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It doesn't take a genius to know being obese is a problem in our modern society. And we're not only talking about people who are morbidly obese. While there are people who are unfortunately on the extreme end of the obesity scale, most who are overweight can be considered moderately obese. Just because you're not 300 pounds doesn't mean you're not unhealthy. More than 80% of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight. The more overweight you are, the higher your risk.
As you go about planning your healthy lifestyle, it's important you take your overall health into account. While looking great is obviously a priority for many, don't forget the real reason you are taking these steps as a Type 2 diabetic is to lower and stabilize your blood sugar levels and live the healthiest and happiest life possible. It's important you think carefully about what you can do nutritionally and exercise wise to help combat all disease and poor health conditions. One such condition you can fight through your lifestyle choices is high blood pressure. Let's look at four natural ways to help lower your blood pressure and ensure optimal heart health.
Diagnosis of the type 2 diabetes usually comes with a recommendation from the doctor to improve your meals or diet. Since the meals you eat normally have a great effect on your body health, following a proper and healthy diet plan can help your improve your well being, and manage the diabetes. A healthy diabetic meal plan will help you lose the excess weight, and maintain a proper and healthy body weight. It will help keep the blood sugar level stable; and having the right diabetic meals will help prevent various complications like high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.
Type 2 diabetes by definition is chronically high blood sugar levels and as a person with diabetes, your goal first and foremost is to control your blood sugars. Overweight or obese people are often told to normalize their weight to prevent or control their condition. Weight loss alone can, in many cases, lower blood sugar levels to a point at which some cease to require treatment for Type 2 diabetes. Why, then, do some obese individuals develop Type 2 diabetes while others do not?
When it comes to healthy eating to help Type 2 diabetics control their blood sugar and weight gain, less is usually more. To lose weight, you don't need to eat a variety of exotic low-calorie and gluten-free foods. You don't need to exercise seven days a week. And certainly you don't have to avoid all carbohydrates. You need to include carbohydrates, just like you need to include healthy fats and proteins. But usually in smaller portions than you may be accustomed to. You do need to avoid extra calories from your beverages, though. You can drink a lot of calories in a short amount of time, and research reveals people who drink excess calories do not decrease their calories from food to compensate. People with Type 2 diabetes also need to avoid the large sugar content of regular soda and sweetened juices.
I once knew a psychiatric nurse who would say to her patients: "Sleep is not a luxury. Sleep soundly and get plenty of rest." She was, of course, talking about mental health, but the advice applies to anyone diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes as well. In March 2016, the Journal of the Formosan Medical Association reported on a study on sleep duration and Type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, compared the amount of sleep adults with Type 2 diabetes had.
Some people, especially people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, feel guilty of spending too much time asking questions about the food they're supposed to eat. While we all need to be concerned about our health and well-being, it's a disservice to ponder over misdirected ideas. For instance, asking yourself "do I look fat?" is not nearly as effective as "am I at a healthy weight?" While these may seem like similar questions, they address different issues, despite a correlation. Solving your health problems is infinitely more important than dwelling on improving your appearance. Though it's a bonus to enhance your physique while you go about improving your health.
When it comes to physical activity or a formal exercise plan, many adults make a mistake in believing that it's either all or nothing. In other words, you must either do a lot of exercise, or you might as well do none at all. It is common sense to many Type 2 diabetics that some form of physical activity is better than none. But you'd likely be surprised at the amount of people who believe you have to take part in physical activity seven days a week for at least an hour for it to have any positive effect. This, of course, could not be further from the truth.
If you have a history of type 2 diabetes in your family or you think that your health is headed in the wrong direction for one reason or another, then it's important to do something about it now. Carry on reading to discover how you can drastically reduce your chances of type 2 diabetes to make for a happier and healthier you. Change your diet You've probably heard this a million times but the things that you are putting into your body can either increase or decrease your chances of getting diabetes.
If you have been living with diabetes, you will be able to appreciate the importance of keeping in close contact with your endocrinologist to help you prevent all the complications that accompany diabetes. Your endocrinologist is the person whom you need to contact quite frequently when you are suffering from diabetes.
One of the biggest myths out there about diabetes is that it is caused when you consume too much sugar either by way of processed sugary foods and drinks such as cakes, biscuits, chocolates and sodas amongst others. The truth is high blood sugar levels can be brought on by several other factors besides sugar. Some of the other common causes of diabetes include being overweight and leading a sedentary lifestyle. Having family members who are diabetic can also increase the risk.
Diabetes is the most prevalent type of diabetes and affecting about 27 million people. It is usually caused by genes and extra weight, glucose in the liver, damaged beta cells, metabolic syndrome, and erratic communications between the cells of the body.
