Stop Diabetes Now!

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Stop Diabetes Now!

There is no cure for diabetes, but it's often preventable--and even reversible.

What you can do:

Lose a Few: Losing even ten pounds can make a difference. For people ages 50 to 71, being overweight increases the risk of premature death from all causes by 20% to 40%.

Get Moving: Exercise reduces blood sugar, helps you lose weight and can prevent heart disease, the leading cause of death among people with diabetes. Walk for 20 to 30 minutes a day.

Cut the Fat: Since fat has nine calories per gram, and protein and carbs have only four, when you eat less fat, you eat fewer calories. This includes good fats, so limit them too.

Say Nay To Bad Carbs: These include sugar, white flour and rice, and sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup. They're low in fiber, so they're absorbed quickly, causing blood sugar to spike. This stimulates your pancreas to produce insulin. Repetitive surges of insulin may make your body resistant to it, which causes more to be made. This may lead to diabetes.

Load Up On Good Carbs: These include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy. All are rich in fiber, which prevents overeating and helps keep your blood sugar steady.

Meditate: Under stress, your body produces hormones that make blood sugar rise. Chronic stress can cause insulin resistance, which in turn may promote diabetes. So chill out!

Article from: Reader's Digest, November 2006

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