Australia, Canada and the US have stated that 80% of type 2 diabetes can be either controlled or prevented with proper diet.

What has changed drastically within the past 58 years? It is our national diet and sedentary lifestyles. I am among the small numbers who have figured out what to do and it isn't what the ADA and mainstream medicine is telling us. It is controllable and in many cases reversible. Contrary to what we are told that there is nothing we can do about it and it will just get worse, there are a small number of us who are proving this incorrect.

You have to ask yourself, are we all miracle patients or is there some validity to what we are doing?


Toma 2008-09-14 10:15:31 -0500 Report

Prevention is far easier than we are being told. The same thing that can get us well controlled is also the best prevention.
1. Avoid processed grains opting instead for the whole grains.
2. Include lots of anti oxidant foods. (dark green and brightly colored fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts, sea foods.) The bulk of our diet should be whole unprocessed or minimally processed foods.
3. Get plenty of vitamin d. There is a current study claiming risks for type 1 diabetes can be reduced in children with a combination of vitamin d and omega 3 supplementation.
4. Maintain a healthy diet high in antioxidants and anti inflammatory foods.
5. Stay active.

GabbyPA 2008-09-12 13:48:08 -0500 Report

Type 1 is a differnt affliction and not "preventable" per-say. I do not struggle with this type, and cannot really comment on how to "avoid" getting it. This is a more genitic affliction than type 2 that tends (but is not always) a more environmental affliction.

Type 2 is not always preventable either, but there are a lot of things that we can do to delay it if we are prone to it. Perhpas it can be totally prevented, of that I am not sure.

Here are some things I should have done to delay my onset.

  1. Healthy active life style. I changed from an outdoor, hiking, camping person to a glued to my chair career person. My activity levels dropped and I never seemed to have "time" to do the things I enjoyed. Conclusion: Be Active and do what you like to do. Get off your butt and move.

2.Poor eating habits
Eating too much is bad. Eating the wrong things is worse. There are skinny "beautiful" people out there that are in worse shape than I am with a poor diet of junk food, high fat and mealst that are carb laden. Our diets in the US are filled with sugars, salts, hydrogenated oils, preservatives, artificial sweeteners...shall I go on? We eat all the wrong stuff.
Eating more raw and close to natural foods from farmer's markets is a great start. The more color rich the food is, the better it tends to be. Also, eat a good varity and what is in season so you get the best out of what you are consuming.
Avoid the fast food cycle and the deceiving "sugar free" lies that are out there.
Conclusion: Healthy whole food choices, less or no processed foods.

  1. Emotional wellbeing
    Stress, lack of sleep and emotional roller coasters mess with your body chemistry as much as food does. These are the quiet killers. For a long time the thought of getting even 6 hours of sleep seemed indulgent and guilty. Now I know I need more sleep to recharge my body. I'm not saying be LAZY (remmeber point 1) But too many of us do not get enough sleep and we stress over way too many stupid little the guy who cut you off in traffic today. How did you react? See...?
    Conclusion: Find methods and schedules to take care of your mental and emotional health. Your pancreas will thank you for it.

  2. Drink Water
    Don't waste your money on soda, coffee or fruit juice all the time. We often mistake thirst for hunger because we are so out of touch with what our body needs. I am not saying you can't drink these things, but water is your best friend. Invest in a tap purifyer or a house system. Do what you need to drink 64 oz of water daily. Add a wedge of lime to it. (DON'T ADD ANYTHING WITH ASPERTAME OR SPLENDA IN IT)
    Conclusion: Water keeps your kidneys happy and your blood flowing. Drink a LOT of it

5.Educate yourself
If diabetes runs in your family or if you feel you are predisposed to getting it, educate yourself as to what is going on in your body. Knowledge can save your life and give you a less complicated struggle if you work it right. Diabetes leads to so many other chronic illnesses and diseases. These are complications to the underlying issue with diabetes and if you can detect the signs early, you can help prevent complications when/if you end up with it. Once you suspect, DON'T DENY IT. That makes it worse. Get help as soon as you even suspect something is up. Not knowing doesn't make it go away. Knowing gives you the insentive to act.
Conclusion: Know your enemy and his camp.

There are so many other things you can do. Keep on top of your blood work every 6 months or annually, to get a look at what is going on inside.
Develop a good and open relationship with your doctor and express your concerns.

Diabetics don't have a "diabetic diet". We have a healthy lifestyle that everyone should share. Yes, we have more cautions, but to be honest, everyone should be living such a life as a diabetic who is controlling his/her blood glucose levels.

Edie 2008-09-14 05:27:24 -0500 Report

My blood work is done every 4 months and We have a new water softener in the house now the other one was to small. They also added a Reverse asmostess what ever for our drinking water it has 4 fillters on it and then the frig has one also so I have 6 fillters for ice cold water out of the frig. I drink 3-4 of my 48 oz glass we got while visiting the Wisconsin Dells. Some days I feel like I'm floating away other days I feel the bathroom is my new best friend. LOL

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