Avoid being ‘part of the trend’

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2018

Are you diabetic or have a close family member or friend who is?

Let's bring  attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. Today, one in eleven Americans have diabetes, and according to the Center for Disease Control it is the 7th leading cause of death just behind stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. What you eat daily may impact you greatly when it comes to diabetes.  

Of the two types of diabetes, type 2 diabetes is the most common. It occurs when your body does not properly use insulin. You may have also heard this called insulin resistance. Insulin is produced in the pancreas and is responsible for removing glucose from your blood to feed your cells.

When glucose does not move from the blood, this results in high blood glucose or high blood sugar. Your cells become starved for energy which causes you to experience many undesirable symptoms such as frequent urination, shakiness, anxiousness, irritability, headaches, nausea, weight gain, weight loss, and/or fatigue. 

High blood-glucose can damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves, and/or heart. About half of all people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage.

The American Diabetes Association states the following are complications associated with Type 2 Diabetes:  

Skin Conditions: People with diabetes experience skin conditions such as bacterial infections, fungal infections, and itchy dry skin more frequently than those without diabetes. These type of bacteria and fungus feast on the high blood sugar, which if not cared for leads to severe infections such as gangrene and possibly loss of limbs due to the dead tissue...yes, this is serious people! 

Eye Complications: People with diabetes have a greater chance of experiencing blindness and are also 40% more likely to suffer from glaucoma, which is pressure build up in the eye resulting in gradual vision loss. They are also 60% more likely to suffer from cataracts, which occur when the eye’s clear lens clouds, blocking light and impairing vision.  

Diabetes causes nephropathy (nerve damage): This causes tingling, pain, numbness, and weakness in the hands and feet. More serious nerve damage in the GI tract can cause symptoms of indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, bloating, constipation, and poor absorption of nutrients. 

Whole food nutrition can be a tremendous help in managing your blood glucose levels to avoid the serious complications of pre-diabetes and diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease that needs to be managed, and having a discussion with your qualified medical practitioner and dietitian can help create a plan specifically for you.

Starting with a whole-food, anti-inflammatory personalized food plan is the first step, yet fitting this plan into your busy life can be done. I've seen it! 

 


Do you want personalized guidance to implement any of these strategies for your lifestyle, call my office at 970-444-2121 or email me at [email protected], to book a one on one coaching call with me. We will simplify your starting steps to boosting your mental clarity and energy while feeling better. 

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