If you are a diabetic, chances are good that you have experienced some stressful moments at birthdays, Thanksgivings, Christmases, and other occasions for celebration. On the one hand, you wanted to join in the feasting along with all of your friends and family members, but on the other hand, you had to be extremely careful about what you ate for the sake of your health, particularly since the food and drink served at celebrations tend to ignore the normal rules of moderation. Fortunately, even if you are a diabetic, there are some simple ways that you can still participate in all of the celebrations that you want to your heart's content.
As fats go, olive oil is one of the best oils to use in your eating plan for good health. Oils creep in everywhere: cooking oils, salad oils, and vegetable oils are used in baking and snacks. The Mayo Clinic recommends olive oil when fat is needed anywhere in your Type 2 diabetic meal plan. This is not to say a large stack of white flour pancakes is made healthy by using olive oil when baking them. On the other hand, if you eat pancakes (make mine buckwheat), it is better to use than butter or margarine. In the Mediterranean region, where people eat more olive oil than anyone in the other areas, heart disease is rarer than in other parts of the world.
Before you can decide to treat one single episode of high blood sugar, you will need to understand the cause of the spike. Some of the major causes are eating heavy meals, lack of enough physical activity, not taking medication for diabetes and having to deal with stress and illness.
Diabetics have too much glucose in their blood. Their liver and kidneys are incapable of processing so much glucose and it runs free in the blood stream. Millions of people know they are diabetics and deal with this condition every day of their lives. On the other hand millions more are also diabetics and do not know about it. Diabetes is a disease that works silently, it does not hurt and it does not show itself. Many people take it lightly without caring for their weight and living sedentary lives sitting at their desk at work all day or before the television set all night. They go through life eating and doing what they want until one day they collapse into a diabetic coma, or worse.
Many Type 2 diabetics ponder over the same question: "How long does it take to treat my diabetes and have normal blood sugar levels?" It's human nature to set expectations and look ahead into the future. Since time is so valuable, all of us want to know what sort of return we would get on our efforts and how long it will take to see measurable progress. So naturally, a Type 2 diabetic that's about to start or has recently begun treating their blood sugar levels will always have this question in the back of their mind - if they have not yet asked it already.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which a human body has insulin resistance and under this state, either the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin or the body doesn't use the insulin properly. Insulin is used by the human body to manage the levels of sugar or glucose in the blood and to convert glucose into energy. Moreover, insulin also helps to remove extra glucose from your blood.
Anyone diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is at risk for heart and blood vessel disease, including cardiovascular accidents (CVA's) more commonly known as strokes. Type 2 diabetics have a 50 percent higher chance of developing a stroke than do non-diabetics. The good news, according to a study reported on in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, in April 2018 that death from hemorrhagic or bleeding strokes causes no more death in Type 2 diabetic stroke patients than in non-diabetic stroke patients. This could be, at least in part, because surgery post-stroke has been effective in both groups.
Make no mistake: your eating plan is key to your health. Your well-being relies so much on your diet plan and nutrition it would be a tragedy if you were to neglect healthy eating. Unfortunately, this happens to be the case for the vast majority of people. Eating plans are neglected which leads to a host of health complications with the passage of time. One condition, in particular, Type 2 diabetes, is practically a given with a poor diet that is not treated soon enough. That's right; a poor diet is a serious problem that must be addressed.
Type 2 diabetes is defined by high blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and high levels of blood fats: these are frequent complications associated with Type 2 diabetes. In April 2016, the American Journal of Medicine reports on the results of a study using sesame and rice bran oils to lower hyperglycemia and improve blood fat readings in people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
One of the top leading "killers" so to speak in today's society is excess inflammation. While inflammation per say is unlikely to become fatal, the problem is with what's associated with the inflammation. When inflammation is high in your body, there is usually a lot of free-radical damage to innocent cells and tissues. Inflammatory elevated if you have heart disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and autoimmune conditions disorders such as lupus, multiple sclerosis or Chron's disease.
Diabetes Mellitus, often shortened as Diabetes, is a medical condition in which the cells of the body find it difficult to absorb and utilize sugar or because there is inadequate secretion of insulin. This results in high level of sugar in the blood. The first signs are frequent urination known as polyuria, constant thirst - polydipsia and constant hunger - polyphagia.
Wouldn't it be wonderful, if you could diet for two weeks and see all of your health problems go away? Or, if you could exercise rigorously for one month to get a lean midsection? It would be fantastic! Unfortunately, as you're probably aware, this is rarely if ever the case. Quick fixes may produce instant results, but how often do they instigate the sort of change that lasts?
