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No one likes to get sick. Having a cold, flu, or another illness is bad enough. And for those people who have Type 2 diabetes, getting sick is even worse as it makes their blood sugar levels harder to manage. Changes to your regular meals and your body's response to illness can both make managing your diabetes challenging. You may not feel like eating or drinking when you're sick. If you can't eat very much, it will be difficult to get in enough carbohydrates, which can lead to hypoglycemia.
Are you interested in finding a way to lower your blood sugar naturally? If so, you're not alone. Many Type 2 diabetics are interested in taking herbs and other supplements to manage their blood sugar. But supplements aren't required to be tested before they're sold - so the manufacturers can claim they have health benefits that aren't tested. For this reason, it's important to look at research studies to test these claims before deciding to take any supplements. It's thought taking cinnamon may be able to lower your blood sugar levels by decreasing insulin resistance.
Having received a diagnosis of prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes, you are urged to keep track of what you eat. You may commonly think food journaling is a hassle. Writing down what you eat every day - who has time for that? But, many people do not fully understand all the benefits that come along with food journaling and just why it is such a smart idea for them to take part in it. Let's walk you through three such reasons so you can see more clearly just why food journaling is so vital to you successfully lowering both your blood sugar levels and your body weight...
There is no absolute 'right' way to eat to manage your blood sugar, your weight and your Type 2 diabetes. Only you can really know what eating plan suits you - you know what works best for you and helps you to feel good. Actually, the best diet for Type 2 diabetics is the same diet that is good for everyone - provided it contains healthy food. Now, having said that, do you have a killer craving for pizza that just won't budge? How about pizza for breakfast? It really can happen if you know how to go about preparing it properly.
Being told by your doctor you have Type 2 diabetes can come as a shock. It is often difficult to accept you have to take this disease seriously. Changing the type of foods you eat, including more physical activity in your life, monitoring your blood sugar and maybe taking diabetes medications, can interfere with your life as you knew it. You have been advised to eat a healthy, balanced diet and that it's not really negotiable. This means no processed foods. In fact, many people can manage their Type 2 diabetes simply by choosing the right kinds and amounts of food, along with increasing their physical activity, and not need to take any medication at all...
So you've been dieting for two months now and are feeling great. Results are coming along, you're motivated, and finally you feel like you're getting somewhere in the game of lower and stable blood sugar levels, fat and body weight loss. At this point, it's time for a break.
The earlier people know they are likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, the earlier they can begin making lifestyle changes to prevent it. Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio Hospital in Kuopio, Finland, compared molecules from muscle, liver, and fat cells in people who later either developed Type 2 diabetes or stayed healthy. Their goal was to discover whether high levels of certain molecules could be a clue as to the future development of Type 2 diabetes.
Grocery shopping can be overwhelming. Most people with Type 2 diabetes would no doubt appreciate a simple 'diabetic stamp of approval' on products suitable for them to include in their eating plan to help control their blood sugar levels and their weight. With over 35,000 products available at the average grocery store, how do you decide what to buy? When you're trying to eat healthily, should you choose low-fat, low-carb, all natural, organic, gluten free, or another type of health food? It may sound like stating the obvious, but what you buy is what you eat.
Heart and blood vessel disease are among the more serious complications of Type 2 diabetes. Scientists at the University of Sydney and other research centers in Australia, compared the arteries of smokers and non-smokers among Type 2 diabetics to learn whether smoking could hasten the process of stiffening the smooth muscle lining on the inside of arteries.
Did you know smoking increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes? And if you do have this form of diabetes, smoking puts you on a faster track for complications such as stroke and heart attack. So do yourself a favor and stamp out smoking. One of the problems is by the time most people are first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, the habit has become a part of their life. Smoking raises blood sugar levels and can lead to insulin resistance, which then leads to full-blown Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in the United States. Over 25 million people have been diagnosed. But almost scarier is there are currently seven million Americans with undiagnosed diabetes. Undiagnosed diabetes can be dangerous, since uncontrolled elevated blood sugar levels can lead to many complications such as heart disease, loss of vision, kidney failure, amputations, and impotence. Read more about the early warning signs of Type 2 diabetes and find out if you may have the disease...
Having to face diabetes is scary enough without having to face the unknown. This information is designed to help calm your fears by letting you know a little bit about how your doctors will treat your condition.
Do you want to avoid frequent urination, increased thirst, increased hunger? These are common symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes. The cause of type 2 diabetes is currently thought to be excessive body weight and not enough exercise.
