Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Obesity vs. walking

Years ago I read a book called Diabetes Rising.  That book was about the rising number of diabetics, particularly type 2 diabetics.  Maybe we should be calling it "obesity rising" (although the percentage of type 1 diabetics is going up as well).

There are now more obese people than overweight people in the United States.

This is scary.  Very very scary.  Obesity amplifies all the health risks that are worsened by being overweight.

Luckily it turns out that just walking every day benefits your health much more than you realize.

Friday, June 19, 2015

If I had a nickel...

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the media is reporting yet another potential cure for diabetes.  This one is a vaccine that supposedly stops the autoimmune response, but of course in order to truly "cure" the person they have to still have to be able to still produce enough insulin to adequately control their body's sugars.  Which means you have to catch it early in order for this vaccine to work -- by the time most people are diagnosed, their body isn't producing enough insulin and therefore their sugars are way high.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Taking dieting too far

I believe that people in the United States need to eat healthier.  I believe that a lot of our country's health problems are directly related to the rising rate of obesity.  However, I also believe that you can take trying to be healthy too far.

I feel like I'm surrounded with people who take it too far.  Many of my friends are obsessed with taking supplements and working out, and to be perfectly honest I can't see that it does any of them any good.  But most disturbing to me are the people who push their dieting habits onto their kids.

That's why this article caught my eye:

I freaked out when my 10-year-old told me she had a salad for lunch. Here’s why.