Holiday Weight Gain and Diabetes Risk
By Doctor Machelle Seibel – HouseCall®
The holiday season is a wonderful time of year. Families get together, celebrate and share meals. But it’s also a time that many people overeat, gain weight, and put themselves at increased risk for diabetes.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, weight gained over the holidays is typically not lost. And those who are overweight to begin with often gain five pounds or more during the holiday season. The holiday season appears to be one of the major reasons people gain weight in midlife.
By 2020 it’s estimated that half of United States citizens will either be diabetic or have pre diabetes. In Canada there are 2.6 million people with diabetes and 6 million more with pre diabetes. 366 million people in the world have diabetes now and diabetes is killing someone in the world every 7 seconds.
Diabetes leads to many health problems. It’s caused when a person’s blood sugar levels are too high because their body does not make or cannot use insulin to keep blood sugar (glucose) levels in the normal range. The Hgb A1C is another blood test and it tells if a persons blood sugar levels have been elevated over the past 3 months. Do you have diabetes or pre diabetes (your fasting blood sugar or Hgb A1C level is higher than normal but not yet abnormal enough to be diagnosed as having diabetes)? If you find that you have pre diabetes, you can get your blood sugar back to normal just by changing your lifestyle. According to the American Diabetes Association, these are the symptoms of diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes
· Frequent urination
· Unusual thirst
· Extreme hunger
· Unusual weight loss
· Extreme fatigue and Irritability
Type 2 Diabetes*
· Any of the type 1 symptoms
· Frequent infections
· Blurred vision
· Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
· Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
· Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
*Often people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms
For many people, diabetes is preventable. Controlling your weight is one important way to prevent it. I’ve created this FREE educational music video to help you learn other ways to lower your risk. It’s 2 minutes long with lots of easy to remember information. Don’t let diabetes take control of you!
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