When you go about looking for reasons for the spike in your blood sugar levels, there are several places to look. Experts point to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, the huge food portions on our plates, and the sweetened beverages such as juice drinks, sodas and various other sugary drinks. Although there is no strong evidence to show sugars cause Type 2 diabetes, high intakes do put extra strain on the pancreas to produce more insulin, exacerbating the underlying problem in people with diabetes or at risk of developing the disease. If you decide to break out the blender and try some healthy diabetic smoothies for breakfast, or a healthy afternoon snack to tide you over to your evening meal, here is some useful information.
Type 2 diabetes can produce peripheral neuropathy, a painful, numb condition, usually affecting the feet. Researchers at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro compared the ability of many diabetic participants to stand upright with their age, degree of peripheral neuropathy, obesity, and gender. Their study, reported on in the Journal of Diabetes Research in October 2014, included 151 participants with Type 2 diabetes. It was found men had more difficulty standing upright than did women, and the men had even more difficulty when their eyes were closed.
Whether you have prediabetes or Type 2 diabetes, your diet and fitness program will help you bring your blood sugar into the best possible range. Physical activity results in improved insulin sensitivity, the measure of how well your insulin works to usher glucose energy into your cells. For many Type 2 diabetics, this translates into a reduction in their insulin or oral diabetes medication dose. The more active you become, the better you train your body to deal with sugar. Even small changes in your activity level can really help. Many doctors advise diabetics to exercise outdoors or indoors using fitness equipment such as a treadmill, as it is the same as walking or running outdoors. When you arrive at the gym, do you hop right on the treadmill and begin your workout? If so, you could be making some big mistakes.
The current rate of teenage obesity is growing and if something is not done to stop it, pretty soon it will be rare to come across an adult of a healthy body weight. Kids are being taught eating chips, chocolate, and candy during their breaks is okay and, often come home only to be taken right out to the local Drive-Thru. These patterns only continue as they become young adults, so is it any surprise by the time they are adults, they have developed Type 2 diabetes and ingrained food habits that are close to costing them their lives? The number of people who have Type 2 diabetes in the United States and in the world is increasing.
It is becoming more commonly known there is a psychological reason behind why people tend to overeat. The reason behind the overeating, even if not known to the person doing it, is often what leads to the person being overweight. But now a new study has found eating for pleasure is in fact easier to do than overeating for just hunger...
New research shows that too little potassium, as well as too much or too little salt, can cause health problems. So how much of each should we eat and what are the best foods for delivering these essential micro-nutrients?
When diet and exercise alone are not enough, then taking prescribed medications is important for controlling your blood sugar and to help prevent or control complications associated with Type 2 diabetes. How do emotions matter in keeping up with your medication regimen? According to a report in the Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders, irritability can play a role.
As a Type 2 diabetic who is aiming to manage both your blood sugar levels and your body weight, you'll be keeping a very close eye on how many carbohydrates you are eating on a day-to-day basis, as well as the carbohydrates you consume per meal. Since carbohydrates are the primary nutrient the person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes needs to focus on, it pays to know which sources will be the best for your body. Sadly, many diabetics make some grave mistakes in their carbohydrate choices, which can lead to fat gain and worse - problems with their blood sugar control. Let's walk you through three carbohydrate choices that may seem healthy, but really are not ideal options...
Aerobic physical activity, the type of activity that makes your breathing and heartbeat go faster, is often recommended for the prevention and control of Type 2 diabetes. One complication of diabetes is peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage that causes a pins and needles sensation, pain, or numbness in your feet or hands. Fortunately, according to research reported on in the journal Physical Therapy in October 2014, aerobic exercise is safe for diabetics who take reasonable precautions.
If you're hoping to boost your dietary intake and improve your blood sugar control, protein is going to be one of the most important macronutrients for you to take in. Simply put, by pairing protein together with your carbohydrate sources in any meal you choose to consume, you will certainly gain better blood sugar control. Forgo protein and you could find yourself on the roller coaster ride you want to avoid.
If you're a Type 2 diabetic who is overweight, losing weight is one of the most important steps you can take to help manage your diabetes and even reverse it. Since there are so many options for diet plans and eating styles, here is a review of even more weight loss plans...
The ketogenic diet has helped thousands of people to revert diabetes. It's also clinically proven to stop malign tumors from developing, decrease blood pressure and even to prevent epilepsy patients from suffering seizures.
