Diabetes is one of the most common diseases afflicting mankind today. Every year around 1 million people in the US alone are diagnosed with diabetes, which happens to be a staggering 13% of the population. Diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to produce insulin, which is a hormone that enables the body to convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy.
In Diabetes the body fails to use the insulin it produces, which leads to the same thing as Insulin Deficiency, where glucose builds up in the blood, resulting in tingling, numbness and pain in the hands, feet, legs, fingers, abdomen and stomach. In serious cases of Diabetes the heart has to be bypassed, resulting in kidney failure. Diabetes is also known to cause heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, lower-extremity amputation, and can result in death.
The good news is that it is preventable, and for those who already have diabetes there is good news, because it can be reversed. Today we have all kinds of methods to help us control diabetes, such as Glucose meters that enable us to monitor the levels of glucose in our blood, as well as glucose pills that help to balance the levels of sugar in our blood. There are also machines that count the glucose in our blood, so we can easily monitor our glucose levels by counting the results.
Regular exercise is also important, and the more we can control our blood glucose, the easier it is to treat diabetes. There are machines that allow us to count the steps we take, so that we can easily measure how physically active we are. Regular walking is one such exercise, and getting up and moving more each day is a basic need for those who suffer from diabetes.
* One important component of a diabetes diet is consuming less saturated fats, which can be found in meats, dairy products, butter and shortening. Saturated fats should be minimized when you are trying to control your diabetes. Try to only consume 1 to 2 servings of saturated fats each week.
* Omega 3 fatty acids can help your cells respond to insulin. While they are generally helpful, you should avoid taking omega 3 fatty acids supplements as they can interfere with some medications.