It just about broke my heart the other day to hear someone referring to an obese woman who was in the doctor’s office as having a “lifestyle disease”. But that is how a lot of the world thinks. Fat people get diabetes because they are fat and just don’t care what they eat is the thinking in many cases.
Of course, I had no idea what they were talking about or whom they were talking about until the woman emerged from the doctor’s office. Her face was red, she had been crying. Upon speaking with the doctor about my diabetes, he made the comment to me that “reversing type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change is totally possible”.
The doctor told me that he had several patients whose diabetes was now “in remission” is how he put it. I was impressed with his work. He calls a spade a spade, just like I told you I would hold no punches. Fat is fat, obese is fat. But type 2 diabetes is not always necessarily a lifestyle disease. It is in my case however.
But the more I thought about it, the more livid I got. How dare that guy clump type 2 diabetes into a “lifestyle disease” category. He looked old enough to be that poor girl’s father and he did call her “sis”; but who knows. I just felt really bad for her.
When I brought it up to the doctor, he shrugged his shoulders and said “some people just don’t get it, well they get it but they forget the minute they hit the ice cream”. This did make me smile for a minute. How sad was my thought.
But it brought to me the fact that there are many people who must believe that type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease because it is a disease very typically found in obese people.
Just because a person is obese, does not mean that they have diabetes. Just because a person is obese, does not mean that they are this way due to lifestyle choices. But a person is capable of reversing type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change. While we are on the subject, what does “obese” actually mean?
Obesity- means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person’s weight is greater than what’s considered healthy for his or her height. Obesity: Medline Plus https://medlineplus.gov › Health Topics
And even though diabetes and obesity are both often mentioned in a single same breath, doesn’t make them go hand in hand. Since type 2 diabetes and obesity have not ever been, and still are not, the same diseases.
Roughly one-third of the obese population will not ever develop diabetes. And then there are 15 percent of those with type 2 diabetes that are normal weight.
Still, there’s such a strong association between the conditions that they’ve sometimes been referred to with a single term: “diabesity.”
Diabesity? Are you kidding me? So I looked it up and they weren’t kidding about it. The way that it was splayed all over Google pages made it appear as if they had just found a new disease. How pathetic….
Obesity has become far more common over the past few decades in the United States and around the world. A whole one third of citizens in the U.S. are obese (overly fat) and another one third are overweight (just normal fat). lol
This obesity or the diabetes epidemics are evidence of just how very hard it is for many of us to keep and maintain a healthy weight. Especially in an environment with processed foods, Grande meal portions, and the worst thing is our low and fewer opportunities to exercise. But there are so many proven ways to lose excess weight.
The best way, especially when diagnosed with type II diabetes, is to keep things simple. Your goal of “reversing type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change” should be just that simple.
Don’t go and empty your shelves and refrigerator, and go shopping to replenish everything with organic or natural, buy new exercise outfits, enroll in a gym, and expect to jump right in while replacing bad for good. You will crash and burn, spend a whole lot of money, then become discouraged and quit. Just put a little sign up on your fridge that says “I am reversing type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change”.
Every time that you come to your fridge, you will be reminded. Small steps, a little bit at a time and that doesn’t mean, one change per week. What I mean is get rid of all the ice-cream (or finish it off if you want to). But start to replace those sugary carbs with stevia sweetener replacement.
Wikipedia says “The organization estimates that 3/4 of the American population will likely be overweight or obese by 2020. The latest figures from the CDC show that more than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese and 17% for children and adolescents aged 2–19 years.”
Amazing don’t you think that if we don’t do something that by 2020, 3/4 of the American population will be obese?
But here is what Governmental NIH has to say about it;
More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese. More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese.
Is this enough to wake us up? How many of these people are type 2 diabetic or prediabetic and don’t know it yet? There are a huge number of people that don’t have a clue; they know that they’re fat but probably haven’t thought about getting checked for diabetes. Their doctor might catch them the next time they come through the medical office. Maybe, maybe not.
how about those kids out there?
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaFor the medical journal, see Childhood Obesity (journal).
|Children with varying degrees of body fat.|
Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fat negatively affects a child’s health or well-being. As methods to determine body fat directly are difficult, the diagnosis of obesity is often based on BMI. Due to the rising prevalence of obesity in children and its many adverse health effects it is being recognized as a serious public health concern. The term overweight rather than obese is often used in children as it is less stigmatizing.“
reversing type 2 diabetes
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Keep it Simple
Look through your cupboards and refrigerator. See what kinds of foods you have in there. If it’s just you in the house, this makes it easy to either throw stuff out immediately, or replace it if it’s something you really need.
For example: I threw out all of the bread except for my english muffins. I got rid of the jams and jellies and replaced them with one bottle of “no sugar added”. I replaced my mayo with one that was made with olive oil.
I got rid of all the soda pop made with sugar, ice tea that was pre-made with sugar, etc.
I reserved a time later in the evening to take a small walk because I didn’t want anyone to see me out walking. I hate it when people have to stop and stare.
Here is the beginning of my A1c numbers where I went from a normal Pre-diabetic 🙁 if there is such thing as a normal pre-diabetic ): To my very first diabetes reading in 2016. At the pre-diabetic level, when I had the chance to fix everything, my A1c numbers 2/24/16 were 6.8, then they shot up at 9/23/16 to 8.4 for a case of full-blown type 2 diabetes. Then my first test after reversing type 2 diabetes with lifestyle change. You can see that I am at 7.2, only .2 points away from being able titrate my diabetes medications! This made me extremely proud and happy that I made those lifestyle changes when I did.
These were my actual first steps and I will show you what these simple steps accomplished.