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The chances of you receiving the wrong information about diabetes are high. Indeed, the very first step in treating diabetes should be knowing the condition well and learning facts that will help you to keep it under control.
Betatrophin is a hormone produced in your liver and fat cells. There are at least some indications it might increase the proliferation of the beta cells in the pancreas and make the body more sensitive to insulin. Although the subject is controversial, some scientists speculate the hormone could some day be useful as a treatment for both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. In a study published in the online journal PLOS ONE in June 2015, researchers at the Medical University of Bialystok, Poland, compared betatrophin levels in mother and infant pairs with and without the presence of diabetes during the pregnancy.
As a Type 2 diabetic you know following a healthy meal plan is essential for managing your blood sugar and body weight. But even with good intentions, it can be difficult to come up with a healthy meal that fits your plan when you're short on time. With a little bit of planning ahead, you can be prepared for busy nights and be able to whip up a healthy meal. Here are five top tips for quick, healthy meals...
A healthy diet and regular physical activity are two of the basic recommendations for preventing Gestational diabetes. Researchers at the University of Sydney in Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia, as well as several research centers throughout Europe and the UK, looked at the results of structured programs for healthy meal plans and exercise for pregnant women at risk for developing Gestational diabetes. The results were published in the journal of the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Care in May, 2015.
There are several things that can be done to prevent the onset of diabetes. By heeding the following tips, one can delay and even avoid developing diabetes.
When you found you have Type 2 diabetes, you no doubt experienced a wave of emotions... concern, confusion, even fear and anger. The good news is there's a lot you can do to become healthy and improve your quality of life. There's a common saying that goes by the tone of 'you are what you eat'. Surely you've heard this before. If you haven't, you're probably aware of what it dictates. You are what you eat. How much truth is there to this statement? Is this one of those occasions where the truth is only as valid as your beliefs? Or is this accurate regardless of your personal thoughts and feelings on the subject?
Fats for food are generously available from plant and animal sources. The choices are numerous ranging from saturated fat, trans fat, mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. Since fat is already part of our diet, it would be important to take a look how we can use them judiciously for our health.
A ketogenic diet is designed to shifts the body's metabolic fuel from burning carbohydrates to fats. It's goal is to treat diabetes at its root cause by lowering carbohydrate intake leading thereby lowering blood sugar, which in turn, lowers the need for insulin which minimizes insulin resistance and associated metabolic syndrome. Ketones are a byproduct of that process. Buildup of ketones may create a risk for developing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).
Periodontitis is inflammation and infection of the gums and soft tissue surrounding the teeth. Although anyone can get the disease without proper dental hygiene, Type 2 diabetics are particularly susceptible. High blood sugar levels could be responsible for allowing bacteria to grow - infection leads to inflammation. More and more, inflammatory molecules are being found to influence the complications associated with Type 2 diabetes. Scientists at the University of Bergen in Norway and several other research institutions in Norway, Sudan, and Qatar looked at inflammatory molecules and their possible contribution to periodontitis in adult Type 2 diabetics.
Moving isn't an option when it comes to helping improve your Type 2 diabetes and insulin sensitivity. Moving is essential. It helps you lose weight and improve your health in many ways. If you currently work at an office job that has you sitting for the better part of the day, your health could be deteriorating day by day without you even realizing it. Most people already realize sitting, not moving, is going to have an adverse impact on your daily calorie burn, but it does more than that. Let's look at how sitting may just be making your day and your Type 2 diabetes worse.
A diabetes emergency kit can be an effective diabetes management tool. Your diabetic supplies provider can help you build a kit with all of the essential items and help you feel your best.
Are you a Type 2 diabetic? No doubt the thought of treating and managing your disease has been on your mind for a while. Maybe you've set a goal for yourself and made some progress. Perhaps you have yet to start doing anything - but you know you must. Your health is your most valuable asset and it must be optimal if you are to live a higher quality life. Whether you are well on your way to treating your condition or just about to get started, here are three health challenges for you to try. We urge you to make a solid attempt and aim for some consistency. The more you can apply the following, the greater your results, and consequently the better your health will be. Both your blood sugar and weight will drop...
A summary of the basic cell biology behind the development of type 2 diabetes which is centered on carbohydrate metabolism. Interference with cell membrane integrity may create resistance to let in glucose to the cell. On the other hand, insufficient supply of insulin due to pancreatic insufficiency leads to hyperglycemia. Manipulation of the internal body environment with food choices is discussed
Now when one has diabetes, keeping a check on one's sugar consumption can make a difference. And that's because when one is suffering from diabetes, the body is not able make proper use of sugar in the bloodstream. This could lead to some complications at times. This could affect the eyes and vision, kidneys, wounds sometimes take longer to heal, and even sensory functionalities are affected.