Most people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are advised to lose body fat and maintain a body mass index (BMI) of under 25. The saying, "eat less, exercise more," is essentially correct, but lacks detailed instruction. Researchers at the University for Developmental Studies in Tamale, Ghana, found professional weight management counseling for dietary planning to be helpful in healthy living and weight loss. A total of 378 Type 2 diabetics were given a questionnaire on lifestyle behaviors. Of those diabetics who had been counseled during the previous year, approximately 51 percent showed better eating habits and had also taken part in an exercise program.
Prediabetes has been formerly known simply as glucose intolerance -- a metabolic change from normal whereby one has slower uptake of glucose into body tissues following a meal or drink. Glucose intolerance has been gently mentioned by many many doctors over years as a minor observation -- one that need not be addressed aggressively. Now, however, glucose intolerance has been recognized as a lingering disorder that frequently leads to overt diabetes mellitus and its attendant complications. Thus, glucose intolerance - that is Prediabetes - must be spoken as a formal diagnosis with life altering implications. And, it commands medical attention and therapy.
It's unfortunate many adults believe Type 2 diabetes is a disease that develops by coincidence. Some diabetics blame their genes and family history. Others blame their luck. Rarely do you find people who are humble enough to point at themselves and admit their actions and behaviors were the cause? It takes a special person to realize they are the one entirely at fault - this could not be any truer when this form of diabetes is involved. Type 2 diabetes never afflicts someone by coincidence. There is always one major underlying factor or a multitude of components that influenced the development of the disease in the first place. Even though some people have a higher risk of developing the condition by their ethnicity or family history, Type 2 diabetes remains a preventable disease.
The prevalence of overt, recognized, diagnosed diabetes has expanded world-wide into a true epidemic, and not all persons living with diabetes are formally diagnosed and under treatment for their condition. The prevalence of pre-diabetes is two-or-three fold higher. And, most persons with pre-diabetes do not know they have a clear metabolic condition that threatens them and that requires treatment and management. Personal health most probably will deteriorate with diabetes. And, personal health is highly likely to deteriorate in those persons with the clear prediabetes condition. Knowledgeable action is required by health care practitioners and the affected person.
During the month of April 2016, the Journal of Nursing Research reports three factors having to do with depression in Type 2 diabetes: lack of sleep, little physical activity, and frequent times of inactivity. Registered Nurses at Chang Gung University of Science and Technology looked at 696 older participants diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. A total of 16.8 percent of these participants suffered from depression. It was concluded promoting sleep by increasing daily physical activity plus a more active lifestyle are needed to fight depression in people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Many people have poor habits that hinder their chances at healthy living. Poor diets are the norm, which is the reason why diseases like obesity and Type 2 diabetes are now ubiquitous. There are two main reasons why poor diets exist: overeating, and an unhealthy intake of carbohydrates. In this discussion, let's focus on the latter.
Whole wheat is known to be helpful in weight control, heart health, and Type 2 diabetes prevention and control due to its fiber content. Fiber is not digestible and slows down the absorption of carbohydrates. Researchers at Lund University in Lund, Sweden, have found rye-based dinners too, could be a help in preventing both prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
There is no secret to healthy eating. Eat quality foods in moderation while avoiding "food vices" and you're all but guaranteed to be in good health with stable blood sugar. At least when it comes to your nutrition, that is. What you eat and how you choose to eat, have a tremendous effect on your health, your wellbeing and blood sugar levels. If you eat poorly, you will gain fat and become overweight. With a poor diet, you would also be. nutritionally deprived, exhaust your physical appearance while weakening your immune system.
There are some diseases that give no symptoms. They kind of creep up on you attach themselves like a leech without you feeling anything. For example, blood pressure is one of them you wouldn't know you've got it; the same applies to diabetes. This is fact, 90 percent of people who have diabetes don't know they got it. Although, this disease brings along some of the worst complications like hypertension, heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations. Which is a total epidemic and hardly covers how grieve the situation really is.
One complication of sugar intolerance or Type 2 diabetes is autonomic neuropathy. Autonomic nerves control the important unconscious functions; functions such as heartbeats. Researchers at Tepecik Education and Research Hospital in Izmir, Turkey, found people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetics showed more nerve damage, or autonomic neuropathy, than did individuals without these conditions. Our heartbeats are supposed to be more or less regular but they also vary as needed when our body requires different amounts of oxygen. Among people with Type 2 diabetes, there was less variation in their heart rates than there were in healthy individuals.
Watching the obese people in shopping centers and elsewhere as they gorge themselves on fat and sugar is upsetting. Don't they realise that they are risking diabetes, which is an insidious disease with no known cure? Those who love sweet food and are pouring it in like water have a lot to learn.
Type 2 diabetes is not inevitable although it's possible to go from "normal" to developing Type 2 diabetes without even knowing it. There are things you can do to avoid it, or at least slow it down significantly. A healthy diet, increased physical activity and weight loss are the most effective and preferred means for correcting this condition. Is weight loss part of your Type 2 diabetes prevention plan? If so, how should you go about it? What goals should you set? When it comes to setting goals, perhaps you have heard of the SMART goal setting process.
