Type 2 Diabetes – Are You Part of the Diabetes Belt?

It’s no secret that Type 2 diabetes rates are skyrocketing worldwide. Contrary to popular belief, some sections of the world are holding back the tide of diabetes… while others are getting pummeled by the diabetic tidal wave.

In fact, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently dubbed 15 US states the “Diabetes Belt”. People who live in the belt… including West Virginians and Alabamians… are at a heightened risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Even if you’re miles away from the fringe of the diabetes belt that doesn’t mean that you’re safe. Here are some lessons to be learned from this region of the US:

Tighten Your Belt…or Become Part of The Diabetes Belt: It’s not genetics or a love for college football that’s behind these Southern states horrific diabetes rates… it’s obesity. The states with the highest diabetes rates are also those with the most alarming numbers of obese people.

While there’s a lot of talk about eating this versus that for prevention and treatment of Type 2 diabetes, there’s little question that your weight is the single most important determinant of Type 2 diabetes.

Start walking, cut out the junk food, or move to a healthy state like California if you have to. No matter what it takes, lose the weight you need to lose or else become Type 2 diabetes next victim.

Move It and Lose It: Studies show people who exercise are less likely to get diabetes. No shocker there. But what may surprise you is the fact that those that exercise and don’t lose a pound (or kilogram), still reap a number of diabetes-preventing benefits. Those that work out regularly tend to have lower levels of inflammation… a chronic process that interferes with your body’s natural insulin in doing its crucial job.

Eat Slow Food: The West Virginia State Journal notes that the incredible popularity of fast food is fueling their rank as the #1 Type 2 diabetes US state. While the fat in fast food make most health conscious people cringe, there’s a lot more than just fat to be concerned about in your drive-through meal.

Dozens of research studies have found people who dine out often have significantly higher obesity rates than those who eat at home. Even if you’re health conscious while perusing the fast food menu, the calories in most restaurant choices will amount to more than a home-cooked meal.

Make a significant effort to shun the drive-through window and cook healthy meals at home. With serious health and financial savings, this one move is enough for you to tighten two belts at once.

Source by Beverleigh H Piepers

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