Fight Diabetes (type 2) by reversing the habits you used to acquire it.
Diabetes is a sneaky disease that creeps up on you just like all those unwanted pounds, that are probably the cause of it.
Imagine that your body is a factory. If a problem in function develops, then it is necessary to reverse engineer and discover the cause and do the necessary repairs to restore it to its ideal working condition.
Defining the problem gives us the knowledge to create a solution that we can actually use. Presented below is some of the information you need, followed by my repair plan acquired with the help of a very smart endocrinologist who set my feet on the right path.
How Type 2 Diabetes is Acquired.
If you OVER EAT and don’t exercise enough, it is almost a given that you will GAIN WEIGHT and end up with diabetes.
“People who are overweight and inactive are also more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.” http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/Diabetes/type-2-diabetes-taking-steps-lower-your-risk-diabetes/Pages/index.aspx
People with siblings or other relatives with diabetes have a much greater chance of becoming diabetic, since there is a genetic element in diabetes that sometimes comes into play.
The only way to stack the odds in your favor if you have family members with diabetes is to control your diet, keep the weight off and exercise almost daily.
Walking is an inexpensive and very effective way to exercise.
What is diabetes?
There are several kinds of diabetes, but we are going to discuss what is called Type II (2) or Adult onset diabetes where there is still insulin production by the pancreas but the cells become “Insulin Resistant” and no longer able to function. There is a link below in the picture if you would like to go read about the pancreas and how it works in the human body.
The function of insulin produced by the pancreas is to help the digestive system by opening cell doors to help deliver digested carbohydrates (sugar) to the cells so their little energy factories can convert it into energy.
When we become diabetic (by eating more calories than we burn and gaining weight) there reaches a point where there is not enough insulin to open the cells doors to escort the excess sugar we have consumed into the cells.
When this happens, sugar begins to remain in the blood stream. It accumulates on the outside of our cells, attaches to our blood cells where oxygen should be attached and begins to damage the linings of our arteries and blood vessels and changes the ability of our nerves to function.
Now we have a vicious cycle going…high sugar equals less energy (you feel tired and sleepy a lot of the time) because our cells can’t produce energy without sugar and oxygen…..
SO THE MORE YOU EAT, THE LESS YOU EXERCISE, THE MORE WEIGHT YOU GAIN.
After being diagnosed with adult onset diabetes 30 years ago, I was lucky enough to leave my GP (general practitioner ) and get an appointment with an Endocrinologist (physician who specializes in treating Diabetes) because I didn’t want to keep that appointment with the GP’s nurse for my Insulin orientation.
When I went in to see the Endocrinologist, he asked me what I was doing there. He listened to me as I explained I had failed a glucose tolerance test and my family doctor wanted to put me on Insulin.
When I said I didn’t want to take Insulin, he asked if I had been given a diet or any medication: then when I said NO, he placed me on a 1200 calorie per day diet.
The agreement was to come back and have my sugar tested after 30 days. If I had control, no Insulin.
Meals had to be scheduled:
Dinner before 7 p.m.
Snack shortly before going to bed.
Portions had to be measured or weighed.
All portions called “EXCHANGES”
The Exchange categories were Fat, Protein, Carbohydrates and Dairy.
After 30 days during my return visit to my endocrinologist, I got good news: I had lost 11 pounds, my fasting sugar was 80 so I was told to keep doing what I was doing and come back in 30 days.
I will write more on the exact details of my meal planned diet later. All I will say now is that it was necessary to make up several days menus with foods chosen from the diet card and go shopping.
The greatest treat in the whole diet was the fact that some foods were called FREE which meant that I could eat as much as I wanted with any meal!!!
In the meantime, use the Free diet analysis program (Healthy Body Calculator) and get started on your New Program to Fight Diabetes!
Healthy Body Calculator-Find out some interesting facts about yourself and what category you fit into. Plus, depending on your body profile, it will prepare a suggested diet based on daily calorie consumption and food types, eg: carbs, protein and fat.
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