Prevent and Reverse Diabetes Info

What is diabetes?
A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood, or high blood glucose.

Types of Diabetes:
Type 1: A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.
Type 2: A chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose).
Gestational Diabetes: A form of high blood sugar affecting pregnant women.

Here is a link to a handout on Taking Care of Type 2 Diabetes 

Being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain. Research has shown that drinking sugary drinks is linked to type 2 diabetes.

What are the culprits?

  • Not enough exercise/physical activity
  • Overweight or Obesity
  • Diet

Diet:
1) Refined Carbohydrates
The American Diabetes Association recommends that people should avoid intake of sugar-sweetened beverages to help prevent diabetes. Sugar-sweetened beverages include beverages like regular soda, fruit punch, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sport drinks, sweet tea. These will raise blood glucose and can provide several hundred calories in just one serving!
Here is more info on drinks.

2) Saturated Fats
When we eat too much saturated fat it gets stored in our cells and contributes to insulin resistance.  The development of insulin resistance is a normal adaptive mechanism the body uses to ward off extreme fat accumulation when faced with the rich Western diet.

Informative Websites:

http://www.pcrm.org/health/diabetes-resources

Simple Care for Diabetes by Dr. McDougall

Ever considered… diet vs. drugs? by Dr. McDougall

Videos on Diabetes:
Click here for a list of videos on diabetes.

 

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