Sugar and Diabetes: The Truth About Sweets

It is a common misconception that sugar causes Type 2 diabetes. This misinformation probably comes from the fact that the body cannot regulate blood sugar once the disease has developed. In truth, Type 2 diabetes is the result of being overweight or obese. Excess fat inhibits the body’s ability to produce and regulate insulin levels. Eventually, obesity leads to insulin resistance and then diabetes develops. Once Type 2 diabetes is present, the body is unable to deal with high levels of glucose in the blood. Unfortunately, high blood glucose can lead to other health complications. That being said, people with Type 2 diabetes do not need to avoid sugar altogether. They just need to be more aware of how much and when they consume it. Continue reading “Sugar and Diabetes: The Truth About Sweets”

Chronic Inflammation and Diabetes

Inflammation is the body’s first line of defence against pathogens and injury. From spraining an ankle to an insect sting to a sore throat, inflammation shows up as a ‘buffer.’ In other words, the body uses inflammation to keep the affected area of the body contained. While this happens, the body is then able to deal with unwanted pathogens or begin to heal an injury. With chronic inflammation, however, constant, low-grade inflammation does more harm than good. In the case of people with Type 2 diabetes, internal inflammation may be a contributing factor to the development of the disease. Researchers cannot find a direct link to prove that inflammation directly causes diabetes. That being said, inflammation does affect people with the disease. That, doctors believe, is worth noting. Continue reading “Chronic Inflammation and Diabetes”

Blood Sugar Regulating Foods

From preventing Type 2 diabetes to putting it into remission, here are five foods that regulate blood sugar. Through a combination of nutrients, these ‘superfoods’ are all-natural and very effective. The side effects of diabetes range from heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, vision loss to nerve damage. By eating a diet that supports this still incurable disease, you significantly reduce your risk of experiencing one of these health complications. Best of all, these foods are easy to find and totally delicious. Continue reading “Blood Sugar Regulating Foods”

Remission and Diabetes: All About Diet

Remission is possible for people with Type 2 diabetes. With the disease rising at an alarming rate in the U.S., researchers are starting to look beyond simply preventing the disease. In fact, they are starting to examine the possibility of reversing Type 2 diabetes altogether. While this may seem like a tall order, there is evidence to suggest that it is possible. Poor diet is the number one cause of Type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, diet becomes key in maintaining the disease when it is present. So it is not too impossible to imagine that diet might be the key to eliminating the disease. Continue reading “Remission and Diabetes: All About Diet”

Ketogenic Diet and Diabetes

It is no secret that people with diabetes have to be careful about the amount of carbohydrates they consume. The body converts carbohydrates to sugar—also known as glucose—and the body uses the sugar for energy. In the case of people with diabetes, the body cannot control blood glucose levels. This is due to an inability to produce enough insulin or to regulate insulin production. So every carbohydrate consumed has to be carefully monitored to ensure blood sugar levels do not spike. For some people with diabetes, following a low carb diet—such as the ketogenic diet—may be beneficial. Continue reading “Ketogenic Diet and Diabetes”

Mental Stress and Diabetes: The Connection

Stress is a necessary—and at times beneficial—hormone response in the body. Meant to make you more alert for short periods of time, it hones mental focus. This is beneficial when avoiding danger or when you need to be quick to respond to a situation. The stress response activates the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous is characterized by its control of ‘fight or flight’ behaviours. The idea here being that it can turn things over to the parasympathetic—’rest and digest’—nervous system once you have gotten to safety. However, as is the case will many adults today, mental stress levels are maintained long after the danger is gone. This prolonged stress can be detrimental to your health. This is especially true for people living with diabetes. Continue reading “Mental Stress and Diabetes: The Connection”

Physical Activity and Type 2 Diabetes

One of the key factors to preventing or managing Type 2 diabetes is physical activity. Regular exercise allows the body to use up unneeded glucose in the blood. When people are active, the muscles of the body convert glucose to energy. When people are inactive, glucose levels in the blood rise. People develop Type 2 diabetes when, over time, blood sugar levels remain consistently high. This build-up of blood sugar interferes with the body’s ability to produce enough insulin. Insulin is the hormone that helps control glucose levels. When Type 2 diabetes is present, the body can no longer produce enough insulin or cannot use insulin effectively. When this occurs, medication and/or insulin injections help maintain healthy and stable blood sugar levels. Continue reading “Physical Activity and Type 2 Diabetes”

Cannabis Use and Diabetes

Despite certain reservations about legalizing cannabis, medical marijuna is the the least of America’s drug problems. It is no secret that Americans are more medicated now than they have been at any other point in history. This includes medication for diabetes. This rise in the use of diabetes medication has to do with an increase in people with the disease. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 there were 26 million people with diabetes in the US. The newest report highlights that the number of people has increased to 29.1 million. At this rate, 1 in 5 Americans will have diabetes by 2025 and 1 in 3 will have the disease by 2050. All of this is happening despite the seeming health and fitness craze that is currently saturating American media and pop culture. Continue reading “Cannabis Use and Diabetes”

Diet and Diabetes: A Human Centered Approach

diet-diabetesThe maintenance of a healthy diet when managing both type 1 and type 2 diabetes is essential. In the case of type 2 diabetes, a healthy diet can delay or even prevent the onset of this disease. There is still no known cure for diabetes. So one of the keys to living a happy and healthy life comes down to what you eat. That being said, food is a more than just caloric sustenance that helps us participate our daily activities. In addition to providing body nourishment, food has social, emotional and spiritual functions. Eating in a way that is holistic is much more complex than simply an ‘eat this, not that’ prescription. Continue reading “Diet and Diabetes: A Human Centered Approach”

Superfood Snacks for Diabetes

When it comes to diabetes, diet is key to managing the disease. Whether it’s type 1 or type 2, food can be a deciding factor between health and a severe medical complication. No wonder the idea of a ‘superfood’ appeals so much to people managing diabetes. The term superfood is scientifically incorrect—there are no foods that are substantially superior in nutrients to other high-nutrient foods. That being said, there are foods that will be of noticeable benefit for diabetics. In this way, these foods are ‘super’ in their ability to contribute to a healthy and balanced diabetic diet. Best of all, these diabetic-friendly foods can be turned into delicious diabetic-friendly snacks. Continue reading “Superfood Snacks for Diabetes”