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Diabetes...and what to do about it. - XL Fitness

Diabetes…and what to do about it.

Type 2 Diabetes, what used to be referred to as Adult Onset Diabetes is now affecting a growing number of kids and teens. 100 million Americans have it and 1.5 million more will develop it in the next year. So what’s the big deal, everyone gets it eventually right? Not really, and you can prevent or delay it too.

Aside from having to worry about controlling your blood sugar, other side effects of type 2 diabetes are: [1]
Heart disease
Stroke
Blindness
Peripheral Nephropathy (numbness often felt in hands and feet)
Damage to arteries and blood vessels
Kidney disease caused by damage to blood vessels
Thyroid issues
Higher risk of infection
Sexual dysfunction
Nerve damage
Dry skin
Tooth and gum disease
Some cancers 

Type 2 diabetes is what I like to call “the real silent killer”. I know, that is how we refer to strokes in the US, but diabetes is right up there…you know because it can cause strokes, and heart attacks, and maybe you’ll go blind and lose a leg. But there is hope in preventing it. In fact, 9 out of 10 cases can be prevented by making a few lifestyle changes. [2]

Studies have shown that weight loss can have a huge impact on type 2 diabetes. Losing between 7-10% of your body weight can cut your chances of developing type 2 diabetes in half. For a 300 pound person, that is between 21-30 pounds. Being overweight increases your chances by 7 times and being obese makes you 20-40 times more likely of developing diabetes. [2] Even if you already have type 2 diabetes, participating in a healthy diet and exercise routine can help manage healthy blood glucose levels.

Exercise is another great way to help prevent type 2 diabetes. Exercise helps facilitate moving glucose out of your blood and into your cells. That means less insulin is needed and less stress is placed on your endocrine system to make insulin. So get up and get moving! 30 minutes of cardio a day is all it takes to improve your health and reduce your risk of diabetes. Did I mention that a brisk walk counts as good cardio?

Don’t wait until you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes, get started on a healthier you right now. Consult your doctor about starting an exercise routine, and find a weight loss program that works for you. 21 pounds could make all the difference!

Not sure where to start? Try our Weight Loss Jump Start program. It’s low cost, effective and our average client loses 18 pounds in the first 4 weeks!

[1] https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/diabetes-long-term-effects
[2] https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/disease-prevention/diabetes-prevention/preventing-diabetes-full-story/

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