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Simply reading food labels is surprising revelation to many consumers for the levels of sugar that many products contain.

That ranges from soda pop and peanut butter to so-called health drinks and "high energy" bars,

So getting into the habit of reading labels (see below) cutting down on sugar and junk food, and increasing exercise is probably the first, best step in warding off this debilitating disease.

With the number of people with diabetes worldwide at an all-time high it is the modern diet, say experts, that continues to play a large part in the growing diabetes and obesity epidemic.

How the body reacts to too much sugar

The pancreas (an oblong gland located in the abdomen) is an important part of the digestive system, and produces the hormones insulin and glucagon,

These hormones, in turn, have a major effect on raising or lowering sugar levels in the bloodstream.

high sugar content in peanut butter
Many popular brands of peanut butter are made
from peanuts and sugar. Add jelly to the mix,
and you've basically made a "sugar sandwich.

When the pancreas begins to malfunction due to the constant demands put upon it, minor symptoms - such as unexplained fatigue, frequent thirst, or tingling in the fingers and toes - may appear. As the body's ability to process sugar and carbohydrates begins to fail, diabetes is the result.

If left untreated, diabetes may lead to nerve damage, decreased circulation, kidney disease and even blindness, among many other serious conditions.

While often associated with obesity, diabetes frequently occurs in apparently fit and healthy individuals, as well. If you even suspect that you may be experiencing early symptoms, see your doctor for a blood test that will reveal any abnormalities in current blood sugar levels.

If caught early enough, a change in diet may be the only treatment necessary.

Around the Web, find out more about the various types of the disease - from juvenile diabetes, gestational diabetes or the adult forms of the disease, with more about the early warning signs & symptoms, available insulin drug and vitamin treatments, plus how to's on cutting down on sugar and carbohydrates that may actually help the body repair itself ...

Related information on diabetes:

Food to Fight Diabetes | Curbing Childhood Obesity

Vitamin C & E for Diabetes | Cinnamon for Diabetes

More about diabetes around the Web:

American Diabetes Association
- Check out an encyclopedia of information on the topic with information on the most common symptoms, overviews of types 1 & 2 diabetes, kids concerns as well as resources for health professionals.

Joslin Diabetes Center - Here's more information from the premier research and treatment facility for diabetes in the US with facts and news on the latest treatments and relational causes. If you are new to the subject, learn about diabetes & its causes, insulin and oral treatments, exercise, circulation, diet, drugs, vitamins and minerals, plus check out the online discussion group for tips & advice.

Children With Diabetes - Join this support community for kids with diabetes and their families for information, links and resources, along with a busy community message boards and chat rooms.

Canadian Diabetes Association - Information on this site highlights Canadian issues, but anyone will find the general resources helpful. Good links and easy navigation - although it probably would be a better experience for the user if the inner pages featured articles or information instead of ads.

This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.


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