How Can You Deal With Diabetes? World Diabetes Day on 14 November

How Can You Deal With Diabetes? World Diabetes Day on 14 November

World Diabetes Day is on 14 November and we’re aiming to let people know how to live a healthy lifestyle if they have diabetes or to prevent it.

The top three countries that have a high number of people suffering from diabetes are China, India and USA, the Lancet study shows.

It is a lifestyle epidemic which has risen a lot since 1980 until present: from 4.7% to 8.5% worldwide.

Diabetes can be caused by a lot of factors and it’s a result of an inefficient function of the insulin hormone, preventing the body to convert glucose from what a person eats into energy. Insulin has an important role in allowing the muscle cells, the liver and other organs to absorb glucose that is in the bloodstream.

There are two kinds of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. The type 1 is an autoimmune condition, affecting children and young adults, destroying beta cells in the pancreas, the latter not being able to produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes is the insulin resistance, a defect in the body’s cells to respond to the insulin the body produces.

Type 1 diabetes is a genetic issue, an autoimmune disease, that can develop into type 2 if you add factors like obesity or lack of exercise.

People with diabetes, but not only them, should change their lifestyle. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Visit a Doctor

If you have a member in your family that has diabetes or if you are over 45 years old and over a BMI of 25 (waist measure for men over 40 inches or for women for over 35 inches), you risk having diabetes. If you have been diagnosed, then you should constantly monitor your glucose levels.

  1. Have a Diet Plan

Stop eating junk food, cold drinks and anything that contains too much sugar! Use sweeteners in small quantities or small amounts of pure maple syrup.

Eat complex fiber foods: oats, brown and black rice and low-fat poultry, salmon and mackerel. Eat greens and add some cinnamon powder in your diet. All of these should lower your insulin sensitivity.

  1. Exercising is Great

Do some exercise at least three times a week for 150 minutes to improve blood circulation and lower glucose levels, while you also lose weight and build some muscle. If you’re old, consult your physician and see if you can exercise for two days of the week – cardio and two for resistance.

If you have diabetes, you should do regular check-ups and follow a healthy lifestyle. If you have found out that you might become diabetic, change your lifestyle now and prevent it from developing.

Pre-diabetic people take about 10 years to get type 2 diabetes, so you should start changing the way you live today!


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