Why is National Diabetes Month right when we are heading into the holiday season? Our sugar and carbohydrate consumption increases exponentially as we move closer to the New Year! An awareness month serves a good reminder. It is better that we are made aware of the dangers of adult onset diabetes (type 2 Diabetes) before we have an actual diagnosis of the disease.
Most medical professionals wait until a person has two consecutive glucose readings in their blood test above 126/dl. Why wait for a lab test to determine you HAVE diabetes. Since Obesity has increased to the point that it has become the number one cause of death in the USA, the rate of type 2 diabetes has climbed steadily along with it. I personally don’t like to see blood glucose levels higher than 99/dl. Anything over that means its past time to make drastic lifestyle and diet changes!
Part of the reason obese individual’s contract diabetes more readily is because they have more fat.When you have type 2 diabetes, your fat, liver and muscle cells do not respond correctly to insulin. This is called insulin resistance. As a result, blood sugar does not get into these cells to be stored for energy.When sugar cannot enter cells, high levels of sugar build up in the blood and over a period of time VOILA, diabetes!
I know some elderly people and some not so elderly who say “oh, my diabetes is under control with my insulin, so I can cheat and eat what I want.” To them I say, “I guess you must not be worried about the side effects!”
One interesting study I just read about in Science Daily showed adults with diabetes experience a slowdown in several types of mental processing. According to the research, decreased cognitive function appears early on in the disease and persists into old age. This means the normal slowing of age-related cognitive function would slowly be exacerbated. Refer to this article, Exploring Effects of Type 2 Diabetes on Cognitive Functioning in Older Adults, for more information.
These are some serious side effects! So what can you do to protect yourself from adult onset diabetes?
1. Exercise- 30 minutes of exercise just 3 times a week can make a big difference
2. Eat foods low on the glycemic index and eat small frequent meals with protein in each one
3. Go gluten/grain free-it’s the carbs, not just the sugar, that raise blood levels!
Just one more thing! If you reply to this blog post with your own personal stories of how diabetes has affected your life and how nutrition or supplements have helped you, you will receive a coupon code for $10 off your next purchase! So start blogging!