Oprah & Dr Oz - Let's Outsmart & Reverse Diabetes
Let's Outsmart Diabetes
This disease and its precursor affect more than 100 million Americans, yet many cases are preventable. So this year, we will help you get smart about your risk factors, what diabetes is, and what you can do to "diabetes-proof" yourself and your loved ones.
Because the numbers are showstopping. Epidemic. Staggering. More than 100 million Americans have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. That's one in three Americans—and people in their 40s and 50s constitute the fastest-growing group. That could be you, your husband, your neighbor, your coworker, or your child. But much of the time, this disease is preventable and in some cases (such as with its precursor, prediabetes) evenreversible—if you know how to outsmart it. (It's true. See how these three women reveresed diabetes with food.)
That's exactly whatPreventionis going to help you do. We are dedicating 2013 to raising diabetes awareness across the country and providing cutting-edge news and information about what diabetes is, important risk factors, how to prevent the disease, how to talk to your doctor, and natural ways to reverse the illness or at least reduce your need for medication. Each month, look for theLet's Outsmart Diabeteslogo, and you'll learn about one habit you can tweak to reduce your risks.
We believe that type 2 diabetes deserves this kind of campaign because, along with the unprecedented numbers at risk, the disease is working its way through a new demographic. "It used to be a disease of old age," says Geralyn Spollett, the American Diabetes Association's president of health care and education. "Now the fastest-growing age group for new cases is 45 to 55." It's also deadly. On average, diabetes can rob you of six years of life, estimates a 2011 international multicenter study of more than 800,000 people, published in theNew England Journal of Medicine.
We're committed to making 2013 the year we start to defeat diabetes because we know it can be done. The power is in your hands. "More than 90% of type 2 diabetes is preventable, simply by adopting a healthier lifestyle," says Mark Hyman, MD, the author of the best-selling bookThe Blood Sugar Solution. For example, swapping out just a third of a serving of white rice for brown every day can lower your risks by 16%, according to a Harvard study.
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The best place to intervene is in the detectable process that precedes a diagnosis. It's called prediabetes, a condition that occurs when the body develops "insulin resistance." Insulin is the hormone that helps your cells utilize blood sugar, or glucose-the energy source that keeps your body humming. When you're insulin resistant, your cells have started to ignore insulin. Instead of taking in glucose as fuel, they let it sit in your bloodstream. With prediabetes, your blood sugar is higher than it should be, but not high enough for you to be diagnosed with full-blown diabetes. That comes later if this process is allowed to continue. Since your cells aren't responding to normal levels of insulin, your pancreas—the organ just behind your stomach that produces the hormone—starts pumping out more and more. Eventually, the pancreas can't keep up, and your blood sugar soars into diabetes range.
While all of this is going on, you may not have any symptoms-at least not that you're aware of. But over time, high blood sugar damages blood vessels and nerves throughout the body. Left uncontrolled, this all-out assault can result in blindness, amputations, heart attacks, and kidney failure requiring dialysis.
"It can take 10 to 15 years for complications to develop," says Roberta Anding, RD, a certified diabetes educator at Baylor College of Medicine. "Think about what that means for children with type 2." Or for you. Some researchers have speculated that for the first time, US life expectancy will not grow-in fact, it may decline-largely because of the twin epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
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That's where you—andPrevention—come in. We believe that as we help you intervene early to head off the disease, together we can change this grim vision of the future. The first step is the simplest of all: Know your risks. Our checklist from the National Diabetes Education Program will help you determine if you're in the danger zone.
Most of the risk factors aren't outwardly visible, but two are. Here are 15-second tests that can pinpoint them and save your life: [pagebreak]
Measure your waist. It should be 35 inches or less for women or 40 for men. Anything above that puts you in the red zone, increasing your risk of diabetes up to fivefold, compared with smaller-waisted people. Belly fat is not an innocent storage depot for burgers, pasta, and doughnuts. Visceral fat—the kind packed in and around your central organs, as opposed to the subcutaneous fat just under the skin—acts like an organ itself, secreting inflammatory chemicals that interfere with how your cells respond to insulin. The result is insulin resistance, the hallmark of type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. (See how to shed stubborn belly fat with these 3 Ways To Get Rid Of Visceral Fat.)
Check the nape of your neck and your armpits. You're looking for dark lines where the skin folds. This is a condition calledacanthosis nigricans, in which high levels of insulin overstimulate pigment-producing cells.
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