According to The National Diabetes Statistics Report led by the Centre for Disease Control in 2020, more than 1 in 10 North Americans currently have diabetes. Perhaps even more shocking are the numbers for prediabetes. A serious high blood sugar condition which they estimate affects 1 in 3… but over 80% are not aware they have it. Given that Prediabetes puts you at a high risk of developing Diabetes (as well as Heart Disease and Stroke) this all adds up to what is being called “the Diabetes Epidemic”. Thankfully, lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise play a big role in helping to bring balance back to your blood sugar levels and get us off the Sugar Crash Roller Coaster. Let's talk prevention!! Living a preventive lifestyle is perhaps the single most important action we can all take to help reduce the risk of future chronic disease.
There is a general understanding that getting older means developing health complications. Osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, cognitive decline, hearing loss and decreased stamina are often associated with aging. The question that remains is, is this physical decline inevitable? The answer is not necessarily. When it comes to healthy aging, lifestyle plays a role and although we may not be able to change genetics or random chance, a preventive lifestyle can make a big difference.