Nutrition intervention plays an important role in dealing with diabetes and in helping to prevent it from occurring in the first place. Although the two types of diabetes differ from each other, they both involve issues with the way insulin is produced, or used, in the body. Nutrition can have a positive and negative impact on these issues with insulin. This is why intervention can be so important.
When you are first diagnosed with diabetes, you have a lot of information to process, including what has caused the problem, what medical supplies you need and how you can start to deal with the condition. Reviewing your diet and nutrition is a vital aspect of this.
Why nutrition is so important
There are certain aspects of everyday diet that can help to increase the risks of developing type II diabetes and that can increase the risks of developing complications, for all types of diabetes. For instance, high intake of sugary drinks can cause blood sugar levels to spike, and high intake of processed red meat can lead to insulin intolerance.
The link between nutrition and diabetes is far more complicated than that though. This is why the American Diabetes Association looks in detail at different aspects of nutrition, and how they can affect individuals. Anyone who has diabetes, or is at risk of diabetes, can benefit from Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). Each individual should be provided with a bespoke plan, created by a professional dietician. This plan should be based on factors such as:
- Overall heath.
- Cultural considerations.
- Personal benefits.
There are no “one size fits all” nutritional solution; benefits have to be determined on an individual basis.
What other interventions can help?
Exercise is another vital aspect in the treatment, and prevention, of diabetes. This can mean different things for different people. Any increase in exercise is a good thing; especially for someone who leads a completely sedentary lifestyle. Something as simple as starting to walk to the store, or cleaning the house on a regular basis, can help to improve the way the body uses insulin.
There are many other risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle, aside from the development or worsening of diabetes. These risks include high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. You can see why exercise is so important.
It’s not all about exercise either. Other lifestyle factors, such as smoking and drinking too much alcohol, can also make it more likely that someone will develop type II diabetes.
The fact is that type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease which necessitates the use of insulin but which can be helped by nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle changes. These factors can help to prevent the development of type II diabetes. They can also be useful in treating the condition and causing it to go into remission. This does not mean the diabetes is cured, but it does mean that the sufferer is free from the symptoms for a period of time.