First of all, I have to defined Diabetes. I researched, read a lot about Diabetes. And I told you before that I am not in medical profession nor a nutritionist. Anyway, Diabetes is a disease where your body can’t produce insulin or your body can’t properly use the insulin it produces. Well, Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas.
Diabetes is also a disorder of metabolism. Metabolism is the body’s way of digesting food and converting it into energy.
Insulin controls the amount of sugar from digested foods circulating in your bloodstream, and allows cells to use the sugar for fuel or be stored for future needs.
Pancreas on the other side is a long flattened gland located deep in the abdomen. This a vital part of the digestive system and it is a controller of blood sugar levels.
Now, we know what diabetes is all about and we also understand about insulin and pancreas. Right? Diabetes facts information is very important especially for people who are struggling to fight diabetes. Some causes of this disease are having big belly fat, food you take and our daily activities.
Summing up this disease all came from big belly fat, food intake and not being active. Next topic we will discuss about diabetes, insulin and pancreas.
Just continue reading for your information.
If we know diabetes we should also know how to treat the disease
There are two things about diabetes as mentioned earlier. It is a disease and wherein your body can’t produce insulin or number 2 where your body can’t properly use the insulin it produces.
Blood sugar must be regulated for the body to functions properly. And this is the role of insulin, to regulate sugar (more technical term is glucose) in the blood. Too much blood sugar can cause damage to organs, blood vessels, and nerves.
The types of diabetes are type 2 diabetes which is the most common followed by type 1 diabetes.
Type 1is insulin-dependent diabetes. People with this kind of disease aren’t able to produce their own insulin (and of course can’t regulate their blood sugar) because their body is attacking the pancreas.
People with type 1 diabetes need to inject insulin or use an insulin pump to ensure their bodies have the right amount of insulin.
Now, people with type 2 diabetes can’t properly use the insulin made by their bodies, or their bodies aren’t able to produce enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes can be managed with healthy eating and of course with regular exercise. On my previous article we touched about being active and healthy eating and that is as simple as that to managed type 2 diabetes.
So, diabetes if not properly managed can have some complications. Having high blood sugar can cause complications like
- Kidney disease
- Heart attack
- Foot & leg problems
- Eye disease
- Nerve damage
- Erectile dysfunction
These complications can be very serious and even life-threatening. Properly managing blood sugar levels reduces the risk of these complications.
If you or someone may have type 2 diabetes, please talk to your family doctor or health-care provider.
It is a hormone made by the pancreas. It helps the body store and use glucose. Insulin is responsible for delivering that sugar from the bloodstream into muscle, liver, fat and most other cells so that your body can use it for fuel.
The problems happen if pancreas doesn’t make insulin.
Insulin controls the amount of sugar from digested foods circulating in your bloodstream, and allows cells to use the sugar for fuel or stored for future use.
What to do?
- Well, one of the basic thing that come into your mind is to exercise and maybe you are overweight or your BMI is way above the requirement. And when you exercise you will lose weight. Of course, right? And therefore your cells will be able to use the available sugar in your bloodstream. Exercise also helps your muscles use blood sugar for energy.
- Next is eat plenty of fiber. Eating plenty of fiber can help you control the blood sugar. There are lots of food plenty of fiber like vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains. The recommended daily intake of fiber is about 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. In addition, control your carbs.
Our body breaks down carbs into sugars, and then insulin moves the sugars into cells. Now, when you eat carbs or if you have problems with insulin function, process fails and blood glucose levels rise.
- Stay hydrated and drinking water regularly re-hydrates the blood, and lowers blood sugar levels.
- Eat foods with low glycemic index like seafood, meat, eggs, oats, barley, beans, lentils, legumes, and non-starchy vegetables.
- Control your stress level, and get a good sleep.
- Monitor your blood sugar levels. In this way you can make an adjustment either from the food you eat or from the medicine you are taking.
You are all set and done everything, finally you have to monitor what you have done and what you are going to do. This is important because you can make an adjustment if something went wrong. Right? Or you can adjust your food intake or your daily activities as the case maybe.
While you are aware of monitoring your health it is a fact that a diabetic needs exercise and diet. And make it a habit to have your doctor check blood sugar every 3 months. While anybody can purchase a portable instrument to check your blood sugar but it is still best to see the laboratory specialist or you doctor every 3 months.
Finally, if you have diabetes there might be complications. So, ask your doctor to schedule annual executive check.
Makes sure to check with your doctor before making lifestyle changes or trying new supplements.
This is particularly important if you have problems with blood sugar control or if you are taking medications to lower your sugar levels.
That being said, if you are diabetic or have problems with blood sugar control, then you should start doing something about it as soon as possible.