The human heart has four chambers, the right and left atria and the right and left ventricles. When the top two chambers, the two atria, fibrillate or make feeble attempts to beat, blood moves through the heart but at a slower rate. Many people live with atrial fibrillation with no noticeable symptoms, others can be aware of an irregular pulse but no other symptoms. But then many people receive a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation due to shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness and fatigue, dizziness and/or fainting with exercise.
Finding out your child has Type 2 diabetes is one of the most difficult things for a parent to deal with. Here are some answers to questions you may be facing. Why did your child develop Type 2 diabetes? It's hard to tell exactly. There are several risk factors for children developing Type 2 diabetes. Some of the risk factors, like gender, race, and family history, can't be controlled - but the other risk factors can. These include a sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure, high blood triglycerides (blood fat), and being overweight or obese.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is usually defined as 140/90 or above. Prehypertension is defined as a systolic (top number) of at least 120 on two separate occasions or a diastolic of 80 or more, again on two separate occasions. High readings during pregnancy can be dangerous for mothers and babies, as can Gestational diabetes. Scientists at Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena, USA, and Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, USA, looked at prehypertension during pregnancy. Their goal was to learn whether slightly high readings before or early in pregnancy, could be linked with hypertension and Gestational diabetes.
The good news is all types of exercise help raise a Type 2 diabetic's level of fitness. Cardio, weight training and Zumba classes - this is only a short list. There are so many different ways to train and get in shape to improve your fitness. Evidently some forms of exercise are better than others. Type 2 diabetics and others looking to improve their health or manage their blood sugar should seriously consider taking up strength training for several reasons. Let's cover a few...
Type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest epidemics of our time, currently afflicting over 18 million Americans. Your meal plan is important for both preventing and controlling Type 2 diabetes. Investigators at Rovira i Virgili University in Reus, Spain, and several other research centers in Spain and the United States compared the effect of dietary olive oil in American women's meal plan to learn whether it could lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Following a meal plan is a great way for people with Type 2 diabetes to get in the right amounts of carbohydrates, protein, and fat throughout the day, while keeping their blood sugar levels steady. The three major meal planning strategies for those with Type 2 diabetes are the plate method, carb counting, and the glycemic index. Each of these options helps you determine what to eat for each meal and snack, and should take into consideration insulin and any oral medications you take. One other option that's available for Type 2 diabetics is following a predetermined meal pattern that tells you exactly what foods to eat at every meal.
One of the best ways you can take control of Type 2 diabetes is by regularly checking your blood sugar level during your day. Checking your blood sugar reading helps you learn how you react to the different foods you eat, the amount of exercise you get, the insulin injections you take, and any oral diabetes medications you are taking. You and your doctor can then make changes to your diabetes care plan as needed, based on the results of checking your blood sugar several times during your day.
Antioxidants remain been man's best hope of counteracting oxidative stress. Fruits and vegetables have been very good sources of antioxidants. Evidence is accumulating of a natural phytonutrient, Nrf2 that can help the cells of the body make their own antioxidant. We may have a new ally in the fight against oxidative stress and aging.
The color of fruits and vegetables may be nature communication with us in deciding which to choose. All fruit and vegetable colors appear to be loaded with antioxidants in various degrees. Judicious choice of these fruits and vegetables will keep us in good health
Too often food color is our initial cue to choosing a food. Red fruits and vegetable stand out like a beacon saying 'come get me'. Nature has provided for us all the antioxidants we need in the different colors of fruits and vegetables. We need to use them to overcome oxidative stress.
Heart rate variability, or changing pulse rate, differs slightly from beat to beat in healthy people. Some studies have shown either too little or too much variability is associated with sudden death due to a heart attack. This variability can be lowered in people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. In May 2014, Diabetes Metabolism and Research Review reported on a study dealing with Type 2 diabetics who had high blood pressure. It was found Type 2 diabetes had more effect on heart rate variability than did high blood pressure.
You've probably seen lots of foods with "high-fiber" on the label. Some types of granola bars, cereals, wraps, and many other foods make this claim. But how much do you really know about fiber? And how can you get enough of it while not eating too many simple carbs? Understanding what fiber is and what it does in your body can help you better manage your blood sugar levels and your Type diabetes and become healthier overall.
