How To Reverse Diabetes
There are two kinds of diabetes, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The first type is also known as juvenile diabetes and is usually diagnosed in childhood. It is the body's cells and the pancreas' inability to produce enough insulin. In type 2 diabetes there is not enough insulin produced for the body or the body is not making proper use of the insulin that is available.
Obesity Increase Risk of Diabetes
Many studies and doctors have linked an increasing number of people being diagnosed with diabetes to obesity.
When a person is obese or very over weight they are overtaxing their pancreas (the organ that produces insulin) and this can lead to type 2 diabetes.
Being obese is a risk factor for diabetes but it does not mean you will develop the disease if you are obese. By losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle you can gain control of this risk factor either by reducing it or eliminating it altogether.
There are other risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes including age and race but of course there is no control over these factors. Studies have shown that over half of the people diagnosed with diabetes are considered clinically obese. People who are obese and work hard to lose weight can better manage their diabetes through diet or oral medications instead of insulin injections. Incorporating a healthy eating plan and regular physical activity will also help to manage the disease.
In addition to being at a higher risk for developing diabetes people who are obese are at an increased risk for other life-threatening diseases too. Namely heart and cardiovascular diseases, it is in an individual's best interest to maintain a healthy weight for their body type and health in order to reduce the risks to their health. Medical support is available through your health care provider if needed.
If you are obese, the single best thing you can do for your health and the prevention of diabetes is to lose weight. These may be easier said than done, but even in small increments, when you shed pounds, you are increasing your health benefits.
Genetic, Obesity and Diabetes
There are new studies that are now showing that there is a genetic factor or mutation for people who are obese and have diabetes.
This genetic malfunction affects how the bodies use energy and insulin, which are the two key elements in the functioning of your body, and the cause of diabetes and obesity.
The studies also state that this is not a cause and effect case. In fact, if you carry this defective gene you are not guaranteed to be obese or have diabetes, but the link is there and it can be prevented.
You may have to work harder at it than others to maintain a healthy body weight and put off diabetes but it can be done.
Discuss with your doctor options and ways to prevent or put-off the onset of diabetes.
The gene that researchers have discovered as a precursor to diabetes has been found in young children. It is scary to know that children in their preschool years are being diagnosed with obesity and type 2 diabetes due to genetics. But parents can reduce or prevent these things from happening by giving their children healthy lifestyle choices. Now that a DNA link has been found, the research can focus on finding a way to fix or prevent this from happening at some point in the future.
Childhood Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
When a child is diagnosed with diabetes it is commonly referred to as juvenile diabetes or type 1 diabetes. This type of diabetes is not related to a child's lifestyle, it is an autoimmune disease that results in the need for insulin injections for food to be turned into energy properly.
In recent years there have been an increased number of children that have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
This is an alarming trend and one that can be mitigated because the link between children and type 2 diabetes is childhood obesity.
As it is fairly new that children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes there isn't a lot of information or studies on it presently. But what is known is that parents need to take action immediately. Once a child has been diagnosed at an older age there isn't much that can be done except to manage the disease. But if a younger child is obese and makes healthy lifestyle changes that result in weight loss there is a chance that type 2 diabetes can be avoided.
Some of the early warning signs that your child may have diabetes include:
- A sudden increase in thirst that appears to never be satiated
- An increased need to urinate
- Dark patches on the skin – usually found in the folds of the skin, around the neck or around the eyes
As there are many other diseases and complications that can arise if your child is obese it is best to seek medical help for your child. Between you and your health care professional, a plan can be made and put into place that will start your child on the road to a healthier weight and more active lifestyle. Your child may be resistant at first but by involving them in the process and persistence the changes can be made.
Can Exercise Help To Lower Blood Sugar Level?
When you are a diabetic, exercise will help control your blood sugar levels, but if you are overweight or obese and diabetic, exercise will also help you lose weight.
As a diabetic, there are additional considerations and precautions that you need to take before you begin an exercise routine. And once you have begun, you always need to be aware of the risks involved.
It is ideal to wait before your exercise if your blood glucose level is too low or high because you can do more damage than good if you do not.
It is especially dangerous if your blood sugar is on the low side and you begin to exercise. The physical exertion can cause your blood sugar to drop even further which can become an emergency situation.
As a precaution, if you are exercising at a gym make sure the staff are aware of your condition and have emergency instructions and numbers to call. If you walk or run on your own outside, keep identification on you that advises you are diabetic along with contact phone numbers, a snack, and instructions.
For other tips on exercising with diabetes, you can follow the same guidelines that make sense for everyone else. Stretch before and after exercising, drink water, and don't push yourself too hard. It is a smart idea to check your blood sugars before and after exercising and if you are feeling light-headed during your work-out check it then too.
As feet problems are common in diabetics, wear proper footwear and socks. If you notice any sores on your feet that are not going away on their own, see your doctor. If they are not healing they can lead to an infection and other related complications. Even though there are risks involved to exercising, the benefits make it worth it.