Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Personal Behavior Changes Help To Avoid Diabetes - Foundation For Chiropractic Progress

“In recognition of November as National Diabetes Month, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress , a not-for- profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of chiropractic, emphasizes the role of proper diet, exercise and nutrition in preventing the onset of diabetes and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle while aggressively avoiding the use of pharmaceuticals. ‘Obesity, lack of exercise and diabetes are undeniably linked, but individuals can change their lifestyles and break this linkage,’ says Gerard W. Clum, D.C., president of Life Chiropractic College West, Hayward, Calif., and spokesperson for the Foundation. ‘Chiropractors, with an orientation to active, healthy lifestyles and personal behaviors, can help individuals to minimize the risk of diabetes - avoiding the complications of this disease, the need for prescription medications and the undesired effects related to these drugs.’ ‘As obesity numbers rise, it becomes more important than ever to maintain a healthy weight through a combination of proper diet and exercise,’ advises Dr. Clum. ‘A healthy diet emphasizing whole grains and non-starchy vegetables -- peppers, tomatoes, green beans, eggplant, cabbage, broccoli, and zucchini -- is a simple place to start. It's also important to make regular exercise a part of one's daily routine, a behavioral change that keeps on giving with lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure and lower blood sugar (glucose) levels--all remarkable 'returns on investment' of the effort involved.’”


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