Knowing if you could develop diabetes is a major deal for many people, especially if you have a loved one with this lifestyle illness and therefore you may be familiar with the horrible complications and pain that is many times associated with this “monster.” Today we will take some time to look at the risk factors of type 2 diabetes. The following factors will be briefly discussed in this article:
- Excess weight.
- Family history.
- High blood pressure.
- Cholesterol issues.
My Weight and Diabetes: Is there a Link?
Our bodies are more resistant to insulin the more fatty tissues we have. We have documentation that supports the view that when people lose weight, they also lower their blood glucose. I have been experiencing this for a few months, starting around May 2016.
There are several articles about losing weight as a part of the strategy to be diabetic-free. Please click to read this article about weight loss and diabetes. It is also worth mentioning that this is not a “one size fits all” situation, but there are a lot of benefits from losing excess weight. If you have not yet done so, please go ahead and read the article I mentioned.
Family History Or, Learnt Behavior?
Sad to say, but, as human beings, we love to play the “blaming game.” So many times we hear people proudly announce that “diabetes runs in my family.” The problem with this statement is that it removes responsibility and therefore the power to make the necessary changes.
I am of the view that we learn from our family members what and how to eat. Oftentimes, we are taught to consume highly processed foods, and we “wash it down” with poisonous drinks and juice concentrates.
Yes, the end result will be that a number of family members will have diabetes in common. I am sure you get the idea that diabetes is a lifestyle illness.
Please click and read this article about “diabetes running into a family,” and see how we can fix this situation. Allow me to play on the word “running’ for awhile. This reminds me of the other piece of the puzzle to be diabetic-free. Let us embrace the possibility of an active lifestyle so that diabetes will run pass our temples.
Inactivity and the Link to Diabetes
We need to encourage an active lifestyle in our families. Failure to do so will have us believing the lie that diabetes runs in our family. If our children see us sleeping and watching television all day, then guess what? That is exactly what they may do in the future. Research warns against inactivity. There was this research which concluded that cycling can reduce our risk of being diabetic. Please click here to read about the gains to be had from cycling.
I generally ensure that I lead a more active lifestyle. Even if this means that I take on more work at home, specifically in the yard. For me, this beats sitting all day. Please read this article where I gave some practical ways we can become more active and prevent diabetes from wreaking havoc in our lives.
Please remember that physical activity:
- helps us to control our weight.
- uses up the sugar in our bodies as energy.
- causes our cells to be more sensitive to insulin.
Careful examination of the above three points will demonstrate how exercise/an active lifestyle can help as part of the strategy to be diabetic-free. For more information, please read this article about the benefits of exercising.
High Blood Pressure and Diabetes
A blood pressure greater than 140/90 is an indication that you could develop type 2 diabetes. When we have diabetes walking with high blood pressure then we are also at risk of developing other illnesses such as stroke, kidney issues, and heart problems. Some professionals now would prefer that if you have diabetes, then you aim for a blood pressure lower than 130/80.
I sometimes find it easier to lower my blood pressure than my blood glucose. It is interesting to note that the same lifestyle which lowers our blood glucose, also keeps our blood pressure in check. A diet rich in plant-based foods and or a combination with the low carb program has helped me tremendously.
As long as I eat whole foods, which includes mainly vegetables, some fruits, seeds, nuts, avocado, olive, and coconut oil, then both my blood pressure and by blood glucose display happy numbers. Did I mention that I also lose weight and feel a burst of energy I haven’t felt in years?
I mainly take my blood pressure meds at night and the results so far are promising. For more information on the rationale behind this decision, please peruse this article about taking blood pressure meds at nights and the possible effects on our blood sugar.
Cholesterol Issues and the Diabetes Connection
If our HDL (good cholesterol) is low, this is also an indication that we could be dealing with diabetes in the years to come. A high triglyceride level is another risk factor for developing diabetes. You may find this article interesting, “Is there a link between diabetes and cholesterol?”
My conclusion is a simple, but practical and smart suggestion. Please make the switch now! Switch to an active lifestyle and eat whole foods of fruits, vegetables (non-starchy), seeds, nuts, peas, beans, legumes, animal proteins, and healthy fats such as avocado, coconut oil, and olive oil.
One cruciferous vegetable that I am having great success with is Kale. The results are so wonderful that I decided to write a book to share some information and my experience with Kale. I kept the price of this e-book low ($2) so that more people will be able to afford access to this information.
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