Diabetes is a serious illness which can lead to many complications including cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, foot damage, brain problems and cancer. Many people in Syracuse who have type 2 diabetes and who have been suffering from the side effects of drugs used to treat this condition may benefit from knowledge that lifestyle interventions often work very well for this condition.
MayoClinic.com defines type 1 diabetes as occuring when your immune system attacks and destroys your insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. You are therefore left with little or no insulin. Sugar therefore builds up in your cells instead of being transported into your cells. Treatment for type 1 diabetes includes insulin injections or the use of an insulin pump, frequent blood sugar checks and carbohydrate counting.
In type 2 diabetes your cells become resistant to the action of insulin, and your pancreas is unable to make enough insulin to overcome this resistance. Sugar therefore builds up in your bloodstream instead of moving into your cells. Being overweight is strongly linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, however not everyone with type 2 diabetes is overweight. Treatment of type 2 diabetes includes monitoring of your blood sugar, along with diabetes medications, insulin or both. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes and represents 90 to 95 percent of diagnosed cases among adults.
Nutrition Horizon has reported “Restricted Calorie Diet Improves Heart Function in Obese Patients with Diabetes.” According to a new study a low-calorie diet eliminates insulin dependence and leads to improved heart function in obese patients with type 2 diabetes. The study’s lead author, Sebastiaan Hammer, M.D., Ph.D, has said “Lifestyle interventions may have more powerful beneficial cardiac effects than medication in these patients.” Dr. Hammer has also said “Our results show that 16 weeks of caloric restriction improved heart function in these patients.”
Lifestyle modifications have also been found to help control type 1 diabetes. Therefore if you are suffering from diabetes or if you want to help to avoid the onset of diabetes you should adhere to a low calorie, nutritious diet and exercise regularly. Harold Mandel, MD Online offers Natural Health Care Counseling services online with an emphasis on healthy lifestyles and good nutrition.
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