According to CDC: “29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes. Undiagnosed: 8.1 million people (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed).” Another 86 million have prediabetes!
How does one develop diabetes?
After food is consumed and broken down to glucose, it enters into our blood stream. Next step in the process is when our pancreas produces and secretes the hormone, Insulin. Insulin will then carry as much glucose molecules as possible to our cells for energy use. The extra glucose will be circulating in the blood stream until it is used up by the cells or stored as fat for later use.
When the sugar levels in the blood increase and stay above a normal and healthy average (100 mg/dl) continuously, then diabetes can develop and impact a lot of different organs in the body.
Type 1 Diabetes develops when the immune system destroys the pancreatic cells in charge of making insulin.
Type 2 Diabetes occurs when cells do not use insulin as well as they should due to many different factors such as obesity, metabolic syndrome or other conditions which cause a delay or lack of communication between cells and insulin.
What are the risk factors for developing diabetes?
Genetics, obesity, smoking, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, high stress levels and a few other factors contribute and can cause the develop of diabetes.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?
Chronic fatigue, urgency and frequency to urinate, blurry vision, tingling or numbness in hands or feet, repetitive yeast infections, and high fasting blood sugar levels (more than 100 mg/dl).
Prevention and Recovery:
How much is too much sugar? There are 2 types of sugars in our daily diet, naturally occurring/free sugars AND added sugars. Naturally occurring/free sugars are those that come from fruits and vegetables. Added sugars are those which are added to food during processing and manufacturing for taste and preserving purposes.
The amount of added sugar our bodies can consume per day with no real complications is 9 teaspoons, 36 grams for men and 6 teaspoons, 25 grams for women.
Anything over this amount will be freely circulating in the blood streams until it’s absorbed by the cells, stored as fat or exited the body.
Having high blood sugar repetitively will cause the unpleasant symptoms of diabetes described above and can damage the organs.
How to prevent high blood sugar?
- Eat more frequently throughout the day.
- Keep an eye out on the added sugars in your food.
- Exercise daily to burn the extra sugars/stored fat.
- Drink lots of water to help the kidneys get rid of the extra sugar in the blood stream.
- Use sugar substitute for taste enhancement.
What are some sugar substitutes?
Raw honey, dates, coconut sugar, yacon, mesquite, and lucuma powders.
Yacon, mesquite and lucuma powders do not raise the blood sugar, read more about them here.
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Sweet Escape Project