It would be nice to live in a world that was free of disease, but since we don’t, there are certainly realties that we must face. One such unfortunate reality that exists is diabetes. While some may think that diabetes is exclusive to the United States, the truth is that diabetes is suffered by more than three hundred people all over the world. Because diabetes is considered as one of the three main killers in the United States next to cancer and heart disease, when people hear that they have diabetes, they tend to feel that this disease is going to take over their life and destroy any chance they have for a normal healthy future. While diabetes is a serious disease, it absolutely does not need to control your life, and there are a number of natural, simple things people can do to really help keep their diabetes at bay. Before I speak about these methods, let’s first identify what the two different types of diabetes are.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is a label given to diabetics whose bodies simply do not product any insulin. Insulin is a vital part of one’s body because it directly affects a person’s metabolism. Specifically, insulin helps your body transfer glucose from the blood and keep it as glycogen in the muscles and liver. Without harping too much on this topic, just know that your body desperately needs insulin, so when your body is not producing it, that is not a good thing.
Type 2 Diabetes
Around 90% of all diabetics are type 2 diabetics. While type 1’s don’t produce insulin, type 2’s do produce it but it is either not enough or the cells do not work with the insulin which leads to what is known as “insulin resistance”. Whether someone is type 1 or type 2, there is an issue with insulin.
Due to this ongoing battle with insulin, this affects the blood sugar levels of diabetics, so there is always this need to maintain good, healthy blood sugar levels. Now, as I mentioned above, there are some really simple, yet effective, things that you can do help make this dilemma much easier to maintain, and here they are:
Consume More Beans
Beans are not just the magical fruit that we are all familiar with; beans can help maintaining the right blood sugar levels easier. You see, there is a direct relationship between how quickly food digests and how much of an effect it will have on your blood sugar levels. Beans just happen to digest slowly, so the impact on your blood sugar is less compared to other foods.
Trim Those Love Handles
I realize that it is not a shocker to hear that losing weight can have a positive impact on not just your diabetes but your overall health. The challenge is that too many people imagine that they need to marry some extreme diet and exercise program in order to have it make a difference. I’m not talking about an extreme makeover here. Just a couple pounds can still have a good positive impact. To accomplish this just start out by doing simple things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator and cutting back on sweets. The little changes over time can have a huge impact.
While there are other things that you can implement that can help make living with diabetes easier, these are a few that are simple yet effective. Remember that you should always consult with your doctor first.
Brandon Jones enjoys writing on type 1 diabetes treatment.