A personal view on Diabetes. The reasons for the surge in the disease and the way we can halt it.
Gestational diabetes is much like Type 2 diabetes, but is diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy and is usually resolved, at least temporarily, after birth. Gestational diabetes also links to the babies who eventually become overweight or obese and puts them at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. In March 2016, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported on an Israeli study on neuropsychiatric problems in children brought on by their mother having Gestational diabetes or diabetes diagnosed during their pregnancy.
An epidemic of Type 2 diabetes, formerly known as mature onset diabetes, has developed in children and adolescents. Pediatric Type 2 diabetes follows the obesity epidemic in young people. A rigid low-fat diet is frequently prescribed for obese teens who often have difficulty following this type of eating plan. According to the scientists at Monash University and the University of Queensland in Australia, either a low-carbohydrate diet plan or a low-fat eating plan is suitable for adolescents who need to lose weight.
If more people became educated about the importance of a healthy diet, there wouldn't be nearly as many health problems in our society. Practically all of the common diseases encountered by adults today are a result of a poor lifestyle, where an unhealthy diet is an ultimate factor. Everything revolves around your food choices: your weight, your energy levels, your immune system, and your internal well-being all depend on a healthy diet to be at an optimal state.
The FDA published new warnings the class of new medicines used to treat diabetes known as on sodium glucose inhibitors. It is very important to understand the health complications for all new diabetes medications and new classes of blood glucose regulating drugs. Known side effects of this medicine include heart attack, renal failure, bone fractures, bladder cancer, kidney failure, low blood pressure, and genital fungal infections.
Diabetic retinopathy is a form of eye disease, diabetic kidney disease is known as nephropathy and together with foot ulcers, are some of the complications associated with Type 2 diabetes. According to a recent study, the presence of the first two complications can help predict the likelihood of diabetic foot ulcer.
When it comes to choosing your carbohydrates, you likely know it's critical you are choosing slower digesting sources. Keeping your blood sugar levels under control at all times is a must if you are going to ward off prediabetes or full-blown Type 2 diabetes, and control your blood sugar levels, not to mention weight gain. As such, brown rice is the classic choice. It's sugar-free, slow to digest, and easy to prepare. But, don't let yourself overlook the benefits quinoa has to offer.
It's unfortunate Type 2 diabetes is so widespread in today's day and age. But that's the way it is. Ignorance has caused many to suffer from a preventable disease. If you have Type 2 diabetes, though, don't despair. There is always something you can do to improve your condition. Treatment is always an option. An option that is highly recommended. In this discussion, I'd like to go over three facets of this form of diabetes: prevention, understanding, and treatment. Let's not waste time in getting to the details.
If you're a diabetic or trying to prevent diabetes from occurring, supplementing with whey can be beneficial for you. Recent studies suggest the consumption of whey protein as a novel way to control diabetes. Learn more with this article!
It's an insidious disease and those who suffer from it may have this handicap for the remainder of their lives, but it doesn't have to be that way. One doesn't suddenly wake up with the diabetes as there is an onset period. Type 2 is the more common and it affects children as well as adults and it can be reversed.
People who are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are often advised to reach and maintain a healthy lean weight. Another good reason to normalize weight involves the brain. Studies have linked obesity with memory loss in older adults. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, set out to learn if there could be a cause and effect relationship between obesity and the brain in older people.
In this article I discuss the risks a pregnant diabetic woman is likely to face during pregnancy. In addition I also discuss how some of those risks can be minimized.
As I was surfing the web one day, I saw this message that said; "URGENT DIABETES HEALTH BULLETIN." "An Important Message for Diabetics." Knowing of family members with diabetes, and having spoken to many others over the years, I gave it my undivided attention.
Diabetes has become a very common health problem. It can damage the kidneys and leads to many serious problems like- nerve damage, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke etc. Today we are dependent on medicines but there are many simple solutions for this type of diseases. Bitter Gourd or Karela(in India) is a unique vegetable-fruit which can be used as the best medicine for a diabetic patient.
The causes of Gestational diabetes or diabetes of pregnancy are turning out to be more complicated the more research is carried out on the condition. In March 2016, the medical journal Endocrine reports the results of a study on molecules involved in immunity and their possible role in Gestational diabetes. For a healthy pregnancy, the fetus must not be treated as a foreign body for the immune system to attack. Individual molecules involved in immune responses work with white blood cells to prevent them attacking the fetus. If those white cells and molecules were not functioning properly, could a resulting inflammation be involved in the development of Gestational diabetes?
