Beat it

Beat it

New study about diabetes



Tania Rogers

Christian Hicks lost 40 pounds a few years ago. He stays in shape rollerblading five days a week. He said, "Found myself winded and out of breath and said I am out of shape time to start hitting it now and do something about it."
Christian believes his lifestyle change kept his health from spiraling out of control. "My motto is persistence and patience and you'll get there."
But according to new research, 50 percent of adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes due to diet and inactivity. The study was released by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Endocrinologist Dr. William Kaye says now is the time to take action. "We need to focus on stopping the pre-diabetics going into the diabetes population."
Many of us spend several hours a day sitting at our desks and not moving and in order to improve our health, experts say it's important to exercise, it's as easy as lacing up your shoes and taking a stroll. Dr. Kaye said, "Even if it's before work or after work or half an hour, four times a week, that's considered to be an efficient exercise." He says limit eating junk foods. "The sodas, the candy, the cakes. we live in an environment of abundance of bad options." And watch your weight. "You don't have to become skinny to get the effect of diet, all you have to do is lose five percent your body weight or 10 percent depending on the degree of obesity."
But most of all, Dr. Kaye says keep moving. A way of life Christian hopes to continue. Christian said, "I see a lot of people trying to exercise out here and getting back into shape, hopefully they will keep it up."