There are three known factors that increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes and they are: obesity, age and lack of physical exercise. Unfortunately, you can't turn back the clock and be younger, but you can change the outcome of the other two. The most powerful tools at your disposal are:
- a healthy eating plan, or diet, that leads to you losing weight as well as reducing your blood sugar levels
- daily physical exercise that helps with weight loss but also acts like insulin, removing blood sugar from your muscles
No matter what you age is at the time of diagnosis, the main aim of treatment is to ensure you are not at an increased risk to develop any of the many complications associated with diabetes. Complications such as:
- burning and tingling sensations in your hands and feet which are signs of neuropathy
- foot or leg amputation following venous insufficiency and foot or leg ulcers
- a heart attack
- a cardiovascular accident or stroke
- blindness and deafness
- kidney failure
Type 2 diabetes develops because your cells no longer respond to insulin in the usual way ... there is too much insulin in your blood stream. High blood insulin levels then constrict your arteries ... one of the causes of heart attacks. Excess insulin levels are also responsible for stimulating your brain and liver, which leads you to feeling hungry and your body manufacturing fat.
Everyone who has type 2 diabetes has insulin resistance, and this is what puts you at a very high risk of having a heart attack. It is also the reason you store fat on your waist and abdominal area, rather than on your hips. Insulin resistance is also the reason you have:
- high blood triglyceride levels
- low blood HDL levels ... this is the "good "cholesterol
- hypertension or high blood pressure
- an increased tendency to form clots
The "answer" you are looking for is the proper use of nutrition ... a healthy eating plan. Add to that an adequate, suitable exercise program.
A well thought out eating plan will give you stable blood sugar levels. The aim is to avoid any foods that give you a high rise in your blood sugar levels; the higher your sugar levels rise after eating, the higher the amount of sugar that will stick to your cells. Once sugar is stuck to your cell membrane, it cannot be removed ... it then converts to a substance, which you could class as a poison and this causes the side effects of type 2 diabetes.
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Whether you are prescribed medications or not, a healthy eating plan is central to you living a long life, free of diabetic complications. If you would like to download a free copy of my E-Book, click here now: Answers to Your Questions ... it's based on questions diabetics have asked me over recent months. Beverleigh Piepers is a registered nurse who would like to help you understand how to live easily and happily with your type 2 diabetes.
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