26
May

Can You Prevent Diabetes With a Healthy Lifestyle?

download (75)While there is ample information available on how to prevent Type 2 diabetes, it seems as if more attention is given to its treatment. Which means people are not looking to prevent Type 2 diabetes, and this leads to the development of the condition in those who are susceptible to the disease. There is no doubt heredity plays a role, and a strong family history of diabetes is a significant risk factor. But an environment that favors overeating and inactivity are also fueling the worldwide diabetes epidemic.

With a diabetes diagnosis, an individual considers treatment more seriously than he or she ever considered prevention. It’s a shame not enough attention is given to prevention because it’s clearly a better option than to have to treat it. Especially when you consider preventing unstable and high blood sugar readings are not as complicated as many have been led to believe.

Type 2 diabetes is a predictable disease. It’s easy to determine if or when it would likely develop in many adults. By taking an objective measure of one’s health and determining the presence of certain risk factors, the risk of developing full-blown Type 2 diabetes can be readily determined. If the risk is there, preventive measures become an unspoken necessity whether or not the individual cares about their health.

To prevent prediabetes or Type 2, all that is required is the discipline to live a healthy lifestyle. A way of life conducive to better well-being. Physical activity, a proper diet, and weight management are key components that go without saying. But it also pays to avoid…

  • drinking large amounts of alcohol, and
  • to eliminate stress

as much as possible.

With stress, it becomes difficult to control your eating. Your physical activity levels will likely decrease, and your sleep and overall health begin to suffer. Therefore, it’s just as important to monitor the amount of stress in your life, as it is to regulate your eating.

With a healthy lifestyle, diabetes can be thwarted. And not only this: heart and cardiovascular complications, various cancers, and other common diseases can be prevented also.

That said, risk factors won’t suddenly disappear overnight. Just because you begin to exercise and improve your eating plan today, it doesn’t mean your blood sugar will immediately return to a healthy range. But know it’s the sum of small changes that produce significant results. As long as you are consistent, you are guaranteed to succeed.

With consistent discipline, you will be able to prevent Type 2 diabetes and a host of other complications that commonly affect aging adults. Without a doubt, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by investing in your health.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

26
May

How to Deal With a Diabetes Diagnosis

download (74)A Type 2 diabetes diagnosis is a life crisis for many people. And that is understandable. After all, Type 2 diabetes is not a disease to be taken lightly. It is better to be greatly distressed by it than to be apathetic, even if it causes you stress.

Sometimes it takes frustration, anxiety, and worry before you feel you must change. As any individual who has successfully made the transition from obese to lean can attest to, there comes a time where enough is enough. An intervention is necessary, and it becomes the only option. Such circumstances often inspire drastic measures, but it’s better to risk your sanity temporarily to improve your health than it is to see matters continue to get worse.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, don’t despair. You may feel frustrated or upset. You may feel some remorse for your wrongdoings over the years. But there’s nothing you can do about the past, so it’s best to move on.

What’s more important is how you live your life going forward. Type 2 diabetes affects you in the present. Its development also escalates or quells by your doings in the present. So shift your attention to where it’s warranted. Make peace with your past indiscretions with your eating plan and commit to making the changes to ensure you live healthily in the future.

Just because you have Type 2 diabetes today does not mean you have to be an ill diabetic in the future. At the very least you can take preventive measures to guarantee you won’t succumb to the worst complications of adult-onset diabetes. While you’re likely aware of heart disease and stroke, even the “minor” complications of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented by stabilizing your blood sugar level as advised by your doctor. Why risk the health of your kidneys or the well-being of your vision? High blood sugar is chronically toxic to the body, so it’s wise to do what you can to treat your hyperglycemia before it exacerbates further.

The first step to dealing with a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis is accepting your condition. The next step is crucial, and it requires you to commit to a healthier lifestyle to help you manage or treat your disease entirely. Make no mistake; your efforts can play a significant role in improving your health, so you’re not a possible victim of diabetes complications in the future.

You could start with weight loss. You could begin by overhauling your eating plan, or taking up physical activity seriously. Frankly, it doesn’t matter where you start to improve your lifestyle, as long as you do.

Type 2 diabetes may have arrived, but it doesn’t have to stay.

 

26
May

Is Yogurt A Do Or Don’t For Your Diabetic Diet Plan?

images (23)One snack many Type 2 diabetics find themselves turning to time and time again is yogurt. But is yogurt the healthiest snack food you can be putting into your body? Is it one that will fuel your body well and keep your blood sugar under control?

The answer is both yes and no. It depends on the type of yogurt you are choosing to include in your eating plan.

Here are a few facts to add to your “yogurt” knowledge bank…

1. Probiotics. The first thing to note is one of the healthiest elements of yogurt is the fact it can contain probiotics. But, don’t think because you are eating yogurt it means you will always be taking in those probiotics. Probiotics are not included in all types of yogurt.

Not all brands contain probiotics, so be sure to check the label on the particular brand you are considering. If it doesn’t say it contains live bacterial cultures, chances are you are not going to be taking in the dose of healthy bacteria you think you are.

2. Sugar Content. Next, also take note of the sugar content. Now, all milk products are going to contain lactose, so you will never find yogurt that is completely free from all types of sugar and carbohydrates.

Some yogurt varieties include far more added sugar than others. Check for plain yogurt only which will almost always contain less sugar. If you want to add flavor, you can then add some fresh berries to the mix.

3. Protein Content. If you are serving yogurt as a snack, you will want to be sure it contains a good dose of protein as well. The protein content in yogurt can vary but for best results, choose a variety of Greek yogurt. You’ll find it naturally contains at least 50% more protein than a regular yogurt variety.

