A comprehensive guide to Diabetes.
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high - it is a chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.
There are 2 main types of diabetes:
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.
Most of the food you eat is broken down into sugar (also called glucose) and released into your bloodstream. When your blood sugar goes up, it signals your pancreas to release insulin. The insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into cells where it's broken down to produce energy.
However, if you have diabetes, your body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there's either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or the insulin produced does not work properly.
If you have Type 1 Diabetes, there are no lifestyle changes you can make to prevent Diabetes.
However, you can help manage Type 2 Diabetes by making lifestyle changes such as adopting a balanced diet and exercising regularly.
If you've been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, it's important to maintain a balanced diet and exercise regularly - sometimes you may have to take regular blood tests to check your glucose levels.
If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes there are a number of effective management methods you may be advised to try out. These include:
Of course, even if you aren’t diagnosed with Diabetes, but still fall within the categories of those at higher risk, it’s a good idea to watch what you’re eating and exercise regularly so that you can reduce the risk of a potential diagnosis in the future.
People diagnosed with type 1 diabetes also require regular insulin injections for the rest of their life.
Taken from the NHS England, symptoms of diabetes include:
Visit your GP as soon as possible if you experience these main symptoms of diabetes.
Your food choice really matter when you're diabetic, so it's important that you're aware which foods to avoid if you're diabetic.
Depending on what type of diabetes you have - you should completely avoid certain foods or limit yourself to particular foods. There's nothing you cannot eat if you have type 2 diabetes, but you'll have to limit certain foods.
So, what foods are best, and worst for a diabetic diet?
Sugary foods are a big no no the majority of the time when following a diabetic diet.
Foods to be wary of
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Carbs provide your body with energy, when they are broken down they can have the greatest effect on your blood sugar as they are broken down into sugar or glucose which are then absorbed into your bloodstream.
When people who are diabetic consume large amounts of carbs, their blood sugar levels can rise to dangerously high levels so important to avoid these.
Foods to be wary of
Foods that are better
Trans fats can make it harder to manage your diabetes as ultimately consuming vast amount of foods contain trans fats can lead to weight loss and can impact your heart health.
A large portion of saturated fats come from meat and dairy. Always check the ingredient list for anything "partially hydrogenated".
Foods that are better
The Skinny Food Co have multiple blogs based on Diabetes which you can find via our Health and Wellbeing Blog page.
The NHS England Website has a tonne of information on Diabetes:
You can also follow online accounts and advocates for Diabetes - there's some much help, guidance and advice online for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes!
We have been very fortunate to be of assistance to lots of people living with diabetes and our products are suitable for diabetic. Look out for the Sugarwise logo and read more about Sugarwise here.
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