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Preventable and Reversible Illnesses

  September 07, 2017

By Christopher M. James, VIMtrim Personal Training Diabetes

Diabetes has been long thought to be one of those things that once you have it, you have it for life. In many, but not all cases, it can be reversed.

Tools to help and live by:
  1. Stay far away from sugar, soda, and high-fructose corn syrup.
  2. When eating carbohydrates, make sure they are low glycemic.
  3. Supplement with cinnamon and chromium picolinate, which are natural sugar regulators (some medications may react with chromium picolinate, consult your doctor or pharmacist first before taking it).
  4. Weight loss is a key to potentially reversing diabetes. Studies have shown that weight around the abdomen makes one at a higher risk.
  5. Exercise is very important. Aerobic exercise burns blood sugar. The more muscle one has the easier it will be for the body to keep blood sugar levels in a normal range.
  6. Increase the Vo2 Capacity. Vo2 is how efficient or inefficiently a person’s body utilizes oxygen. This is important because the process of burning fat is called the oxidative process. This means the body needs enough available oxygen to burn fat. Interval training works best to achieve this.
Osteoporosis (porous bone)
Much like diabetes, it is thought that once you have osteoporosis, you have it for life. It’s also thought that if you’re a woman, you are bound to get it one day, so watch out and start taking drugs now to prevent it.

Tools to help and live by:
  1. Reduce the intake of acidic foods.
  2. Avoid foods high in additives and preservatives. It has been found that some food additives draw calcium from the body such as Aluminum Phosphates.
  3. Calcium alone is not enough. Calcium cannot be absorbed without magnesium and Vitamin D. Most vitamin stores have supplement options that have calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D in one pill or a capsule. Also, the form of calcium is important. Calcium citrate is the most absorbable form of calcium.
  4. Exercise is very important! Resistance training affects more than just muscle. Appling pressure to the structure stimulates the body to increase bone density.
Obesity recently has been reclassified as a disease, and some have called it a modern epidemic. The problem with calling it a disease is it takes away the responsibility of the person and makes many believe the solution is only through surgery or drugs. This is far from the truth.

Tools to help and live by:
  1. It starts with us, parents and grandparents. Kids must learn healthy habits while they are still young.
  2. Youth and adults need to be educated. Knowledge is power! Many are claiming it’s a genetic issue and they have no control over the matter. Less than one percent of those who are obese have a genetic issue.
  3. It’s not about diets, pills, drugs, or surgery. It’s about forming new habits. For most people to form new habits it takes accountability, encouragement, and, in some cases, counseling due to the emotional connection to food.
  4. Exercise is vitally important to reaching any weight loss goal. There is only a 20 percent chance of keeping the weight off with changing eating habits alone, but coupled with exercise there is more than an 80 percent chance of keeping it off for a life time.
Chris has over 20 years of personal training experience and is knowledgeable of nutrition and supplementation. As a trainer, he has helped many people from all walks of life and fitness levels achieve their health and fitness goals. His training style is very articulate and detail oriented, emphasizing proper form to prevent injury and to ensure trainees get the most from their workouts. Chris can be reached at 480-264-5120. Email, or visit Back to Top

September 07, 2017
Categories:  Physical|Disease/Illness


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