ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Research shows that if you have more than three sugar-sweetened beverages per week, your chance for developing prediabetes, the condition that leads to diabetes, increases by 46 percent. Ivanhoe tells us which drinks can do the reverse and actually lower your diabetes risk.
Diabetes is on the rise. In fact, more than one in three people in the US have prediabetes.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Endocrinologist, Amber Champion, MD says, “Often, if the blood sugars are borderline, people don’t know.”
Registered Dietitian, from Flourish Nutrition Therapy & Wellness, Alison Massey, RD, CDE, LDN, MS, says, “Even with type 2 diabetes sometimes people are not symptomatic until blood sugar levels are very high.”
What you eat and drink plays a big role in your risk of getting diabetes. Research shows just having two cans of sugary drinks a day can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes by 26 percent.
Massey explains, “We have research that supports that lifestyle change is so powerful at reducing your risk for developing type 2 diabetes by about 50%.”
In fact, there are drinks that can lower your risk. A study in China found drinking at least four cups of black, green or oolong teas a day was linked to a 17 percent lower risk of developing diabetes. Another study in Japan found people who had three cups of coffee per day were 33 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who consumed less than one cup per week. Some other drinks that can help: plant-based milk, whole-fruit smoothies, and flavored carbonated water. With some simple ways to drink away your diabetes risk.
Even if you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, you can still prevent getting diabetes and stop prediabetes altogether. Experts say if you exercise, cut out sugary drinks, and eat right, you have a 30 percent chance of reversing prediabetes.
Contributors to this news report include: Milvionne Chery, Producer; Roque Correa,
DRINKING AWAY DIABETES RISK
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is a condition that causes higher than normal blood sugar levels and occurs when the body cannot make or effectively use its own insulin, a hormone made by special cells in the pancreas called islets. Insulin opens the cells to allow sugar, or glucose, from the food you eat to enter. Then, the body uses that glucose for energy. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the most common forms of the disease, but there are also other kinds, such as gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy. Type 1 diabetes, which was previously known as juvenile diabetes, is the most severe form of the disease. About 5 percent of people who have diabetes have type 1, which means they are insulin-dependent. The most common form of diabetes is called type 2 diabetes, or non-insulin dependent. About 90 percent of people with diabetes have type 2 and are able to produce some of their own insulin but not enough.
NUTRITION AND DIABETES: A healthy diet for most people with diabetes consists of 40 to 60 percent of calories from carbohydrates; 20 percent calories from protein; and 30 percent or fewer calories from fat.
A diabetes diet should also be low in cholesterol, low in salt, and low in added sugar. Carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, beans, dairy foods, and starchy foods like breads. Fresh fruits are the best, but you can have fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables. Protein is found in meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, beans, and some vegetables. Choose nonfat or reduced-fat options when it comes to dairy, such as cheeses and yogurts. Unsaturated fats are the “good” fats like nuts, fish, olive oil, canola oil, seeds, etc… Saturated fats are less healthy and should be limited. They include red meats, butter, lard, full-fat dairy products, and dark-meat poultry. Trans fats are the worst and can be found in processed foods like crackers, snack foods, and most fast foods. Poor diabetes management over time can lead to kidney disease and heart disease and can also damage eyes and nerves or even require amputations.
RESEARCH LINKS PREDIABETES AND HEART ATTACK: According to a new study, prediabetes appears to be a large risk factor for heart attacks. Researchers from Saint Peter’s University Hospital/Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick analyzed data from 1.79 million hospitalizations of patients who had heart attacks. Of these patients, one percent had prediabetes. After adjusting for risk factors for heart disease including age, sex, race, family history of heart attack, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking and obesity, prediabetes was associated with 25 percent increased odds of a heart attack, compared with patients without prediabetes. “Our study serves as a wake-up to everyone to shift the focus to managing prediabetes, not just diabetes,” lead author Geethika Thota, M.D., said. “Our findings reinforce the importance of early recognition by screening and early intervention of prediabetes by lifestyle changes and/or medications to decrease the risk of cardiovascular events.”
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Amber Champion, MD
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