Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease caused by high blood sugar or glucose. Your main source of energy is blood glucose, which you get from eating food. Insulin is a hormone that facilitates the transfer of glucose from food to the cells so that it can be used for energy. Sometimes, your body doesn’t make enough or none at all insulin or doesn’t use it properly. The glucose stays in your blood and does not enter your cells.

When you have too much glucose in your blood, you can develop health problems. Even though diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to stay healthy and manage your diabetes.

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Symptoms of Diabetes

  • Frequent urination
  • Frequent unexplained infections
  • Increased thirst
  • Blurred vision
  • Slow-healing sores or cuts
  • Weak, tired feeling
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Dry mouth

Types of Diabetes

  • Type 1 Diabetes: This is an autoimmune disease which means that your body attacks itself. In this case, the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas are destroyed. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. People with diseases need to take insulin every day. This is why it is also called insulin-dependent diabetes.
  • Type 2 Diabetes: This is the most common type of diabetes. With this type, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin, or your body’s cells don’t respond normally to the insulin. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs in middle-aged and older people. 

Who Gets Diabetes?

Factors that increase your risk differ depending on the type of diabetes you ultimately develop. However, if you are being physically inactive, overweight, or obese, you’re at an increased risk of having diabetes. 

It is a well-known fact that if you are obese or overweight, you are at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Abdominal fat causes fat cells releases pro-inflammatory chemicals and make the body less sensitive to the insulin it produces. It disrupts the function of insulin-responsive cells and their ability to respond to insulin. This is known as insulin resistance which is the hallmark of type 2 diabetes

Fortunately, reducing your body weight can help improve your body’s insulin sensitivity and lower your risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and types of cancer. 

What Can You Do?

Lifestyle changes can help prevent type 2 diabetes, the most common form. If you have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes due to excess weight or obesity, high cholesterol, or a family history of diabetes, prevention is especially important.

  • Lose extra weight and set a weight-loss goal based on your current body weight. 
  • Be more physically active. It helps lower your blood gar and boost your sensitivity to insulin. 
  • Eat healthy plant foods that provide vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates. These help promote weight loss and lower the risk of diabetes. 
  • Make healthier choices. Your dietary goal should be to lose weight and then maintain a healthier weight moving forward.
HCG Diet

Choosing HCG Diet 

People with diabetes do well on the HCG Diet. This diet is a low-calorie program. HCG increases metabolism and fat burning that helps diabetics with suppressed metabolism, especially when taking diabetic medication. In addition, insulin & other diabetic medication are known to promote fat storage which is reversed by HCG. 

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Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes