Updates on the Diabetic Lifestyle
Diabetes can sometimes be a debilitating condition that can affect your lifestyle, diet choices and everyday habits in many different ways. New research is showing how properly managing your diabetes can help you to have a better healthy diabetic lifestyle overall. It may reduce some major health conditions that many Americans face. If you are monitoring your diet it can help reduce risks high blood pressure and cardiac diseases as well as other conditions.
Having a chronic illness such as high blood pressure or heart disease does not have to compromise diabetics’ attempts to successfully manage their disorder, a research team reports.
“Chronic illness does not appear to limit achievement of good glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes,” the researchers said after evaluating results in a study.
The findings are good news for the increasing number of Americans who are likely to be diagnosed with diabetes and other chronic diseases in the coming years, according to Dr. Imad M. El-Kebbi and colleagues of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Individuals aged 65 years and older currently make up more than 12 percent of the US population. That number is expected to exceed 20 percent by 2040.
A study of 654 patients with type 2 diabetes revealed that those who took medication to manage their diabetes were significantly more likely to avoid dangerous spikes in blood glucose (sugar), which can contribute to kidney damage, blindness, heart disease, and amputations over the long-term course of the diabetic lifestyle.
In patients with type 2 diabetes, blood glucose levels can rise dangerously high because patients fail to respond to insulin, the hormone that clears the blood of sugar following a meal by depositing it into cells throughout the body. Previously, it was assumed that having another chronic condition undermined a patient’s ability to stabilize blood sugar.
According to the findings, the average age of patients, who were predominately obese black females, was 53 years and the average duration of diabetes was 5 years. In addition to diabetes, patients also had high blood pressure, pain, heart disease, nerve disease or a host of other chronic conditions.
The Archives of Internal Medicine (2001;161:1295-1300) noted that nearly half of patients were treated with oral medications, 32 percent with insulin and 20 percent with only diet.
Information provided is courtesy of and compiled by the Academy of Anti-aging Research staffs, editors, and other reports.
Summary on the Diabetic Lifestyle
Adult onset diabetes mellitus is an epidemic of massive proportion occurring in the world today. High sugar intake is the culprit. 80% of diabetics are obese. Cutting down sugar intake by 90 percent will in most cases cure the disease from its root.
Maintaining an optimum fasting sugar level of around 90 mg/dl should be the anti-aging target. Eating a Paleolithic diet consisting of mostly legumes, seeds, and vegetables in conjunction with moderate amounts of lean meat is all it takes.
If you are on medication, make sure you are closely monitored by your physician. There is nothing worse for your body then a “yo-yo” blood sugar level. Monitor your sugar level closely and gradually reduce it through diet, exercise, and nutritional supplementation.
Many early stages diabetes can be successfully treated through alternative natural nutritional factors like chromium. In addition to diet, a consistent exercise program is a must for any successful anti-diabetic lifestyle or program.
The NEM Stress Response and Diabetes
Stress from Diabetes can take a lot out of you. The Neuroendometabolic Stress Response shows how different organs and systems are affected by stressors and how these organs react and correlate to other organs and organ systems. If diabetes isn’t monitor and under control it can cause all types of problems from shock to comas and other health conditions. The most important is learning to eat properly and watch your sugar intake. Many diets will help such as a Paleo diet, lots of vegetables and beans and lean meat. If it’s not maintained it can affect your kidneys, your heart, your blood pressure, and circulation.
The Neuroendometabolic Stress Response shows how stress can affect different organs such as your Adrenal glands. Your Adrenal glands are one of the glands that responds to stress in your body and will secrete the hormone cortisol when you are under stress. As stress increases the Adrenal glands can have a hard time keep up over time this can lead to Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS). Typically people with AFS have low blood sugar, which is the opposite of some with diabetes who has high blood sugars or can not produce insulin to break down sugars. Both hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia can wreak havoc on your kidneys. That is why it’s important to learn to control your sugar intake.