Avoid the Double D

From a health column in our insurance company’s quarterly magazine: “In a 2009 study of more than 3,200 individuals at risk of diabetes, those who were on an exercise regimen showed significantly more success in fighting diabetes than those who were put on the diabetes drug metformin… Lifestyle changes, including increased physical activity, reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 34 percent.” Good news, huh?!

Another study noted by the magazine suggested that “Exercise may improve the brain, potentially slowing the development of dementia…” More good news, especially when we learn diabetes and dementia may be related illnesses. “A recent study found that poorly controlled blood sugar raises the risk of dementia by as much as 160 percent.” (Drs. Roizen & Oz, May 2010 You Docs column)

Dr. Joseph Mercola says type-two diabetes is a completely curable disease. In a November 2010 article (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/12/new-study-predicts-one-in-three-in-us-will-have-diabetes.aspx), he lists several lifestyle changes that promote better health for diabetics. The first item on his list is exercise. “Exercise is an absolutely essential factor, without which you’re highly unlikely to get this devastating disease under control.”

Reminds me of two women I knew in another city who both walked at least two miles every day to stay on top of their diabetes. Both were slender and radiated health and vitality. Make a New Year’s resolution to exercise every day—and keep that resolution for your body and your mind’s sake.

In a later blog, we’ll talk about supplements that help with the blood-sugar battle. But for now, you can enjoy one special cure as you participate in holiday festivities. Dr. William Douglass writes: “Pumpkin pie, eggnog, Christmas cookies and spiced cider can all send your blood sugar levels so far north you might meet Santa. But there’s one ingredient in all those things that can do just the opposite: cinnamon. Studies have consistently found that this tasty spice—used as a medicine since ancient times—can lower blood sugar levels by between 10 and 30 percent.” (No, that doesn’t mean the cinnamon will cancel out the sugar or the calories…)

Wishing you a Christmas exploding with reminders of God’s endless love and a happy, healthy 2011! Becky

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