Diabetes - Know the signs


Diabetes is a huge problem worldwide. Diabetes affects approximately 29.1 million people (9.3% of the population) in the United States, while another 86 million people have prediabetes and don't know it. Even more shocking, 8.1 million people have diabetes and don’t even know they have it. This statistic is continuing to rise)

There are two forms of Diabetes. Type 1 and 2. 


Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the immune system begins to destroy the cells in the pancreas. The pancreas responds by shutting down and being unable to produce the vital life-sustaining insulin. Insulin is the hormone that moves sugar, or glucose, into your body's tissues, and is used as a fuel in everyday activities and exercise. 


Type 2 Diabetes is a condition is whereby there is too much circulating insulin in the body, caused by a diet high in sugar and processed carbohydrates. The cells struggle to recognise and use the insulin that is present. This results in chronically elevated blood glucose levels. 

While Type 1 Diabetes unfortunately can’t be cured it can be managed and through a controlled exercise and nutrition plan life can be very normal. 


Type 2 Diabetes on the other hand can be reversed.(Not in all cases but in many) You read that right it can be reversed, and there are many many cases of reversals happening all over the world through maintaining the right diet and exercises to lower blood glucose levels and insulin. It is possible! 


Know the signs:

It is essential to know the signs of diabetes. Below are some of the main symptoms to keep an eye out for. 

  1. Excessive thirst

  2. Dehydration

  3. Urinating frequently

  4. Weight loss

  5. Fatigue

  6. Nausea and vomiting

  7. Infections

  8. Feeling weak 

If you know anyone experiencing or you are experiencing these symptoms – get checked, it is always better to be safe than sorry. 


A guide to improving your blood sugars. 

Controlling blood sugar levels is a vital piece of any diabetes management plan. Blood sugar control is essential to maintaining a safe and healthy level of sugar in the blood. We need to control this level of sugar for the optimal health of those with diabetes and to avoid any further health problems. 


High blood sugars can leave you feeling pretty lousy. The higher they go the more uncomfortable the feeling. Headaches, confusion, increased thirst and trouble concentrating are just some of the symptoms you may experience. 

Low blood sugars results in a desperate need of sugar and fast. Symptoms include, excess sweating, excessive hunger, light headedness, weakness or shakiness.

 

Top ways to lower blood sugar levels. Here are some easy and quick tips to manage your blood sugar levels.

  1. Have a large glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning. This will get your metabolism fired up, while improving digestion and rehydrating after a full night's sleep.

  2. Exercise ! First thing in the morning is IDEAL. This is the optimal time for us diabetics to get moving. Why? The dawn phenomenon is a process by which the blood sugars naturally start rising from about 4am onwards – which results in a blood sugar increase. If we get moving first thing – this will result in a balanced day and increased energy. Winning!

  3. Eat low carbohydrate foods in the morning and slowly increase them throughout the day. This is essential. Eating high carbohydrate foods first thing in the morning will generally leave us feeling tired and most likely hungry. 

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