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Monday, May 9, 2016

Millions Are Dying From This Clever and Common Health Myth

Overweight African American woman

When it comes to human health, there are all kinds of information published about health issues. Some are facts while others are myths, or untruths. To protect your own health, it is important to separate truth from myth. One of those myths is that exercise alone will help you lose weight. Nothing could be further from the truth. And ignoring the truth is killing millions!

More than just exercising is needed

Let's face it; we all look better at normal weight. The media, in particular, is full of celebrities and stars who look fabulous. We want to look just like them. What the media often does not tell you is that it takes more than exercise to lose weight. It means eating healthy, too!

This means eating less processed foods, fast foods, and junk foods. It also means cutting back on refined sugars, fats and other empty calories. Common junk foods like soda, donuts, cookies, and even french fries will contribute to weight gain.

Another silly myth

People also mistakenly believe that you have to be overweight in order to get diabetes. This is also not true. A lack of exercise and eating processed and fatty foods can lead to diabetes, and can trigger other serious health issues.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that obesity is a major risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, and that diabetes rates have increased from 108 million to 422 million between 1980 and 2014. Diabetes and obesity-related diseases are responsible for 3.7 million deaths worldwide each year.

So what's really needed?

Again to lose weight and also to avoid getting diabetes and/or to control your existing diabetes, you need to change your diet. Regular exercise alone won't do it, but it does need to be an important of your overall health plan.

There is no easy way around staying fit and healthy -- and that is NOT a myth!

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