Are you a Type 2 diabetic who's trying to lose weight? Good for you! Losing weight isn't easy - but it's the best way to manage your Type 2 diabetes and even reverse it. As there are so many different diets and eating plans available, it can be helpful to take a look at each of them to see if they work and if they're safe for diabetics.
Having developed temporary diabetes during pregnancy, known as Gestational diabetes, puts women at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes later on in their life. Researchers at the University of Madrid in Spain performed a study to discover whether the Mediterranean diet could be used to prevent Type 2 diabetes in women with a history of Gestational diabetes. Their results were reported on in the journal Comprehensive Nutrition in October 2014.
Being overweight is a major risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes - about 30% of people who are overweight will find themselves with high blood sugar and insulin levels and on their way to developing full-blown Type 2 diabetes. And if you do have Type 2 diabetes, losing weight is one of the best things you can do to get your diabetes under complete control and even reverse it.
A recent study added the metabolic syndrome, which is associated with Type 2 diabetes, to the list of health problems dairy products may protect against. It has been found overweight people who consumed the most dairy products were approximately 70 percent less likely to develop the metabolic syndrome than those people who consumed few dairy products. Unfortunately, dietary trends over recent years show people are substituting more sodas and processed snack foods for dairy products such as milk and yogurt. One of the top foods prediabetics and Type 2 diabetics should be including in their diet on a day-to-day basis is yogurt.
Kenneth Pullman took on the billion dollar diabetes industries' "Big Pharma" companies by researching how to cure diabetes, not just manage it. Instead of finding ways to stimulate insulin production in the pancreas like other researchers or focusing on medication treatments, he found that you can totally and permanently reverse both Type I and Type II diabetes in just a few weeks. This can be done whether you're young or old, have had the disease for many years or not and even if you have staggeringly high blood sugar levels.
As you go about taking steps to improve your Type 2 diabetic eating plan so you can lower both your blood sugar levels and your weight, one thing you must not be overlooking in the process is taking steps to stay well hydrated. Hydration is something that far too often goes overlooked in many people's approach and this can significantly hinder your progress.
What if everything you have ever been told about conventional medicine and diabetes is wrong? Is lowering your blood sugar not the answer to treating diabetes?
Some fat is vital for the healthy functioning of your body. But what are fats and what are their roles in your body? And how can you reconcile the need for fat in your diet with the requirement that you must minimise the fat you eat in order to reverse your type 2 diabetes?
Many of us were taught in high school and college, biology acquired characteristics could not be inherited. If the mother or father had an appendix removed, the baby is born with an appendix because removing an appendix does not change the genes. Now it appears, although we inherit the same genes our mother and father have - except for the rare mutation, molecules called epigenes affect which genes are expressed.
Struggling to stick with your Type 2 diabetic weight loss diet because you're always hungry? While some hunger is to be expected any time you use a reduced calorie intake, if you are facing so much hunger you feel like cheating on your diet all day long, something needs to change. First, assess your calorie intake. Are you eating enough? Remember, going lower than 11 calories per pound of body weight on a diet plan tends to be too low for most people.
Diabetes is defined with the use of glycosylated hemoglobin or HbA1c, a blood test that indicates blood sugar levels over the previous 3 months. A normal level is less than 5.7 percent. Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when the HbA1c is 6.5 percent or higher. Prediabetes is defined as the gray area between 5.7 percent and 6.4 percent. Individuals with prediabetes are at risk for eventually developing full-blown Type 2 diabetes.
Cinnamon is one of the must have's of any Type 2 diabetic's diet because it's going to help stabilize your blood sugar levels, help to add sweetness to your foods without adding calories, and is all around enjoyable for most people. People usually enjoy the taste of cinnamon when it's added to baked products, and even apple cider. Or you can sprinkle cinnamon powder on fresh fruit, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cantaloupe.
If you're living with Type 2 diabetes, you may be interested in finding a supplement you can take to help improve your blood sugar naturally. There are many different types of supplements available, all with different claims of health benefits. It can be difficult to sort through the options and find out if there are supplements that can actually improve your blood sugar. To help you out, here is a list of a few supplements claiming to be able to lower blood sugar or help diabetics in other ways, and the research that's been done to see how effective they are...
