Type-2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body metabolizes sugar (or glucose, take your pick), the fuel that provides our bodies with energy. This is a direct result of how insulin in your body performs or, in some cases, the lack of insulin that your body produces. Many have speculated that consuming too much sugar over a period of time contributed to the onset of type-2 diabetes, and while this is neither confirmed nor denied, obesity has been listed as a contributing factor. Many complications can arise from having type-2 diabetes, such as heart and blood vessel disease, damage to various areas of the body (including nerves, eyes, feet and kidneys), as well as hearing impairment, skin conditions and even Alzheimer’s disease.
The good news is that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can usually be enough to manage type-2 diabetes by itself. Eating properly and exercising regularly can help manage your condition, and under more extreme circumstances, there are even medical routes that you can seek out to take steps against it.
However, eating healthy and exercising regularly are usually enough by forcing your body to use up glucose and make your cells more sensitive to the effects of insulin (a good thing). A new diet recently promoted by the American Diabetes Association has come forth after rigorous studies, showing that a vegan diet can actually be greatly beneficial to those with type-2 diabetes.
How it works is relatively simple. With weight being such a predominant factor in risk for type-2 diabetes, consuming foods that are more fatty or rich in carbohydrates obviously contributes to that – especially if you lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle. This is not to say all carbohydrates perform the same in the body (or even all fats, for that matter), but choosing to eat refined or highly-processed foods will contribute more to weight gain and less toward actual energy production in the body. Carbohydrates you might want to consider in this regard include whole grains (unprocessed or minimally processed) as well as fruits, vegetables and beans.
Surprisingly enough, the vegan diet effectively cuts out the processed foods and foods high in fat, replacing them with – surprise, surprise – fruits, fiber-rich vegetables and plant-based proteins (including beans) that could contribute to staving off the onset of type-2 diabetes. What also makes this diet relatively appealing is that these listed foods are also rather low on the glycemic index, furthering their health benefits.
This is not to say that a vegan diet is the cure-all for preventing type-2 diabetes. There are other inherent factors that contribute, including family history, age and even race. However, a healthier diet could be a step in the right direction to counteract even these inevitable factors in your life. And for those of you that are still averse to the idea of a vegan diet as a whole, just consider that there are still probably healthier alternatives even in the animal kingdom to the cheeseburgers and the steaks and the pork loins that many of us enjoy if you feel that type-2 diabetes is a legitimate concern in your life.
Diabetes is on the rise, with more and more people getting it by the day. Obesity and a bad diet can increase your risk of getting it and once you do get it you will have to start taking medication. If you notice that you are getting more yeast infections than usual and you are overweight, you might want to get tested for diabetes.
Yeast infections thrive on sugar and when you have diabetes, your blood sugar levels are very high. This helps the yeast grow and studies show that more than half of women who have diabetes end up with yeast infections. The symptoms of a yeast infection are itching, discharge and irritation. If you have any of these symptoms you need to see a doctor right away and get tested for diabetes. You don’t want to let diabetes go untreated.
In fact, frequent yeast infections can alert you to the problem and you can get tested and treated for it. You don’t want to let diabetes go uncontrolled because it can lead to many problems and could even be deadly in some situations. Some of the symptoms of diabetes include feeling extra thirsty and having to urinate more.
You can also feel fatigued when you have diabetes. You might also start losing weight and your vision could even start to get blurry. You could eventually go blind from diabetes.
It might take a long time to heal from sores if you have diabetes and you could also start to get bladder infections and well as the yeast infections. The excess sugar in your blood makes it difficult to heal from things. When you see these changes in your body, you need to speak with a doctor to see what is going on.
Along with a long list of other complications, gum disease can result from diabetes that is not properly controlled. The two main forms of gum disease are gingivitis and periodontitis. With gingivitis, the gums become red and swollen and may easily bleed. If not treated, this milder form of gum disease can become full-blown periodontitis, which is where the gums pull away from the teeth and infection takes a firm hold, leading to bone, tissue and tooth loss.
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The A1C is a common blood test that measures the amount of glucose that is attached to the hemoglobin in our red blood cells. It has a variety of other names, including glycated hemoglobin, glycosylated hemoglobin, hemoglobin A1C and HbA1 and is used in the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes. Unlike the traditional blood glucose test, the A1C does not require fasting, and blood can be drawn at any time of day. It is hoped that this will result in more people getting tested and decreasing the number of people with undiagnosed diabetes, which is currently estimated to be more than 7 million adults in the U.S. (more…)