March 24th is Diabetes Alert Day, as declared by the American Diabetes Association. They chose this day in connection with a number of other associations and coalitions that have asked us all to join them in finding 1 million people who are living with diabetes but don’t know it. Could you be 1 in a million?
As one of the easiest way to determine if you are at risk, the ADA has designed an online or printable version test to help determine your risk factor of being diabetic. Unfortunately there are 86 million people who are already living on the edge of becoming diabetic or already there, who could use the knowledge of where they stand to make lifestyle changes and have a chance of living their life without diabetes.
The Connection Between Diabetes & Cancer
Did you know that when you are at higher risk for Type II Diabetes you are also at an increased risk of certain types of cancer? The ADA confirms the connection between diabetes and cancer, with research currently in progress to distinguish exactly what factors may cause an increased risk in the following cancers also:
It can be assumed that an unhealthy lifestyle, which generally leads to Type 2 Diabetes can also increase the risk of cancer. Another consideration is that once the body becomes diabetic there are tolls taken on many of the organs and the body itself. These increased illnesses may well be enough to weaken the body & its typical immunities that would normally help fight these cancers.
Reducing Your Diabetes & Cancer Risk
It’s evident that the best way to live a healthy life is by living a healthy lifestyle. This includes
- Healthy Diet – eating lots of fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains & healthy oils. Try some of these healthy recipes and stay away from processed foods as much as possible.
- Exercise – yes, you hear it often but it’s the truth… exercise creates a healthy body inside & out. You don’t have to go to classes, stick to rigid schedules or lift weights unless that’s what’s you enjoy! Anything that gets you moving is a great start, so if you’re normally extremely sedentary life make it a goal to walk around your house after every meal, take the long way around to get items, use the stairs, park farther away (even 1 space helps).
- Stop Smoking – it’s already common knowledge that smoking increases your risk for cancer but it also increases your risk for Type 2 diabetes
- Test Regularly – your physician or endocrinologist will know when it’s time for your lab work and a simple blood test can tell them your A1C level. This test is an excellent way to determine how well your insulin levels are throughout a number of months; giving your physician an idea as to if you are having spikes and dives in insulin levels, indicating a possible issue.
- Limit Alcohol – the recommendations indicated by the medical field is that women should have no more than 1 alcoholic drink and men should limit their drinks to 2. Drinking socially and not on a regular basis is safest as alcoholism can stress your body & organs.
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