What is type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a consequence of diet and exercise. Metabolic syndrome, which we talked about in an earlier blog, is caused by a clustering of risk factors such as; an increase in blood sugar, blood fats, blood pressure, and body fat. Metabolic syndrome is believed to be an early warning sign for type 2 diabetes.
So what is type 2 diabetes? It is actually the most common form of diabetes, the body makes insulin but does not use it effectively. Type 2 diabetes can be genetic, yet it is the environment that is actually most important. Type 2 diabetes is becoming an increasing concern in children. Unfortunately there has been increasing levels of type 2 diabetes diagnosed in children, so that is why diabetes is more commonly found in children today a result perhaps of our increasing affluence.
In order to be able to prevent diabetes there needs to be a control of calories, control of the amount and type of fat intake as well as carbohydrate intake.
I have some extremely good news for you about coffee and alcohol, both are antioxidants and both demonstrate a decrease in the incidents of diabetes. Avoiding being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is about reducing carbohydrate intake and decreasing that belly fat.
Type 1 diabetes on the other hand is to do with people who do not produce insulin, this means that they actually have to take insulin for the rest of their lives because their beta cells are no longer functioning. Type 2 diabetes is also called adult-onset or non-insulin dependant diabetes and is often observed in individuals with an increasing waist size. Type 1 diabetes is also called juvenile diabetes or insulin dependant diabetes.
It is also good to recognize that increasing waist size also equals a decreasing libido. Fat around the belly also known as omental fat converts testosterone to oestrogen diminishing the sex drive in men. To keep your libido you need to make sure that your waist size is less than half your hight. So when you are overweight with a waist size greater than 37inches for women and 40inches for men this makes your body less sensitive to insulin, because your omentum fat uses up the insulin so the insulin cant do its job.
We mentioned in an earlier blog that cinnamon is a good natural herbal therapy, as it has an insulin like effect. Cinnamon actually enhances the satiety centre in your brain, reduces blood sugar and cholesterol levels, helping to lower blood sugar. Just having a half tsp a day can be helpful. Omega-3 fatty acids also lower risk factors. As well as incorporating meditation to your day has shown that meditation can have a statistically significant reduction of blood pressure and insulin resistance.
Something else that’s natural is eating any foods that have the mineral chromium such as; mushrooms, broccoli, green beans, beef and poultry. As chromium aids the uptake in insulin helping your cells to use blood sugar for fuel. Also incorporating into your diet foods that contain magnesium include; salmon, mackerel, tuna, nuts, and leafy greens. It reduces low grade inflammation that can be associated with insulin resistance.
Adding some muscle to your body also helps lower levels of blood sugar. Gaining in muscle and losing weight changes the chemistry of your cell membranes so that you absorb more glucose.
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