Sunday, November 13, 2016
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition, that is becoming of growing concern, that causes the level of blood sugar to be too high. Blood sugar, also referred to as glucose, is controlled by insulin which the pancreas produces. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2.
Type 1 diabetes means that a person's pancreas is not producing insulin, whereas in type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is not producing enough insulin. Those that are affected by type 2 diabetes typically develop it in adulthood. Diabetes tends to be associated with obesity and unhealthy lifestyle.
Another type of diabetes is gestational diabetes which can develop during pregnancy.
Can diabetes be prevented?
Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, however steps can be taken to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Some factors which attribute to the development of type 2 diabates are pre-determined such as age and family history. However, people can make changes to their diet and exercise regime to reduce the risks associated with diabetes.
Below we have taken a look at the types of food and activity that can be incorporated into a persons lifestyle who is concerned about diabetes.
Foods to consider
A balanced diet is crucial to everyone, regardless of whether you are living with diabetes or not. The food you eat can make a huge impact on your well being, as well as the amount of that food you are eating.
Here we take a look at some foods that you may want to reduce in order to reduce your risk factors for diabetes:
- Deep-fried foods
- Packaged and fast foods
- Foods with high sugar including sweets and desserts
- White bread
- Sugary cereals
- Processed meats
Exercise to consider
Exercise is important when it comes to health issues such as diabetes. Not only is it useful for maintaining a healthy weight, it can also improve blood circulation, even out blood glucose levels, and help the body to use insulin more effectively. The following exercise activities can be included into your current lifestyle:
- Gentle walking for 30 minutes, working up to five times a week
- Swimming or aerobics
- Strength training
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