Preventing diabetes by eating right.

An ounce of prevention is always better than cure, particularly if diabetes runs in your family.  But this time, people need tons of prevention to keep this chronic disease from further seeping into the mainstream not only of the American society but also of societies all over the world.

Diabetes has become so widespread that the United States spends as much as $100 billion a year for the healthcare of Americans with diabetes.  Millions of people all over the world have diabetes.  The sad thing is most of them do not know they have it until it is too late.

Diabetes is a devastating disease which can damage the vital organs of the body   including the kidneys, heart and the eyes.  While diabetes does not really kill people, it can result in more serious and complicated diseases that can.  Diabetes may not kill people as a general rule, but it makes them lose their eyesight, and leads them to kidney and heart problems, and later on, death.

People with diabetes can survive the diseases provided they practice proper health care.  Those who do not have the disease, but are in danger of getting the disease due to heredity, can avoid getting the Big D through proper nutrition.

Aside from heredity, the top cause of diabetes is improper diet.  Modern man's propensity for leading hectic lives has led him into eating the wrong kinds of food.  Man has become so obsessed with wealth creation and pleasure, that he has no more time to prepare a well-balanced meal.  Thus, the modern man's diet consists of canned goods, processed fish, meat and vegetables that can be eaten immediately by just popping it inside a microwave.  The modern world has convinced man to have a preference for refined food, from sugar to grains.

More people who are healthy all their lives are getting diabetes and the culprit is the kind of food they eat, and our ignorance as to the nutrient content of the food we eat.

But there are health-friendly foods that are available in the market, one only has to learn how to recognize and eat them.   It's just a matter of changing our choice of food, like preferring whole grains over refined grains such as brown rice, whole wheat bread and the likes.  Eat more fruit and vegetables and less meat, and sweet or oily food.  It also helps to read the labels of processed food, to determine the amount of one's carbohydrate intakes.

Most people shy away from eating right because of the misconception about proper dieting.  It is okay to eat certain kinds of food but you need to know how to eat them properly, like knowing the proper number of servings, or the better way of cooking such food. If you find vegetables boring, then be creative in your food preparation.  Differently-colored salads can encourage your good appetite.

If you can't resist oily food, then avoid going to fast food joints because seeing french-fries and hungry people will just make your saliva drop and will make you forget you diet.

So how does one know that he already has diabetes? The common symptoms are frequent urination, fatigue and being thirsty all the time.  Diabetes simply means too much glucose in your bloodstream.  Too much glucose in the body requires more water, thus making you feel thirsty most of the time.  With thirst comes an increased water intake, making urination frequent.

The other symptoms of diabetes includes an increase or decrease in weight, blurred vision,  sores or wounds that are slow to heal and sometimes lead to infections and  tender gums.

Obesity makes one at a greater risk of getting diabetes so it is also important to watch your weight.  Those who have excess fat in the belly are more prone to being health risks.  Weight gain of about 10 to 20 pounds, no matter how moderate, can also make one a candidate for diabetes.

Aside from eating the right food and watching one's weight, it is also good to increase one's physical activity. This does not necessarily mean you have to become a sportsman all of a sudden.  Gardening, although a mild physical activity, can help you relax and lose weight as well.  Try ball catching or ball kicks with your children, it is not only a good way to bond but is also a way to lose those extra pounds.

Eating is such a pleasure, particularly if you know how to eat right.