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Lack Of Blood Sugar Control Leads To Blood Vessel Disease

Diabetes is a collection of diseases that involve the loss of blood sugar control in the body. But the long-term complications of diabetes are actually caused by the narrowing of blood vessels in your body that can lead to heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations of extremities.

In this video clip we discuss how to prevent diabetes complications, and we look at the human and financial costs of diabetes according to a 2011 report from the Canadian Diabetes Association. Ultimately, the best way to prevent diabetes (or manage it if you have it) is through a combination of lifestyle changes in your diet and level of physical activity.

For a guide to the Glycemic Index that will help you to choose healthier foods, see:

http://www.diabetes.ca/for-professionals/resources/nutrition/glycemic-index/

For some dietary tips for preventing or managing diabetes, see:

http://www.diabetes.ca/files/jtb17x_11_cpgo3_1103.pdf

For some diabetic-friendly recipes, see:

http://www.diabetes.ca/diabetes-and-you/nutrition/recipes/

And for an interactive guide to understanding the “Nutrition Facts” label on Canadian food products, see:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/label-etiquet/nutrition/cons/index-eng.php

As for physical activity, diabetes specialist Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe of Women’s College Hospital in Toronto says that all you have to do to lower your diabetes risk is to get 30 minutes of exercise per day, 3-5 days per week, at a level of intensity where you break a sweat. This could include brisk walking, cycling, or skating.

Health Canada recommends 60 minutes of moderate exercise per day as an ideal goal. But don’t worry, you don’t have to do it all at once – you can break it up into 10-minute intervals.

For a copy of Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines, see the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website, here:

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/hl-mvs/pa-ap/index-eng.php

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