Advanced technology has made our lives easier and more productive. And with this modernization, our lifestyles and our health have been affected. The conveniences of modern living have permitted us to be a bit lazier in our choices, specifically the way we eat and spend our free time. Instead of playing basketball and volleyball after school, many kids are plopping in front of the TV with the latest video games. And with two working parents, fast food is a lot easier than coming home to cook after a long day.
The choices we’re making as a society (“Supersize Me!) are wreaking havoc on bodies! Statistics show that diabetes has become an epidemic: In 1980 there were 6 million diabetics and in 2011 there were almost 26 million diabetics. Highly linked with obesity, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic, lower limb amputations and new cases of blindness. It is the 7th leading cause of death in the world.
Awareness of our lifestyle choices can affect our potential for developing diabetes.
*Women who did at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day, reduced their risk of diabetes by 30%
*Watching a movie or TV for 2 hours every day raises the risk of type 2 diabetes by 20%
*57% of women claim cost as an excuse for not eating healthy foods
*National pricing shows that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less per portion than foods high in fat, sugar, and salt
*Eating fast food 2 or more times per week raises type 2 diabetes risk 27%
Prevention and management of type 2 diabetes is key to conquering this debilitating disease. Make healthy food choices and start exercising. Your lifestyle can change, and ultimately save, your life.
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