Diabetes Type 2 - Is Manageable With Lifestyle Changes
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DIABETES TYPE ii
Diabetes Mellitus is a disease in which your blood glucose (blood sugar) is too high. Foods we eat turns to glucose, our liver also produce glucose. Our pancreas creates insulin, which helps the glucose to get to your cells.
There are three main types of Diabetes, Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, where the body’s T-cells attack the beta cells in the pancreas, stopping all production of insulin.
This often happens in young children and teens. When your body does not create enough insulin or it is not effective then the glucose stays in the blood stream instead of going to the cells, it is known as Type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is when a woman, who has never had diabetes, is pregnant and has abnormally high blood glucose level. Gestational diabetes often disappears after giving birth.
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Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is controlled through insulin injections. Gestational diabetes is most commonly controlled through diet and exercise; however, some women are prescribed insulin therapy. Often doctors prescribe Type 2 diabetics with medication or later on insulin.
If one can control gestational diabetes through exercise and diet, why can’t a Type 2 diabetic control their blood glucose levels in the same way? This is a much better alternative with no side effects.
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Type 2 Diabetes is not cure able but you can manage it with changes in your lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle means, you watch what you eat & exercise regularly. Over time, may need to change medicines, or add medicines, to keep your blood sugar under control. You may even need to use insulin.
Therefore, you should avoid sweets, and foods with high glucose levels such as fruits and some vegetables too.
However, there are foods that are beneficial for a diabetic person; listed below are some of my recommendations:
Soya beans - Soya beans contain very little carbohydrates. Diabetics should include soya beans in their meals to keep their blood sugar level in control.
Tomatoes – Tomatoes lower the blood sugar level & they are rich in several vitamins, lycopene, vitamin C etc.
Onions - Onions are great for lowering blood sugar level because they contain the similar compound that is used in producing insulin.
Lettuce - It is low in cholesterol and carbohydrates and keeps the blood sugar level in control.
French beans and Brussels sprouts - French beans and Brussels sprout juice is known to stimulate insulin production and they are a healthy option to lower the blood sugar level.
Controlling your blood sugar levels can help prevent these future complications related with Diabetes. Such as, Heart and blood vessel disease, Nerve damage (neuropathy), Kidney damage (nephropathy), Eye damage, Foot damage, Skin and mouth conditions, Osteoporosis, Alzheimer's disease and Hearing problems.