An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure –

Reading the newspaper yesterday morning I saw the article from the CDC proclaiming that something along 1 in 5 Americans would have diabetes by 2050. That’s like 20% of our population. Those numbers are incredible.

The article cited the fact that these correlate with the increase in the numbers of obesity – childhood and adult – in Americans.

Well no shit.

Luckily for my blood pressure and that vein that throbs on my temple, the article was a presentation of facts and conclusions drawn, and NOT an outcry for a ‘cure’ for diabetes. “Curing” diabetes is best done by not acquiring diabetes in the first place.
Americans, generally speaking, are a lazy lot. The whole world knows this, and it’s time for us to take a step back and acknowledge that fact. Our whole society is geared toward doing things ‘easier’, ‘faster’, and with a WHOLE lot less effort. Proof? Drive-thru food (See? Even ‘thru’ instead of ‘through’.), prepackaged, pre-prepared, chemically created ‘foodstuffs’, escalators EVERYWHERE, workouts promising incredible results* in six minutes or less, master cleanses that promise to detox and slenderize without any effort at all, digital connections on an almost scary scale – the list could go on.
Unfortunately for everyone, that lazy attitude is rewarding us with a society whose health and wellbeing are dwindling rapidly, while advances in chemical and biological and pharmacological studies are allowing us to live longer. It’s a trade off, I guess. You get to live longer but you get to look and feel like shit doing it, and your quality of life sucks balls because hey – you’re overweight, your diabetes has taken your vision and possibly one of your limbs, your arthritis and rheumatism kicks in at the very idea of a stairwell or cold front, and your Rascal isn’t charged so you can’t even go to WalMart for a daily sight seeing tour.

Dude. If that’s what getting ‘old’ is coming to in this country, just euthanize me. I don’t want to live that way.

Fortunately, I won’t. Neither will any of you who have and are making conscientious and real choices to take care of your health, fitness, and wellbeing. We won’t be seeking a cure. We’re exercising prevention. Eating well, taking care of our bodies and using them the way they were meant to be used – guys that right there is the fountain of youth. You may get older and move a little slower, but you’ll still be moving. You may get older and not heal as quickly from bumps or bruises, but you won’t have diabetes. Diabetes doesn’t generally just show up. Especially T2 diabetes. That’s acquired through diet and lifestyle, for the most part.

Lots of money is made in the name of a ‘cure’, and a ‘fast fix’, but the real cure is to avoid it happening in the first place. CrossFit, a healthy diet (and I’m not going to shove Primal, Paleo, or Zone down your throat, I’m going to say that I have my preference, and what I’ve seen and experienced that works, and from there, you guys need to dig up and do your research and reach your own conclusions) free of chemicals and manufactured foods, and a good amount of rest will go a LONG way to keeping you young and healthy. That’s just the way it is.

Forget a cure.

I want to prevent it all in the first place.

*Definition of “incredible”: ‘in’ = NOT ‘credible’ = capable of being believed. So “not capable of being believed”.


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