Dr. James C. Spaulding

Chiropractor - Edinboro, Pa.

Instrument Adjusting Certified
106 Waterford Street • Edinboro Pa 16412 • Send E-Mail
Phone: (814) 734-3422
Why 30-Somethings Need to Worry About Sugar
The Type-2 Diabetes Epidemic and How to Prevent It From Claiming You

Most of us, when we’re in our thirties, tend not to worry much about living a healthy lifestyle. By that I mean we are not generally careful about what we eat, or how we move. This is understandable because, as a rule, we are healthy and our bodies are still quite resilient. Exercise aside, thirty-something’s should worry about what they ingest, specifically sugar and wheat products (carbohydrates.) Why am I making an issue of this?

According to a national survey there is a strong trend toward rising rates of Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes (often referred to as adult or mature-onset diabetes) is occurring, not only at an alarmingly higher rate than 20 years ago, but in a younger and younger population.

How is Type 2 diabetes different from Type 1? Type 1 is genetic in nature, and not caused by diet and lifestyle. Type 2, you guessed it, is strongly associated with diet and lifestyle. It is frequently the product of a health history that includes obesity, high blood pressure, and high blood triglycerides. Type 1 is thought to be incurable; Type 2 can usually be prevented and very often reversed.

The point of this article is that the development of Type 2 diabetes is a process over time, sometimes many years, and primarily as a function of what we eat. A diet high in carbohydrates will pummel the pancreas (the organ that produces insulin) and, sooner or later, cause it to just wear out. When that happens diabetes is on your doorstep.

You do not want diabetes to be a part of your health picture. Why? Because Type 2 diabetes leaves one significantly more at risk for heart attack, stroke, early dementia, and a host of other related problems. The good news is that it can be prevented, and if you already have been diagnosed with it, even reversed.

Dr. Jim Spaulding is a full-time practicing chiropractor of 37 years. He has written numerous articles on the subject of diet and exercise.

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