Human breast milk and cow's milk have different proteins and several other differences that make cow's milk ideal for calves and breast milk ideal for human babies. Breastfeeding is also known to have benefits for mothers. Feeding by breast lowers the risk of breast cancer and provides bonding between mother and baby. According to an article published in Acta Paediatrica in July 2015, breastfeeding is likely to have other health benefits as well. Investigators at the Centre for Health Research and Development in New Delhi, India and several other research centers combined studies reported on in three separate databases. They analyzed the results as if all the studies were one large study.
There are three certainties when it comes to your health. There was a past, there is a present, and there may be a future. The lifestyle choices you've made in the past are largely irrelevant today, although they may have placed you in a predicament, as is the case with Type 2 diabetics. It goes without saying the most important time is the present moment, as the decisions you make today will determine how well you may be tomorrow. Let us briefly go over five reasons why your health is likely not where it should be..
Antioxidants are natural antidotes found in certain food items that help counteract free radicals in the body to minimize oxidative stress. Fruits and vegetables are good sources. The mechanism of action is through a Nrf2 pathway
Our bodies aren't helpless in the face of these assaults. The body's defenses against oxidative stress include physical barriers, enzymes, substances in our diets (such as vitamin C and vitamin E) are said to "quench" free radicals by donating electrons to them and cutting off the chain reactions early in their course.
The Paleolithic diet or the Paleo Diet for short has been touted as a great diet for diabetic patients. In fact some have gone so far as to say that it is the best diet for diabetics. Is this really true? With the myriad of diets out there- some fad, some not, it may really be quite difficult to assess one diet over the other. A recent review carried out by a select group of experts at the mandate of the US News and World report publication did come out to say that when it comes to diabetes management and prevention, two diets came out joint tops. These are The Biggest Loser Diet and the DASH diet. So where does the Paleolithic diet fall in all of this? Surprisingly, out of the 35 specific name diets assessed, when it comes to helping diabetics manage their diabetes, the Paleolithic diet comes pretty well near last. In fact one of the experts proclaimed that, the diet should go back to where it came from.
Over time, many diabetes diet - that is, diets developed with a view to helping people with diabetes better manage their diabetes, have been developed, had their heyday and quietly passed away into sunny retirement. Many though remain strong and just as popular as when they were first introduced. But really, how effective though are these diets. With the list appearing to grow longer by the year, it often leaves a befuddled public wondering where to begin. So I decided to do review of the most popular diets currently on the market and at the end of that review two diets came through as outstanding performers for helping people manage their diabetes. One of them being the DASH diet. What follows is a brief of what I learned about that diet.
The Biggest Loser diet makes many claims. This 6 week diet incorporating food and regular exercise as part of its regimen states that apart from helping you lose weight, help cut the risk for cancer, dementia and Alzheimer, it will also help you improve your heart health and boost the immune system. If this diet is beginning to sound like a cure all, well you haven't heard the best of it- because the diet -wait for it, has also been touted as one of the very best for helping to manage diabetes. Amazing as that may sound, the most amazing aspect of it is that although this article concerns itself primarily with its diabetes management benefit claims, it may indeed be true on all scores.
It has been noted that the Engine 2 diet is a great diet for diabetics. But just how well it conforms to accepted dietary guidelines could be another thing altogether. Now, it is the recommendation of the United States government through its department of Agriculture that recommended daily calories for fat make up 35 percent of total calorie intake; between 45 and 65 percent for carbohydrates, between 10 to 35 percent for protein, a maximum of 2300 milligrams for salt intake, bearing in mind the limit of 1500 mg however if you are 51 years or older, African American or have diabetes, chronic kidney disease or hypertension. This article discusses just how well or not the Engine 2 diet complies with this dietary guidelines and will enable you to decide whether it is a diet you as a diabetic can go for or recommend to others.
As far as diets go, there are many and varied types of diets touting different properties and making different claims. But of all the properties that such diets may have, for now only one really interests us. The ability of a diet to have anti-diabetic qualities. In other words, to either serve in preventing diabetes or help in managing it. In a study carried out by a panel of experts under the aegis of US News and World Report magazine, The Engine 2 diet came out as third best diabetes diet out of 35 diets assessed. This article takes a closer look at the diet and how that verdict was arrived at.
Granted both forms of exercise-aerobics and resistance training are good for you if you have diabetes. Both help to control blood glucose in people with diabetes. But when it comes to empirical results, is one actually better than the other? Yes. This article discusses the result of study which shows that resistance training is actually better in assisting diabetics manage their diabetes and keep diabetes related indices within acceptable limits.
A diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes is not welcome news to anybody. Instead of latching on to the initial negative emotions of denial, anger and fear, embracing it and focusing on all out effort to mitigate the effects or even 'reverse' the disease should be considered.
The body derives its energy for normal physiologic processes from the food we eat through a process of oxidation. The byproducts of this energy metabolism process includes unstable substances called free radical which in their attempt stabilize creates more free radicals. The burden placed on the body in the process of oxidation is called oxidative stress.
The diagnosis of prediabetes sets off an alarm signals in the diagnosed because of what it portends. It may be better regard it as a second chance to lay a foundation for proper nutrition that caters to the needs of the body vis-a-vis our tastes.
If you have diabetes running in your family or are just interested in ways of managing it effectively through diet, with all the different types of diets out there, you may have wondered which one exactly is the best. And between the touted methods of managing diabetes - diet and carbohydrate counting, you may have equally wondered which one is better. This article conclusively answers that question and will help you make up your mind once and for all the strategy to adopt in managing your diabetes.
In a list of 35 popular diets for a study carried out by US News and World Report magazine the expert opinion of assembled experts gave us the verdict of The Biggest Loser diet and the DASH diet as being the best diet for diabetics, in both helping individuals to prevent the disease or for those who already have it, reversing it. But is there really a best of the best? Amongst these two champions, is there yet a champion still? I decided to do a step by step comparison in order to find out. What follows is a comprehensive analysis and definitive conclusion of which of these best of the best Diabetes diet comes out tops.
If you have diabetes chances are you have an health care team that gives you advice on how to handle it what you must eat the exercises you should do and such like. Or at the very least you have your doctor for that. However, although your doctor may stay front and center there are actually other persons who in one way or another may just be as invaluable to you as a doctor. One of these is a dietician. Why is a dietitian important to you in your fight against diabetes? This article will enlighten you on the several essential reasons why.
It is common knowledge that exercise actually helps to prevent and manage diabetes. Not only that, exercise can contribute greatly to general health and overall well being. This article takes a deeper look into how it does this and why it is essential as a diabetic that you take up an exercise regimen now without delay.
Exercise has been proven to be generally beneficial for health - more so if you are diabetic. The following exercise tips will help you ease into exercise, stick with it for the long term whilst enjoying it at the same time.
Exercise has always been touted as one way people can improve their fitness level and ensure general health. This becomes truer if you are a diabetic. Why? Simply put, because study after study has shown that exercising regularly actually helps you lower your blood glucose level. And this is evident immediately in the aftermath of any exercise or physical activity done. This article discusses the way exercise does this, the different exercise types and their relative benefits for diabetics.
Stem cells taken from umbilical (newborn) blood could be an effective new treatment for Type 2 diabetes. That was what researchers at Weifang Medical College in Shandong, China and many other research centers in China and British Columbia, Canada, concluded after an interesting pilot study on the subject. In Type 2 diabetes, beta cells in the pancreas become damaged and unable to make insulin. When this happens insulin therapy is definitely required. Stem cells have been used as therapy for a variety of diseases in which cells are damaged or deficient in some way. This led scientists to carry out an experiment to learn whether stem cells could be used to preserve pancreatic beta cells and enable them to produce insulin once more.
Carbohydrates get a lot of attention when you're living with Type 2 diabetes. You know how much you should eat, when you should eat them, and the difference between complex and simple carbs. But how much thought have you given to protein? Consuming enough protein and eating it at the right times throughout the day can help you stay full longer, manage your hunger, and lose weight if you need to - all leading to better blood sugar management.
Human activities require energy and that energy derives from the food we eat. The body's mechanism for informing us of the need for energy is hunger. Our response to hunger can be by chance or choice. Chance is when you eat whatever is immediately available. Choice is when you have thought through what you will eat and have an avoid list of food items because you want to use your food choices to drive your health.
Type 2 diabetes has impact vision through its effects on the lens and retina. One of the early symptoms of diabetes is blurry vision. When the lenses get cloudy it results in cataracts. The major impact of diabetes on the retina arises from the damage to the small blood vessels and the responses of the retina to that damage. Prompt attention is necessary to avoid blindness.
Legumes are a class of vegetable rich in soluble and insoluble fibers that help slow down the digestion of carbohydrate and thereby minimize post-absorption glycemic effect. They are rich in minerals and fiber play an important role in reducing the risks of high blood pressure and high cholesterol in diabetic patients.
As someone living with Type 2 diabetes, you likely hear a lot about carbohydrates and the other two macronutrients: protein and fat. And then there are different types of each of the three nutrients. One that can be especially confusing is the different types of fat. Which are bad, and which are good - and why do you need them? By learning more about good fats, you can improve your eating plan and help manage your Type 2 diabetes. First of all, it's important to remember fat does have an important role in your body. It has many functions, including growth, maintenance, and repair.
The blood glucose levels in our body are usually controlled by insulin, which is nothing but a hormone produced by pancreas. Insulin helps in lowering blood sugar levels.
In living things, everything is controlled at the molecular level. Modern research continues to study the molecular workings of Type 2 diabetes in an attempt to learn the nuts and bolts of what is going on. While we usually associate obesity with the development of this form of diabetes, some normal weight individuals have received the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes as well. So, what is the complex mechanism actually responsible for Type 2 diabetes? Researchers at the IDF Centre of Education in Chennai, India, and Emory University in Atlanta, USA, are working on this particular question and beginning to find some answers.
People with Type 2 diabetes who are cutting their calorie intake to below 1,200 calories per day to lose weight or control blood sugar, are frequently advised to take vitamin supplements because it's difficult to meet their average daily requirements with severely restricted food choices. One class of vitamins you want to be sure you aren't overlooking are B vitamins. B vitamins are found in a number of different foods, so chances are you are getting at least a few of them. That said, it's not hard to become deficit in one particular B vitamin if you are following a restricted diet plan.
Type 2 diabetes is known to be associated with dementia. Investigators at the National Taiwan University in Taipei and several other research centers in Taiwan, looked at the severity of Type 2 diabetes and the risk of dementia to learn whether dementia could be expected when other complications developed. Their study, reported on in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in July 2015, included 431,178 Type 2 diabetics more than 50 years of age. The adapted Diabetes Complications Severity Index (DCSI) was used as a practical measure of how much diabetes was affecting each participant's health overall. Rather than blood sugar levels, the DCSI assesses how much damage the diabetes disease has done.
Dieting is excellent for its diverse benefits to your body and health. But, it does not come without drawbacks. Notably this includes the act of voluntarily restricting yourself from certain foods. That's not to suggest you can't have some of your favorite meals while dieting. You certainly can. But it does mean you do often have to strictly moderate your portion sizes, which essentially means for the most part, you're not really allowed to enjoy your favorite foods at all.
Several studies point to arsenic as one possible cause of Gestational diabetes. In a study reported on in the journal Environment International in June 2015, scientists at the University of Montreal and several other research facilities in Canada, looked at arsenic and various other molecules in relation to the condition. A total of 1274 women were included in the study. Lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic were measured in blood taken from mothers in their first three months of pregnancy. Twelve more complex molecules were measured from the women's urine collected at the same time. Participants with the 25 percent highest amount of arsenic had 3.7 times the risk of developing Gestational diabetes than those with lower amounts.
Now you know how to eat to follow a healthy meal plan and manage your blood sugar levels, your body weight and, in turn, your Type 2 diabetes, you may be re-thinking some of your recipes. Here are some tips to help you cook healthy meals that will align with your meal plan. These tips are meant for those with busy lifestyles, who enjoy cooking but prefer to keep recipes simple and quick.
Diabetes can affect any part of the body, but one can keep these problems at bay by keeping blood sugar levels in check. Here are some of the ways in which diabetes can affect an individual.
The autonomic nervous system serves the major organ systems of the body. Any disorder affecting it such as diabetes, is experienced as a body-wide dysfunction in one or more organ systems causing significant negative impact on both in the resting state or in emergency. The vagus nerve serves the lungs, heart and digestive tract. Damages to the vagus nerve as occurs in diabetes causes loss of innervations and associated physiologic functions to the anatomic parts of the body it serves. This article discusses natural management of those complications.
After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, some people think they will have to follow a special "diabetic diet". They worry they'll have to eat different foods from their family, or that they'll only be able to eat artificially sweetened food. But the reality is there is no such thing as a diabetic diet - a healthy "diet" for someone with Type 2 diabetes is the same as a healthy diet for anyone else. By following a balanced, healthy diet, you'll be able to control your blood sugar levels, your weight and Type 2 diabetes and help everyone around you eat better as well.
