Let’s talk about diabetes? Diabetes is a life-long disease that affects the way your body handles glucose, a type of sugar, in your blood. Most people have the diabetes type 2, which is related to lifestyle (a diet packed with carbs and sugar, lack of exercise and difficult in managing stress).
What causes diabetes?
Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin. It's what lets your cells turn glucose from the food you eat into energy. A person with type 2 diabetes makes insulin, but their cells don't use it as well as they should and this is called insulin resistance. In this case, the pancreas makes more insulin to try to get glucose into the cells. But eventually it can't keep up, and the sugar builds up in your blood instead.
Managing a chronic condition like type 2 diabetes requires your full attention. You need to be aware of what eat, how much you exercise, how much you sleep and how stress you accumulate. Not paying attention to your lifestyle can lead to dangerous complications, such heart health issues, kidney and nerve damage, vision problems and more.
Here are some tips to help you manage diabetes type 2 and also prevent it:
Soda and juice fruit are basically the same when it comes to their sugar amount, which can be around 10 teaspoons of sugar per can or glass of juice. This amount of sugar can increase the levels of sugar in your blood, trigger weight gain, insulin resistance. And don’t get fooled by artificial sweeteners, they can be as harmful as regular sugar, since they may increase cravings for sugary foods and drinks and your body understand as sugar. Instead, drink water, tea or unsweetened iced tea.
Too much Carbs
Pasta, bread, rice, white potato. Too much carbs increases sugar level in your body. But also, you need carbs in your diet. Choose for complex ones found specially in vegetables or in grains like quinoa. Prefer to eat more good fat and lean protein to stabilize your blood sugar.
Long time without eating
If you already have type 2 diabetes, you know that you can’t stay a long time without eating, that doesn’t mean you have to force yourself eat all the time or eat carbs or bad choices. A piece of cheese, nuts or even a small apple can help you preventing the blood sugar level drop between meals.
When you don’t manage your stress levels, your body increases the stress hormones production, which can make your cells more resistant to insulin. Try to sleep good, meditate, be grateful, yoga class, massage, have friends, a sense of community, a hobby and do what you love.