I have been asked about many aliments and diseases over the years but lately the number one question has centered around Type 2 Diabetes. People want to know what it is and how to cure it.
I have noticed a major change over the past twenty years of being in the health and wellness industry. It used to be that the number one question was about cholesterol numbers, Staten's and blood pressure medication. I rarely heard about Type 2 Diabetes. Now-a-days the tables have turned and I field more questions about blood sugar and A1C statistics then anything else. Below I've compiled the basic information to spur your curiosity. I want you to be armed with information so that when you are at a doctors appointment you can ask informed questions about your blood work and health.
What is diabetes?
Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin. It acts like a key to allow the blood sugar into your body's cells for use as energy. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes Type 1 or 2, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use the insulin it makes as well as it should.
There are many different types of diabetes all of which affect your body differently.
Some are curable and some are not. Below are a few of the most common:
1. Type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune reaction that stops your body from making insulin. Currently, no one knows how to prevent Type 1 diabetes. About 5% of the people who have diabetes have type 1.
2. Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t use insulin well and is unable to keep blood sugar at normal levels. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed with lifestyle changes. It develops over many years and is usually diagnosed in adults.
3. Gestational diabetes develops in pregnant women. It usually goes away after your baby is born but increases your risk for type 2 diabetes later in life.
4. Prediabetes effects 84.1 million adults in the US. Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes increases your risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Basic ways to turn back the hands of time with type 2 diabetes?
Simple changes you can be made at home:
Dropping just 7% to 10% of your weight can cut your risk of type 2 diabetes in half.
Get active. Muscles that are moving are using insulin.
Eat right. Knock out the highly processed carbs, sugary drinks, and trans and saturated fats.
What should you look for in your blood work?
You should have an A1C test to find out your long-term blood glucose control. For people without diabetes, the normal range for the hemoglobin A1C level is between 4% and 5.6%.
Levels of 6.5% or higher mean you have diabetes. The A1C test measures your average blood glucose during the previous 2-3 months, but especially during the previous month.
While you may feel a bit overwhelmed with numbers and information about diabetes it's important to have as much knowledge on the subject as possible. This way you're helping, not only yourself, but others as well by sharing your information.
Knowledge is power and there are many ways to knock out Type 2 diabetes if you share your knowledge. The amount of time it takes to lower your A1C depends on how big of a change you are willing to make. Consistency is the key. You'll find that consistency is the key to all change.
Here's to a month filled with positive healthy changes,