Quite a shocking statement isn’t it?
Did you know that drinking just one can of fizzy drink a day could increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life?
Around 350,000 people were questioned in a recent European-wide study, and scientists found that people who drank at least one sugary drink per day were a fifth more likely to go on to develop the disease.
This is probably because the average can of fizzy drink contains about ten teaspoons of sugar and daily consumers are likely to put on weight – especially if they tend to also opt for other unhealthy foods.
But you can make the choice to not let Type 2 Diabetes get the better of you.
I’ve been working a lot in UAE and going hand in hand with the number of increasing waistlines is a worrying explosion in the amount of people being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
It is thought that almost 20% of the population is now living with the disease, but 50% of these people don’t even realise they have the condition. This is because the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes – feeling lethargic, thirsty, having blurred vision and urinating more frequently – are often put down to increasing age or a hectic lifestyle.
However, over time, Type 2 diabetes can cause long-term complications. A sufferer is five times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke and diabetes can also cause damage to the nervous system (neuropathy), which can in turn lead to an extensive range of health issues.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough, or fails to recognise, insulin. This is called insulin resistance and it prevents glucose from entering the cells as normal, causing a build up in the blood stream. Thus the cells are unable to function properly, potentially leading to the host of complications mentioned above. For the most part, Type 2 diabetes is associated with being overweight, with risk factors increasing further if you are over 40 or of South Asian or Middle Eastern origin.
Though there is no actual cure for Type 2 diabetes, the good news is the symptoms can be managed effectively with weight loss, exercise and healthy eating. If you suspect that you may be suffering from the symptoms of diabetes, it is very important to seek medical advice. Once a diagnosis has been established, the key to regaining health is to achieve a healthy body weight through a mixture of diet and exercise. Not only will this make you feel better in yourself, but it will also give you a good chance of staying healthy in the future.
I am also pleased to announce the release of my latest cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy download therapy session.
I have been working on highlighting the very real and growing problem of Type 2 Diabetes across this region – and indeed in the UK. Now, through exhaustive research and my desire to help conquer this condition once and for all, I am able to share my therapy through a new cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy download – Diabetes Lifestyle Change.
We CAN defeat it!
And that photo at the top? That is Claire Ayton. She was a client of mine from the UK who was addicted to fizzy drinks.
She drank upto SEVEN pints a day for ten years and was constantly feeling tired and thirsty. She was struggling with her weight, and ended up going to her GP because she was so worried about her health.
I treated her for her addiction and now she’s a changed woman! You can read all about her story in the Daily Mail link above.
For more information about diabetes there’s lots of information and resources at Diabetes.co.uk