Diabetes is a growing health condition in the United States and the rest of the Western the world, and in many cases it is something that could be prevented. Because of this, it’s a good idea to understand the different types of diabetes, and what causes them.
Type 1 diabetes is generally associated with young adults and children. This type of diabetes cannot be prevented and is usually caused by genetics. It only accounts for 5% of all diabetes cases and can be treated with insulin.
Type 2 diabetes is most common in adults. This type of diabetes is preventable, usually being caused by obesity and food choices. Treatment for type 2 diabetes involves implementing a diet and exercise routine. Sometimes insulin is prescribed as well.
Finally, gestational diabetes is experienced by pregnant women. Again, this is treated with a combination of diet, exercise and insulin. Recent studies have found it to be preventable.
Find out more about diabetes from the infographic below.Read more: Understanding the Different Types of Diabetes
As busy parents it can be really hard to add a fitness routine into the day – I know when I have a few minutes to myself I’d rather sit and sip coffee than sweat on an exercise bike! However, every bit of exercise helps, if only because by some cruel twist of fate, the more energy you expend in the right way, the more energy you have for the fun things. Or so they tell me!
I read an article recently with great tips for including exercise into your daily life which made me think of ways mums can include exercise into the things we already do.
The reality as parents we are very active a lot of the time anyway, but sometimes it just takes a little creative thinking to make the most of the time and energy you have, while at the same time making it fun for the kids and showing them a healthier way of life.
I often take the kids to the park and sit in a shady spot while they play. Instead – with the motivation of Fitbit challenges! – walking around the outskirts of the park I can keep an eye on them, and get the step count up along with the heart rate.Read more: 5 Ways To Include Exercise In Your Daily Life
Summer time. Sea, sand and sun. Or city, parks and sun. Or mountains, trees and sun. Or farm, animals and sun. No matter how you spend your summer, there is one likely element you can’t escape: the sun.
Having grown up in a very hot and sunny country, I think I have a much deeper respect for the sun than many of my northern hemispherian friends do. Bitter experience has taught me just how brutal an afternoon spent in it can be. I’ve had sunburn so bad, the affected areas were swollen. I even fell asleep partly in the sun once and woke up hours later with half my face red and blistered and the other half totally normal looking! That made for an entertaining few weeks…
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