Type 2 diabetes misinformation is very common. But type 2 diabetes is not a disease. It is condition that can be reversed and even permanently cured
Study after study supports the benefit of high-fiber foods in preventing obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. These days, however, most of the fiber is processed out of carbohydrate-rich foods. Fiber won't raise your blood sugar, but it will help control blood sugar spikes. The most important part about fiber is taking it slow: if you increase your intake quickly, it will cause stomach upset. So how much fiber should Type 2 diabetics eat? Men under 50 need 38 grams of fiber per day and when aged over 50, it drops to 30 grams per day. Women need 30 grams when under 50 and 21 grams when over 50. Most people get less than half of the recommended intake on a regular basis. Here are some great foods to help boost your fiber intake...
You know a diet high in whole grains can help lower your blood sugar levels, keep your appetite in check and help you fight Type 2 diabetes, so you've been trying to eat more of them. Good for you! If you've been finding it difficult to figure out which foods are whole grain and which aren't, you're not alone. All the different terms for grains - like enriched, bran, and 100% grain - can be confusing. Here are some tips for spotting the real thing and eating more whole grains...
If you've received a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, your risk of a stroke is two to four times greater than those of middle-aged people without diabetes. It's also more common for diabetics to have a stroke at an earlier age than nondiabetics. So it's important to reduce your risk as much as possible and there are ways to do it. The way your body changes glucose into energy is the main link between Type 2 diabetes and stroke. Most food is broken down so glucose can supply energy to your body. Once glucose is in your blood, it needs to enter your cells to be used for energy.
Type 2 diabetes is no longer a stranger in our modern society. If you look back throughout history, diabetes has always been present, even if inconspicuously. Back in the times of Ancient Egypt, little was known about diabetes, though its presence was recognized and documented for even the very little that was understood. Diabetes was termed as "the passing of sweet urine," as it was remarkably unusual ants were captivated by a person's urine. Nowadays we know its a serious dysfunction in the body if significant traces of sugar are found in the urine.
Periodontitis, inflammation of the gums, underlying soft tissue and bones surrounding the teeth, is linked with Type 2 diabetes. Both conditions include some of the same biochemical reactions in the body. In April 2015, the Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology reported the results of a study on scaling and planing teeth and the changes in blood chemistry that occurred afterwards.
Reasons behind diabetes and natural remedies are necessary to lead a healthy life. Three types of diabetes are common among the people. some home made treatment may help you from this disease.
Recent studies carried out by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research found coconut oil protects against insulin resistance, meaning the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes is lessened. It was found the medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs) are so small they can be absorbed into cells where they're quickly converted into energy. This means the amount of fat going into storage is reduced and insulin sensitivity is improved.
If you're at all like most people, you just can't go about your day without having your morning coffee. It's not that you necessarily need one, but it's a valuable commodity to have a coffee to help kick-start your day. As long as you aren't dependent on caffeine, as in needing several cups of coffee a day to help you function normally, you shouldn't worry about your coffee consumption.
Arteries are normally able to open and contract as needed to allow more or less blood to flow through them, depending upon the body's need for oxygen and nourishment. When arteries become stiff it is difficult for them to widen sufficiently to allow adequate blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. When the heart attempts to pump enough blood through stiffened arteries, blood pressure rises and the heart can fail. Heart and blood vessel disease is one of the most serious complications of Type 2 diabetes.
If you're about to embark on making some positive lifestyle changes with your nutrition plan - a "Type 2 diabetic diet" as it's often called, there are some key things you should know as you get started. Far too many people with Type 2 diabetes just dive into the first diet plan they come across, only to find out this diet does not bring the results they were hoping for. Far too often, the reason for this is simply due to the fact they weren't prepared from the start. Let's go over a few of the key beginner's diet tips to help set you on a successful road to lower blood sugar levels and weight loss...
Yoga is often recommended for people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes as a form of stress reduction and exercise. Scientists at Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences in Bidar, Karnataka, and several other research facilities in India performed an objective study to learn the benefits of yoga in treating this form of diabetes.
There is no miracle food to help prevent Type 2 diabetes. However, an overall balance of foods in your diet plan can offer protection. So are you looking to clean up your diet plan? Healthy eating is a challenge for most people as our food habits are highly ingrained over a number of years. Trying to change these can be quite the feat and you'll often find yourself wanting to revert back to your "old ways." If you make it a rule to remember a few important tips however, you can stay the course and start seeing dramatic changes to your blood sugar levels and bodyweight.
