Deanna from California Writes:
I have been very tired lately and having some weird symptoms such as excess urination and thirst. My doctor says I have the beginning stages of pre-diabetes. Is it possible to restructure my lifestyle and get my health back on track?
You are not alone. Type 2 Diabetes affects millions of Americans today. It is truly becoming a major part of our health crisis and there is so much that can be done to avoid it and begin empowering your health. Type 2 Diabetes occurs when we eat the wrong kinds of foods each day and it causes our bodies to produce too much insulin as a result to manage the excess blood sugar from the cakes, cookies, pasta, and donuts that we typically eat as a nation. The great news is that if you are headed in the direction of a possible diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, there are some drastic lifestyle choices that you can make to get yourself out of this tough health challenge and get back inshape. Let’s look at some of the typical signs of the onset of type 2 diabetes and what we can do to make better choices.
1.You Are Thirsty Often
The more we urinate, the more we require additional fluids. If you find that nothing else has changed in your daily routine and you are thirstier than normal, you may be leaning toward type 2.
New research shows that adding cinnamon to your foods is a great way to support healthy blood sugar and decrease excess urination.
If you have to urinate a lot more than usual, this could be a sign of having excess blood sugar. The kidneys respond to excess blood sugar by making us urinate more.
3.Feeling Hungry Often
Getting our sugar into the cells is a good thing. When you have type 2 diabetes, then we are unable to use the blood sugar. It will just stay in our blood and can cause more insulin ( a hormone) to be sent out. This makes us amazingly hungry.
Eating more frequent meals with a protein, fat, and healthy carbohydrate will help balance blood sugar levels and decrease hunger cravings. Aim to eat every 2-3 hours.
Ever heard of neuropathy? Type 2 diabetes can cause extreme nerve pain called diabetic neuropathy. It starts with some tingling and numbness and can progress to severe pain that needs medication. This needs to be treated immediately at the first sign.
There are many natural ways to help this including an anti-inflammatory diet. There is also research on vitamin B6 to be helpful.
5.Lower Immune System
When blood sugar is constantly elevated our ability to have more infections is increased. We tend to get sicker, more often.
Increasing antioxidant rich foods that are low glycemic can help you in increasing the immune system. Try a smoothie with the Daily Meal Complete to help support healthy blood sugar levels.
6. Its Harder To See
Our vision can be impaired when our lens of the eye is affected. When blood sugar levels are elevated, our lens is made to be more rigid and does not flex, as it needs to. The eye muscles have a difficult time rearranging the focus.
Omega 3 fats such as fish oil and flax oil can help balance blood sugar while supporting eye health at the same time. My personal favorite is cod liver oil.
7.Losing Weight For No Reason
When we can’t use the blood sugar from our carbohydrates due to the extra fluid loss, then we will lose weight. We need healthy carbohydrates to be stored in our
These are some of the most common signs and symptoms to look for if you are dealing with the potential for diabetes. There are many dietary and lifestyle choices that you can make to get past it. Remember, your health is your greatest wealth. The choices you make today can and will determine the health you will have tomorrow.
Known as America’s Health Coach, Dr. Asa Andrew is a national best-selling author of Empowering Your Health and host of the #1 Health Talk Radio Show in North America. In addition to his hit television series, he is a regular contributor to NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and FOX and regarded as a healthcare leader in the field of lifestyle medicine.
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