Diabetes

What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a very serious condition related to how well the body’s cells can absorb sugar for energy. Sugar, in the form of glucose, is the basic form of energy the body uses for all functions, and during digestion, the sugar in food is transformed into glucose for the cells to use for energy. The pancreas is responsible for producing insulin, which facilitates this absorption. What, then, causes diabetes? Type 2 diabetes—which is the most common form of diabetes—develops when a person’s cells become less sensitive to insulin and the unused sugar stays in the blood. This transition may happen as the result of the person consuming processed foods and simple sugars in sweets and soft drinks, and living a sedentary lifestyle—all of which will spike glucose levels, cause the pancreas to produce excess insulin, then deplete the cells of sugar, causing a craving for more. This back-and-forth is what desensitizes the cells to insulin and causes diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, which represents 10% of all diabetes sufferers in America, is caused by genetic factors rather than environmental ones.

How can I treat Diabetes?
Traditional Chinese medicine classifies diabetes as an upper condition, which is when symptoms occur in the upper region of the body, such as excess thirst, a middle condition, which is when the symptoms are in the middle region of the body, such as excess hunger, and a lower condition, which is when the symptoms are in the lower region of the body, such as excess urination. The symptoms, and thus the region of the body, define the nature of the treatment. Because diabetes is a serious condition, it is best to work directly with a licensed practitioner who can create a health program tailored to the individual.

Of course, the best way to address diabetes is to prevent it. This can be done when normal sugar levels are maintained in the body through a well-rounded diet of good fats, complex carbohydrates, and organic sources of protein. Other foods that help to balance the diet include black beans, tofu, yams, celery, millet, lentils, and unsweetened low-fat yogurt. Other remedies to prevent diabetes include eating baked pumpkin with olive oil and rosemary on a daily basis, as well as drinking a tea of boiled chrysanthemum. Maintaining physical fitness is also helpful to preventing diabetes.

What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Diabetes?
An important part of preventing diabetes is to eliminate simple sugars, as well as alcohol. Other things to avoid are smoking, caffeine, a sedentary lifestyle, stress, and anxiety.

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