Could you have diabetes and not even know it?
Written by Baron Grant on June 20th 2019
Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and the largest challenge confronting the Australian health system.

Over 280 Australians develop diabetes EVERY DAY! That's one person every 5 mins. Currently about 1.7 million people have diabetes - this includes both type 1 and type 2 diabetes (1.2 million registered and an estimated 500,000 undiagnosed individuals).

Type 1 diabetes counts for 10% of all diabetes. 
Type 2 diabetes accounts for a massive 85% of all diabetes.

One of the biggest problems with this is that many people have diabetes but don't know it, often only realising that there is an additional problem when some major health complications happen later in life, perhaps years after developing the disease.

 - Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in Australia.

 - There are more than 4,400 amputations every year in Australia as a result of diabetes.

 - People with diabetes are between 2 and 4 times more likely to develop heart disease.

Now, I know that this all sounds pretty horrible, and if I am really honest, it is really horrible. But the great news is that there is plenty we can do to reduce our risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common form of diabetes, as outlined in the statistics above, and is often reversible. 

The reason for this is because the majority of cases have to do with an individuals diet and exercise levels. Losing weight, eating more healthy food, and regular exercise is the key reducing our chances of developing type 2 diabetes. 

Here are 2 simple tips that will help everyone to reduce the risk of developing diabetes and the deadly complications that follow:

1. Ditch the junk food

Don't get me wrong, we all love a bit of junk food sometimes. However, the biggest problem with junk food is that many people no longer have it as a sometimes food. They have it as an almost every day food. Most junk food is packed full of sugar. Sugar causes us to put on weight, and excess weight and elevated blood sugar content can lead to diabetes. The "upsize" or "go large" phenomenon at most junk food restaurants is also a huge issue. We simply don't need to eat that much food at all! Stay away from junk food as much as possible. However, if you do choose to eat out, don't get the upsize. Your body doesn't need it.

Did you know that a large meal at you favorite fast food restaurant will likely contain the majority  of your recommended daily caloric intake in just 1 meal? With this in mind, have a think about what happens to the rest of the calories we eat for the rest of that day. Yep! You guessed it. Whatever we don't use as energy will get stored as fat. Stored fat = weight gain and health problems. 

2. Increase your daily activity

When was the last time you exercised? How often do you exercise?  The reality is that we eat far too much food for the levels of activity that we have in our lives. Consistent daily exercise will significantly lower our risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

I am not talking about going to the gym for 2 hours day (unless you want to of course). It is really as simple as a daily walk. But I really mean daily, not weekly or monthly. We have to be honest with ourselves about how much exercise we are actually doing.

A great way measure simple activity is to count your steps, this can be done with a cheap pedometer or a fancy smart watch. I see a lot of people chasing 10,000 steps a day. I am going to be honest, 10,000 is nice but based on the amount of food we are consuming  each day 15,000 steps per day is a much better target.

 So ditch the junk food and get out for a daily walk. I promise, your body will love you for it!

Baron Grant

Baron Grant helps people lose weight who feel they have tried everything before. He not only helps them lose weight but also teaches them how to keep it off for good.
He is an expert at helping people lose massive amounts of weight FAST, helping them to be back in control of their own lives.
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