“The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine.” – Hippocrates
Recently, in the news, Paula Deen revealed that for the last three years she’s suffered from Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes. Well, to many, including me, Deen’s illness is no surprise.
The queen of southern cuisine has made a fortune from cooking some of the unhealthiest foods. In fact, her cookbook was named one of the ‘unhealthiest cookbooks of 2011.’ One day, I watched in horror as Paula prepared a homemade burger, topped it with bacon and then placed it between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
The human body will eventually reject unhealthy food consumption.
Through Paula’s bout with diabetes, we can learn a lot about the disease and ourselves:
- Diabetes is a preventable disease; meaning, we can control it and reduce our risk. Although, heredity is a factor. But, if you’re one of the 25 million Americans, who are predisposed to the disease, a daily diet high in fat, sugar, and salt can be hazardous.
- Several risk factors increase your chances of getting diabetes: excess weight, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, and high blood levels of sugar, fat, and cholesterol.
- Making simple lifestyle changes, such as daily exercise, maintaining modest weight, and eating healthy foods low in fat, sugar, and salt, can help in preventing diabetes.
You owe it to yourself, and your family, to Eat and Live Healthy!
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