on some major health problems: Part 1
the next few weeks, we will look at some major health problems and lifestyle changes
that help to prevent and/or manage them.
Epidemic: Type 2 Diabetes!
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death
in Canada. Approximately 2.25 million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes;
90% have Type II (formerly known as "adult onset") diabetes. The incidence
worldwide is expected to double within 25 years, and it is becoming increasingly
frequent among young adults and even children. Worse yet, many people who have
the disease aren't aware of it!
results when the body can't produce enough insulin (Type I) or can't effectively
use the insulin it does produce (Type II) to metabolize sugars (glucose) and fats.
Risk factors include:
· Increasing age
history of diabetes
· Inactive lifestyle
· High-risk ethnicity (East Asian, Caribbean, First Nations, Hispanic)
· High blood sugar/blood fats
· High blood pressure/heart disease
· Gestational diabetes/newborns bigger than 9 lbs
& symptoms include:
· Excessive thirst
· Unexplained weight loss
· Recurring infections
· Slow healing of
· Numbness/tingling in fingers/toes
· Cardiovascular disease
· Kidney failure
· Nerve damage
· Lower limb amputation
good news is, there are ways to prevent or manage the disease such as:
Reach/maintain a healthy weight
· Keep active/exercise daily
Report symptoms to your doctor
· Take medications as prescribed for
controlling blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol & triglycerides.