Let's talk about diabetes. First of all, we have to set the stage. There are two types of diabetes:
Type 1 is an autoimmune process in which the body fights its own pancreas and kills the
insulin producing beta-cells.
Type 2 is an insulin resistance.
This post is going to focus on Type 2 Diabetes.
So what is it? Type 2 diabetes is an insulin resistance. You have insulin receptors along your GI tract. Normally, when these receptors sense carbohydrates (as well as other triggers), this stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreas. When you are a diabetic, your receptors are desensitized. They don't trigger the release of insulin appropriately, which leads to an increase of sugar in your blood. Increased sugar in your blood will lead to sugar deposits in your small vessels, which can lead to kidney issues, eye issues, heart issues, etc.
The actual cause of this is unknown. Though as the Mayo Clinic points out, genetics and environmental factors, such as inactivity and overweight will contribute.
So how do I prevent diabetes? Well, get moving! Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Don't overdo sugars, and other unhealthy dietary choices that are going to increase your risk...hence one of the many reasons we are trying "No Meat November" in hopes to a jump start to our plant/slant lifestyle.
Well, it's too late for me and I already have it--IT IS NEVER TOO LATE! Yes, once a diabetic, you will always be a diabetic, but you can control this! Some people can maintain their goal sugars with diet alone. Some people will need medication. All diabetics need to talk to their doctor to help design a plan that is right for them.
...until next time.