Diabetes Type 2 (Support)
Type II diabetes, or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, usually starts in adulthood, although the prevalence in children is increasing. It accounts for the vast majority of diabetic cases, and despite having a genetic component, an unhealthy lifestyle is the main culprit, rendering this type of diabetes avoidable.
The carbohydrates or sugar you eat move into the bloodstream, signalling the pancreas to release the messenger hormone insulin. Insulin initiates a relay of messengers into the centre of each cell with one instruction: open up and let sugar inside. Once the cell doors open, sugar moves out of the blood and into the cells for conversion into energy or storage.
If you eat too much sugar and unhealthy fats, and are overweight, then there are too many free fats floating around in your blood. These fats rush into the cells faster than they can be used and accumulate, interrupting insulin’s instruction. Consequently, sugar stays in the blood to wreak havoc, causing damage to the brain, heart and blood vessels. This is called insulin resistance, the hallmark of type II diabetes.
Here are some guidelines to follow that will assist you to prevent or manage diabetes. Firstly, don’t let your cells get saturated with an oversupply of fat. You can do this by losing weight, avoiding sugar and unhealthy dietary fats, and exercising.
Secondly, ensure you don’t overload the bloodstream with too much sugar all in one go. Frequently eat small portions that contain only a few carbohydrates at a time and always eat them in combination with protein, good fats and fibre, which slow the absorption of sugar into the blood to avoid sugar spikes.
Thirdly, use natural medicines and pharmaceuticals when necessary, as well as exercise to help your cells hear insulin’s instructions to open their doors to let sugar in. Medication can make insulin’s communication more effective, and the cells’ hearing more sensitive to it, while exercise causes the cells to open their doors, irrespective of whether they get a message to do so or not. Last but not least, provide your body with nutrients to repair the damage wreaked by diabetes.
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