It's almost a tragedy when you find people choose to play a passive role in caring for their health. It's as if the majority of adults wait until a worst-case scenario starts to develop before taking the necessary action. Sometimes it may be too late for treatment, and then one is forced to live with a particular disease for the remainder of their life. Or treatment becomes too difficult, requiring effort unrealistic for many people considering they have been bystanders to the level of their health for many years. It takes discipline to overcome a disease. It takes perseverance to see treatment all the way through.
In 2003, the journal Diabetes Care published the results of a study showing a slightly increased risk of breast cancer in women who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. In 2015, the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment reported a Canadian study on Type 2 diabetes and stages of breast cancer. Comparing breast cancer patients with and without Type 2 diabetes, the investigators found the diabetic women were more often first diagnosed with this type of cancer in its later stages. The researchers concluded having Type 2 diabetes might make women vulnerable to more aggressive types of cancer.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you're already familiar with Type 2 diabetes. It's no secret Type 2 diabetes is quickly becoming the biggest epidemic of our time. It's difficult these days to even open a magazine or newspaper without reading about the effects of obesity and diabetes. Because of the genetic nature of this disease, many who develop this form of diabetes have seen family members struggle with it and its devastating complications.
Belly fat or fat around your middle is dangerous and is known to release several kinds of molecules called adipokines. They are involved in carbohydrate and energy regulation. Vaspin is an adipokine discovered a short time ago. Researchers at Harbin Hospital in Nangang, China, looked for possible links it might have with heart disease in older people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Struggling to stick to your Type 2 diabetes eating plan? If so, you aren't alone. Millions of diabetics worldwide start on a healthy eating plan each year, and millions of people fall off those plans as well. What gives? Why can so few people stick with their Type 2 diabetic diet plan? When it comes to maintaining a healthy eating plan, it's important you have a few go-to strategies on hand. These will help boost your motivation and commitment and keep you going during those hard times.
Type 2 diabetes is a fascinating disease, and not because of its complications. Rather, it's because this form of diabetes has an interesting development. And that's putting it mildly. Many people think there is a strong genetic component influencing the development of the disease. While research supports this theory, it is not the primary factor. That's because Type 2 diabetes is largely a man-made disease. An individual's eating behaviors and lifestyle choices are what largely determine his or her chances of developing this form of diabetes.
People who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are known to have the tendency toward low vitamin D levels. Nephropathy, or kidney disease, is a complication of diabetes. Could the two be related? That's what investigators at Qilu Hospital of Shandong University and several other research centers in Jinan, China, set out to learn. Their study, reported on in the Journal of Medical Research in March 2016, included 240 participants with diabetic nephropathy and 60 healthy participants.
In the month of March 2016, the journal Pediatric Diabetes reported on the results of a study carried out to learn how adequately children are treated for Type 2 diabetes and its associated complications. The research took place in several US hospitals and universities belonging to the Pediatrics Diabetes Consortium. A total of 598 Type 2 diabetics under the age of 21 were included. Although the participants with the longest history of diabetes had been treated with the highest amount of insulin, these children had the poorest diabetic control
If you're new to weight loss, you may find all of the information available on the topic to be overwhelming. Diet this way, exercise at this intensity, purchase this supplement. It's unfortunate many people are dissuaded. Companies capitalize on the inexperience of the general public to sell them products that supposedly will help with weight loss and improve their health. Before rushing off to buy some "magic pill," it's crucial for you to know weight loss does not take drastic measures. If you are a Type 2 diabetic, treating your disease along with your elevated blood sugar levels will not need a specialized diet or eating plan.
I feel compelled to explain Type 2 diabetes because it is one of the most misunderstood diseases out there. In the past, we just did not know enough about any form of diabetes. The earliest records of diabetes were made back in Ancient Egypt, where physicians discovered frequent urination as the first symptom. Moving forward to another thousand years, it was in 500 BC that a correlation was discovered between obese individuals and the sugar found in their urine.
Type 2 diabetes is an inflammatory disease often seen along with heart and blood vessel disease and depression. According to a report published in the journal Brain Behavior and Immunity in March 2016, inflammation and blood vessel malfunction could be linked with depression. Investigators at Maastricht University in the Netherlands looked at 852 individuals diagnosed with depression. The participants with inflammation and blood vessel dysfunction had the highest degree of depression.
You are not alone if you feel overwhelmed, if you are avoiding taking care of yourself, or you are just in denial. This is not just about the newly diagnosed, this type of emotional burden can live with you for years, if it is not addressed.
Being a diabetic does not mean a completely sober life, with no place for parties at all. Even a diabetic can relish his or her occasional drink, but with the caveat that he or she would adhere to the limit. Alcohol increases the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar level) significantly. For somebody whose diabetes is well under control, a bit of alcohol is permissible during or after meals.
