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Scroll for some good ol’ diabetes talk👇🏼
The majority of patients i’ve been seeing during my Endocrine rotation have Type 2 DM (Diabetes Mellitus). The prevalence of diabetes has been increasing annually in the United States due to obesity, poor diet and sedentary lifestyles. Diabetes effects our blood vessels and nerves (and thus every part of the body), which is why it is so important to educate patients about the issue.
Alexa and I are always told “you two have great genetics, you don’t have to worry about your weight.” The truth is our bodies do not come naturally. We work hard towards our health goals everyday. We have a strong family history of obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), and diabetes. This is a very passionate topic of discussion for us because we have seen these issues not only in a clinic/ hospital setting but within our family. It’s one of the reasons we began our fitness journeys.
Below are lifestyle changes you can make to aid in the prevention (or management) of DM:
1. Eliminate whites: white bread, white rice, white pasta, potatoes. This is one of the first things physicians tell their patients when they notice blood sugar levels rising. We replaced all whites with whole grains when our mother was diagnosed with DM years ago.
2. Get moving: walking is one of the best things you can do for your cardiovascular health. Even 30 minutes of walking a day can improve your health and decrease your risk of diabetes (among other medical problems). Diabetes is also strongly associated with excess weight and lack of exercise so having an active lifestyle is imperative.
3. Go Mediterranean: plant-based foods such as vegetables, nuts, whole grains, seeds, beans and olive oils are highly recommended as part of your daily diet. Following a primarily Mediterranean diet protects against heart disease, stroke and degenerative neurological disorders.
4. Reduce carbohydrates: increasing your non- starchy vegetables and protein while eliminating highly processed carbohydrates is effective in decreasing the risk of diabetes or aiding in management.