With a higher protein content, this means it contains fewer carbs as well, making it ideal for blood sugar management. The protein content slows down the absorption of any carbs the yogurt contains and helps to prevent blood sugar spikes.

4. The Fat. Last but not least, also watch the fat content. Yogurt varieties come in different levels of fat so choose one low in fat but not entirely fat-free. Usually, when all the fat is removed, sugar is added to improve the taste and for someone watching their blood sugar levels, a little fat can help things along.

So there’s your guide to yogurt. If you choose the right variety, it can be a healthy addition to your diabetic eating plan.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

 

24
May

Does Having Diabetes Mean a Slow Recovery From Pneumonia

images (25)Having a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes is known to have an adverse effect on the immune system. According to a study reported on in the British Medical Journal, people with a diabetes diagnosis are likely to have difficulty recovering from pneumonia.

Scientists at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and several other research institutions in Portugal looked at the records of over 74,00 Type 2 diabetics hospitalized with a diagnosis of pneumonia…

  • the 2012 records showed 28.1 percent of pneumonia patients also had Type 2 diabetes.

It was also found Type 2 diabetics averaged longer hospital stays, and a total of 15.2 percent of patients with diabetes versus 13.5 percent of non-diabetic patients died from pneumonia.

From the above results, it was concluded having a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes raises the risk of developing pneumonia as well as resulting in a slowed recovery and a higher risk of death. One more good reason to prevent or control all aspects of your Type 2 diabetes.

The kind of pneumonia in the study was community acquired, meaning it began outside a hospital or as the result of being in any other healthcare setting. Ways to prevent pneumonia include…

  • staying in general good health,
  • eating a healthful diet,
  • drinking eight glasses of water each day,
  • keeping your blood sugar levels stable and within a healthy range,
  • staying away from large crowds, especially when outbreaks of communicable diseases have been reported.

Viruses…

The same types of viruses causing colds and flu can also cause pneumonia. Viruses can continue their progress when antihistamines and over-the-counter cold and flu medications are used to dry up a runny nose. The dryness allows the virus to stay and cause further damage. Fortunately, cases are usually mild and often resolve without treatment.

Bacteria…

  • bacteria is often a common cause, and can be treated effectively with antibiotics.
  • bacteria-like organisms can cause walking pneumonia, so-called because it does not require hospitalization. The condition is often cured within three days when prescribed medications are taken as directed.

Fungi…

  • fungal pneumonia is rare in healthy people, but people with Type 2 diabetes are at a higher risk of developing this form of pneumonia. The fungus is carried by birds and found in dirt. Activities that result in soil inhalation, such as archeological digs, place the professionals and volunteers at the digs at high risk. Some types of fungal infection can be deadly, but antifungal medications are curative.

Signs and symptoms of pneumonia include…

  • fever,
  • chills,
  • sweating or a clammy skin,
  • fatigue,
  • loss of appetite,
  • shortness of breath,
  • fast breathing,
  • shallow breathing,
  • a cough, often producing mucus or sputum, may be green or blood-tinged,
  • sharp chest pain, often made worse by inhaling or coughing,
  • fever.

If signs and symptoms point to you having pneumonia, do not hesitate to go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

 

21
May

Is Anti-Cholesterol Surgery Helpful in Protecting Against Diabetes?

images (26)Surgery to bypass part of the ileum, a length of the small intestine, is known to have beneficial effects on cholesterol and blood fat levels. The procedure is known to cut down on heart disease. Another result of the procedure is to raise levels of a molecule called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). This molecule…

  • stimulates insulin secretion from the pancreas,
  • improves insulin sensitivity, and
  • lowers the release of sugar from the liver.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota in the United States found evidence a partial ileal bypass reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. In their study, reported on in January of 2016 in the journal Surgical Obesity and Related Diseases, the scientists compared the results of individuals who had undergone a partial ileal bypass with those who had not, the control group. A total of 8 participants or 10 percent of the surgical patients, had developed Type 2 diabetes. Among the control group, 17, or 25.8 percent of the group had developed the condition. The scientists concluded that partial ileal bypass surgery can protect people from developing Type 2 diabetes for over 30 years.

The ileum lies below the stomach, duodenum, and jejunum, forming the third part of the small intestine. The small intestine’s job is to absorb nutrients and water and to make GLP-1. When part of the ileum is removed, more nutrients are exposed to the L cells, which produce GLP-1. Removal of a part of the ileum is thought to stimulate the L cells into making more GLP-1. The ileum absorbs…

  • vitamin B12,
  • calcium and
  • bile salts.

Bile salts are necessary for absorbing cholesterol. Although most cholesterol is absorbed in the duodenum and jejunum, they require bile salts for absorption. Bile salts from the ileum are absorbed into the blood. From there they travel to the upper levels of the small intestine, where they help with cholesterol absorption.

Known side effects of partial ileal bypass include…

  • diarrhea,
  • lowered calcium absorption,
  • lowered vitamin B12 absorption,
  • kidney stones.

Diarrhea resolves spontaneously. Vitamin B12 is needed to make red blood cells and, following this type of surgery, patients need to have B12 injections to prevent anemia.

In general, possible side effects of every surgical procedure include…

  • abnormal bleeding,
  • infection,
  • untoward reaction to anesthetic or antibiotics.

The procedure might be something to discuss with your doctor if you have high cholesterol or risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes. Risk factors such as…

  • obesity,
  • a sedentary lifestyle,
  • prediabetes or high blood sugar,
  • a family history of diabetes in parents or siblings,
  • a history of gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby weighing over 9 pounds.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.