May 20, 2018
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  • Anonymous

    Type 2 diabetes and obesity being connected is not a surprise given Americans eating habits.  Healthier eating can help even with a genetic component.  Mostly, I feel badly for children who are obese while being caught up in the high calorie and high fat diets in America.

    • Anonymous

      I think of type 2 diabetes as more of a saturation of the body, which is why people are obese, and when they lose fat they lose diabetic symptoms.

      Although, I do not believe all older people develop that type of diabetes. I know thin older people whose bodies no longer handle sugar and slowly got worse as they aged like their bodies stop producing as much insulin???

      And, not all obese people have or develop diabetes.

    • Anonymous

      Amen to that.  Look at any shopping cart the next time you go to the grocery store and compare the amount of fruits/veggies/whole grains to prepackaged foods.  Yes, there are more boxed and prepared foods nowadays that are healthy but the rule of thumb is to try and buy food in it’s most natural state.  And don’t get me started on “eating healthy costs too much” because the more healthy and nutrient-packed the food is, the less you need to eat to be satisfied, and the less medication/hospitalizations/etc. you will have–costing everyone much less in the long run.

  • pbmann

    Diabetes type II is a purely diet related disease, along with most high cholesterol.

    Two years ago I was diagnosed with both Diabetes Type II and high cholesterol and with medication I was barely able to control either one.  I changed to a whole food, plant based diet, meaning I eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes and no meat, dairy, processed foods or refined sugar.  Within 4 months I was cured from both Diabetes Type II and high cholesterol by my doctor, who was surprised as all h*ll that I was cured.

    • Anonymous

      Good for you!  I can surely sit back and take comfort in the fact that I will always have a job as a nurse because of our high rates of obesity and all the medical complications that go with it.  Unfortunately, not all have your will and attitude and would rather take a pill or “just a little extra insulin so I can have that piece of chocolate cake”.  People also need to be accountable for their own health and we as healthcare providers need to educate patients on proper diet and exercise and how to make healthy food taste good.  But really, I think most people have the idea that you need to burn more calories than we take in so in the end it’s sheer laziness or lack of will-power.  Continue telling others your story.  At least one person will be inspired and follow suit. 

      • pbmann

        Thanks :) but it was actually easy once I decided that I didn’t want to keep taking pills the rest of my life.

  • Alec Cunningham

    Fanburg said he has witnessed a “change in Maine’s culture” that makes him optimistic that fewer of the state’s children and teens will have to cope with type 2 diabetes and other medical issues related to obesity.~~~~~Hey, UMaine-you’re so intent on making sure people are healthy on campus (at least not smoke or chew), what are you doing about this with the University’s culture?  Selling junk food and deep friend food and telling students not to worry when they gain the “freshman 15,” isn’t quite in line with your supposed mission.

    • Anonymous

      Really? I got the freshmen -5 with all that campus food. Ick.

  • Anonymous

    I think the one hour of physical exercise should be better explained. If one goes out and runs hard for an hour every day they could get injured or be prone to injury, and increase their risk of a heart attack.

    I think the exercise they are referring too is low moderate activity where the heart rate is elevated over a resting rate, but below a workout zone, or as some athletes have heard, zone 2 or 3. It’s ok to go into those higher zones say above 120, but not necessarily for too long as it increases heart attack risk. It also increases stress and reduces bone density too, increasing the risk of injury.

    Stretching, slow activity, walking……

    A little stress though is good, it can help lower cholesterol since cortisol, a stress hormone is synthesized from cholesterol. High intensity workouts also burn fat faster. I could use more info on the protein burning zone. Fats are often stored with or near protein and go right into make energy like sugar.

    Another thing not mentioned in the equation is meditation, which lowers the heart rate, so both the heart and blood vessels get some rest. It helps retain their elasticity.

    • Anonymous

      Mainecitizen, that is absolutely not always true that you increase your risk of heart attack of you exercise for an hour straight.  Now, someone who is not in shape/overweight or who has a medical condition should not jump into intense exercise and certainly shouldn’t do so until checking with their healthcare provider.  But intense exercise for most people strengthens the heart and lungs, burns calories, increases endurance-which has been proven to decrease sensitivity to insulin (good for diabetics), and has all kinds of other benefits. 

      Even people with heart failure or heart disease can improve their heart function and with training, their heart eventually needs less oxygen to function appropriately.

      I’d like to see where you get your evidence regarding elevated heart attack risk (other than those severely out of shape or those with a medical conditions) from intense exercise and elevated heartrate.  Actually, the more out of shape you are, the higher your risk of hurting yourself so that should be incentive enough for people to start exercising.

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