Diabetes is a chronic disease that need not be one in my belief.
Without overwhelming you with too much diabetic lingo, most diabetics have in their control what they are going to eat and what activities they will do after they eat.
Scenario 1: A diabetic eats a carbohydrate heavy dinner* then sits down on the couch for 2 hours to watch television.
Typical result: Growing evidence as well as the common experience most diabetics have tells us that blood sugar will drive up higher when you eat foods that convert to sugar in our bodies. Carbohydrates tend to have foods with higher glycemic index rates than foods with more healthy fats and moderate protein.
So when a diabetic has their carb heavy dinner then sits down for awhile, their blood sugar is more likely to go up to the point where medication is needed to drive the blood sugar back down to a normal range.
For diabetics, this cycle continues until more and more medication is needed to drive blood sugar back to a normal range, sadly after a few decades of this daily living pattern, complications such as blindness, strokes or amputations can follow.
Scenario 2: A diabetic eats a carbohydrate heavy dinner* but then decides to go for a short walk soon after eating.
Evidence shows that walking after a meal can contribute to healthier blood sugar levels.
'“Most of this effect came from the highly significant 22 per cent reduction in blood sugar when walking after evening meals, which were the most carbohydrate heavy, and were followed by the most sedentary time,” Dr Reynolds says.' -- Dr. Andrew Reynolds is one of the authors of the study linked in this article.
Another way to improve blood sugar #'s is to find nutrient filled ways to eat that combines lower glycemic carbohydrates with healthy fats and moderate proteins.
I believe this small step (pun intended) of going for a walk after meals is a way to stay in better control of diabetes by giving a diabetic a chance to take less medication for their condition.
Slowly but surely, the idea that a type 2 diabetic can reduce and eliminate the need for medication is gaining momentum.
HealthyAssets.org will provide more specific information as to HOW diabetes can be controlled better and WHAT can be done to make better health a reality..
If you would like to visit sites that may provide valuable information for diabetics please visit the sites below::
Understand that I am not a doctor, and the information on this page is for research purposes only.
Please consult with your doctor, medical and nutritional team before making any decision that can impact your health.
* Carbohydrates affect on bodies are not the same. Some carbs have more nutrients and fiber to help slow your blood sugar rising than other carbs may cause your blood sugar to rise.
For a good overview of this issue please visit:
From the linked article:
'Dividing carbohydrates into simple and complex, however, does not account for the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar and chronic diseases. To explain how different kinds of carbohydrate-rich foods directly affect blood sugar, the glycemic index was developed and is considered a better way of categorizing carbohydrates, especially starchy foods.
The glycemic index ranks carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 based on how quickly and how much they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a high glycemic index, like white bread, are rapidly digested and cause substantial fluctuations in blood sugar. Foods with a low glycemic index, like whole oats, are digested more slowly, prompting a more gradual rise in blood sugar.'