Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 6: Extra, Extra!!

Write a news-style post

Type 2 diabetes is not caused by obesity or excessive weight!  Not only that, eating sugar does not cause diabetes of any type.  Yes, you read that correctly folks; all those small children and teens who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes didn’t “get it” because their parents let them eat junk.  Obesity does not cause type 2 diabetes.

The media has done a horrible job of educating the masses about diabetes; what causes it and how to live with it.  We here at Sweet Success Daily would like to do what we can to set the record straight.

·       While being overweight certainly increases someone’s chances of developing type 2 diabetes, it does not cause it.  The CDC says “More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.”  The American Diabetes Association says “Total: 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3% of the population—have diabetes”.  Do the math: 35% of Americans are obese and 8% of Americans have diabetes so if obesity causes diabetes, then why don’t the other 27% of obese folks have diabetes?  Huh.

·       Eating sugar does not cause diabetes.  Nearly everyone eats sugar and yet everyone doesn’t have diabetes.  Hmmm, kinda makes you think, doesn’t it?  Over indulgence in carbohydrates can tax your system and, if other factors like heredity and inflammation are in place, this can lead to insulin resistance.  Sugar is a carbohydrate but carbohydrates are also found in potatoes and pasta and breads and…it’s not just about sugar.

·       People with diabetes have to balance diet, exercise and medication in order to attempt to control their diabetes.  Please don’t assume that you know what they can or cannot eat.  Don't worry, we’ve got this.

Studies have been done that show that inflammation is a key to developing type 2 diabetes.  Genetics play a role.  Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease where the body attacks the pancreas and it can no longer produce enough/any insulin.  So, if you want to blame someone for developing diabetes, please blame their ancestors or whatever has caused their auto-immune disorder.  Think before you point a finger.  

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