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Are You the Diabete's Dog or Master?

May 21, 2008
Very few people realize the profound effect that weight has on diabetes. Even instances of gestational diabetes are much greater in patients that are overweight than in those that are not. Type 2, or adult onset diabetes is more commonly found in overweight people than those that are within their 'ideal' weight ranges. In fact, almost 90% of those with Type 2 diabetes are overweight. If you are suffering from Type 2 diabetes, the best gift you could possibly give yourself just might be the gift of getting your weight under control.

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects over 20 million people in the United States alone. Of those diagnosed, the majority of diabetics have Type II. Type II diabetes refers to the body's resistance to insulin. Whether the body simply ignores the amount of insulin produced by the pancreas, or insufficient amounts are made by the pancreas, natural metabolic processes are unable to reduce blood glucose levels. When a body cannot convert the glucose to energy for the cell to use, it stores it as fat. This contributes to the weight problem.

It's quite a rollercoaster ride for our metabolic system. Over time, this cycle trains the body's cells to ignore the large amounts of insulin. Glucose does not get converted into fuel for the cell. Instead, it's stored as fat, literally adding to an existing weight problem.

The prognosis for diabetes does not have to be a grave one. The most convincing data to fight diabetes and obesity is to lose weight. Individuals who educate themselves on matters of nutrition and exercise stand the best chance of avoiding the disease, lowering blood pressure and living a more fruitful life. By choosing foods that will provide health benefits and raise blood sugar levels gradually, a person can restore the natural metabolic process that balances itself properly. Changing what foods are consumed can also reduce weight by reducing the amount of calories eaten.

Along with nutrition, we have to consider exercise. Exercise has been found to not only combat an increasing weight problem, but it actually increases a cell's insulin sensitivity. By exercising, the cardiovascular system, endocrinal system and digestive system are greatly improved. The body's metabolism increases, burning more calories than at rest. The result is a caloric deficit that translates into shed weight. It is important to select activities according to an individual's abilities and interests. By doing so, the chance of exercise becoming a reoccurring event is increased. A person will return to an activity that they truly enjoyed.

Watch what you eat. Garbage in, garbage out, right? You have strict dietary requirements once you've been diagnosed with diabetes. This means that you absolutely must follow your dietary restrictions. Learn to live within those limits in order to live and enjoy life to the fullest you can. The amazing thing is that there are all kinds of foods available that are friendly to those with diabetes that weren't around just a few short years ago. It is quite possible to live and eat quite nicely with diabetes if you stick to your plan. The most important thing about dieting with diabetes is that you never lose sight of how crucial it is to do so.
About the Author
Julia Hanf author of the book How To Play the Diabetes Diet Game and Win from a real life crisis Julia worked out how to live diabetes free. Visit http://www.yourdiabetescure.com and learn more about your solution for diabetes
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