Diabetes continues to be an ongoing concern for North Americans as reported cases continue to rise. In America, 30.3 million people (9.4% of the population) had diabetes in 2015, with an additional 1.5 million new diagnoses annually. There are an additional estimated 3 million (8.1% of the population) Canadians with diabetes, and this number is also rising at an elevated pace. The large numbers of those affected in this region make it the largest market for diabetes drugs, as it accounts for more than half of the global market. Luckily, the continued increase is also being met with an increase in effective medication and drug-related tools to help monitor and improve living with diabetes.
Connecting Obesity Rates With Diabetes
Obesity is the leading cause of diabetes, and with 39.8% of Americans being considered obese, it becomes apparent why there is a steady increase in diabetes in this region. Americans are consuming vast amounts of unhealthy, processed food and failing to eat enough healthy food. The prevalence of fast food, with its salt and grease, is proving to be detrimental to waistlines and overall health, costing Americans $148 billion in obesity-related health charges. Diabetes is considered one of the main obesity-related conditions, along with heart disease and certain types of cancer. As obesity rates also continue to increase, diabetes is expected to follow suit.
Assistance With Medication
It is very important that medication is used when managing diabetes. Overall health and the effectiveness of these medications will largely be dependent on how they are ingested by the individual and their own due diligence in the process. Regular tests should be taken at home to measure insulin levels, enabling patients to know exact amounts in their body; there are many resources and tools available to monitor insulin, such as an at-home ketone blood meter that can be easily used and are imperative to the process. If insulin or other medication is needed to be ingested, it’s important that the right levels are being consumed based on these readings. A proper insulin routine is crucial, and certain considerations like the time of the administration, the location on the body, and the amount taken all aid in the process.
Lowering Sugar Levels Naturally
In addition to medication, there are multiple natural methods that can be followed. Exercising regularly is one of the very best methods, as it promotes weight loss and increases insulin sensitivity; increased sensitivity translates to the body being able to better use the available sugar in the bloodstream. Controlling carbohydrate intake is also very much recommended to lower sugar levels. The body breaks down carbs directly into sugars, and then it is the insulin produced in the body that moves the sugars into the cells. Without properly functioning insulin, this process is not fulfilled, and there ends up being a surplus of sugar in the blood. Increasing fiber, drinking more water, and controlling stress levels through mindfulness practices are all also recommended to control and lower sugar levels naturally in the body.
The increase in diabetes in North America continues to be a rising concern. But with the right resources, diet, exercise patterns and medications, successful management of diabetes can certainly lead to a good quality of life.