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I'm always happy to hear about good developments in diabetes research. I recently read an article in the journal The Lancet about a study by Leigh Perreault at the University of Colorado. Her research showed a significant long-term reduction in diabetes risk when those with prediabetes were able to return to normal blood glucose control (70 to 100 ml/dL or 3.9 to 5.6 mmol/L).
The study included data from the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), which found that participants who lost even a modest amount of weight through diet changes and increased activity reduced their chances of developing diabetes. The DPP study found that the more times participants got their blood glucose in a normal range, the larger the percentage of risk reduction during follow up.
Prevention is key
This research shows us that prevention is key. It's especially important for our youth.
A recently produced HBO documentary, The Weight of the Nation, focused on obesity in the United States. The documentary suggested that we may currently have, "the first generation of children that will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents."
The documentary went on to say that obesity is the biggest threat to the health, welfare and future of the United States. Obesity is a predisposing factor for developing type 2 diabetes. And 18 percent of youth and 30 percent of adults in the US are obese, increasing the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This is disconcerting news, but there's still time to turn this trend around.
Examples of steps being taken to reduce obesity in the United States include:
SPARK program. Not all states have physical education (PE) requirements in their schools. A team of researchers and educators were funded to create, implement and evaluate new and innovative approaches to this education content and instruction in the "real world." The SPARK PE program was designed and proven to make activity fun and can be used by both physical education specialists and classroom teachers.
The SPARK PE program increases moderate to vigorous physical activity in students, improves fitness, increases enjoyment of PE, improves teacher instruction and has the potential for sustainable effects.
Efforts to get junk food out of schools. These efforts are happening in a variety of ways and aim to get junk food out of schools and start healthy eating programs at the early elementary level.
And it's not just limited to elementary schools. A Pennsylvania State University study of 228 school food-service directors in that state showed that high school students are surrounded by high-fat, high-sugar foods, and not just in vending machines.
What are your thoughts? What can we do on the home front, and how can we start?
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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Monitoring is the key in beating diabetes
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about an year back. My doctor did not start any medications immediately and advised me life style change. When I was diagnosed, my HbA1C was 8+. But with lifestyle change within 3 months I was below 6.
It is very important in this disease to monitor yourself. I used a web based software to log and monitor my parameters [www.friendofdiabetic.com]. The more you log your parameters, more it acts as a feedback to improve. I don’t think I would have achieved A1C of 6 without monitoring what I was doing.
I'm not sure what the answer is to the
problem, but I agree with the comment that this must start with teaching them at home or having cooking parties and share like we did in Home Economics in High School. Also, ask yourself is it better to have nourishing meals that children leave on their plates and are thrown in the garbage. Keeping short term records of how much % that they actually ate. Somehow if hot dogs were made into a hotdog salad sandwich and they actually ate it, it would be better than reg. hot dogs on a bun. In other words, camouflage good food
so children will not waste, like make a healthy spinach dip with low calorie crackers.
Thanks for listening.
Education is key. Teach kids how to cook. The summer between my sons' sophomore and junior years, I taught them to do laundry and then made them do it so they were ready for college when it came. They learned to cook as soon as they were big enough to stand up to the counter (sometimes on a chair). You accomplish a number of things when you teach children, especially early teens, to cook: you spend time together (and it's good "talking" time), you teach nutrition, you get help with the meal prep (they were able to start dinner before I got home), and they get to fix things they like (with limits, of course). It's a lifestyle they learn and can adapt as their lives get more hectic and they develop a taste for fresh, wholesome food. Educate, educate, educate!
Would welcome others' response. But I have observed that children of stay-at-home moms tend to have better food habits that children who were raised in day-care or baby sitters. Employed out of the home moms just have to rely on convenience foods and fast food. And is there a guilt complex, staved off by not being as strict? Stay at home moms have the time to prepare more fresh from scratch, and probably cannot afford the higher-priced convenient higher calorie snacks. What do the rest of you think??
Does coffee, cinnamon, vinegar, chromium, and less GI and GL foods reduce diabetes 2 as well?? please advise. thank you
I wish there was a better way to catch the blood sugar on the way up. My family doctor waited until mine was 114 before saying he'd check it again in a few months. I think he just assumed I knew why, but I was clueless. Next time it was a lot higher, and I was on the train.
Now I feel that I have a handle on it with bs usually in the 80's and 90's and no meds, but might I have avoided all this with a little better education
My sympathy & encouragement go out to everyone trying to eat right, lower their blood glucose, and lose weight. That's a tall order. And that's me, too. I do the best when I plan ahead and "arm myself" with zipper baggies of veggie chunks, fruit chunks, chicken, turkey, and cheese chunks. The vultures are circling above all of us! What do they want? They want our hard-earned dollars!!! They couldn't care less if there's an obesity and diabetes epidemic on the near horizon. They'll keep shovelling out the fast food and processed "convenience" foods as long as there's a market. On tv we're bombarded with food adds! Go prepared, wherever you go. Take time to shop well. Treat yourself to excellent quality fruits and the freshest veggies, lots of chicken and turkey breast. Plan ahead when you're meeting friends out -- some restaurants really respect your desire for entrees cooked without butter & sauces. You're not alone in this battle. I think it's great that some communities & schools are waking up. How in the heck did soda pop and junk food ever find its way into the schools in the first place? I'll tell you how: the key that opened THAT door was the all-mighty dollar -- somebody stood to profit by dishing out garbage to young kids...and they'll continue to get away with it as long as we let them. Let's fight back!
I totally agree! Prevention is the key to all illnesses/diseases. Schools should implement this type of program because many can benefit from it. Live Beyond Awesome
The proliferation of "Low Fat" foods which are promoted as a healthy alternative food to assist in weight loss,is nothing more than a myth, promoted by clever marketing.
Low fat products would taste bland without fat, so to improve the flavour, corn syrup, sugar, salt, and other chemical flavour enhancers are added, making them more fattening than "ordinary foods"
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