Diabetes is one of the most common disease all over the world which have severe complications. Anti-diabetic drugs used to treat diabetes has severe side effects and also sometimes causes death. Natural treatment option is the best option to restore blood sugar. To get more effective, risk free, proven and less expensive natural method, read this article.
Type 2 diabetes is rapidly reaching epidemic proportions with approximately one in five people developing the disease. As well there are many more people who haven't yet been diagnosed. People don't wake up one day and discover they're suddenly Type 2 diabetic. Progression from normal to prediabetic and then to diabetic occurs over many years. To reduce your risk make changes to your lifestyle...
Diabetes is an epidemic; an epidemic that can be prevented by taking action in the early stages of diabetes. Learn how insulin resistance and diabetes can be prevented.
According to investigators at the University of Rochester - Rochester, New York, United States, a competent heart could be very helpful in controlling Type 2 diabetes. Their study, reported on in the September/October issue of the medical ASAIO Journal, included 50 people who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Have you been diagnosed as having prediabetes? This can be scary to hear - but it's a good opportunity to find out what you can do to prevent Type 2 diabetes developing. Find out more about this health problem, how it starts, and what you can do about it. Prediabetes was defined by the American Diabetes Association in 2002. Type 2 diabetes doesn't start all of a sudden. There's usually a long period of higher than normal blood sugar levels before any diabetes symptoms appear and this period is now called prediabetes.
Prediabetes is the condition most people have before they develop full-blown Type 2 diabetes. People with prediabetes have higher blood sugar than normal but it's not high enough to be considered diabetes. They also don't have any of the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. Finding out you have prediabetes is a call to action - it's a chance to change your unhealthy habits, get your blood sugar under control and avoid going on to develop diabetes. But, many people don't know they have prediabetes. The problem is especially prevalent in older people. One reason for this is the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increases with age. The risk first increases around age 45, then at age 65 the risk becomes greater. About 25% of Americans over the age of 60 have this form of diabetes.
Most of us get plenty of protein in our diets. But do you know the difference between complete and incomplete proteins and how to ensure that your are getting all the essential amino acids you need when you are following a plant-focused diet that is reversing your diabetes?
According to a study completed at KRIEM, the Kuopio Research Institute of Exercise Medicine in Finland and the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio - Finland, dietary fiber could be helpful in lowering insulin resistance, the hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. The study, reported on in the British Journal of Nutrition in September 2014, looked at 4 day dietary records, fitness, insulin sensitivity, and the disposition index, a measure combining insulin sensitivity with insulin secretion.
Are you confused by food labels? Don't feel alone - many people don't understand all the information on food labels. In fact, there are currently some proposed changes to food labels that may make them easier to understand. Besides serving size, carbohydrates and protein, which were covered in Part 1, here are some additional tips to help you get the information you need from food labels...
Oxytocin is an interesting hormone made in your brain and secreted into the blood by the pituitary gland. It is associated with feeling happy, with bonding, trust, food, childbirth, and nursing. Research shows, at least in rats, oxytocin is associated with weight loss. Researchers at the Affiliated Hospital of Jiangsu University, in Jiangsu, China, compared oxytocin levels in normal weight and also obese individuals with and without Type 2 diabetes.
Nutrition is a big part of your life when you have Type 2 diabetes. It's something you probably think about a lot as you plan meals and select food. Reading food labels can help you decide what to eat. But food labels contain lots of information and it can be hard to decode them and find out what you want to know. Here are some tips for reading food labels and getting the facts you need to help you decide what to eat...
There is a lot of confusion when it comes to diabetes. One of the biggest sources of confusion is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This article attempts to shed some light on this and clear up some of the confusion.
Dealing with Type 2 diabetes can feel overwhelming. The condition affects many areas of your life as it takes daily maintenance to stay healthy. Having a good support system can help you deal with diabetes. Friends and family members can be good sources of support, and peer support groups are another option. If you've ever wanted to share your thoughts with other Type 2 diabetics and give and receive support, a group of this type may be for you.
All of the studies on Type 2 diabetes emphasize simple and modest lifestyle changes pay off with big dividends. Eating a nutritious diet low in calories, fat, and saturated fat, choosing more vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products and unsaturated fats, increasing your fiber intake to 30 grams a day, reducing your intake of sugar, and engaging in moderate-intensity physical activity, are some of the specific lifestyle changes diabetics are encouraged to make. Are you looking to ramp up the nutrition of your diet? If so, you need to make sure you are eating plenty of fresh vegetables each and every day. Vegetables are perhaps the healthiest of all foods you can consume and will not only help keep your weight in check, but disease at bay.
