Diabetes Basics

Obesity may be the Cause for Diabetes!

If we look at the percentage of Obese people in the US and the percentage of people who are suffering from diabetes, then empirical evidence by itself suggests that there may not be only a high degree of co-relation between the two, but also a high degree of causation.

As a matter of fact, there is a high degree of research that is being carried out, not only in the US but also in a number of other countries to study the inter-relationships between obesity, diabetes and hypertension. The three conditions are together termed as the metabolic syndrome (MS) and combine to form a deadly trio that pave the way for cardiovascular and renal disease.

What could possibly be the reason behind this problem? We do not have to look too far! Look at the giant sized portions of French fries, ice cream sodas and canned sodas that are available in supermarkets and restaurants. That is just the beginning!

The rising level of obesity is indicative of the fact that we have become accustomed to our diet of high carbs and sugar. An increasing number of children are becoming diabetic just because of their predilection to soda pop. A number of schools have taken to removing soda vending machines from their premises, and a number of other schools are bound to follow.

Lack of exercise is another reason that a number of people are becoming a victim to lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Just a brisk 30-minute walk, three times a week can prevent the lifestyle diseases such as diabetes type 2.

As a conscientious parent, you should be aware of the risks involved with diabetes. Ensure that your children limit their consumption of foods such as potato chips, chocolate bars, ice cream, candy and soda. Ask for smaller portion sizes of foods such as hamburgers and French fries and ice cream sundaes or banana splits. You will be helping your family to remain healthy and free from lifestyle disease such as obesity and diabetes.