Don’t Let Diabetes Kill You
I am not kidding. In fact, I get irrationally annoyed whenever someone says that Diabetes will not kill you. It will suck the life out of you if you don’t know what causes it and how to control it. A lack or shortage of insulin in the human body causes this condition, essentially it is the hormone tasked with the responsibility of breaking down excessive sugar in the body. Most people do not understand that this is a life threatening condition, it can cause you to loose feet and limbs, they will look like rotting meat, before eventually killing you. (So if I seem irrationally annoyed right now, maybe you can understand, sorry.) Anyway, let’s move forward and learn what Type2 Diabetes is about.
Know Your Numbers
If you don’t know what is a healthy blood sugar level and what is dangerous you need to know so you can reduce the amount of sugar in your blood.
- A normal blood sugar lever is up to 6 mmol/l (108 mg/dl) fasting or upon rising in the morning.
- After a meal (wait 2 hours after eating) up to 8.7 mmol/l (156 mg/dl) is normal.
- A marginally elevated blood sugar level may indicate prediabetes.
- Above 7.0 mmol/l (126mg/dl) fasting or upon rising means you are diabetic
- After a meal (wait 2 hours after eating) 12.2 (220) indicates that you are diabetic.
Now that you know your numbers let’s have a look at diabebes2 only as it affects the most middle aged people today.
The disease was once called “the sugar disease”. It is the most common form and increasing rapidly and affects middle age overweight people. They may also have high blood pressure and abnormal lipid profile, which is a consistent indicator of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Blood lipids include total cholesterol, LDL-C, HDL-C and triglycerides.
In type2 diabetes the body has a hard time handling the sugar in the blood and the hormone insulin, which helps to lower blood sugar, has a hard time trying to produce enough to combat the sugar present and insulin sensitivity decreases. At the time you are diagnosed with diabetes you will usually have 10 times more insulin in your body than nornmal. You gain weight from the stored fat that this insulin produces.
Sugar In Your Blood
Most people do not understand the certain foods you eat turns into sugar as soon as it reaches your stomach, these are called carbohydrates. Many fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates or turn into carbohydrates in the stomach and absorbed into the blood stream. These include starches like bread, pasta, rice and white potatoes, and sugar in soda drinks, fruit juice, candy etc. These all cause your body to have high blood sugar.
Foods That Don’t Raise Blood Sugar
These are foods with fewer carbohydrates and a higher proportion of fat, LCHF foods or Low Carb, High Fat, No Sugar foods.
These foods are:
- Butter and Olive Oil
- Meat (Bacon, Fatty Pork Chops etc.)
- Brussel Sprouts
Eating this way reduces your blood sugar from day one and continues along with weight loss and feeling better overall. This makes sense as you are avoiding foods that raises blood sugar.
Scientific evidence for today’s advice on a low-fat and whole grain-rich diet is being challenged as more evidence shows that LCHF-like advice is better for blood sugar and weight than previous low-fat advice.
Even the American Diabetic Association (ADA) is, since 2008, approving advice on a low-carbohydrate diet for diabetics.
For more information check out The Big Diabetes Lie
Video by: TEDx Talks