Diabetes Medical Malpractice
On a previous posting on this site I had commented on diabetes medical malpractice from the medical point of view, i.e. things that the doctor may have done wrong. Any medical malpractice analysis is a two-way street, i.e. you not only look at the fault of the physician but you may also have to look at the conduct of the patient.
Diabetes is sometimes called the life style disease principally because your risk of getting this blood sugar disorder is increased if you live an unhealthy life style. If on the other hand you follow a healthy diet, exercise and control your blood pressure, weight and cholesterol then the risk of getting diabetes is considerably reduced.
There are several things that can be done in that regard:
- Eating breakfast everyday is reported to reduce your risk of getting diabetes by 34 percent. The logic behind this is that having breakfast helps control your appetite and calorie intake for the remainder of the day. Some good choices of things to eat early in the morning are such things as peaches, plums and nectarines because they have bio-active compounds that help prevent heart disease.
- Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and decrease your intake of processed meats. Processed meats are such things as hot dogs, breakfast sausages, and luncheon meats. A Mediterranean-style of diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables has been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes.
- Get at least six hours of sleep a night. Sleeping less than six hours a night is associated with a 60 percent higher rate of diabetes. Again, the feeling is that sleep deprivation makes your appetite regulating hormones go haywire thereby increasing cravings for sugary and salty foods.
- Get rid of the cigarettes. Even if you gain some weight as a result of cutting out the cigarettes that weight gain, assuming that it is less than 10 pounds, is more than offset by the decreased risk of diabetes.
- Exercise. The exercise does not have to be vigorous exercise but it should be some form of aerobic exercise. This helps to not only control the cholesterol and blood pressure but also regulates the insulin production. It is recommended that you try to take at least 10,000 steps per day. Likewise, men should consider lifting weights if appropriate. Men who regularly lift weights for 150 minutes per week reduce their risk of getting diabetes by 34 percent.