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About 70% of the population is overweight or obese. As obesity reaches epidemic proportions, Dr. Shah explains how obesity is directly linked to things like heart disease, pre-diabetes/diabetes, sleep apnea and cancer. In this video, he specifically talks about the link between obesity and diabetes. A precursor to diabetes, pre-diabetes is defined by 5 criteria:
If you have 3 out of 5 criteria then you’re pre-diabetic. Without losing weight and exercising, most patients with pre-diabetes will eventually become diabetic. Keep in mind that diabetes is not an isolated disease. Rather, this is a multi-system/multi-organ condition that affects the entire body and can cause things like heart blockage/heart attack/stroke, blindness, kidney disease and neuropathy.
The hopeful bit of news about pre-diabetes and diabetes is that in most cases, they’re reversible with lifestyle modifications. Changes you can make to prevent and reverse diabetes include:
In terms of diet modifications, Dr. Shah recommends immersing yourself in the work of Joel Fuhrman as he has many books and videos on how to eat healthy and reverse diabetes. Specifically, there are five food groups that you want to include in your meals everyday and they’re known as GBOMBS:
Following this advice will help you lose weight, avoid complications, and live a longer/healthier/happier life. As Dr. Shah says, “God only gives you one life. Let’s take care of it.”