Heart and blood vessel disease is a concern for anyone who has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and their healthcare teams. According to the Hoorn Study carried out on the general population in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Type 2 diabetes and blood vessel disease act synergistically to cause heart attacks. The study, reported on in the journal Hypertension in September 2014, included 445 participants - 23 percent with Type 2 diabetes, and 28 percent with slightly elevated blood sugar levels. During the 7.6 years from commencement of the study, 106 participants had heart attacks...
Individuals with Type 2 diabetes have two to three times the risk of dying prematurely of heart disease or stroke compared to nondiabetic individuals, and 55 percent of deaths in diabetics are caused by cardiovascular disease. In view of this it is very important for diabetics to be regularly screened for factors linked to atherosclerosis. Are you looking to boost your cardiovascular fitness level but aren't sure which form of exercise is going to best do the job? In the war of cardio machines, it's often the treadmill and bike that face-off, head to head. Which one will win this race?
Are you seeing the years go by and wondering what you can do to boost your health and fitness level? As someone who has Type 2 diabetes, chances are good you are much more aware of your daily choices than many non-diabetics are. You must monitor your food intake to ensure stable blood sugar levels and pay attention to your activity level to ensure you keep both your weight and blood sugar in a stable and healthy range. But, are you doing everything to maximize your physical fitness? As you become older - to 50 and beyond, strength training is going to become even more important than ever before.
Diabetes awareness should begin at a young age. 'Today's child shouldn't become tomorrow's diabetic'. Children spend so much of their time on gaming devices, television, and cell-phones that their time spent on outdoor activities is limited. Availability of convenient fast foods has added to the problem. This has led to the rise in cases of childhood obesity- a factor that could lead to diabetes in the future. We can save our future by inculcating good eating habits in our kids, encouraging them to participate in sports and outdoor hobbies that will give them an ample amount of physical activity.
Having uncontrolled high blood sugar is hard on your body. The extra sugar in your bloodstream damages your blood vessels and nerves over time, and can lead to complications in many parts of your body. From head to toe, here are some of the possible complications Type 2 diabetes can cause...
There has been a paradigm shift in way diabetes has been managed over the past few decades, right from simple instructions such as "avoid sugar" and take one's medicines on time to a much comprehensive approach that involves exercise, reduction in stress and the need to have personalised meal plans. Diabetes management guidelines, as recommended by the American Diabetes Association, reflects a more extensive style that involves looking at the well being of the person as a whole and not just the presence of a specific health condition.
Most of us get at about 50 percent of our energy from the carbohydrates in our food. But what are they and what is the difference between carbs and sugar? And how do carbohydrates affect our efforts to control or reverse our diabetes?
According to the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women's Health, following the Australian Dietary Guidelines Index is a good way to help lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Scientists at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, compared the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes over a period of six years in women with nutritionally sound diets with those consuming poorer diets.
Want to see success with your fat loss efforts? If you've just become aware you have Type 2 diabetes - or you've been struggling with fat loss for quite some time, getting down to a healthy body weight is one of the top must-do factors for successfully leading a healthier lifestyle. In your search for a diet to follow, you might come across all the lower carb diets that are out there today. Without a doubt, diet is the keystone of diabetes control. But, how can you transition to one of these healthy diets successfully?
Information on magnesium supplementation for Type 2 diabetes has been questionable. Researchers at the Mexican Institute of Social Safety in Tabasco and other institutions in Tobasco and Durango, Mexico, carefully designed a study to resolve the question of whether magnesium supplementation could be helpful in controlling Type 2 diabetes in diabetics who had normal magnesium levels. The study, reported on in the journal Magnesium Research in September 2014, included 98 participants diagnosed with full-blown Type 2 diabetes.
Changing the way you eat isn't easy. You've likely formed some habits over your lifetime that influence what, when, and how much you eat. But if you've been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, it may be time to make some changes in order to manage your blood sugar levels and prevent further complications developing. If you know what changes you need to make but are having a hard time making them, here are some tips for changing the way you eat. First, it can be helpful to think about how ready you are to make a change. Depending on what stage you're in, there are different strategies you can use to help you change...
