Introductory Note: Diabetes--based on the Great Physician's Rx for Health and Wellness book series (Diabetes).
Christian medical doctor and author Rex Russell, who wrote What the Bible Says About Healthy Living, is living proof that God's word holds the key to life--and a healthy one at that!
In the introduction of his book What the Bible Says About Healthy Living, Russell shares his experience with diabetes and how God helped him to realize that the secret to health was found in His word, the Bible.
Russell learned and applied the health principles found in the Bible and was able to, according to him, "reverse and/or delay complications of his disease [diabetes]."
(Note: You can read more about Rex Russell's story in Key 7: Prayer and Purpose of this course.)
More than 18 million Americans have diabetes; about 5 million don't know they have the disease. In the eight years from 1990 to 1998, the incidence of diabetes increased 33%. If the spread of type 2 diabetes continues at its present rate, the number of people affected in the United States will increase from about 14 million in 1995 to 22 million in 2025. Worldwide, the number of adults with diabetes will rise from 135 million in 1995 to 300 million in the year 2025.
Diabetes can cause other serious health complications. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness and kidney failure among adults. It causes mild to severe nerve damage that, coupled with diabetes-related circulation problems, often leads to the loss of a leg or foot. Diabetes significantly increases the risk of heart disease. And it's the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., directly causing almost 60,000 deaths each year and contributing to thousands more.
The good news is that type 2 diabetes is largely preventable. About 9 cases in 10 could be avoided by taking several simple steps: keeping weight under control, exercising more, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking.
What the Bible Says
In Genesis, God declared that He was giving Adam and Eve every seed-bearing plant and every tree with fruit for food (1:29) and plants of the field (3:18). In Deuteronomy, God presented the animals that people could eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, the deer, the gazelle, the roe deer, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope, and the mountain sheep. Elsewhere Scripture records that God’s people ate almonds, barley, beans, bread, cakes, cheese, cucumbers, curds of cow’s milk, figs, fish, fowl, fruits, game, goat’s milk, grain, grapes, grasshoppers, herbs, honey, leeks, lentils, meal, melons, onions, pistachio nuts, oil, olives, quail, raisins, veal, and vegetables.
When it comes to eating foods that God created in a form healthy for the body, these foods are nutritional gold mines and contain no refined or processed carbohydrates. A diet based on consuming whole and natural foods fits within the bull’s-eye of eating to live. Yet too many of the so-called foods sold in our nation’s supermarkets were not created by God.
Eating foods that God created in a form healthy for the body is an instant way to consume fewer calories. According to the Mayo Clinic, you consume only sixty calories when you eat one of these foods as a snack:
- one small apple
- one and one-half cups of strawberries
- two cups of shredded lettuces
- one-half cup of diced tomatoes
- two cups of spinach
- three-fourths cup of green beans
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