Dr. Stork Connects Diabetes Prevention To Healthy Weight

Dr. Stork DiabetesDr. Travis Stork addresses how a healthy weight optimizes your health, in particular the prevention of diabetes in his book: “The Doctor Is In.” He quotes the following stats from the National Institutes of Health:

~ A healthy weight reduces your risk for type 2 diabetes.  More than 85 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.

~ The Diabetes Prevention Program, a large clinical study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, found that losing just 5 to 7 percent of your body weight and doing moderate-intensity exercise for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, may prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
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Live Longer – Possibly Ten Years Longer

It’s another Saturday night in the E.R. The PA system barks a warning, announcing an auto accident with multiple injuries. I hear the sirens and know this is the “golden hour,” the critical 60 minutes that determine whether they will live or die.  Two ambulances arrive at the door and I have to determine immediately what’s wrong so what is one of the first vital signs I check?  How much they weigh.  C’mon Travis, you’re thinking, you don’t check vitals?  Well, sure, I’m looking at a lot of things simultaneously, but often one of the most important indicators of how well a patient will manage a health crisis is how much excess weight he or she is carrying. 
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