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With a healthy lifestyle (proper diet and exercise, etc) these individuals could well escape this ravaging metabolic disease and live to a ripe old age.

DIABETES, like most other diseases, does not spare anyone on the basis of economic status, gender, social standing, or even popularity.

To a great extent, the significant factors are lifestyle, and to some degree, heredity. Medical science has shown that diet, exercise, good habits and behavior could outweigh genetic predisposition. So, it does not mean that those children of diabetic parents, although more prone to develop diabetes compared to those with non-diabetic parents, are doomed to acquire the disease.

On the contrary, with a healthy lifestyle (proper diet and exercise, etc) these individuals could well escape this ravaging metabolic disease and live to a ripe old age.

Among the celebrities of various age, gender, color, habits and behavior, who have diabetes, various media have reported the following:

Halle Berry. This gorgeous and popular Hollywood actress has Type 2 diabetes. The rumor that she was able to switch from Type 1 to Type 2 diabetes was false. That is medical impossibility. Persons with Type 1 cannot produce insulin and will require insulin shots for life. It is not uncommon for some Type 2 diabetics to require insulin injections on top of oral medications, but most of them can do well with oral drugs alone.

Randy Jackson. In 2001, American Idol judge Randy Jackson discovered he had Type 2 diabetes. Jackson was obese at the time, making him an easy target of Type 2 diabetes, since he also has a family history of the disease, and as an African-American, his risk was higher. After his gastric bypass surgery, he lost 100 pounds. With his healthier diet, exercises (treadmill and stretching), and proper treatment, he has his diabetes under control.

Salma Hayek. For beauteous Salma Hayek, it was gestational diabetes, a Type of diabetes that results from hormonal changes during pregnancy with her daughter, Valentina. Hayek has a family history of diabetes. Routinely in the United States, women are screened for gestational diabetes when they are 24-28 weeks pregnant. Those with higher risks are screened earlier. This type of diabetes usually spontaneously disappears after pregnancy, although it increases the risk for Type 2 diabetes or acquiring gestational diabetes next time around.

Larry King. Internationally renowned TV talk show host, Larry King, stated, Type 2 diabetes is definitely controllable. He had quit smoking and is living a healthier lifestyle. And he is medically correct. Since diabetes increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, even Alzheimers, it is prudent to prevent diabetes, or treat it properly.

Patti LaBelle. This popular singer, who has a family history of diabetes, has reported on her own website that she has Type 2 diabetes. Since then, she has been watching her diet and doing daily exercises, and even authored healthy cookbooks. In December of 2008 in People magazine, Patti labeled herself a divabetic combo of diabetic and diva.

Nick Jonas. A member of the Jonas Brothers, singer Nick Jonas, announced he had Type 1 diabetes in 2007. Formerly termed Juvenile Diabetic, this can affect anyone at any age, and is the most common among persons younger than 20.

Anne Rice. This novelist almost died in 1998 when her severe Type 1 diabetes threw her into a coma, with a blood sugar reading of around 800, eight times higher than normal. Obviously, she has to use insulin the rest of her life. With strict adherence to prescribed treatment, she can live practically a normal life.

Paula Deen. In January 2012 celebrity chef Paula Deen revealed she had Type 2 diabetes. It is medically assumed that her buttery, sugary recipes had catapulted her risk to develop diabetes. She publicly stated that she wanted to let the world know that [diabetes] is not a death sentence.

Mike Huckabee. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who was a presidential hopeful in 2008, found out he had Type 2 diabetes five years earlier. Now a TV show host on the Fox News Channel, he has upgraded to a healthy diet and has started running for exercise, putting even his weight under control.

Mary Tyler Moore. At age 30, actress Mary Tyler Moore was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, discovered incidentally when she was hospitalized after a miscarriage, where her blood sugar was around 750. For years thereafter, Moore has been promoting diabetes research, and she serves as the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Bret Michaels. The singer for the band Poison, Bret Michaels contends with his diabetes as a TV personality and rock star. His diabetes was discovered at age 6, and has been taking four insulin injections and eight blood tests each day, as an adult, reported his website.

Some staggering facts

To avoid being a victim of any disease, one must know as much about it as possible. Diabetes is no exception, since there is a 20% chance anyone of us may acquire it during our lifetime. The odds are, indeed, too high for comfort.

Out of a global population of 6.97 billion plus, there are about 285 million who have diabetes, increasing more than twice in the last few decades, and expected to reach 439 million in 2030. In the United States (population: 312.5 million), there are about 18.2 million who have diabetes.