Insulin resistance brings about Gestational diabetes, a condition diagnosed during pregnancy when the body is unable to cope with the extra demand for insulin production. Low insulin production results in high blood sugar levels. But can the body's resistance to insulin also affect women who do not have diabetes diagnosed during their pregnancy? Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, United States, set out to find the answer to this question.
A high blood glucose level can generally cause Diabetes. Proper diagnosis and timely treatment is very essential for the person who suffers with high blood Glucose (sugar) level. Diabetes is an epidemic for most of the countries and is affecting millions of people all around the world. It is the need of the hour to make people aware about the disease. It is very important to understand what causes diabetes, its symptoms and how to prevent diabetes.
Unfortunately, most adults are not aware of the devastating long-term effects of Type 2 diabetes. Since it's become a manageable disease in modern times, this form of diabetes often goes ignored. In fact, millions of North Americans alone have the condition yet remain undiagnosed. And while most diabetics are aware of their condition, many choose to ignore it. Type 2 diabetes is not a condition with a rapid progression. Rather, it develops gradually and if left unchecked, it will likely exacerbate. In the long run, the complications of this form of diabetes may take shape. Some of these health complications are debilitating, whereas others are potentially lethal.
Learn More on (1) -Symptoms of High Blood Sugar (2) -Type 2 Diabetes Pathophysiology (3) -Causes of Diabetes (4) -Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms (5) -Risk Factors for Diabetes (6) -Complication of Type 2 Diabetes... and How to Solve Type 2 Diabetes Problems! Type 2 Diabetes Management - All diabetic effects result from the high levels of blood glucose. Fortunately for present-day diabetics, there are many home devices for monitoring blood sugar levels regularly.
During the month of January 2016, the Journal of Hypertension reported on a study on alcohol and how it affects the heart and blood vessels. Scientists at the University of Western Australia and several other research centers linked drinking alcohol to blood pressure and heart rate.
It's rare to find an exercise so straightforward it appeals to practically everyone. Walk into a gym, however, and you see such a variety of exercise equipment it's difficult for a novice to know where to start. So many different choices are confusing. Exercise is so easy to do, yet it's often made out to be more complicated than it is.
A young woman who battled successfully with anorexia in her teens, passed the International Baccalaureate examinations and entered medical school, where during her first year she was asked to write a review of treatment programmes for people with type two diabetes. Although anorexia is said never to go away, the successful survivors learn to live in control of the condition. Older sufferers of type two diabetes are also smitten by an affliction that is permanent and controlled by diet. Given the parallels between the two conditions, is there anything to be learned from the treatment of one that can assist with the treatment of the other?
When we eat ordinary white rice, long or short, our blood sugar levels rise as this type of rice is packed with carbohydrates. A rise in blood sugar is true for all foods to some extent, but white rice, so high in carbohydrate and low in fiber, makes it particularly difficult to keep blood sugar levels anywhere near their healthy range. The glycemic index of food measures how quickly blood sugar levels rise when that food is eaten. The glycemic load is based on the glycemic index but calculated for the amount of the food. A healthy target for the glycemic load is 100 per day. The glycemic load for one cup of rice is 24, but a new breed of rice could change that.
Treating a disease like Type 2 diabetes may at times seem like an enormous undertaking. It's not that it's overly complicated to do. Rather, it's something that takes persistence and, most importantly, time. As a Type 2 diabetic, you're not going to reverse your condition overnight, despite your best efforts. This form of diabetes takes many years to develop, so it's essential to set realistic expectations. With that said, while your raised blood sugar levels might have taken place gradually, this doesn't mean it will take years for you to treat them.
A diet high in vegetables is recommended for preventing and treating Type 2 diabetes. Researchers at Qingdao University in Shandong, China, combined earlier studies on diet and Type 2 diabetes and analysed them as though they were one large study. Their analysis was reported on in the journal Primary Care Diabetes in January 2016.
It would be an understatement to say a "success" mindset is crucial to attaining great health. One does not just stumble upon a lean and healthy body, free of disease and all sorts of health issues. It takes an effort to avoid debilitating conditions as you age. How often do you see someone who is middle aged and is in excellent health? Not often. But that doesn't mean it's not possible for the average adult. If some are aging well and living healthier lives than the vast majority of their younger peers, it means it's a doable feat. We're not saying it will be easy. But we are saying it could be you.
There are so many ways to approach weight loss it's difficult to recommend a particular method. It becomes nearly impossible to do this when you consider each and every person is different; what works for one might not necessarily work for another. Our body is remarkably unique. With that said, there will always be a few methods producing positive results an overwhelming majority of the time. A water fast is a technique that is all but guaranteed to help someone lose weight. And that's not just water weight either. We're talking about fat loss - the only type of weight you should be losing if you're overweight.
