The Diabetes Diet is Easier Than You Think
You’ve probably heard of the “American diet.” You know those greasy, fried foods that keep popping up everywhere? They’re delicious and irresistible, but you wouldn’t be saying that if you knew what they put you at risk for.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diagnosed cases of diabetes have nearly tripled since 1992. Diabetes is usually the result of a poor diet so it is no surprise that this spike in diagnosed cases sparked numerous discussions regarding nutrition and weight loss.
The question you’re now probably asking yourself is:
What is diabetes?
Diabetes refers to a group of metabolic diseases involving problems with the hormone insulin. Those affected by the disease typically have high blood glucose (blood sugar) because insulin production is inadequate or because their body's cells do not properly respond to insulin, or both. Those with high blood sugar typically experience these symptoms: frequent urination, increased thirst and hunger.
Type 1 diabetes, where the body fails to produce insulin, is far less common than its counterpart Type 2 diabetes, where the body produces insulin, but does not produce enough it to function properly. Type 2 diabetes is the culprit for nearly 95% of diabetes cases in the United States and is typically associated with poor nutrition, weight gain and lack of physical activity. According to the CDC:
"The rise in the incidence of type 2 diabetes cases is associated with increases in obesity, decreases in leisure-time physical activity, and the aging of the U.S. population."
Although not everyone with Type 2 diabetes is overweight, obesity and lack of physical activity are two of the most commonly cited causes of Type 2 diabetes.
Prevention is key
Maintaining a healthy weight and eating balanced, properly portioned meals is one of the best things you can do for your health—and diabetes.
If you are insulin resistant, make sure to eat protein with every meal and snack. Make sure your meals are the proper portion size. Don’t skip your vegetables and make sure to eat every 2-3 hours.
Some people may be able to control their Type 2 diabetes symptoms by losing weight, following a healthy diet, doing plenty of exercise and monitoring their blood glucose levels. In fact, research shows that losing even small amounts of weight—as little as ten pounds over two years—can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by up to 30%. For those living with diabetes, losing weight may improve insulin sensitivity and glycemic control, reduce triglycerides and LDL (“bad” cholesterol), and also help lower blood pressure.
Losing weight, whether you have diabetes or not, is a win-win for your health. Getting proper nutrition and shedding a few pounds will not only improve the quality of your life. It just might save it.
The diabetes diet: what will it look like?
A diabetes diet doesn't have to be a torturous ordeal. Eating every 2-3 hours, sticking to regular mealtimes, and eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains is the key to success.
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