Despite the diagnosis of over 1.8 million new cases a year in the United States, Type 2 diabetes is not feared as it should be. A survey taken by the ADA and the CDC showed many people were more afraid of snake bites, plane crashes, or cancer.
Someone who is not in good health is putting their well-being in jeopardy, and the side effects could be felt for years. An individual who is overweight or obese for instance may have to deal with much more than just adiposity in the years to come. Type 2 diabetes could strike, and life, as it is known, could be changed forever. Heart disease could develop. A stroke could occur without warning. These are potentially lethal ramifications.
A person who is healthy on the other hand has the odds on his side. While unfortunate circumstances could still unfold, it would take much more to put his well-being at high risk. And the chances are what does develop could be more easily managed. For instance, if high blood pressure becomes an issue, a physically active lifestyle may be all that is necessary to bring the reading under control. This is provided the individual is eating healthily. If not changes would need to be made to their eating plan.
Many factors determine whether or not you may be considered healthy. Unless you consult a doctor, opinions will greatly differ. Some will say as long as you exercise, you are doing well. But it is essential not to forget the importance of healthy eating. Also, what is known as vices need to be controlled, before they get out of hand and damage your health in a permanent way. Smoking, for example, can have lifelong consequences, which is not news to most of us. But alcohol can also cause harm to your body. Despite these facts, there are still smokers in our society and those who drink to excess on a regular basis.
You must do what you can to be healthy. Forget what others are doing. And know you do not have to be perfect, either. A healthy body doesn’t require a perfect lifestyle; rather, all it demands is some discipline. You have to eat well most of the time, exercise regularly, and use some common sense. For instance, if you have high blood sugar levels and need to lose weight, it is unwise to binge on carbohydrates when you know you need to limit them and eat healthy carbs most of the time.
A healthy body ultimately leads to a healthy life. And a healthy life is perhaps what you should aim for as your experiences are made much more fruitful when you can enjoy them thoroughly. It is as if the odds are in your favor if you are a middle-aged adult with a healthy body and a healthy life. What can’t you achieve? Of course, many things in life are difficult to attain, but nothing worth having comes easy.
We hope you make the right decision. Remember you only have one life to live. If you want to make it the best it can be, ensure your health is taken care of.