Family physician Dr. Ali Ghahary practices at Brentwood Medical Clinic near Vancouver, Canada. Factoring in the mental, emotional, and physical health of his patients, Dr. Ali Ghahary works to determine the root causes of ailments to provide the most effective treatment plans. One of his professional interests is diabetes.
As of 2015, the estimated diabetes prevalence was 3.4 million. According to the Diabetes Charter for Canada, cases of diabetes are expected to increase by 44 percent from 2015 to 2025. Genes can be a contributing factor to inheriting type 2 diabetes; however, it is believed that in many cases a healthy diet can prevent diabetes altogether. According to data revealed from the Nurses’ Health Study, five factors are attributed to 90 percent of the women who have type 2 diabetes, including alcohol, smoking, lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, and excess weight.
Additionally, similarities findings applying to men were revealed from the data. A lack of exercise and excess weight significantly increases type 2 diabetes risk in men. Information from multiple clinical trials supports the idea that it’s possible to prevent type 2 diabetes.
By being overweight, the risk of receiving a type 2 diabetes diagnosis can increase seven-fold. If you are at risk, losing just seven percent of your current body weight can cut your chances in half of developing this condition.