Metformin, a prescription drug used primarily in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, is suspected of either preventing or treating various kinds of cancer when the drug has been prescribed for lowering blood sugar levels. The possibility of developing pancreatic cancer is a concern for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes. More diabetics than non-diabetics are diagnosed with that particular type of cancer. It is unclear whether Type 2 diabetes increases the risk of pancreatic cancer or pancreatic cancer causes diabetes. In either case, cancer of the pancreas is difficult to treat, so a new way of preventing or treating it is always welcome.
Have you been on a banana-free diet since you received your Type 2 diabetes diagnosis? It's no secret bananas do contain a decent dose of sugar. With over 20 carbs per serving and more than half of those coming from sugar, it would seem obvious these would not be a good choice for a Type 2 diabetic looking to control their blood sugar spikes. But this isn't quite the case. First, remember the sugar found in bananas is fruit sugar or fructose, which is a natural sugar that won't spike your blood sugar quite as much as table sugar. Furthermore, bananas offer many benefits - so many you can't ignore them. Here are a few reasons why Type 2 diabetics should not avoid eating bananas...
Sometimes it's those pesky repetitive symptoms, that might be the clue as to whether your blood sugar has gone haywire. If you eat a diet high in carbohydrate, such as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes or pre-packaged food, as the main part of your diet, nearly everyday, at every meal, you are likely driving your blood sugar high on a daily basis.
In your quest for better health, you may need all of the help you can get. It's not a coincidence most adults struggle with their well-being. We live in a time where it's easy to become complacent with what matters the most. We give in to temptations. We submit to laziness. Ultimately, unless a cataclysmic event inspiring the necessary change occurs, we tend to resume our indiscretions.
One complication of Type 2 diabetes, fortunately, rare but still a problem is impairment of brain function. Investigators at King's College London and several other British research centers examined the blood vessels in the eyes of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes to learn whether damage to those vessels could predict which people are in danger of brain impairment.
High fiber, low starch diets are often one of the healthy eating plans recommended for preventing and controlling blood sugar levels and Type 2 diabetes. Fiber helps slow down the absorption of sugar; starch is broken down into sugar. But that's not the only answer. In January 2016, the Journal of Nutrition reports on a study from Harvard Medical School in Boston in the United States.
Dietary changes are important for Type 2 diabetics with compromised kidney function because specific foods can speed up damage. As you take steps to improve your health, one thing you may find yourself doing is reducing your sodium (salt) intake. You've heard many people worldwide are eating foods, especially processed foods, sky-high in sodium and it's helping to bring about health issues such as hypertension, heart disease, and kidney disease. Consequently, you think the lower your salt intake, the better. But is this the case? Turns out some sodium is beneficial for Type 2 diabetics. In fact, diabetics should never go without sodium altogether. Here's why...
According to the American Heart Association, in 2013 one in three deaths occurred due to heart and blood vessel disease. Heart disease was the number one killer worldwide. Heart disease killed 370,000 in the United States in 2013, and it killed 7.4 million people around the world in 2012. Type 2 diabetes, caused by insulin resistance, is linked with a high risk of developing coronary artery disease.
Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day. Even though this is an arguable claim, there is one fact about breakfast worth noting: it's usually the first blood sugar spike of the day. Carbohydrates are essentially a breakfast staple. You will be hard pressed to find a morning menu that contains a carb-free meal. Whether its fruit juice loaded with added sugars or a piece of toast glazed with butter, it's hard to avoid a blood sugar spike when eating breakfast. That's not to say elevating your blood sugar is inherently harmful though middle-aged adults and Type 2 diabetics should pay particular attention to their food choices as they start their day.
When you think of jogging to help lower your blood sugar levels and your weight, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it all those hours you have to spend to build up your fitness? Or perhaps all of the sweat expelled from your body after undertaking so many steps. More importantly, you may be one of those people who are unsure of jogging as an efficient way to exercise. This would be no surprise as many people doubt jogging as an effective way to lose weight. Who can blame them? Nowadays, it seems there are an endless number of ways to exercise. Go to your neighborhood gym and you might see at least five different cardio machines, each advertised on late-night television. While there is some merit in variety, within this context it often makes many people overlook the simplest and most efficient forms of exercise.
The best way to deal with diabetes comes in when you have the proper knowledge of the same. Apart from medication health maintenance is also important. Today in this article we will discuss about these aspects.
Medical researchers are convinced that diabetes can damage your brain if your blood glucose levels are not controlled adequately. But how or why this happens is not entirely clear.
In March of 2015, the journal Particle and Fibre Toxicity reported on a study of ultrafine particles and the effect on heart function in people who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Investigators at Peking University School of Public Health and several other research institutions in Shanghai, China, and New Jersey in the United States, looked at 53 individuals with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. The Type 2 diabetics who had been exposed to pollution from automobiles showed different abnormalities in their heart rhythm.
