Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. Your body does not make insulin with type 1 diabetes. With type 2 diabetes, your body does not make or use insulin well. Pregnant women can also get diabetes, called Gestational Diabetes.
Some of the risk factors for getting diabetes include being overweight or obese, leading a sedentary lifestyle, a family history of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and low levels of the “good” cholesterol (HDL) and elevated levels of triglycerides in the blood.
Symptoms of type 1 and type 2 diabetes include :
- increased urine output,
- excessive thirst,
- weight loss or weight gain
- skin problems
- slow healing wounds,
- yeast infections, and
- tingling or numbness in the feet or toes
Healthy eating can help you prevent, control, and even reverse diabetes. Losing weight and having a more healthful diet can often help prevent the disease.
Exercise can help you manage your weight and may improve your insulin sensitivity. An easy way to start exercising is to walk for 30 minutes a day (or for three 10-minute sessions if that’s easier). You can try some other activities like cycling, swimming etc.
If your last diet attempt wasn’t a success, or life events have caused you to gain weight, don’t be discouraged. The key is to find a right diet plan that works with your body’s individual needs so that you can avoid common diet pitfalls and find long-term, healthy living.
I make sure that you can enjoy your food without feeling hungry or deprived. I help people to regulate meal scheduling, physical activity, and when to take medication, including insulin. Slow, steady weight loss goals are more likely to help a person retain long-term benefits.