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Type 2 Diabetes: The Silent Killer

Are you one of the 1 in 4 living with this silent killer inside and do not even realize?

In a culture hijacked by sugar, the average American consumes 85 grams a day! That’s 170 pounds a year! Thus, making Type 2 Diabetes on the rise. But refined sugar is not the only culprit.
Carbohydrates and starches in everyday foods also account for sugars in our bloodstream. Therefore the American Heart Association recommends daily sugar allowances. The maximum daily consumption of added sugar to your diet should not exceed 25 grams for women and 36 grams for men. Why is this a concern? Your Health

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According to a report released in 2014 by the CDC, more than 29 million adults in the U.S. have diabetes. And 1 in 4 is not even aware they have the disease. More alarming is that another 86 million adult Americans have Pre-diabetes. If left unattended it can develop into full-blown Type 2 Diabetes in as early as six months. And these numbers are expected to have increased significantly in the past three years.

The Silent Killer

Diabetes, called the “Silent Killer” because many people do not recognize signs or symptoms until it’s in the advanced stages.  Common symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes include:

  • Increased Thirst
    Frequent Urination
    Extreme Fatigue
    Blurry Vision
    Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands and feet

Meanwhile, 56% of people diagnosed with pre-diabetes ignore the diagnosis. And within six months develop full-blown advanced Type 2 Diabetes. But left unattended diabetes can cause serious, even life-threatening complications.  Some of the complications include:

  • Skin Conditions
    Hearing Impairment
    Severe Nerve Damage
    Kidney Damage (resulting in kidney failure)
    Cardiovascular Disease (resulting in heart attack or stroke)
    Eye Damage (resulting in blindness)
    Poor Blood Circulation (resulting in loss of limbs
    Diabetic Coma
    Death

 But there is something you can do about living with Type 2 Diabetesfitness food cyclist

With the exception of genetic disorders, you can reverse a pre-diabetes diagnosis in as early as six months. But it begins with healthy lifestyle choices today. Although if you are already living with Type 2 Diabetes you can still live a sweet life. As with all health-related issues, diet and exercise are vital in taking control of your overall health and living with Diabetes or even combating the disease.

For more information visit the American Diabetes Association

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