Diabetes is a chronic or long-lasting health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. When we eat, most of the food is broken down into sugar or glucose and released into our bloodstream. When our blood sugar increases, our pancreas releases insulin. Insulin acts like a key to let the blood sugar into our body’s celles for use as energy. When you have Diabetes, your body either does not make enough insulin or cannot use it as effectively.
Do you have Diabetes or know someone who has Diabetes? If you are looking for powerful proven ways to treat or prevent Diabetes, then this blog is for you.
The most common forms of Diabetes is Type 1 Diabetes which is caused by an autoimmune reaction that stops your body from making insulin. Those with this form of Diabetes are normally born with it. Type 2 Diabetes is normally developed due to unhealthy lifestyle and at least 90% of those with Diabetes have this form of Diabetes. Uncontrolled Diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney failure, amputations and heart disease.
Watch our video recording below on How to Prevent especially Type 2 Diabetes.
Prediabetes is the period before Diabetes is diagnosed. This is the stage where the blood sugar levels are high but not high enough to be diagnosed as Diabetes. There may be certain factors such as your genes, past behaviours or age that you cannot change or control. However there are many actions you can take going forward, to prevent Diabetes. We share some of these actions below:
Abstaining from processed sugars and foods. Most processed foods are high in refined carbohydrates and processed sugars. Consuming these regularly will put you at risk of developing Diabetes. These include fizzy drinks, pizzas, cakes and biscuits. Red and processed meats such as bacon, hot dogs and deli meats are high in sodium and nitrates and must be avoided.
Exercising. Physical activity on a regular basis will reduce the potential of being overweight or obese, which plays a significant role in preventing Diabetes. Exercises could include brisk walks, dancing, swimming or strength training. You should allocate at least 30 minutes several times a week, if not daily to exercise.
Keeping Adequately Hydrated. This means drinking at least 2 litres of liquids daily, which should include alkaline water and fruit juice. Abstain from alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks. If you are living in a warmer and humid climate or doing lots of high intensity work or exercise which causes you to sweat more, then you need to increase your liquid intake accordingly. Remember, our body sweats to expel toxins when we sleep, which is why we may feel thirsty when we wake up, so ensure you keep yourself adequately hydrated especially after a nap or waking up from your sleep.
Eating Sufficient Fiber. Adequate daily intake of fiber is beneficial for gut health and weight management. Fiber is divided into soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber absorbs water and dissolves with time, whereas insoluble fiber does not. Consuming a good fiber source at each meal can help prevent spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels, which may help reduce your risk of developing Diabetes.
Sufficient Magnesium, Calcium and Vitamin D. These are important for blood sugar control and efficient bowel movement, which in turn reduces the risk of developing Diabetes. These Vitamins and Minerals also help promote deep sleep which enables your body to repair itself.
Minimise intake of processed foods. These include white bread, white pasta, white rice and white sugar. Do bear in mind that some of these foods have processed sugar, despite not tasting sweet.
Consumption of natural herbs and vegetables. These include curcumin, fenugreek, cinnamon and bitter melon.
Your circle of friends. Be mindful of who you spend your time with. For example, if your circle of family and friends are Diabetics or those who are not health conscious, they are more likely to encourage you to be like them and follow their unhealthier lifestyle. Do also keep up to date with reliable health related information, such as from our blogs and website so that you are aware of the direction you need to follow to maintain great health and be free from Diabetes.
In our free Best Ways To Treat Diabetes Guide, we share the key organs and areas of your body, apart from your Pancreas that you need to look after in order to treat or prevent Diabetes. Do download our free Best Ways To Treat Diabetes Guide and also check out our 2 Diabetes courses for more guidance on how to deal with Diabetes or prevent it.
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