Diabetes (Type 2) Data


The last day of American Diabetes Month has me poring over all my magazine cutouts I have been saving on diabetes and squeezing them in the last day.  Here are “briefs” of the articles:

  1. According to Health.com (Dec. 2013), About 1/3 of all Americans have diabetes resistance. The body does produce insulin, but cannot use it effectively. If left unchecked, glucose will build up in your bloodstream and can then lead to pre-diabetes and diabetes. The article suggests a screening to measure your glucose levels every three years if over age 45, but earlier if you have other risk factors, such as weight gain, high blood pressure, etc. (In my case, diabetes runs in the family, so when my AC1 showed high-normal, I obtained a blood sugar kit and tweaked my diet and now feel I won’t just succumb to diabetes as my mother and grandmother did. es)is
  2. In the October 2016 Nutrition Action Healthletter, published by The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) results of a study with 237 sedentary adults (ages 45-75) with pre diabetes. The people were divided into 4 groups:
    a) diet with low-dose moderate exercise, b) low-dose moderate exercise, 3) high-dose moderate exercise, 4) high-dose vigorous exercise. After 6 months, only those who combined diet with exercise (a) lowered their fasting blood sugar and insulin and lost about 14 pounds. (recommendation is to walk about 2 miles per day and even if you don’t lose weight, the brisk walking may be help to “dodging” diabetes.img095
  3. Inside Salk, the magazine of the Salk Institute where my brother worked in the mid 1960s and early 70s, the first article (“Finding the ‘Secret Sauce'”) is about researchers uncovering “a molecular switch to make effective sugar-responsive, insulin-releasing cells in a dish, offering hope for diabetes therapy.” The researchers hope to have human (not animal) trials within the next few years.
  4. In a Diabetes Seminar workbook I obtained from Acme Pharmacy, three lifestyle habits are listed for “dodging” diabetes: stop smoking, reduce stress, be active. (Diet is the focus of the workbook, so these are listed as lifestyle habits.)unknown
  5. In an article, “Mission Control,” by Maureen Sangiorgio in Walgreen’s magazine,  according to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 29 million Americans have diabetes and approximately 86 million have pre-diabetes that could develop into diabetes. The Mediterranean Diet is mentioned as lowering your risk for diabetes, that is, moving away from red meat and moving towards more seafood, whole grains, fruits, and nuts.fruits
  6. The July/August 2012 Nutrition Action Health Letter featured diabetes and heart disease in an article called “Metabolic Meltdown.” At the end were six suggestions: 20 lose excess weight; b) eat a diet rich in vegetables and fruit but low in saturated and trans fat; c) decrease carbs; d) cut added sugars; e) eat fatty fish; f) exercise.active-athletic-exercise-female-40974
  7. In a later issue of Nutrition Action Health Letter (July/Aug 2014) the excellent article “Tip of the Iceberg: Most People with Prediabetes Don’t Know it,” features a plate filed with food with this handy rule of thumb: “Fill half your plate with vegetables, a quarter with lean protein, and just a quarter with (preferably whole) grains.”


All the sources seem to point to a combination of a low meat, high veggie diet, at least 1/2 hour a day of exercise, and reduced stress. Interestingly, all these suggestions could also be applied to prevent or any ailment you wish to avoid or want to manage better. Let food be your medicine!

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