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Diabetes left untreated could send you to an early grave

Chef Timothy Moore-160Going to the doctor for a yearly physical is necessary if your goal is to achieve optimum health. But have you noticed that if there's an ache or pain that you're complaining about, it seems to suddenly disappear when you're trying to explain it to the doctor.

Even if you can't explain it or point to it, the ache and pain could be symptoms of an underlying problem that will continue to gnaw at you. But what if you're on the periphery of pre-diabetes? What if you've crossed the threshold into full-blown diabetes and didn't know it?

If your health were at stake, you'd need to get help immediately. Diabetes left untreated could send you over the edge into an early grave. Some people may actually believe they're immune to certain diseases, but let me tell you, they're so wrong. There is no shield to protect you against the onslaught of diabetes – unless that shield is a daily supply of fresh fruits and vegetables.

HealthDay, a Connecticut-based company that produces and licenses daily health news on the Internet, reports that 11 percent of the estimated 79 million Americans at risk for diabetes are aware they have pre-diabetes. The others, however, are unaware of the deadly disease that most likely will ravage their body.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pre-diabetes can occur when an individual's blood sugar level is higher than normal, which can lead to developing diabetes. A good fasting blood sugar range should be between 88 and 100.

If you fail to eat a balanced, nutritional meal each day, refuse to perform any physical activity, or if you're much too heavy, or obese, you're a prime candidate for full-blown diabetes. This is not a test. This is the real thing. Diabetes can lead to blindness, heart disease, kidney problems and circulation issues.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, and the number is expected to double by the year 2030. The good news is diabetes can be prevented or reversed if you eat healthy and change your lifestyle.

There are a number of ways to eat healthy: Switch to a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, eat meat sparingly, and remove all saturated fats, sugars and empty carbohydrates from your diet. An over consumption of the aforementioned has been known to cause diabetes.

Also of note: 30 percent of those with pre-diabetes will develop diabetes in the next 10 years. Those individuals who suffer from diabetes also suffer from diabetic nerve pain and other types of complications. This problem is widespread and continues to diminish the quality of life.

Healthcare providers are helpful if you're able to describe your problem. Don't assume they can read your mind. The problem is the majority of us are sometimes too embarrassed to disclose those things that need to be known to the doctor. Once you're able to describe the pain, the doctor most likely will take it from there.

Know your numbers early and learn the symptoms of diabetes. Watch for them yourself. Take action if you notice any of the following symptoms – blurry vision, thirst, frequent urination, hunger, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, unexplained fatigue or sores that won't heal. These are symptoms of high blood sugars.

If you're experiencing any of the above symptoms, see your doctor. In the meantime, change your eating habits as well to rid your body of the early onset of diabetes. Learn the power of proper nutrition and stop believing everything you read about food. Consuming processed foods and other unhealthy foods can cause a spike in blood sugar.

Making a drastic lifestyle change is hard to do sometimes. But remember, though, to be realistic about what you can and cannot accomplish. I know you can't change the way you eat or exercise overnight, but it would help if you make the first step.

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, international wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He is the author of "47 Tips To Reverse Your Diabetes." He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit him at www.cheftimothymoore.com or follow him at www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)

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