There are two types of diabetes. Diabetes Type 1 – AKA Juvenile diabetes, starts earlier in life and is caused by the pancreas not producing insulin. Insulin is a hormone that allows your cells to use glucose (sugar) for energy. Type II diabetes forms later in life when your cells become immune to insulin by eating too many simple carbohydrates and sugars (bread, chips, cookies, etc.) and your pancreas must create high doses of insulin thus becoming fatigued. The theory is your cells become immune to insulin due to over use. Uncontrolled blood sugars can lead to diabetic nephropathy (numbness and tingling in the extremities) as well as your heart and lungs, which can decrease signs and symptoms of a heart attack later in life.
So, what can you do?
Change your diet and eliminate simple carbohydrate such as flour, gluten, and corn. Stop drinking soda pop, alcoholic beverages, sugary juices, and candy. Do not supplement with artificial sugars, which may be worse than sugars. Eat a diet rich in local protein, fruits, and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables help to regulate your blood sugar levels.
In summary, a good rule of thumb is to eat primarily fruits, vegetables, and a small amount of grains and proteins, and local when possible. I love smoothies to get my greens in and local chicken eggs to keep my protein up. Try to avoid processed foods such as crackers, chips, pizza, cheese, and breads. Also, exercise 3 x 5 times per week for at least 30 minutes and smile over 15 minutes a day! Joy is essential to health. Be happy and smile!