Recognizing The Signs Of Diabetes

What an amazing piece of machinery the human body is! Recognizing when this beautiful machine starts to break down can help prevent long-term damage. Blood glucose is the sugar in your bloodstream that provides energy to every cell in your body. The sugar is manufactured from the foods you eat. So the saying that you are what you eat is absolutely true. Good fuel produces good health. Toxic fuel produces toxic health. Diabetes is one major by-product of toxic fuel.

How Diabetes Works

The pancreas releases insulin to help process, distribute, and metabolize this biofuel. When theres an imbalance - too much blood glucose and not enough insulin - diabetes may develop.

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 29 million Americans suffer with diabetes - thats nearly 10 percent of the population. And heres another alarming statistic: in 2010 diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in America.

Warning Signs

Are you chronically thirsty or hungry? Are you plagued with frequent urination? What about urinary tract infections - are they becoming a regular nuisance? Are you tired all the time? Ironically most of us want to lose weight, but sudden, unexpected, or unexplained weight loss can be problematic. If your vision is blurry and your mood is huffy, and youre exhibiting any of these other symptoms, it may be time to visit your primary care physician.

Other signs include numbness in your hands or feet; frequent infections on your skin or your gums. Obesity [especially after the age of 40], high blood pressure, and high cholesterol are also risk factors for the development of diabetes.

Be Proactive

Maintain a healthy weight. Eat a diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, and poultry. Optimize your intake of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water every day; and avoid processed foods, white sugar, and white flour. And equally important: strive to live an active lifestyle - dont just sit there! Move! These are important steps you and your family can take to avoid becoming another unfortunate statistic.

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