Affecting at least 8% of the US population, diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association, is one of the leading causes of death. It also associated with long-term complications that affect almost every part of the body, leading to blindness, heart and blood vessel disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputations, and nerve damage. Diabetes is also on the rise in kids, as a result of obesity.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of Fox Network’s “The Dr. Oz Show,” passionately spoke about the risks and causes of Diabetes as the keynote speaker at the National Conference on Diabetes.
Symptoms are: thirst, excess urination and weakness are factors, but another big factor is belly fat.
“Your belly fat is what tells us if you’re at high risk for being a Type II diabetic.”
Oz gave a formula for learning if you’re at risk: Your height in inches … divided in half. If your waste size is more than half your height, you’re at higher risk for developing diabetic complications from belly fat.
Dr. Oz also suggested these practical ways to combat diabetes:
• Include fiber with Breakfast - “Everyone knows breakfast is good for you to lose weight. But you need to have fiber in the breakfast. Doughnuts don’t count. So a high-fiber cereal, a piece of fruit, that gets you there.”
• Never eat on an empty stomach - “Hormonally, when you eat when you’re really hungry and famished, you’ll overeat, you’ll overshoot. So you always want to have something, about a half an hour before a meal, a handful of nuts, a piece of fruit, something light just to take away the edge, so when you eat, you don’t overdo it. ”
• Avoid white food - “White sugar, white flour, white pasta. In the body, these are all seen as simple carbohydrates, which are generally deposited as belly fat, as well as fat in other parts of the body.”
• Build muscle - “Especially for women, when you go through menopause, you’re ovaries don’t stop making just estrogen, they stop making testosterone. Without testosterone, you stop making muscle; you get a little pooch in your belly. Make sure you have enough muscle, it burns several times more calories than fat will.”