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What Is Diabetes

Been hearing of the term diabetes lately and don't exactly know what it is? Though the causes of diabetes are not completely understood, it is known that excess sugar consumption is not one of them.It is not the sugar but the excess weight that may lead you to diabetes.

Diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. A hormone that helps the body's tissues absorb glucose (sugar) so it can be used as a source of energy.
In people with diabetes, glucose levels build up in the blood and urine, causing excessive urination, thirst, hunger, and problems with fat and protein metabolism.

You can't really cure diabetes, but here are some preventive ways:

1) If you are feeling peckish, choose a healthy snack rather than a chocolate bar.

2) Use skimmed rather than full-fat milk in hot drinks.

3) If you are overweight, you risk developing diabetes. Reduce the amount of food on your plate and drink a glass of plain water or a sugar-free drink before your meal.

4) Exercise is good for health. However, if you are not used to exercise, then start in moderation.

Knowing what you eat when you have diabetes helps. Paying attention to cholesterol levels by sticking to lean meats, such as poultry and fish is important if you have diabetes.

You can still eat sugars and sweets with type 2 diabetes, but once or twice a week maximum. One way to eat fewer sweets without neglecting your sweet tooth is to split a dessert in half. It will take some time to adjust to your new diabetes diet and healthy lifestyle, but the results will be worth the effort.

Still unsure what to eat for a diabetes diet? Choose the correct diabetes diet by making a list of all the foods that you eat, record the time of the day and record your blood sugar readings before and after each meal.Soluble fibers are great because they slow down the absorption of glucose from the intestines. Insoluble fibers, found in whole grains and nuts, can also work like intestinal scrubbers.

Contacting a dietitian is the best way to put together a good diabetes diet. Everyone is different, so keep in contact with your nutrition consultant.

By: Jay Tee

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