Have you heard about humor helping short-term memory in older Type 2 diabetic adults? The stress hormone cortisol is released by the adrenal glands to prepare the body for the fight or flight response. One such preparation is to raise blood sugar levels to provide the muscles for physical activity. In a society with little physical exertion, blood sugar levels tend to stay high. Cortisol is thought to be harmful to the part of the brain called the hippocampus, which is involved in memory. Loss of short-term memory can be a problem for anyone of advancing years, and the problem appears especially pronounced for people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
To date, clinical trials have proven Type 2 diabetes can be delayed for a period of six years. And any delay in developing diabetes should help to stave off complications such as cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, nerve damage and blindness. In many people healthy living may prevent Type 2 diabetes permanently. When it comes to your overall health and fitness, there may be certain elements of the equation you're overlooking. While most people put into place a healthy eating and exercise program, you need to realize healthy living is about more than this.
Diabetes or diabetes mellitus as referred in scientific terms is a disease where the person suffers from high blood sugar because the body couldn't produce insulin or the body stops responding to insulin. When a person suffers from high blood sugar he/she typically experiences frequent urination, hunger and thirst. People with this disease has to follow strict diet plans in order to remain healthy.
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease and has been a cause of death for around 1.5 million deaths worldwide so far. Everywhere, newspapers, magazines, blogs and press are flooded everyday with presumed facts about diabetes, but in reality most are just myths.
All of the studies on Type 2 diabetes emphasize simple and modest lifestyle changes pay off with big dividends. Obesity, and the resulting insulin resistance, is the underlying cause of most cases of Type 2 diabetes. Calories are an important concept to consider when planning out any weight loss goal. Although exercise is essential, nothing is more decisive than nutrition when it comes to weight loss. Additionally, the amount of food you ingest versus what your body expends metabolically will ultimately determine the degree of your success.
A short discussion of the commonest complications of diabetes. The causes of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and treatment are highlighted. Natural remedies using raw vegetable based diet is can help.
Diabetes as a condition can affect every part of the body, including the skin. Many people among the diabetics at one point or the other in their lives developed a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes. In fact such problems are sometimes the first signs that show that the person has diabetes.
Diabetes results when there is too much glucose or sugar in the body. We get sugar from the things we eat. The body is designed to process sugar so it can enter our cells without insulin, which is a hormone produced by the pancreas.
Vitamin D is important for building bones. It helps the intestines to absorb the calcium and phosphate that go into making and repairing bones, as well as helping with the absorption of magnesium, iron, and zinc. About half of Americans are deficient in vitamin D and this particular epidemic is widespread throughout the world. Vitamin D deficiency is particularly dangerous for women after menopause when their bones begin to lose calcium. A condition known as brittle bones or osteoporosis can develop causing their bones to fracture easily. Healing is slower in postmenopausal women than in younger women and spending time in the hospital or recuperating at home in bed, can cause weakness. Younger people who become weak from lack of activity can regain their strength, but older people often cannot.
If you want to optimize your rate of fat burning, there's no question exercise will be making its way into the picture for you. While getting your nutrition down pat is definitely the most critical step to losing body fat, a good exercise program can help move your results along much faster. Everyone, especially Type 2 diabetics can benefit from exercise. Many of the health benefits of exercise are immediate and occur even if you don't lose weight. This is especially true for the exercise induced changes that help fight Type 2 diabetes. Exercise actually acts similar to an insulin sensitizing drug to make your body's cells more responsive to insulin and help them to remove glucose from your blood much more efficiently. Exercise will impact your blood sugar levels in different ways, so understanding how this comes about will help you know why your blood sugar has lowered or risen and how to handle it. Let's look at a few key points to know...
Those of us old enough to remember, might recall an episode of the old television show, "I Love Lucy," filmed during Lucy's pregnancy. She sends her husband Ricky all over town to find a papaya milkshake, which she eats with a pickle. Fortunately, bizarre food cravings during pregnancy are largely a myth, but genuine food cravings and the type of food eaten can make a difference for both mother and her unborn baby.
There are people, including those diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, who need more protein in their eating plan and sometimes having a protein drink is easier for them to take than eating larger amounts of dietary protein. If you've been to purchase a protein powder, you've been met with what seems like an endless supply of options. You not only have more than twenty different brand names to choose from, but you also have options like "whey isolate," "whey concentrate," "casein," "soy," along with others to add to the mix. Which one is right for you - and when should you use each? Let's walk you through the basics so you feel less overwhelmed next time you're shopping...
What is high blood sugar all about and what are the dangers of it? Are there substances to help control high blood sugar?
