Being that two people in my close family are diabetics. Diabetes is a condition I have an intimate view of, and it’s one of the common diseases I had to study as part of my A ‘level. In recent years it has become more common to develop diabetes due to the way we are eating. Therefore, it is critical to have some kind of knowledge about it.
What is Diabetes?
The simple explanation is when the pancreas (the organ responsible for producing insulin) is slow or in some cases not working at all. So, when the sugar enters the bloodstream, it isn’t appropriately broken.
Type 1 diabetes is when the pancreas doesn’t make any insulin at all. This type usually is hereditary and likely to be diagnosed during early age or even at birth. In this case, the person is insulin-dependent and needs to inject it every day.
Type 2 diabetes is when the pancreas isn’t producing enough insulin to cope with the levels of sugar in the bloodstream. The leading cause of type is the high sugar foods in the diet, which makes the most common type.
Gestational diabetes can develop in pregnant women and goes away once the baby is born. However, this puts the mum at a higher risk of having diabetes type 2 later on in life.
Additional Health Issues Diabetes Can Cause
- heart disease
- kidney disease
- eye problems
- dental disease
- nerve damage
- foot problems
What Steps To Take To Prevent Diabetes?
I found a post from Healthline that talks about extra steps that I didn’t know about. I will link the whole post below if anyone wants to read it but here are the bullet forms:
- Cut down sugar and refine carbs
- Water should be your go-to drink
- Keep a health weight
- Quit Smoking
- Follow a Very-Low-Carb Diet
- Watch Portion Sizes
- Avoid Sedentary Behaviours
- Eat a High-Fiber Diet
- Optimize Vitamin D Levels
- Minimize Your Intake of Processed Foods
- Drink Coffee or Tea
Stay Safe and Healthy,