Preventing Type Two Diabetes

Type two diabetes continues to be a growing problem in the United States. Discussions continue as to how to help those who currently have it, and prevent it in the future. While unhealthy eating and obesity are recognized as being big contributors, it is still a mystery as to why more patients aren’t following advice for a healthy lifestyle. Being the seventh leading cause of death in this country, it is time to get serious about prevention.


The Basics of Prevention


While obesity is only one of the factors when discussing diabetes risk, it is one area that needs to be addressed. It is not only a risk factor for diabetes, but it is a contributing factor in many other health –related issues as well. Because some of the risk factors for diabetes, such as ethnicity, age, and family history, are out of peoples’ control, weight is one area that patients can make a difference.


The two main ways to lose weight, and help prevent type two diabetes, are to change eating habits and exercise. Cutting out sugar, preservatives, and unhealthy fats is crucial for weight loss and insulin control. When it comes to exercise, it needs to be strenuous enough to raise the heart rate, and yet also be something that the patient will continue to enjoy doing over the years.


A Disconnect for Patients


While many diabetes patients seem to understand what is needed for weight loss, they are frustrated in that they aren’t achieving the goals necessary to control their condition. There is a disconnect in that patients claim that their physicians are not supporting them enough, while the doctors feel that the patients are disregarding their advice.


There is a new mentality among medical professionals, in that education is not the answer for prevention. Because most people seem to know what is needed to prevent diabetes, the key is to find how to motivate the patients to follow through with their physician’s advice and guidance.


Support by Medical Professionals


In the past, the majority of doctors felt that their job only included the time that the patient was in their office. The new theory to help prevent diabetes is to increase physician support between office visits.


Doctors need to change the way they give advice so that the patient is more perceptive to it, and then there needs to be follow up. This follow up support can be via emails, phone calls, text messages, or online and in-person support groups. The hope is that by doctors being more supportive on a regular basis, diabetes patients will be more likely to follow the advice and make improvements.


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