Anybody can suffer from diabetes, and if you do, you don’t need me to tell you how difficult it can make your life. You certainly don’t need to hear, as some recent reports in the media imply, that you have only yourself to blame, through being fat and lazy. Such a simplistic viewpoint is not only offensive, it is also inaccurate. Around 20 per cent of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are normal weight or underweight.
On this page you’ll find out about causes, symptoms and risk-factors – plus 6 simple things you should do right now…
What Is Diabetes?
The illness that is technically known as diabetes mellitus (“sugar diabetes”, as distinct from diabetes insipidus, a disorder of the pituitary gland) is divided into two types:
Type 1 diabetes, also called insulin-dependent diabetes, is usually first diagnosed in children or young adults. It is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Blood sugar levels are managed through injectable insulin and other medicines, wise food choices and physical activity.
Type 2 diabetes, is a metabolic condition that usually begins with insulin resistance, in which the body cells become unable to use insulin properly. This puts pressure on the pancreas to produce more insulin, but in time it becomes “exhausted” and loses this ability. It can be diagnosed at any age. Treatment includes anti-diabetic medicines, as well as wise food choices and physical activity.
As mentioned earlier poor diet and lack of exercise are the main risk factors. But here’s a more comprehensive list of considerations for you to assess your risk:
- Are you overweight by more than 20%?
- Do you take little, frequent exercise?
- Do you have a relative with the condition (parents or siblings)?
- Do you belong to one of the following ethnic groups: African American, Native American, Latin American, Asian American, Pacific Islander ?
- Do you have “Impaired Fasting Glucose” (IFG) or “Impaired Glucose Tolerance” (IGF) on previous blood tests.
- Do you have high Triglycerides (blood fats)?
- Do you have the right balance of cholesterol?
- Do you have a history of high blood pressure?
The question that is increasingly being asked is “are there cheaper and equally effective alternatives to medication?” My weekly posts will reveal how there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your reliance on these drugs, some of which have unpleasant or even dangerous side effects.
However, it’s important to point out that the condition varies from person to person and you should never stop taking any medication without discussing your own situation with your doctor.
Plus, I’ll be bringing you regular updates on the very latest cutting-edge natural breakthroughs and safe alternatives that can help bring your blood sugar levels down and transform your health. But in the meantime, here’s some positive things you can do right now…
Six Simple Things you Can Do Today
- Avoid processed foods, especially meat products such as bacon, sausages, burgers, and ‘ready meals’.
- Avoid high fructose corn-syrup, which is added to many food products.
- If you have been prescribed statins to lower your cholesterol, these may be causing high blood sugar (hyperglycaemia) which is being mistaken for genuine diabetes. Check with your doctor whether this is the case.
- Boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Find out more here…
- Take regular daily amounts of Vitamin E and Vitamin D3 supplements
- Take regular exercise….even if you don’t consider yourself overweight or obese, you need to take regular exercise. Remember! Thin people get diabetes, too!
Wishing you the best of health,
PhD DHD Nutritionist
for Real Diabetes Truth
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Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone’s personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.
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2. Prescribing for Diabetes in England 2005/06 to 2010/11. The Health and Social Care Information Centre, August 2011.