Diabetes can be Manage with Lifestyle Changes
According to The American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes. While most of those individual have type 2, nearly 1 million Americans have type 1. And additional 79 million American adults have pre-diabetes. Diabetes has become the seventh leading cause of death in American. But through certain lifestyle changes, diabetes can be managed.
Before discussing how diabetes can be managed, we first need to understand what diabetes is. For our bodies to work properly we need to convert glucose (sugar) from our food into energy. A hormone called insulin is essential for this conversion. For people with diabetes, insulin is no longer produce or the amount that is produced is not sufficient enough for what the body needs. Therefore, having too much sugar in the blood can cause problems if it’s not treated. It can damage the vessels that supply blood to vital organs and this can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, vision problems and nerve damage. There is no cure for diabetes for either type 1 or type 2 but there are ways to manage by certain lifestyle changes.
Diet is everything when it comes to controlling diabetes. As suggested by medical professional, individuals with diabetes need to maintain a healthy diet in order to keep their levels in check. A healthier diet means eating three meals a day. A healthier diet means eating chicken, turkey, lean meats, fish, lower fat dairy products and using on unsaturated fats, or oils to name a few. It is also suggested that grilling, steaming or baking instead of frying will lead to a much healthier intake. Along with making healthier food choices, a person with diabetes, have to make physical choices as well.
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