Are there risk factors to developing type 2 besides family history? Yes, although we don’t understand why someone gets it while others don’t, we can point out risks that can be corrected which will help in avoidance of developing type 2.
The definition of diabetes by the Concise Heritage Dictionary is, “Any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive discharge of urine with excessive thirst”. Does this mean that because you drink water all the time you are diabetic? No! It does not necessarily apply without signs of other symptoms.
Complications of diabetes are many and extreme. So if you don’t monitor you blood sugar levels and control them you can expect to experience one, if not most, of them.
They include, and are not limited to: Hyperosmolar state which results from high blood sugar and causes the presence of excess molecules in the blood; this can cause a coma in the elderly. Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease—research has found that people with type 2 diabetes are twice as likely to suffer with this debilitating disease.
Researchers are also finding that diet and exercise plays a large part in controlling type 1 and 2. Following a diabetic diet recommended by the ADA, which is a balanced diet of less fat and sugars with more fresh fruit and vegetables. Weight reduction and exercise are also important in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It’s because activity increases the sensitivity to insulin which decreases the resistance to insulin and blood glucose levels are more easily normalized.
Foods high in vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content can help reduce the complications of this disease and control the condition itself.
Important nutrients for diabetics include High Potency B-complex, vitamins C, E, D, Chromium, Selenium, Magnesium, CoQ10, Omega 3 and monounsaturated oils.
So if you have diabetes type 1 or 2, hope is not lost. Counsel with your doctor and dietician, follow a healthy diet, exercise, take good quality vitamins that include antioxidants and minerals, and lose weight! You can live a long and healthy life.