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Nutrition is My Passion

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The reason why I am driven to learn more about nutrition is because lots of diseases run in my family from diabetes, to high blood pressure, to high cholesterol, to benign cancers, to the biggest one-deadly malignant cancers. One of my aunt's from my mom's side passed away 20 yrs ago due to breast cancer that was treated by removing one of her breasts, but then the cancer came back and spread to her cervix, making it the cervical cancer that was responsible for taking her life. I only have few memories of her when she came to visit in the summers when I was a kid. Also, my grandmother had diabetes and was bed-ridden in a nursing home. Since she didn't walk every day, that made one of her feet get sores, then it progressed and became gangrene. Eventually, her foot and lower leg had to be removed by a doctor. I remember she also had skin cancer and the doctors had to perform surgery to remove the delicate skin from her nose. They had to 'borrow' skin from her leg to patch the area up. You guessed it, her nose skin would grow hair and had to be shaved every so often. So weird yet so tragically sad to see. I remember seeing her face one time after surgery and she had lots of wrapped around bandages that were full of blood. OMG! That was the moment I knew that life was hard and I wanted to avoid that from happening to me or anyone else that I love and know. Many people have experienced pre-diabetic symptoms, which are having to go to the restroom countless of times in a single day, severe weight gain around the abdominal area, being sweaty and irritable, shaky, and of course the main one is the loss of control of the insulin hormone. People who think they don't have diabetes but have symptoms, should always get blood drawn for lab work and a physical performed by a medical doctor to confirm the suspicions. Many people just don't know how to reverse this disease once it's already taken effect. Medicine, tons of pills prescribed by a doctor? Well, foods you eat in your diet and sleep are the most important factors that affect your hormones including insulin. Yes, it's the easiest formula if you think about it, just eat healthy and drink water all the time before meals, add fruits and vegetables to your diet, and avoid all forms of soda. But, it is easier said than done because when we factor in our cravings along with those great traditional memories of eating treats with family members on special occasions (or every Friday-pizza night), our stress levels from work, and our on-the-go approach to life with little to no exercise routine, then we have a very not-so-balanced and not-so-healthy person. And that is exactly why we need each other, to have accountability with one another and make goals that are within reach.
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  • PJM1968
    1572 days ago
    As someone also at risk for diabetes, I completely agree.

    1572 days ago
    Controlling diet is learned behavior, especially with so much food available and the influence of advertising. Good for you for taking control of your life, your health, and your journey!
    1573 days ago
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