5 Sure Fire Tips for Taking Control of Diabetes
Posted by Peter Labradores | Sept. 16, 2015, 10:46 a.m.
Our cells depend on glucose, a simple sugar, to provide for our energy needs. That’s one of the reasons why our body has very unique mechanisms to make sure we have a steady and normal glucose levels in the bloodstream, and that is insulin.
Insulin is activated by the pancreas in response to signals of rising blood sugar levels. This hormone, then, instructs the cells to absorb glucose for energy use. Without insulin, glucose floats around the bloodstream, unable to enter inside the cells that need it.
When the body can’t properly use insulin or can’t form enough insulin is called Diabetes.
There are 3 types of Diabetes, but I’ll only be focusing on 2 types. One form of diabetes is when the immune system permanently disables the insulin-making cells in the pancreas. This is called Type 1 Diabetes. About 5 to 10 percent of people with diabetes have Type 1 Diabetes. This type is always treated with insulin and proper meal planning.
The other form of Diabetes occurs when cells stop responding to insulin to open up and receive the glucose (insulin sensitivity) or can’t properly make enough insulin is called Type 2 Diabetes. This is the most common form of Diabetes.
When it comes to Type 2 Diabetes, prevention is really possible. It’s especially important to make Diabetes prevention a priority.
Digest these 5 simple diabetes prevention tips:
1. Be more Physically Active
Doing regular physical activity can help you:
• Lower blood sugar
• Increase blood flow in your body
• Lose weight
• Boost your sensitivity to insulin
Research shows that both aerobic exercise and resistance training can help control diabetes, but the greater benefit comes from a fitness program that includes both.
2. Getting Enough Fiber in Your Diet
Foods high in fiber can help you:
• Lower risk of heart disease
• Reduce risk of diabetes by improving blood sugar management
• Promotes weight loss cause it has a satiety effect
Foods high in fiber include nuts, vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains.
3. Consider Going for Whole Grains
It can reduce the risk of diabetes and help maintain blood sugar levels.
4. Lose Weight
If you’re overweight, losing a few pounds can really help you control blood sugar levels. Every pound you lose can improve your health and you may be amazed of what you can accomplish. Participants in one large study who lost a modest amount of weight — around 7 percent of initial body weight — and exercised regularly reduced the risk of developing diabetes by almost 60 percent.
5. Skip the Sugary Drinks, and choose water, coffee, or tea instead.
Sugary beverages have high glycemic load. Drinking more of this increases the risk of developing Diabetes. In the Nurses’ Health Study II, women who drank one or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day had an 83 percent higher risk of type 2 diabetes, compared to women who drank less than one sugar-sweetened beverage per month.
What to drink in place of the sugary stuff? Water is an excellent choice. Coffee and tea are also good calorie-free substitutes for sugared beverages (as long as you don’t load them up with sugar and cream). And there’s convincing evidence that coffee may help protect against diabetes; emerging research suggests that tea may hold diabetes-prevention benefits as well, but more research is needed.
In short, the only way to prevent and manage diabetes is to: Stay lean and stay active.
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