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Top Ways To Avoid Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high. The hormone insulin - produced by the pancreas - is responsible for controlling the amount of glucose in the blood.

There are two main types of diabetes:

Type 1: where the pancreas do not produce any insulin.

Type 2: where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the body's cells do not react to the insulin.

These are some ways to help you avoid Diabetes.

1) Drink Water As Your Primary Beverage

Water is by far the most natural beverage you can drink. Sticking with water most of the time helps you avoid beverages that are high in sugar, preservatives and other questionable ingredients.

Sugary beverages like soda and punch have been linked to an increased risk of both type 2 Diabetes and Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults (LADA). LADA is a form of type 1 Diabetes that occurs in people over 18 years of age. Unlike the acute symptoms seen with type 1 Diabetes in children, LADA develops slowly, requiring more treatment as the disease progresses.

2) Lose Weight If You Are Overweight/Obese

Although not everyone who develops type 2 Diabetes is overweight or obese, the majority are. Those with prediabetes tend to carry excess weight in their midsection and around abdominal organs like the liver. This is called Visceral Fat.

Excess visceral fat promotes inflammation and insulin resistance, which significantly increase the risk of diabetes.

3)Cut Sugar & Refined Carbs From Your Diet

Eating sugary foods and refined carbohydrates can put individuals who are at risk on the fast track to developing diabetes. Your body gradually breaks down these foods into small sugar molecules which are then absorbed into your bloodstream.

Overtime, this can lead to progressively higher blood sugar and insulin levels, until the condition eventually turns into type 2 Diabetes.

4) Exercise Regularly

Exercising regularly may help prevent diabetes. Exercise increases the insulin sensitivity of your cells. So when you exercise, less insulin is required to keep your blood sugar levels under control.

5) Quit Smoking

Smoking has been known to cause or contribute to many serious health conditions such as heart disease, emphysema and cancers of the lung, breast, Prostate and digestive tract. There is also research linking smoking and second-hand smoke exposure to type 2 Diabetes.

6) Eat A High-Fiber Diet

Getting plenty of fiber is beneficial for gut health and weight management. Studies in obese, elderly and prediabetic individuals have shown that, it helps to keep blood sugar and insulin levels low.

In the digestive tract, soluble fiber and water form a gel that slows down the rate at which food is absorbed. This leads to a more gradual rise in blood sugar levels. However, insoluble fiber has also been linked to reductions in blood sugar levels and a decreased risk of Diabetes.

7) Minimize Your Intake Of Processed Foods:

They are linked to all sorts of health problems, including heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

8) Consider taking these natural herbs;

- Curcumin: it has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

- Berberine: it is also shown to fight inflammation and lowers cholesterol and other heart disease markers.

Thanks for reading. Please share this with loved ones. Your questions are also welcome. Stay safe.

Content created and supplied by: Dr.NickFerguson (via Opera News )

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