October 8, 2017

Diabetes - The Modern Day Killer

In 2012, The American Diabetes Association reported that almost 30 million American’s suffered from diabetes. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) state that 3.9 million people are living with diabetes equating to one out of 16 people. In the UK alone this figure has more than doubled since 1996.

By 2025, it is estimated that five million people will have diabetes in the UK (NHS-2015).

In the USA, 1 in 3 people will have T2 diabetes by 2050 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2010).

Given the increasing prevalence of diabetes we at Vida6 feel you should be VERY aware of the facts. Keep reading! Diabetes is a DISEASE.

First – let’s look at Insulin. You’ve heard about it but do you really understand what is happening?

Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas. It allows the body to use sugar (glucose) from carbohydrates in the food that you eat (for energy or for storage when using glucose in the future). Insulin is like a strict yoga teacher!!! It keeps your blood sugar level from getting too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia). It creates balance.


T1 Diabetes:

It is usually diagnosed in children and young adults (also known as juvenile diabetes). Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. However,with the help of insulin therapy and other treatments, even children can manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.

The Upside: Exercise is good for everyone and especially important for adults and children with diabetes. Exercise can help control blood glucose plus there are all of the other benefits (heart, muscles, mood, weight, confidence etc.).

The Downside: Blood glucose (blood sugar) levels can drop during or after exercise so sufferers need to check their levels often.

Blood Glucose Levels During/After Exercise: If it's low then eat a snack and wait until blood glucose comes up but even if your blood glucose isn't low you may still need to eat a snack. This depends on the type of activity and how the body reacts to the activity.


T2 Diabetes:

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and caused by genetics BUT also lifestyle factors, including YOUR CHOICE of nutrition. In a nutshell, the body causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal and is called hyperglycemia THEN the body doesn’t use insulin properly (insulin resistance). At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to try and compensate but then it can't make enough insulin to keep blood glucose at normal levels.


Vida6 Facts: 

- Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

- Having diabetes nearly doubles your chance of having a heart attack.

- T1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors.

- T2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors.

- Being overweight increases your risk of developing T2 diabetes, and a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain.

- Research has shown that sugary drinks are strongly linked to T2 diabetes. These will raise blood glucose and can provide several hundred calories in just one serving!

These are the culprits (Vida6 no-likey):

·      regular soda

·      fruit punch

·      fruit drinks

·      energy drinks

·      sports drinks

·      sweet tea/sweet coffee

Just one standard fizzy drink can = approximately 150 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrate. This is the same amount of carbohydrate in 10 teaspoons of sugar!


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