Thursday, April 7, 2016
This disease is exploding—will you be its next victim?
The study didn’t differentiate between Type 1 and Type 2, but most (90-95 percent) cases of diabetes are Type 2, so that’s the monster we’re looking at.
Plus diabetes is no longer just affecting adults. According to a 2014 JAMA study, the rate of Type 2 diabetes in children rose 30 percent from 2001 to 2009!
Why is this happening?
Although there are many factors causing the mass explosion in diabetes, a few emerge as the leaders of the pack:
Our typical modern diets
Our typical diets which are heavy in refined carbs, sugars and soda create repeated influxes of glucose which pave the way for a stressed pancreas, insulin resistance and ultimately Type 2 diabetes.
Stress causes secretions of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which in turn trigger a surge of glucose into your bloodstream. Plus when your stress is chronic and ongoing, your stress hormone levels remain high, and therefore so does the glucose level in your blood.
Lack of exercise
Exercise not only helps reduce stress and helps you maintain your weight, but it also increases the ratio of muscle to fat in your body. The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism, which in turn helps you burn more glucose.
A recent Finnish study found that men who were treated with statins had a 46 percent higher risk of diabetes than men who were not treated with statins. This is because your liver works very closely with your pancreas in controlling your blood sugar, and statins impair the proper functioning of your liver (shutting down its ability to make cholesterol).
Don’t be a statistic!
Type 2 diabetes is very preventable, and even if you do have it, there is a whole lot you can do to help keep it under control and even turn it around!
Eat for blood sugar control
Avoid refined carbs and sugars as much as possible. Instead, concentrate on these foods that naturally help control blood sugar:
Legumes: Legumes are packed with fiber and protein and help regulate blood sugar.
Onions: Onions are rich in chromium, which is an important mineral to regulate blood sugar.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes are also a good source of chromium, plus they are loaded with antioxidant nutrients.
Red and purple fruits: The anthocyanins (phytonutrients) found in cranberries, cherries, blueberries and similar fruits may help lower blood sugar levels.
Leafy greens and sweet potatoes: Loaded with antioxidant nutrients, leafy green vegetables, and sweet potatoes contain special compounds beneficial for blood sugar balance.
Cinnamon: This spice is a potent antioxidant and helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Walnuts: A great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, they help to encourage proper insulin levels and help lower heart disease risk.
Extra-virgin olive oil: Studies show that extra-virgin olive oil has beneficial effects on blood sugar levels.
Whole grains: Whole grains contain fiber which supports regular bowel movements and blood sugar control.
Limit the booze
Alcohol can cause your blood sugar to drop through the floor (hypoglycemia). Eventually, this can lead to spikes and drops—blood sugar that’s out of control.
Don’t drink to excess—limit yourself to one or two drinks in a day, preferably with meals.
There are many ways to help diffuse stress: Meditation, yoga, journal writing, exercise, massage, counseling, deep breathing, prayer, and seminars. Do whatever works for you.
Supplement with Omega-3 essential fatty acids
Omega-3 EFAs provide crucial support to your metabolism including maintaining proper insulin levels and are also Nature’s anti-inflammatory.
A top-quality fish oil formula can help ensure your body has a proper supply of this crucial nutrient.
Get regular exercise
No need to get fancy here--even brisk walking is helpful. Pick an activity you like or can at least tolerate, get your doctor’s OK and do it for at least 30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week.
Beef up your immune system
Colds, flu, and other infections can send your blood glucose soaring through the roof, and your best protection against illnesses like these is to have a strong and sharp immune system.
When it comes to supporting strong immune health, nothing beats probiotic supplementation. Your friendly gut flora (which houses 70 percent of your immune system) is constantly under assault from things like stress, medications, pollutants and sugars, so it’s crucial to give your body a daily boost of helpful bacteria.
Take the bull by the horns and reduce YOUR risk of Type 2 diabetes now.