Rob Kardashian was reportedly rushed to a Los Angeles area hospital where he was diagnosed with adult onset Type 2 diabetes. Gossip tabloid tabloid TMZ.com reports that the 28-year-old only son of Kris Jenner is resting at home.
“He’s home already. He went for a little and is fine now. It was a wake up call,” a source told E! News on Tuesday.
The source added that Rob’s blood sugar levels were high and doctors suggested he eliminate his fast food diet and exercise more to control his sugar levels and get back in shape.
Rob has stuggled with weight issues since his best friend, Lamar Odom, married his sister, Khloe Kardashian.
Odom has health issues of his own after overdosing on drugs at a Las Vegas brothel. He is reportedly taking baby steps without assistance at Cedars Sinai Hospital. He recognized a nurse after being unable to recognize members of his own family.
Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes includes:
“As you get older, your risk for type 2 diabetes goes up,” says Alissa Rumsey, Registered Dietitian and Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
“Since you can’t modify your age, it is important to take other steps to lower your risk, including maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough exercise, and balancing your diet to prevent spikes in blood sugar.”
Dr. Leann Olansky, M.D. adds, “If your blood sugar doesn’t vary that much before and after a meal, that’s a healthier way to be.”
She suggests eating fiber-rich foods that raise blood sugar levels slowly, such as beans and legumes, brown rice, whole grains, peanuts, walnuts and seeds. Adding cinnamon, leafy green vegetables, fish, and oatmeal to your diet are also beneficial.
Foods to avoid include processed table sugar, foods with added sugar, sugary beverages, refined carbohydrates such as bagels, white bread, white rice, pasta, spaghetti, crackers and cookies.
Carbodydrates converts into sugar that your cells can’t utilize for energy because your pancreas either doesn’t release enough insulin (diabetes) or releases too much insulin (insulin resistance syndrome).
Medications used to treat type 2 diabetes (or insulin resistance) includes anti-diabetic medications such as Metformin and Thiazolidine. But research shows that diet and exercise can be twice as effective as Metformin.