DIABETES

The New Health Epidemic

 

Type 2 diabetes has become a worldwide health problem. There are approximately 890,000 Australians and 270,000 New Zealanders currently diagnosed with diabetes. In addition to these numbers, it is also predicted that there are thousands of people with undiagnosed diabetes. Type 2 diabetes was once only seen in adults over 40 years of age, however, it is now more and more common in younger people.

 

High Blood Sugar Levels: Too Much of a Good Thing!

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Diabetes is a condition related to problems with blood sugar levels (also called blood glucose levels) and insulin levels. For proper bodily functioning, you need to be able to convert glucose (i.e. sugar) from your food into energy. The hormone that is required for glucose to enter into cells to be broken down is called insulin. Diabetic patients have problems with their insulin production, so when a diabetic patient eats sugar (e.g. from sweets, breads, cakes, biscuits, cereals) it cannot be converted into energy and stays in the blood, causing high blood glucose levels. Having high levels of glucose in your blood for prolonged periods of time can cause blindness, kidney problems, cardiovascular issues, and many other health complications.

 

The good news is that diabetes is avoidable if you focus on having a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

 

Risk Factors for Developing Diabetes To find out if you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, ask yourself these questions:

     •    Are you overweight?

     •    Do you have a family history of diabetes?

     •    Does your daily diet contain high amounts of sugars and/or refined carbohydrates?

     •    Do you have a sedentary lifestyle and lack regular exercise?

 

As well as these recognised risk factors, some early warning signs that may indicate your blood sugar levels could be a problem in the future include:detox fruit  vegtables - 4461830

     •    Frequent sugar cravings.

     •    2 to 4 pm energy slump.

     •    Constant fatigue.

     •    Frequent urination and/or recurrent urinary tract infections.

     •    Trouble losing weight – especially weight around your waist.

 

 

 

If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions, or experience any of these early warning signs, speak to us today about how we can help you to prevent or manage diabetes.  

 

Herbs and Nutrients Can Help Natural Medicine may help with managing and preventing diabetes, by focusing on the main causes such as diet and lifestyle. If you are at risk of developing diabetes the following herbs and nutrients may also assist.