Did you know that diabetes and obesity are closely linked?
Diabetes mellitus, which literally means ‘sweet urine’, is a condition in which there are elevated sugar levels in the blood and subsequently, sugar spills over into the urine.
This is caused by either a deficiency in the hormone, insulin, or a reduced sensitivity of the body cells to circulating insulin. Insulin is the hormone responsible for reducing blood sugar levels after a meal.
Although both diabetes and obesity are often associated with race, age and family history, it is becoming clearer that the conveniences of modern life also contribute to the development of both diseases.
For example, sedentary lifestyles (reduced physical activity) and the popularity of high fat, high energy diets and convenient foods are known to lead to obesity. And those are the same diets the medical practitioner will tell you to lose when you are diagnosed with diabetes.
According to the Center for Disease Control, we are eating ourselves into a diabetes epidemic. The International Diabetes Foundation says: “Diabetes and obesity are the biggest public health challenge of the 21st century.” Reports also show that as the obesity rates increase, so do the diabetes rates.
Of the people diagnosed with type II diabetes, about 80% to 90% are also diagnosed as obese. This fact provides an interesting clue to the link between diabetes and obesity.
Being overweight places extra stress on the body in various ways, including the body’s ability to maintain proper blood glucose levels.
In fact, being overweight can cause the body to become resistant to insulin. If you already have diabetes, this means you will need to take even more insulin to get sugar into your cells. And if you do not have diabetes, the prolonged effects of the insulin resistance can eventually cause you to develop the disease.
In about 40% of the people diagnosed with diabetes the condition can be controlled on lifestyle changes alone, which is an important tool in the management of diabetes. Drugs are given to complement lifestyle changes.
Diabetic patients are encouraged to eat at regular times and eat frequent small meals as opposed to few large meals. This helps the body regulate blood sugar levels and shedding a few pounds.
General guidelines include:
- Avoid or reduce sweet foods and drinks, alcohol, meat, especially red meat and chicken skin, processed carbohydrates (like white flour), fatty and oily foods.
- Increase high fiber foods, vegetables, fruits, whole grain carbohydrates and water.
- Regular exercise helps decrease body fat and hence body weight, and improves insulin sensitivity; it also increases the body’s utilization of glucose, hence lowering blood sugar levels. Involvement in activities such as brisk walking, running, cycling, swimming, aerobics, playing active sports such as tennis, soccer or squash for at least 30 minutes three to five times a week has a proven beneficial effect on reducing blood sugar levels.
- Avoid tobacco or tobacco products.
- Medication: Depending on the type of diabetes you have been diagnosed with and its severity, your doctor may start you on drugs which can be taken in the form of tablets or an insulin injection.
- Use the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal, to control your blood sugar levels and to help the body to require less insulin. This supplement can be used with any other weight loss program, because it helps to reduce the Glycemic Index of any food by up to 43%.
- Follow the weight loss program in the FREE Manna Weight Loss e-book, to control insulin and blood sugar levels, lose weight and prevent diabetes.