As many as 26 million Americans have diabetes and shockingly, as many as 79 million adults have pre-diabetes. Type 2, which is the most common form, is preventable. Therefore, the decisions that we as Americans make every time we sit down to eat can either accelerate our chances to develop type 2 diabetes or prevent it.
According to the American Diabetes Association, “in type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel
for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.”
In the following video, produced by AARP, Dr. Oz gets tough on diabetes. The cardiothoracic surgeon and author explains the violent damage that the disease can wreak on our bodies. And then AARP follows it up with the story of Glenda, a grandmother and diabetes victim who is making big lifestyle changes for her sake and her grandkids’ sake.
Watch this video and learn more about diabetes:
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