As you go about your mission to control your Type 2 diabetes and begin cutting back on your sugar intake, you'll come across a number of alternative products that are often used in place of pure glucose or sugar and are toted as having a minimal effect on blood sugar levels. Some are great options and will be safe for you to use, others, well you will want to think twice about those. Don't let the fact it's not pure sugar lead you to believe it's fine to eat and will not affect your blood sugar levels or your body weight. Very often these replacements are just as bad, if not worse than regular sugar. Let's look at three such examples so you know what to look out for...
If you are a pasta lover but need to cut back due to keep your blood sugar stable, then this cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts in Pesto Sauce is going to make your day. Of any vegetable I have ever roasted (and I have pretty much done them all), cauliflower is the best. It gets a nice crispness without losing it's water content. The Brussels Sprouts are in there for some color, flavor, and texture variety.
Diabetic nephropathy, or kidney disease, is a complication of Type 2 diabetes. It can lead to kidney failure and even death if left untreated. The test presently used to diagnose it looks for albuminuria, or protein in the urine. Several new testing methods have been trialled in an attempt to diagnose the condition earlier and begin treatment long before diabetic nephropathy can advance to kidney failure. Early treatment can prevent serious consequences.
As you move through your Type 2 diabetic eating plan, it can be hard at times to fit all the necessary meals in you know you need to eat throughout the day. As such, you need to find a quick and convenient solution. You might think about turning to a protein powder to help you reach your nutrition goals. And while a protein powder is definitely a great way to take in some protein, it doesn't help you take in the other nutrients your body needs throughout the day. This is where a meal replacement powder can come in helpful. But, not all meal replacement powders are created equally, so you really need to know what to look for. Let's go over the key things on the label to take note of...
The biggest health challenges of the 21st century are diabetes and obesity. Are the two linked? Is one a risk factor for the other? This post explores diabetes and obesity and helps us understand the link between the two.
Diabetes Mellitus can be categorized as a metabolic disorder and by metabolism we mean that the way our bodies digest food in order to attain energy and growth. When we consume anything, the food items are broken down to glucose, which is a form of normal sugar found in our blood cells and also the main source of energy in our body. So, as the food gets digested, glucose enters our bloodstream with the help of insulin present in our body.
Type 2 diabetics know they need to be conscious of the amount of carbohydrate they eat. Avoiding simple sugars and spreading the carbohydrate intake out throughout the day is the best way to keep blood sugar levels steady. But, not all carbohydrates need to be avoided. Complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, are good for you and can actually help fight diabetes. Learn more about whole grains and how to add them to your eating plan...
A recent study by the World Health Organization states that diabetes wasn?t a common disease few decades ago. The disease became prominent in both the developed and underdeveloped countries only recently and shows that there is an estimated 143 million people who are suffering from it around the world. There are also claims of researchers that the number of patients will be increased if we continue living the current lifestyle.
Diabetes is a condition that is becoming more and more common in people of all ages because of our faulty eating habits and increasingly sedentary lifestyles. However, it is extremely important to control your blood sugar levels in order to keep your diabetes under control and minimize the risk of other problems that occur due to this condition.
Omega-7 fatty acids are little known. But one member of this class of fatty acids... palmitoleic acid... is said to reverse metabolic syndrome, lower your risk of obesity and help prevent heart disease. Here's a brief overview.
Genes control much of our health, so knowing which ones we carry and how to interact with any given set, should give us more control over our health. Medical research is looking at which particular genes can influence health outcomes in order to tailor therapy for unique individual people. In June 2015 the Journal of Diabetes Complications reported on a study of various genes that code for a molecule called adiponectin and the risk of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This particular neuropathy is a diabetes complication in which the feet, and often the hands, feel numb with a pins and needles sensation. It is sometimes referred to as a stocking and glove distribution. This happens when the small blood vessels are unable to bring enough oxygen and nutrients to the outer nerves. Type 2 diabetics with this form of neuropathy frequently do not feel like walking, and the condition worsens from lack of activity.
Eating healthily can be challenging for everyone - and especially challenging for those people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. One strategy for following a healthy diet is to be prepared by always having healthy food available at home. Here are some tips for stocking your pantry to make it easy to choose a healthy snack or meal. When you go shopping, think about buying healthy foods in each of the five food groups. For stocking your pantry, focus on fruits, vegetables, protein foods, and whole grains. Choose less-processed foods when you can, and watch out for added sugar and salt.
Metformin is the first drug of choice for treating Type 2 diabetes. If metformin alone is not sufficient to lower and control blood sugar levels, one of several other medications can be added. One of the most serious complications of Type 2 diabetes is heart disease. What is the best drug to add to metformin to protect the heart?