In a small country like the Philippines, with a population of about 100 million, one out of five adults (20%) is diabetic, according to the 2007 Philippine Cardiovascular Outcome Study on Diabetes, and as many as three out of five, are on their way to developing diabetes unless they adopt a healthier lifestyle, basically consisting of proper diet (quality: low-carb, low-fat, and quantity: calorie-control) and daily exercise.

The incidence of obesity and diabetes are on a similar course. Annually, three million people around the world die from this disease and its complications. The exploding pandemic of obesity and diabetes (diabesity) must be contained. Controlling rice intake to a minimum and staying away from soft drinks (unhealthy liquid candies) are a good way to start in the fight against diabetes.

Is diabetes preventable?

As I have pointed out in my new health guide (www.philipSchua.com[1]), diabetes, heart diseases, and even cancer are preventable, to a great extent. To be truly effective, the timing of the start of a healthy lifestyle is vital. It must start at the DNA or cellular level, in the womb, and dieting starting from the crib.

Most of these illnesses are self-induced, consciously or otherwise, through self-abuse. With diabetes, once it sets in, it is usually for keeps, and will need constant management. However, clinical studies have revealed that a significant number of those with borderline diabetes or mild diabetes were able to ward off the disease permanently through personal discipline, low-carbohydrate, low-cholesterol diet, strict calorie control, and regular physical exercise (even as simple as brisk walking) of at least 30 minutes a day. All the sacrifices and hard work necessary in living a healthy lifestyle are, without any question, worth all the golden health benefits they bring with it.


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    What Is A Healthy Lifestyle For A 30 Year Old Male Adult? What foods should he be eating to be healthy?
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    Please also give me some tips on what a healthy lifestyle would be.

      • HealthNut
      • October 5, 2012

      Ummmm… these don’t seem like really hard questions

      foods= fruits, vegetables, meat (not too much), whole grains
      male adults should avoid eating too much sugar because sugar begets wrinkles

      fit?= get exercise, stop watching the TV and sitting on the damn sofa
      i recommend not eating late too

      pretty much common sense

      here’s my question about my apparent lack of a refractory period…

  2. Reply

    How The Computer Is Supporting Us In Our Healthy Lifestyle? How do computer helps people in their healthy lifestyle? How can The computer help people? Is it from websites? advertisements? I need it really badly. How can the computer is supporting to improve our healthy lifestyle. in what ways? How can computer promote the quality of healthy lifestyle. How can computer convince people to stop unnecessary things like drugs or alcohol? How can computer HELP us?
    AT least 6-8 points would do. thank you.

      • HealthNut
      • October 5, 2012

      The computer is not a healthy lifestyle for people. It programs us to thinking we can find everything on here. Jobs, pay bills, shop, everything! We can do that ourselves and it seems technology is taking the chores away from us, that can be easily done by human themself. The computer can help us though when we need to find information, imformation fast. Websites help us retain information, advertisements are just like commericals there just trying to sell or maniupulate us to buy whatever their advertising. The computer is not improving our healthy lifestyle. Peoples eyes can go out of sight and hurt very badly(like mine and i’m only 15 years old.) from years and years staring at the computer. The worst thing to stare at is a computer screen — I don’t know why I still do it for hours at end, but I do. The computer will never promote the quality of healthy lifestyle, its just not possible. The computer can convince people to stop drugs and alcohol but if you think about it would you rather have an obsession over the computer for hours at the day, you have to be near the computer you have to be on it then doing drugs or alcohol? The computer is just as bad addiction as alcohol and drugs. The computer cannot HELP us other then give us fast information when we need it. The computer although has so much information and so many untrusted sites you never know if what your reading is a lie. And I hope I get 10 points because I just wasted my time answering this long question, I hope you weren’t just asking this for the heck of this — I hope it was for some essay lol.

      Take care bye

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    Why Is It Important To Live A Healthy Lifestyle And Avoid Illness? Why is it important to live a healthy lifestyle and avoid illness?

      • HealthNut
      • October 5, 2012

      Being unhealthy or sick stops you doing things you want to do. Being sick when you could have avoided it is a waste of other peoples time if they have to look after you

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    What Would Happen If Everyone Started Living A Healthy Lifestyle Tomorrow? I’ll start the list:

    + Monsanto would go bankrupt.
    + McDonald’s and KFC would go bankrupt.
    + There would be a huge decline in heart disease and diabetes.
    + There would be a huge increase in commercial and private organic gardening.

    What else would happen if tomorrow everyone learned how to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle?

      • HealthNut
      • October 5, 2012

      Less air pollution
      trader joes and whole foods would have more business
      all soda companies would get less business
      subway would prolly increase in sales.

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