Jeannie Williams, a counselor in our Jackson location of Medical Weight Loss Clinic, understands it’s possible to live healthy, even for those who are diagnosed with diabetes.
Updated: 11/2/18 November is 'National Diabetes Awareness Month'. What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose). When you have type 2 diabetes, your body is resistant to the effects of insulin (insulin is a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells) or your body doesn't produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level.
Almost 37% of Michigan adults have prediabetes and over 12 percent have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Of the list of risk factors, some are uncontrollable, including age, race, genetics and medical history. However, there are many risk factors that are manageable.
Diabetes Risk Factors that are Manageable Include: • Weight o Being overweight is a primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes. The more fatty tissue you have, the more resistant your cells become to insulin. • Inactivity o The less active you are, the greater your risk of type 2 diabetes. Physical activity helps you control your weight, uses up glucose as energy and makes your cells more sensitive to insulin.
Studies have proven that controlling diabetes with diet and weight loss of even a few pounds is crucial to fighting type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that combining diet and exercise can reduce the risk of diabetes by 58 percent. Weight loss helps people with diabetes in two ways.
First, it lowers insulin resistance. This allows your natural insulin (in people with type 2 diabetes) to do a better job lowering blood glucose levels. If you take a diabetes medication, losing weight lowers blood glucose and may allow you to reduce the amount you’re taking, or quit taking it altogether.
Second, it improves blood fat and blood pressure levels. People with diabetes are about twice as likely to get cardiovascular disease as most people. Lowering blood fats and blood pressure is a way to reduce the risk.
Fortunately, up to 70% of cases of Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented through a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining weight loss and learning how to lead a healthy lifestyle can reduce diabetes symptoms and help prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
At Medical Weight Loss Clinic, our program consists of one-on-one personal supervision and nutrition guidance by our medical staff. It’s the safest and most effective way for you to lose weight. Our programs use regular grocery store foods and the best part is that we’ll teach you to keep your weight off permanently.
We have designed a program specifically for diabetics. Patients follow our diabetic diet with all varieties of food. This is the key to long-term health, reducing your risk of heart disease, and reducing the symptoms of diabetes.
Updated: 8/22/18 Beverages that contain a high sugar content are a contributing cause to the epidemic of childhood and teen obesity. What kind of beverages are your children consuming at school?
Sugar-rich drinks such as soda, sports and energy drinks, and flavored teas have become highly popular over the last decade, and particularly so among the young population. The amount of these types of beverages that are being consumed, as well as the size of those beverages, has increased greatly. Along with this increase, comes a larger risk for obesity, dental problems and diseases like type 2 diabetes.
One 12-ounce can of regular soda has around 150 calories, 40 grams of carbohydrate, and almost 40 grams of sugar! These extra calories contribute to weight gain - and extra weight is the largest cause of childhood type 2 diabetes.
When suffering from type 2 diabetes, the body does not make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels normal or the body's cells ignore the insulin that is produced. Insulin is needed for the body to use glucose for energy. One study has indicated that individuals that consume high amounts of sugary beverages have a 26% greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Reducing sugary beverage consumption can help improve glucose and insulin levels in children, in an effort to prevent childhood diabetes and weight gain.
Be cautious of fruit juice as well. While fruit juice is often perceived as a healthy beverage, some juices can be just as unhealthy as soda. The amount of sugar that a fruit juice contains may be as much, or more, than soft drinks and the benefits that come from vitamins in juice are outweighed by the amount of sugar.
1. Pay attention to nutrition labels when grocery shopping. Juices marketed as "100% Pure" or "Organic" may not necessarily be accurate. Read the nutrition label!
2. Don't be fooled by the word "fruit". "Fruit" is thought of as healthy food, and gives the mindset that items that use the word "fruit", are healthy. Watch out for "fruit" products that are filled with added sugar and calories.
To avoid the negative effects that sugary drinks have on health, encourage children to consume sugar in moderation and to consume adequate amounts of water. Promote healthy beverage choices at home and replace sugary beverages with water, milk or real fruit and vegetable juices.