Diabetes and Sugar
When blood sugar is too high for too long and is left untreated it could lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, nerve damage, eye damage, and skin problems. Meaning you’ll notice that if your skin was cut it will take longer to heal, your eyesight will start to blurr, constant urge to use the restroom all the time, tingling or numbness sensation in the feet, dry skin, and even confusion. This higher than normal blood sugar levels can lead to diabetes in all ages and ethnicity.
In 2015, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States as well as 84.1 million Americans diagnosed with pre-diabetes at the ages of 18 and older. Although we hear the word diabetes, some people do not fully understand what that means for the changes in their everyday lifestyle or what is actually being affected in their body. Diabetes is a disease of blood sugar levels, glucose, being too high. There are three types of diabetes: Type I diabetes is when your body has high levels of blood sugar but no insulin hormones to counteract the high sugar, Type II diabetes is the more common type, insulin is not produced or used well and then there is prediabetes where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not so high to diagnose the person with diabetes.
Diabetes affects the normal routine of everyday life when insulin injections are required to be used every day for people who are diagnosed with Type I but to make sure they are receiving the right dosage multiple calculations must be made. There are also different types of insulin that are effective in various ways, Rapid-acting, Regular- or Short-acting, Intermediate-acting, Long-acting, and Pre-mixed. It is a tedious routine where multiple steps are taken and money is spent just to make sure that the person stays alive.
To avoid spending time to make sure your levels are kept normal and trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, try these ways:
Cut sugar and refined carbs
LOTS OF WATER
Have a low-carb diet
Portion out your food
Avoid sedentary lifestyles
Eat high in fiber foods
Taking natural herbs (Berberine, and Curcumin)
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