If you've ever felt confused about what you should eat for snacks - or whether you should eat them at all - don't feel alone! There's some conflicting advice out there on whether it's better to eat every few hours, and include snacks in your eating plan, or only eat a few meals a day and totally avoid snacks. As a Type 2 diabetic, a large concern is keeping your blood sugar level steady throughout the day. Therefore, it's better for Type 2 diabetics to eat every few hours, with an eating plan that includes both snacks and meals.
If you're someone who's busy and always on the run, you may not have time to prepare your five to six mini-meals per day. You know as someone who is suffering from Type 2 diabetes however, eating regularly throughout the day is going to be a must to help maintain stable blood sugar. If you don't ensure you are taking in regular doses of food, you are much more likely to suffer from blood sugar high's and crashes, leaving you feeling weak, miserable, and potentially putting you in great danger as well. So all of this may have you questioning whether you should use a meal replacement shake
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, United States, as many as 9.2 percent of pregnancies in the US could be complicated by Gestational diabetes, the kind of diabetes diagnosed only during pregnancy. Worldwide it could affect over 15 percent of pregnancies. More than half the women with Gestational diabetes will go on to develop full-blown Type 2 diabetes in the next 5 to 10 years.
Obesity is one of the main contributing factors for type 2 diabetes which represents about 90 percent or so of all diabetes cases. It cannot be said enough that although diabetes medications, insulin injections, etc, can help manage diabetes, true freedom from diabetes only comes from natural methods and not from what a doctor can prescribe. This means that diet is an important factor to properly manage and even cure diabetes naturally. Exercise is also important but if weight is an issue for you, your diet will have the most impact on weight loss.
For many years, Americans have been advised to eat high-carbohydrate diets while avoiding eating too much fat. But recently, with the increase in Type 2 diabetes, many doctors and researchers now feel this advice may have been misguided. It's thought our high-carbohydrate diets can contribute to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. And some doctors now feel eating fat may not be as harmful as previously thought. One benefit of including a higher amount of fat in your diet is it makes you feel more full. Protein also has a similar effect, while carbohydrates do not.
Are you living with Type 2 diabetes and trying to improve your eating habits? If so, you may have looked into taking supplements and wondered which ones could help you. Making sure you get enough of the essential vitamins and minerals can help, and vitamin D is one many people don't get enough of. According to Michael F. Holick, MD, PhD, who is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health's General Clinical Research Center Excellence in Clinical Research Award, despite all our modern technology, vitamin D deficiency is one of the most "commonly unrecognized medical conditions, a condition that leaves millions at risk of developing osteoporosis and fractures as well as numerous serious and often fatal diseases... "
If you have Type 2 diabetes and are considering becoming pregnant, you may be wondering if you'll be able to have a healthy pregnancy. With some work, it is possible - the key is keeping your blood sugar levels normal both before and during pregnancy and, as well, you need to have a normal blood pressure reading. Before conception is the ideal time to get your blood sugar levels under control. It's recommended you have normal blood sugar readings for three to six months before becoming pregnant.
Bouts of sleepiness, especially after meals, are some of the most common and disabling symptoms of diabetes. However, there are many causes of lethargy, besides diabetes. So how do you know whether you have diabetic lethargy and, if you do have it, what can you do to combat it?
Observing the blood vessel disease that takes place before elevated blood sugar levels are seen in Type 2 diabetes, researchers have suspected disturbances in how the body handles fat could be at least one cause of Type 2 diabetes. Investigators at the University of Manchester and other Research Centers in the United Kingdom and Canada have found disturbances in fat metabolism that appear to take place before Type 2 diabetes actually develops. This discovery could lead to a new definition of the condition and hopefully an earlier diagnosis.
After being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, you may have been given several options for how to treat it. Diet and lifestyle changes are usually recommended for those with this form of diabetes. Changing what you eat, how much you exercise, and other lifestyle factors is a great way to manage your blood sugar. Medications - including both insulin and oral medications - are also commonly used to treat raised blood sugar levels. If you have a choice of how to treat your diabetes, it can help to look at the pros and cons of both options...
Type 2 diabetes is frequently associated with vitamin D insufficiency. Could a vitamin D deficiency be a cause of insulin resistance? In September 2014 the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, and Obesity, reported on a study of the relationship between insulin resistance and blood levels of vitamin D. Investigators in the Public Health Agency of Canada in Toronto and several other research institutions looked at blood vitamin D levels in 1,928 individuals 16 to 79 years of age. They found as vitamin D levels decreased, so did insulin sensitivity.
