Familial predisposing factors, lifestyle and environmental factors play a role in developing diabetes. By changing these lifestyle and environmental factors and by losing weight, some have successfully reversed their diabetes.
STRESS has become normal part of many daily lives. Today, adults and children do not have time for themselves. There are so many things to do in short period of time. Lack of sleep, lack of exercise and lack of entertaining activities have become common. Most of our time is spent on screens. There is a lack of physical activity and therefore nothing relieves stress. Competitions have increased and therefore sharing, laughing together and pleasure of socialization has gone down. Stress increases stress hormones and in turn increases blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, heart disease and all kinds of diseases.
Kindness, giving, and helping automatically reduces stress by providing satisfaction and pleasure. Outdoor activities, yoga, meditation, hobbies, being in nature or helping nature, gardening, and socialization with like minds without competition will relieve stress. We have enough on our plate to stress about and additional stress should be avoided.
FOOD has changed over decades. When I ask people in their 80s and 90s what they ate when they were children, they reply that they did not have so much food made outside the home. They ate 2-3 times per day and did not keep snacking all day long. They had lots of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lentils, beans, nuts, and seeds in their diet. They ate fresh food made at home and did not freeze and reheat food or use microwaves. Despite this, they were less sick and did not see many people taking medications. There were not as many doctors and not as many hospitals.
We need to do the same that the people of the past did: EAT LESS BUT EAT WELL. Fasting is beneficial for health. Avoid food with pesticides. Avoid processed food. Cook at home as much as possible. Grow fruits and vegetables in a garden if possible. Do not try to store prepared food. Salad and fruits should be daily diet. Eat only when you are hungry. Do not eat in front of the TV or while you are working. Reduce the consumption of tea and coffee. Avoid sodas, alcohol, and drugs. Avoid eating late at night.
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Physical activity has become uncommon. We use cars, buses, trains and do not have to walk as much. Washing machines and dish washers do the work. Vacuums are robotic. Work is done mostly on computers. When do we get physical activity? Some go to the gym but for an hour or so. What about all day long? The lack of physical activity increases blood sugar as we do not need so much energy, but we continue to eat especially more while distracted on TV or computers. How does that work? Shouldn’t food intake be proportional to physical activity?
Do your work on your own as much as possible. Vacuuming the house, mowing the lawn, mopping the floors, and walking wherever possible are great physical activities. Do not try to find parking close to the store even if you are walking with a cane or a walker. Increasing physical activity automatically reduces blood sugar. It also improves the muscle strength, reduces risk of falls and osteoporosis. Sharing house chores will give you extra time to play outdoors and will improve family bonding. This gives sense of satisfaction, pleasure which in turn relieves stress!