Today we face many different challenges that pose a threat to becoming as healthy and fit as we can be. Our healthcare system is broken, our food choices are marginal at best, and our professional life has been slowly taking the priority over our personal time causing stress to skyrocket.
Among the multitude of diseases and sickness’s proliferating exponentially throughout our population, Diabetes has grown epidemically over the past 40 years. In 1971 there was less than 500,000 Type II diabetics in this country. At that time if you suffered from the effects of Diabetes you were in the minority and scientific knowledge of the treatment of this disease was limited.
Today there are over 25 million Type II diabetics in this country while 50 million people can be classified as “pre-diabetics”. Unfortunately, these types of statistics seem to be the norm today as our friends, co-workers, family members, and sadly children of America are all too familiar with the devastating toll Diabetes can take on a person’s life.
At the forefront of this rise is our nutrition or lack thereof for many Americans. Cheeseburgers, pizza, Dorito’s, ice cream, and high fructose corn syrup are the hatchet men behind the assassination of our health and it’s our job to educate ourselves and become our own advocate’s for improving the quality of life for our children.
Through proper nutrition and exercise we can not only fight Diabetes, but turn back the clock to 1971 when Type II diabetics were few and far between in America. Astoundingly, $325 billion dollars is spent annually on prescription medications and is on the rise! Prescription medications can be life saving and truly needed but in terms of Type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome, prevention is the only fool proof mechanism.
It seems at times that we take Diabetes as a disease that is unavoidable and only mildly serious. Accepting our fate that “it’s just my genetics” or believing that you have no control only can exacerbate the need for personal accountability when it comes to becoming our healthiest self. There is always time to change, always a way to overcome our challenges, and always a journey that starts with the belief that you hold the key to your health, wellness, and ultimate destiny.
I truly am not aiming for this article to pick on one certain group of people who realistically have challenges in life that make it difficult from day to day. I just am here to tell everyone that no matter if your facing Diabetes, Obesity, High Blood Pressure, Depression, and the myriad of other physical and mental disorders consuming our lives that tomorrow presents an opportunity for you to wake up and never look back on the things you dislike about your life. A plan, effort, some dedication, and belief in yourself are part of a recipe to move anyone from a life of wants, dreams, and potential regret to one of beauty, love, self confidence, and happiness.
Please take the time today to invest in being or becoming the person you want to be when you close your eyes and dream. We are so close to toeing the edge of a cliff on a daily basis with the way we treat our bodies but ultimately, we are the executioner who decides to drop the ax or turn in a different direction and make the needed changes to be happy. When the sun rises tomorrow let’s dedicate the day to standing toe to toe with our formidable foe and fighting until the person in the mirror is someone we recognize.
“Let food be your medicine, and medicine your food.” ~ Hippocrates