“I care about nothing,” people seem to say, as they savor another bite of comforting tastiness. How can we ever control diabetes in a world like this?
You know what we tell ourselves…
It’s not that bad. There’s just not enough time to eat right. I’ll start tomorrow when I get organized.
Or you walk too close to the deli when you’re starving.
The aroma of ribs, mashed potatoes, gravy and buttery pasta completes your slide down the slippery slope of dependence.
I hear you. It’s hard to eat right consistently.
Temptation is everywhere.
Even one little “sensible” medium-sized movie popcorn has more artery-clogging, diabetes-inflaming fat than…
A greasy bacon and eggs breakfast, a Big Mac and fries lunch and steak-with-all-the-trimmings dinner.
So said the Center for Science and Public Interest (CSPI).
(Yeah, we’ve all known this stuff for awhile.)
Yet most unsuspecting moviegoers still pass up medium and gobble down the big tub anyway.
There’s so much gasoline to ignite this fire.
Smoking, obesity, inactivity, high blood pressure, cholesterol and on and on.
This is why…
For millions of people each year.
A stroke, heart attack or scary changes in your skin, eyes and feet – announcing the onset of diabetes.
It’s almost enough to make you go eat a raw, organic carrot right now.
And this is exactly what people do.
Back and forth. On and off the addiction wagon. Eat right and then pig out.
I know people with insulin pump attached at the hip, who order a “diet” soda to avoid regular sugar.
Then without remorse, they down a triple-chocolate sundae.
Really though, I’m not here to lecture you.
But maybe I should ask:
November is Diabetes Awareness Month.
And if this effort saves just one life, would it be worth it?
You probably DO care.
Sadly, so many people try to do everything right.
But for Type 1 diabetics, their body still won’t make insulin.
For Type 2’s, their body just ignores the insulin and their sugar keeps rising.
There’s always the hope (or hype) of new procedures like this one. (The first Type 1 diabetic who no longer needs insulin therapy.)
But then there is also the 390 FDA-approved drugs that are now known to raise your blood sugar. (Listed here.)
I doubt your friendly neighborhood pharmacist has all these memorized.
This disease is no picnic.
Maybe it’s ironic, but most of the experts agree that for people with PRE-diabetes, you can totally reverse this condition.
With surprisingly small (but persistent) changes in diet and exercise.
Studies show that losing body weight even “5-10% can prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes among high-risk adults,” says Obesity.org.
In this study, people walked for just 150 minutes a week. And this reduced diabetes risk by 40-60%, for up to 6 years.
Do a little. Get a lot of benefit.
And while you’re at it, find out your diabetes risk (and whether you’re headed for diabetes).
You’re not that way are you?
I know people who wouldn’t see the doctor but they went to Wal-Mart and bought a blood sugar tester.
They read up on the numbers to look for and the results say they’re prediabetic.
I don’t recommend this method, but at least they did something to find out.
The earlier you find out, the more hope you have.
But do you know what else the American Diabetes Association says?
Sickness leads to stress. And whether you’re sick or not…
Whether you’re normal, prediabetic or have suffered for years – getting rid of stress is vitally important to your health.
“Stress isn’t just in your head,” Dr Oz explains. It shows up in the rest of your body as knotted muscles, painful digestion, troubled sleep, and worse.
And nothing calms your stress like massage.
Mayo Clinic director, Brent A. Bauer, M.D., says massage isn’t just an indulgence.
“There are over 1,000 studies and published reports that offer scientific evidence on the health effects of massage therapy,” he adds.
A well-trained massage therapist can help you learn how to relax on your own, even when you’re not getting a massage session.
Why not talk to a trained therapist?
Life takes it out of you. I’d love to help you put it back in.
How can I help you personally?
Call me at 303-920-2350 with any questions, concerns or to find out how massage and essential oils can make life better for you.
by Sarah Shropshire
LMT, Essential Oil and Business Consultant