Diabetes: Navigating Two Pandemics

Long before this pandemic had spread across the world, we were dealing with another threat. Diabetes, a comparatively silent pandemic, has been around since the 1900s and occurs when an individual’s blood sugar is too high and causes damage to various parts of the body. By 2025, the number of people affected by diabetes is projected to hit 333 million.1 Today, some people are facing a pandemic on two fronts. Diabetes is currently on the list of high-risk conditions by the CDC.2 In fact, the CDC reported that 37% of patients in Georgia who needed to be hospitalized had pre-existing diabetes.3

Why is Diabetes Such a Threat?

Diabetes inhibits your body’s ability to fight off infection, and with diabetes patients specifically, viral infections can increase swelling and inflammation, which can lead to more severe problems. The American Diabetes Association recommends that patients with diabetes practice proper diabetes management to ensure they keep healthy.4

Are You Pre-diabetic? Here Are Some Ways You Can Manage Your Health:

Diet Control: It is no secret that the American diet is highly centered on sugary and processed foods.  Removing sugar, starches, vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils, fried foods, and processed foods will have an impact on diabetes. Instead, healthy foods like whole foods, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein will also give the body the fuel it needs to combat diabetes.  It can also alter other chronic health issues like high blood pressure, brain fog, chronic fatigue, and other issues often associated with Diabetes.

Exercise: Maintaining a healthy weight along with a healthy diet can help keep diabetes at bay. When you exercise, this lowers your blood sugar and helps to manage diabetes.

Drink Plenty of Water: Water helps to dilute solutes in the blood, including blood sugar. This may potentially help to keep your blood sugar lower as well as assist by staying hydrated. Many of our digestive and metabolic processes rely on having adequate hydration. Hence, this is important for everyone – but especially crucial for Diabetes patients.

Are You or Someone You Know Struggling with Diabetes? Helps is Available, Contact Progressive Today!

If you are suffering from diabetes, we can help. In our diabetes program, patients are guided through a personalized treatment plan that may include a combination of supplements, exercise routine, physical therapies, iv therapies, and nutritional & dietary guidelines. The changes in each person are carefully monitored so we can see what works best for each individual. Contact us today at (770) 343-5616 to learn more about how to effectively manage diabetes.

 

Written by Progressive Medical Center