Going through pregnancy and delivery with Type 2 diabetes can be a challenge. All the changes your body goes through can also affect your blood sugar, making it harder to control. Exercising during pregnancy can help you manage your blood sugar. But now you've had the baby, you may be wondering how and when to get back into exercising. In the past, many doctors told women they needed to wait six weeks after giving birth to start exercising again. Now, unless you had complications with your pregnancy, you'll likely be able to start exercising right away - or as soon as you feel up to it.
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for managing Type 2 diabetes. And although there are no miracle foods capable of curing Type 2 diabetes, there are certain types of foods that are best at helping fight it. One of these categories of foods is high-fiber foods. Eating enough fiber is essential for fighting diabetes and for overall good health.
An important part of managing Type 2 diabetes is eating the correct serving sizes. If you know how many servings of each food group to eat, and you eat the right serving sizes, you'll be able to eat a balanced diet and keep your blood sugar in check. But, eating the correct serving sizes can be challenging. Portion sizes have increased considerably from 20 years ago, so you may not be able to eat the entire portion of food as it is packaged or served. Recognizing these portions can help you decide how much to eat. Here are some common portions that have become distorted over the years...
Diabetes affects every single part of the body. This includes the skin as well. Skin problems may at times be the very first signs of diabetes. Most skin conditions can be easily treated or even prevented if caught early.
Gestational diabetes is diagnosed when a previously healthy woman is found to have developed diabetes during her pregnancy. Researchers at Bushehr University of Medical Sciences in Iran, compared cases of thyroid gland disorders in women with and without Gestational diabetes, and continued to compare them for one year. Their study, reported on in the journal Diabetes Medicine in September 2014
Diabetes is no longer limited to the western world. Developing nations top the list of the countries with an increasing population of people suffering from Diabetes. It is estimated that almost 60% of the people suffering from Diabetes are in Asia.
Type II Diabetes has become a global health crisis which is now threatening the economy of many nations especially developing ones. While it was once mainly known as a disease of the west, it has now quickly spread to all parts of the world. And Asia is the epicenter of this epidemic and accounts for almost 60% of the worlds diabetic population.
As a Type 2 diabetic, you're used to watching what you eat. You count or monitor the amount of carbohydrates you eat, while also looking at the fat and protein content and portion sizes. But, do you also pay attention to how much sodium (salt) you take in? Eating too much salt can raise your risk of cardiovascular disease. Since having Type 2 diabetes also increases your risk, it's smart to pay attention to your sodium intake.
The prevention and reversal of Type 2 diabetes is actually quite straightforward. It consists of a three-pronged approach: achieving and maintaining an ideal body weight, maximising the sensitivity of your cells to insulin, and preventing oxidative and metabolic stress. Being successful in these goals means focusing on lifestyle and diet; diet especially is fundamental to the successful treatment of Type 2 diabetes. To help you get started, here are a few new foods you can add to your menu if you are tired of eating the same old boring lunch day after day?
There are hundreds of diets that claim to be the solution to the problem of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Most of these diets if followed closely, will promote weight loss over the short-term but are often so regimented, or involve deprivation of health-promoting foods. If you are looking for quick weight loss to help control your Type 2 diabetes, you might be on the hunt for one of the popular 'fasting' or cleansing approaches out there. More and more people, diabetics and non-diabetics, start-up on these, thinking they are on a one-way track to reaching their ideal body weight. Only, as the case often is, two weeks into this approach they are falling off the bandwagon and frustrated by their results.
Living with Type 2 diabetes is expensive. All of your doctor's appointments, medications, and supplies can add up. In fact, people with Type 2 diabetes spend an average of over $13,000 per year on medical expenses - which is over twice as much as people without diabetes spend. If you're living with diabetes and facing these high costs, there are some resources that can help.
Synthetic biology offers great promise for curing diseases and creating new fuels and products. Indeed the first drugs and foods created using synbio technology are now coming to market. But this new industry is not regulated properly. Here's the story.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is at risk for developing arteriosclerosis, or plaque formation on the walls of their arteries. Plaque can cause bleeding, or slow down the flow of blood. This is especially dangerous in the coronary arteries, because they supply blood to the heart muscle. Cytomegalovirus, long thought to play a role in the development of plaque, was implicated in the growth of atherosclerosis in a study reported in February 2014.
