Diabetes Type 1 and 2, the differences:
Diabetes has become serious plague on human health in the past twenty years. There are different types of diabetes. Type 1, usually means the pancreas cannot produce any insulin and requires daily insulin in order for the person to survive. Type 1 is the most severe form of diabetes and usually requires a pancreas transplant. This condition is usually from birth, where as the other, Type 2, is usually in adulthood. However there are more diagnoses in today’s youth than in previously recorded history.
Type 2 is when your body becomes insulin resistant. Your pancreas is producing too much insulin and your body cannot process the excessive amounts. This can cause the pancreas to work less and less over time.
Diabetes can lead to excessive weight gain, high blood pressure, heart disease and even losing body parts like toes, feet, legs etc. Eyesight is also at jeopardy at this point. Some people have gone blind.
I was diagnosed with Type 2 about three or four years ago. Before then I was pre-diabetic. I began to have issues with being tired all the time among other things. Eventually I started to take medications like Metformin and Glipicide. Over time my dosage had to be increased. My average sugar reading was around 300, normal would be around 100. My eyesight got a little worse, however, I did not have any issues with any of my appendages. My A1C was around 9.8, which is very high. Normal A1C levels would be around 5.
To learn more about the differences between the two types, check out the WebMD article link here.
Dieting and Exercise:
As with any diagnosis of bad health, there comes the plethora of diet, exercise and nutritional suggestions and recommendations from your health care provider, nutritionist, family members, friends, tv, internet, books….you get the drift. Basically it’s an information overload and you do not know what to try first.
I have tried different diets and exercise plans. I did lose weight, but would either get burned out on the exercise or stop losing weight all together. Then I would start to gain the weight back and then some. I stuck to eating Fat Free foods, super duper diet breads, pasta, salads and drank diet sodas. I cut back on the calories and tracked all my meals using different methods including the MyFitnessPal application that I talked about in the previous article.
Sugar – The good, bad and just plain old ugly!
Sugar is in just about everything and too much sugar causes the liver and pancreas to work overtime to process it. Eventually your body will build up a resistance to the excess amounts of insulin and then you have diabetes. Weight gain is sure to follow. Why does sugar cause the weight gain? It’s basically for a few reasons. One is, insulin is a hunger hormone, the more of it in your body the more hungry you feel. The other is that the first response to too much sugar, is to store it as fat immediately.
Sugar is very addictive and has proven to be more addictive than cocaine in a study with mice. Also MRI technology has shown comparative pictures between brains on cocaine and brains on sugar. Crazy thing is, both images show almost exactly the same amount of stimulus. This shows that a drug as bad as cocaine has just the same effect as sugar.
Here are a few videos about the relationship of sugar, diabetes, weight gain/loss. I hope you find them as helpful as I did. Needless to say, other than having Weight Loss Surgery, the changes I made actually worked in getting rid of my Type 2 diabetes. I don’t know if it will work with everybody, but it might. I’m not a doctor and any advice or experiences I’m sharing should always be discussed with your doctor.
Sugar are Carbs and Carbs are Sugar
Keep this in mind, carbs are basically another word for sugar. Carbs are found in Fat Free foods, sugar is needed to make the food taste better. If it’s Fat Free it’s actually worse for you. Fat’s are not the issue and Fat Free is an illusion. If you look on the back of a bag of sugar it will not have any fat. Yep, that’s right Sugar is fat free!!! Or is it??? Remember sugar is transformed into fat as soon as it enters the body. Calories are not the issue, because calories are not the same in everything.
Calories from a can of soda and a handful of almonds are completely different things and one will become instant fat storage if you take it. Can you guess which one??? Below is an excerpt from a documentary I watched called “Fed Up”, you can find it on Netflix. It is a really good documentary and was very instrumental in my education on getting my health in check.
I will share more information about other documentaries, books and studies as time progresses.
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