All adults need to be aware of the risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes. It doesn't matter if you think you are currently at risk of developing the condition or not. Sometimes it's essential to go back to the basics. Many of the risk factors for Type 2 diabetes are widely known due to how common the disease has become in modern times. A brief but comprehensive discussion of these risk factors should provide some valuable insight.Let's split the risk factors into two groups: uncontrollable and controllable...
Anemia is a condition affecting red blood cells. Red blood cells can be too few, too large or small, damaged, or not carry enough iron. Pregnant women can be subject to anemia due to the healthy increase of fluid their body needs at this time. With the rise in fluid associated with pregnancy, red blood cells can become diluted. Prenatal vitamins containing iron are often prescribed to prevent anemia of gestation. It's interesting to note a high iron intake is associated with the development of Type 2 diabetes.
For readers living in the northern hemisphere in colder climates, winter is the time of the year to sit around the fireplace and drink cocoa - just kidding! Time to get out the sleds and skis and have fun while burning off some calories. Physical activity not only helps get rid of fat, but it is a good way to lower insulin resistance, the cause of Type 2 diabetes. And the activity that makes your heart beat faster as well as breathe faster is beneficial for your heart and blood vessels.
When you talk about Indian cuisine, one of the first things that come to mind is the delicate, aromatic and fluffy basmati rice along with a steaming bowl of spicy curry. So is that all basmati rice is about? Is basmati rice good for diabetes as numerous dieticians and physicians are keen to assert? What are the nutrition benefits of it that make it almost indispensable in various households?
When someone has Type 2 diabetes, either the pancreas does not make enough insulin to handle the dietary carbohydrate or the cells do not respond to the insulin or both. The result is sugar remains in the blood instead of entering the cells while the cells become starved of energy. Exercising should be a regular part of everybody's lifestyle. Whether it's for weight training or weight loss, high-impact or low-impact exercise, running or walking, swimming or biking, studies have proven the need for us all to get moving at least 3 to 5 days a week. Exercise controls blood sugar levels, increases our daily energy, improves the heart's functions, and makes us feel good. It helps us to regulate our appetite and reduce unnecessary food cravings.
There are several serious issues and risks for individuals with diabetes. All these risks go up exponentially if left untreated.
When you're diagnosed with diabetes, the amount of change that occurs in your life depends entirely on your type of diabetes. Diabetes is broken up into two different types, Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes results from your body's failure to produce insulin while Type 2 diabetes happens when your body decides to become insulin resistant. You will have to constantly monitor everything that goes into your body if you have Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes provides you with a little bit of leeway. You still have to manage your life, but not to the same extent as what you would have to do if you had Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes makes up for 90% of the cases of diabetes in the world.
People with Type 2 diabetes can develop muscle weakness and shrinkage of their leg muscles, sometimes causing falls. New research helps to clarify why this happens. In January 2016, the journal of the American Diabetes Society, Diabetes Care, reported on a study covering reduced strength in the legs of Type 2 diabetics. Researchers at Central Manchester University Hospital and the Metropolitan University of Manchester, UK, looked at strength and muscle mass in people who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Forty of the participants, 20 with and 20 without Type 2 diabetes were included in the study.
As you go about organizing your healthy eating plan, whether you have Type 2 diabetes or not, it's important you pay close attention to your insulin sensitivity levels. Those who have reduced insulin sensitivity are far more likely to see a fat gain, especially in their abdominal area. Their body has a preference to store the glucose (carbohydrates) they consume, rather than to use it up as a fuel source. In contrast, those who have enough insulin sensitivity are often leaner, more athletic, and can lower their risk factor for Type 2 diabetes as well. Sounds like a pretty good deal, right?
Unfortunately, diabetic foot infections are a serious complication of Type 2 diabetes, but they needn't be if enough precautions are observed. In December 2015, the medical journal Diabetic Foot and Ankle reported on a study undertaken by investigators at the Dr. Kariadi General Hospital Medical Center and Diponegoro University in Indonesia. The researchers compared the possible risk factors in two groups. One group consisted of 47 Type 2 diabetics with foot ulcers and who had a lower limb amputation. These 42 diabetics were compared with 47 diabetics who had foot ulcers but who had not required a lower leg or foot amputation.
Have you ever considered why we have to hit figuratively rock bottom before we choose to reflect on our health habits? Why do we wait until we are in dangerous health circumstances before deciding to make changes? In part, it's because we are forced to. Once it dawns on us we are overweight and unhealthy, and it's only going to get worse as we age, we have no other choice but to pause for a moment and reflect. Is this the direction we want our health to take? Do we let Type 2 diabetes develop and complications set in before we take control of our well-being?