When blood sugar rises, diseases and complications soon follow, the condition where blood sugar levels rise is considered to be abnormal, and this condition is called diabetes mellitus. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels by allowing it to enter the cells instead of staying in the blood. When insulin is at critical [...]
People with diabetes need to live well-balanced lives. On a daily basis, they need to keep track of their blood-sugar levels. If a diabetic’s blood-sugar level rise and stay high for too long, damage can be done to blood vessels as well as nerves. This can cause a number of problems, which include infections, blindness, stroke, heart disease, and kidney problems. On the other hand, if their blood-sugar drop too low, they risk becoming confused and can eventually lose consciousness.
Ordinarily, the pancreas is responsible for regulating the delicate process of balancing sugar in the bloodstream. Unfortunately, more than fourteen million Americans with type 2 diabetes cannot properly convert sugars from the food they eat into energy. This is a result of not being able to produce enough insulin (the hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates blood-sugar levels), or their bodies cannot properly use the insulin that is already produced. Because of this, diabetics must continuously monitor their blood-sugar levels and adjust their diets accordingly. In addition to watching their diets, they must also incorporate exercise, oral medication, and insulin injections all in an attempt to meet the changing circumstances.
There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. The worse is type 1 also known as insulin-dependent and juvenile diabetes, which accounts for about 15 percent of cases. Type 2 is known as non-insulin-dependent and adult-onset diabetes, which accounts for eighty-five percent of cases.
Research has shown that many type 2 diabetics can bring blood-sugar levels to normal within a few weeks, by making simple lifestyle changes such as increasing fiber, lowering fat, and adopting a daily exercise routine.
Unfortunately, type 1 diabetics will have to take insulin for life until pancreatic transplants become more accessible and affordable. However, the lifestyle changes recommended for type 2 diabetics can also be beneficial for those with type 1 diabetes. For instance, the high fiber, low fat diet will help reduce the amount of insulin needed to balance blood-sugar levels and diminish the ever present threat of vascular complications.
Eat plenty of colorful whole foods: To treat type 2 diabetes naturally, you need to consume more whole foods that include fruits, grains, vegetables, seeds, and nuts. These foods are full of fiber and other nutrients that aid in the stabilizing of your blood sugar. One of the best ways to make sure that you’re [...]
When treating diabetes, always remember to cut back or eliminate the consumption of sugar, white bread, and anything that contains white refined sugar and other high processed grains. When you consume grains that are highly processed, you’re aiding in the dumping of excessive amounts of glucose into the bloodstream. Type 2 diabetes wreaks havoc on [...]
They’ve been plenty of studies that show people that exercise cut their risk of getting type 2 diabetes by twenty-four percent. The reason for this is insulin and exercise are very good friends. Exercise helps insulin to move sugar out of the bloodstream and into the cells. When the muscles are healthy, it takes a [...]
If you are the average American, more than likely you’re addicted to sugar. If you are addicted, that means you put on 140 pounds a year because you consume 1 of every 5 calories from sugar. Sugar is consumed at an all-time high in the form of sucrose, fructose, and other popular sweeteners. However, many [...]