1 in 3 Britons, it is cited, are now obese, & this leads to many other related problems like heart disease, high cholesterol & diabetes. If your BMI is over 30, your risk of developing diabetes increases ninefold.
Diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas that controls the amount of glucose in your blood. Glucose is your body's main source of energy, & is made by converting carbohydrates from your diet into energy. Carbohydrates are energy foods like wheat; pastries, pasta, biscuits, cakes, & sugar, honey, fructose, molasses, & rice, & cereals & potatoes.
If glucose levels in your blood are too low, the pancreas enables stored glucose to be released. However, if the glucose levels are too high, your pancreas will release insulin to remove the excess glucose, storing it in you muscle, liver & fat cells.
Type 1 diabetes, which is when insulin supplies are dramatically reduced, can follow a viral infection, or can develop through being fed dairy or beef in their early months. People with this form of diabetes need artificial insulin to prevent them going into a coma & dying.
WHAT CAUSES TYPE 2?
Most people have Type 2 diabetes though, which occurs when the body does not produce enough regulating insulin, or it may not respond to insulin properly, or produce too much of it. Some medications in the following groups can interfere with blood glucose control & can contribute to diabetes:
Certain steroids, betablockers, antidepressants, vaccines, antibiotics, antipsychotics & some HIV drugs can contribute to Type 2, as can alcohol abuse. If in doubt, talk to your GP.
Most typically, diet plays a huge part. In the eighties, we were advised that lots of carbs would help gives us energy so we could whizz through the day's work, & then get "Physical" with Olivia Neutron Bomb down the gym afterwards...& of course, all the junk food & processed pap we are served up at supermarkets are packed with excess carbs. Too many carbs, break down in the body to create an exhausting demand on the pancreas to constantly make insulin, which in turn causes the pancreas to stop functioning properly. I address Type 2 diabetes as Type 1 needs to be controlled with medication from your GP. However, if you have Type 2, ensure any changes you make are done with the support of your GP to ensure you manage your blood sugar levels properly.
Thirst, passing lots of urine, weight loss, mood swings, aggression, excessive tiredness, possibly skin & fungal infections. If untreated, it can damage the heart, kidneys, eyes & other organs
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
*match your energy intake to your individual requirement, & if need be lose weight. Seek professional advice from a nutritional expert, your GP, or other medical professional for support.
*exclude simple sugars from your diet like sucrose, glucose in the forms of raw cane sugar, & in processed foods. CHECK ALL YOUR LABELS WHEN YOU GO SHOPPING.
*consult the Glycaemic Index (GI) for to help balance your diet & regulate your blood sugar levels. Check out: http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/diet/gi_diet/glycaemic_index_tables.htm for the table.
*obtain energy from fresh fruits & vegetables lower on the GI, & unrefined carbohydrates high in fibre.
*seeds, corn peas, green beans & whole grains, beans & lentils, oily fish, garlic are healthy
* moderate your fat intake & ensure ¼ is saturated & ¾ is unsaturated fat, avoiding hydrogenated fats..AGAIN CHECK YOUR LABELS.
*reduce salt intake
*moderate alcohol intake. CHECK YOUR LABELS!!
*if you do need to use artificial sweeteners, use in moderation as these cause other health problems.
*eat little & often
*avoid fruit juice made from concentrate, bananas, dried fruit, dates
*avoid tea, coffee, cigarettes
*Check out with your local health food shop if you wish to consider supplementation, & check it out with your GP too:
a good quality multivitamin/mineral
2000mg vitamin C per day
*exercise moderately & eat a light snack before & afterwards to balance your blood sugar levels
* & as usual drink plenty of water to keep your kidneys healthy
If we adopt much of this above advice anyway, it will help disarm the dietary time-bomb we have set off in the past few decades of fast food & sedentary habits, & raise a healthier generation of children who will be taxing the NHS less & living happier, healthier more energetic lifestyles.
Have fun, eat well & be well,
Nicolle Mitchell I.T.E.C., CThA
Holistic Health Therapist & Practice Manager
THE LITTLE MASSAGE CLINIC
THE PENVENTON HOTEL & HALF MOON SALON
TEL: 01209 203230 OR 711686
DISCLAIMER: we do not diagnose or guarantee cures. We aim to help people make informed choices about their health. Any changes in lifestyle, diet, medication, supplementation or remedies, should be taken with your GP's or health professional's support.