Too much stress is connected to being overweight and developing prediabetes leading on to Type 2 diabetes. In diabetics, stress also causes blood sugar to rise. But with the stressful, busy lives many of us lead today, what can we do to decrease stress and improve our overall health? First, evaluate how much of a problem stress is for you. Have you had lots of major changes in your life lately? Do you feel tense and anxious a lot? Do you have a hard time sleeping? You can find tools online you can use to answer questions and determine your level of stress if you're not sure.
This article isn't any sort of a how to article, it just goes into my personal experience eating vegetables over the last few months. It helped with my Type II Diabetes, lowered my A1C levels and blood pressure.
It's common for people with Type 2 diabetes to also have high blood pressure. Unfortunately, doctors love to prescribe medication to reduce it. You can, however, eat particular foods which can help lower your readings...
Diabetes has been associated with dementia and changes in brain anatomy, but so far it's unclear what changes come about when blood sugar levels are poorly controlled. Researchers at Maastricht University Medical Center in Maastricht, in the south of the Netherlands, reviewed the literature reporting on the subject so far - in order to gain insight as to blood sugar control and the brain. Their study, reported on in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, in August 2014, included 86 papers on blood sugar levels, insulin concentration, insulin resistance, diabetes treatments and how they might affect the brain.
In today's world, it's common to hear people talk about being 'stressed out.' And all that stress can be harmful to your health. Did you know stress may contribute to excess weight gain and in turn lead to prediabetes? There are a couple of different ways being stressed can lead to being overweight and related health conditions. Some people deal with stress by overeating. And if the extra calories eaten aren't burned off through exercise, weight gain occurs. But some people don't overeat when they're stressed, and they may not eat too much in general. So why are they still overweight?
Exercise is just as important as diet and in some cases as important as drugs in managing Type 2 diabetes. Getting enough exercise makes it so your body responds more effectively to insulin. During exercise, your body can use glucose for energy - even without taking insulin or oral diabetes medications. And exercise burns calories and helps you lose weight. With these benefits of exercise, you may be wondering if it's safe to continue exercising during pregnancy as a diabetic. The answer is yes - not only is it safe for you to exercise, it will greatly benefit you and your baby to exercise while you're pregnant. Here are answers to some questions you may have about exercising during pregnancy...
Worried about diabetes? Find out why more and more evidence shows the best solutions are natural - not medical...
Getting fit is the second most important thing you can do to beat your type 2 diabetes. But you don't have to go to the gym or start jogging. A good fast walk-a power-walk-is all the exercise you need. Here are some tips to get you moving safely and comfortably.
After more than 12 years of actively treating diabetic patients, I can now safely say that it is utmost essential to individualize while selecting a suitable mother-tincture for any case. I would like to discuss some of these mother-tinctures and their selection criteria through few case-experiences.
Having been given a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, there is no doubt you are looking to make improvements in your health by lowering your blood sugar levels and your weight. Are you tired of constantly feeling like you just can't do what it takes to combat the changes you need to make, the fatigue and pain in your life? If you've never been on a health promotion program but are looking to get started, you need to understand some key habits to develop. By doing so, you can help ensure you are really on the path to success. Here are four healthy habits you should know...
Heart disease and cancer are two complications people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes need to take care to prevent. So often diabetics have high blood cholesterol levels which can clog blood vessels, including the arteries feeding through to the heart muscle. High blood pressure is often associated with the insulin resistance that causes Type 2 diabetes. The American Heart Association considers Type 2 diabetes one of the seven major risk factors for heart attacks and strokes, and diabetics are two to four times more likely to have heart and blood vessel disease than nondiabetics. According to the American Diabetes Association, cancers of the liver, pancreas, uterus, colon, rectum, breast, and bladder are more common in individuals with Type 2 diabetes than in healthy individuals.
Dining out can be a challenge when you are Type 2 diabetic and trying to develop a healthy eating plan. At home you know what to expect, but when you are away from home, it may be difficult to anticipate what you will find. Planning to stop in for a fast food meal? If so, you already know this is less than ideal as far as your health is concerned. While most fast food options are the worst possible thing you could put into your body, many fast food restaurants are coming out with wiser selections. If you tread carefully, you might just get away with your diet intact. If you don't however, don't beat yourself up. Think about how you could do things differently next time.
It has been known for some time Gestational diabetes, the type of diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy, is important to prevent or control for a number of reasons. Mothers diagnosed with Gestational diabetes are at risk for developing full-blown Type 2 diabetes after delivery, and children of mothers diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy are at a high risk for becoming overweight, obese, and developing Type 2 diabetes.