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"The best way to treat Type 2 diabetes is never get it," Glueck said.
Glueck began his practice at at The Jewish Hospital 25 years ago and says he has seen a significant increase in diabetes in the Midwest since then.
"Twenty-five years ago I would rarely see an adolescent girl or boy with Type 2 diabetes. Now, fast forward 25 years later, and we see two or three a week," Glueck said.
The issue is not just regional, but global, especially in the span of the last two decades. Glueck uses India as an example.
Before 25 years of Westernization India was a place characterized by famine, where people were not receiving a sufficient calorie intake and where Type 2 diabetes was unheard of. Now the country is a place where obesity flourishes, with more Type 2 diabetes diagnoses per capita than any other country in the world.
"People can generally alter saturated fats, cholesterol, meat and alcohol, but have a devil of a time knocking any weight."
Dr. Glueck said the hardest part of treating Type 2 diabetes is weight control. Part of the reason is that we now live in a society that moves less than ever.
"Three generations ago, when we were a more rural country and more of us worked in heavy industrial labor, a larger percent of calories was expended in physical activity [on a daily basis]," he explained. "Now, we are progressively less physically active in our lives. It's easy for us to gain weight not simply because we're eating more, but we're exercising a lot less."
For that reason, Glueck said Americans must exercise at least three times a week for 30-minute sessions. An optimal exercise routine would be five times per week for 30-minute sessions.
Glueck stresses the most important factor of exercising is frequency, followed by duration and intensity.
The Jewish Hospital Cholesterol and Metabolism Center has compiled volumes of research, including a catalog of recipes.
For more information on health programs at The Jewish Hospital Cholesterol and Metabolism Center or to obtain copies of recipes, call (513) 924-8250.
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