You are what you eat

 

 

 

Our eating behavior has a huge impact on our health. No question about it. If your eating behavior is bad, you often develop obesity, and its consequences such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol disorder, heart attack, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea, low back pain, and the list goes on and on.

 

Studies on migrating population shed great light on "you are what you eat." One such great study showed that diabetes was rare (< 5%) among villagers in India. When these villagers moved to big cities like Mumbai, the incidence increased to about 10%.  And when these individuals migrated to western countries diabetes incidence increased to about 30%. 

 

 

Here is the good news.

 

When you change your bad habits to a good eating behavior, you start to lose weight, which has a huge impact on all of the complications of obesity. In fact when I see an overweight person with diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol disorder, first thing I do is to put them on "my diet," which is focused on developing a good eating behavior. In just a couple of months, patients are amazed to see how their weight start to come off, their diabetes start to come under control and they need less and less number of diabetes and BP medicines.

 

Your best health insurance

 

With bad eating habits you pay the price of losing your health. And with good eating habits, you reap the benefits of good health. This is your best health insurance and it dose not cost a dime. In fact when you eat less, you save some money as well. 

 

How does obesity harms your body?

 

Obesity harms your body thru a process called

Insulin Resistance.

 

Click here to learn about Insulin Resistance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







This article was written by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, FACE. Dr. Zaidi specializes in Diabetes, photoEndocrinology and Metabolism.

 

 

Dr. Zaidi is a former Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA. Currently he is Medical Director of the Jamila Diabetes and Endocrine Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California.

 

 

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