Dr. Schultz diabetes article

Managing diabetes requires knowledge, skill, dietary awareness and discipline. Fortunately, patients affected by diabetes may have more control over the course of their own illness than patients with any other chronic medical condition.
It is estimated that one out of every three children born after the year 2000 will develop type-2 diabetes in their lifetimes, and the average age of patients who develop the disease is dropping. In past generations, the condition was generally limited to people ages 50 and older. In recent decades, though, the disease is becoming prevalent among those in their 30s, 20s and even teen years.

The increase in diabetes in the U.S. is in large part fueled by the American lifestyle. Today, we have more overweight people and perform less physical activity than in the past, and both contribute to the prevalence of the disease.
A few simple lifestyle changes, though, could dramatically reduce the average American’s risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
  Walking briskly for 30 minutes five days per week and losing between 5 and 7 percent of your total body weight could cut your risk of developing the disease in half.
  Additional help may come from the findings of researchers in Naples, Italy. A recently published study found that the Mediterranean Diet had impressive benefits over the typical diets currently being recommended by the American Heart Association. After four years, newly diagnosed type-2 diabetic patients who followed a Mediterranean-style diet had better weight control, better blood sugar control and coronary risk factor scores, and were a third less likely to require medication for their diabetes.
  The Mediterranean diet is tasty, relatively simple to prepare, and widely available. The diet plan includes eating large amounts of fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts, fish and monounsaturated oils such as olive oil. Very little red meat is consumed as part of the Mediterranean Diet. If your physician has recommended a diet plan for you to follow, speak with him or her before changing your diet. You may also consider consulting with a registered dietitian.
If you’re interested in taking a class to learn more, diabetes self-management education is covered by most medical insurance providers.
  Dr. Schultz and Titov have the services of a Registered Dietitian and a Nurse Educator, both of whom are certified Diabetes Educators, available to our patients, and to patients of other physicians via referral from their physician.
There are several online resources that will help you learn more about the Mediterranean Diet, including the Mayo Clinic at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mediterranean-diet/CL00011. The American Diabetes Association is an excellent source of information on all aspects of diabetes and publishes a listing of education programs at www.diabetes.org.
  In the East Bay, the Diabetes Support Group meets at the San Leandro Surgery Center at 5:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.

About the Author: Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist Harley S. Schultz, M.D., FACP, specializes in treating and managing diabetes. He hosts regular community support groups, teaches diabetes education classes and is affiliated with Eden Medical Center.