With diabetes on the rise, November is focus time

cheftimothy@cheftimothymoore.com | 11/6/2013, 8:19 a.m.

As adults, we have learned to live with the disease, but when this tragedy hits our beloved children, we need to sit up and take notice. We don't want our children to develop a deadly disease just because we don't give them a healthier lifestyle.

Sadly, one in eleven adults have diabetes; and one in every three adults in the United States have pre-diabetes, which is likely to turn into full blown diabetes unless some major lifestyle changes are taken. Diabetes is a silent killer and it usually appears unexpected in one's life. When it does appear, it increases the possibility of a stroke, kidney disease, blurred vision, blindness, heart disease, dehydration, edema, unexpected weight loss and obesity.

Another key factor related to the onset of diabetes is obesity. Based on BMI figures in individuals, it is estimated there are over 45 million Americans considered obese. When you combine obesity, economic conditions and poor diet the outcome becomes diabetes.

Because of complications related to diabetes, males 40 years of age will lose 12 years of quality life, with females losing approximately 15 years of life. This debilitating disease can be prevented, avoided, controlled and even cured with some simple lifestyle changes, such as emotions, dietary, resting and exercising.

While some are worried about Obamacare, it's time to put the emphasis on taking control of our health and putting more initiative into self-care. Diabetes is a disease, so please, take it seriously!

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. The author of "47 Tips To Reverse Your Diabetes,'' he can be reached by email at cheftimothy@cheftimothymoore.com or visit him on the Web sites at www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)