A strange thought that, during a global pandemic, there could be another pandemic occurring simultaneously that no one is even talking about. Unfortunately, this strange thought is a scary reality that can't be swept under the rug much longer.
According to the CDC, more than 88 million US adults have prediabetes and 90% of them don't know they even have it. That means 1 in 3 adults are on their way to living and dealing with diabetes and most people have no idea. Prediabetes is listed by the CDC as a serious medical health condition, not to be taken lightly.
The biggest factors contributing to prediabetes are poor diet and lack of physical activity. These causing factors, along with smoking and genetics, are cause for concern especially when compared to recent developments in our social settings. People are less active than ever and combined with the ease of access and low cost of unhealthy food, we are only worsening this silent pandemic and harming ourselves to a greater degree.
Diabetes is a manageable condition, but it takes a toll both physically and financially on those affected. When gone untreated, the consequences are numerous and even fatal. So what can we do? How do we fight against this growing health concern that seems to go unmentioned in the mainstream?
We need to move, and we need to eat for our health, not our satisfaction. Fat acceptance and body positivity movements have positive intentions, and this is commendable! However, they can be dangerous just like anything else. We can't up and ignore healthy choices and nutritional science for the sake of an indulgent lifestyle.
People are not to blame, the education of what we eat and how it affects us might be but we are not here to blame, we are here to solve a problem. Sugar, and the over saturation of sugar in the modern American diet is a huge factor in the massive influx of diabetic and prediabetic conditions, and Sugar Is Addicting.
If you could do anything for your health and your future self today, put down the chocolate, the desert, the sweet snack- whatever carb and sugar laced treat you crave, and go outside for a walk instead. Listen to music, enjoy the fresh air and just take it a day at a time, but move and watch the sugar intake.
This is only the first of many entries covering prediabetes and diabetes prevention as we continue to support each other and begin fighting a pandemic that has been silently building for years.