Diabetes can be a problem for people over 40, especially if they’re overweight or have a family history of diabetes. Foods we eat are converted to sugar and the sugar is used by your body for fuel. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that controls the amounts of sugar in the blood. Without insulin the body can not use or store sugar so it remains in the blood. Diabetes comes in two types.
The pancreas fails to produce enough insulin, therefore it must be injected. This disease can occur at any age but is more prevalent in children and teenagers.
The most common form of diabetes, when body cells become resistant to insulin. This reduces the amount of energy that can be used by the body from the blood stream at any given time. Think of diabetes as the body’s inability to get energy from the foods you eat.
Type 2 can be controlled through healthy eating habits (eating foods with more nutrients), weight control, and regular exercise. The worst thing we can do as NON DIABETICS is to put our bodies through the same stress by skipping meals and not eating for many hours. The results are almost the same. The body has no energy which is why so many people feel tired and complain of low energy level. The solution is not a pill. A good weight loss diet plan includes eating more often through the day so your body doesn’t starve.
Use these fitness and health calculators to calculate your body fat percentage, ideal body measurements, calorie needs, etc.
The best way to decide if you have diabetes is to have a blood test because symptoms tend to be vague and multi-faceted.
DON’T TREAT YOUR BODY LIKE DIABETES TREATS IT!
We actually put our bodies under a stress similar to that of diabetes by not eating THROUGH THE DAY. Eating large meals a few times a day particularly at night, floods the body with energy at a time when it’s not needed which quickly turns to fat.
If we knew how to listen to our body we would hear it telling us to feed it through the day when energy demands are higher and less at night when we are least active. That’s why it’s important to eat most of your food between 7a.m. to 4 p.m. when we’re most active. Of course this assumes a 9 to 5 work schedule.
DARE to break bad eating habits, change the way you eat and work with your body not against it. This approach is the smart way to a healthy weight loss diet program.