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Diabetes Awareness

Posted on 11/5/2013

Did you know…diabetes affects 24 million Americans, but only about 18 million know they have it? That means 6 million people in our country are walking around right now with it and don’t even know it! Of those 90 to 95 percent of all diabetics are type II, which is often developed from increased weight especially around the middle, poor eating habits and lack of physical activity.    More children than ever are being diagnosed with type II diabetes – once thought of as an “old age” disease, due to the increase in obesity rates in this country.  

What exactly is diabetes? The easiest way to explain diabetes is that it’s when a person’s body has difficulty controlling the amount of sugar in their bloodstream.  

If you are diagnosed with type II diabetes, don’t despair, you can control it through diet and exercise, even preventing diabetes complications. People often reverse the diagnosis all together through changing their lifestyle.  I’ve seen it time and again with our portion-controlled meals.  A small amount of weight loss – for example 5 pounds -- helps improve blood sugars. Even more weight loss improves the likelihood of decreasing medications or eliminating them entirely.  

One  of the most effective ways to control or prevent diabetes is to lose weight, 7 to 10 percent of  your current weight, if you are overweight, can cut your chances of developing type II diabetes in half.  

Since November is National Diabetes Month, I thought I’d help you, my dear readers, with a few telltale signs since many people are walking around unaware they even have it.  Here are some symptoms that you should not ignore:    

  1.      Increase urination and frequent thirst

  1.         2.      Weight loss
  2.         3.      Hunger
  3.         4.      Skin problems and poor circulation
  4.         5.      Slow healing
  5.         6.      Yeast infections
  6.         7.      Fatigue and irritability
  7.         8.      Blurry vision 
  8.         9.   Tingling  or numbness in limbs

10.    Blood tests 

For more information about diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association at: diabetes.org.  

If you have diabetes or been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, I suggest you call my daughter Paula Heaton, RN, BSN, at 817-689-0265, she can tell you about how Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating can be helpful for you and your medical condition.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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