Diabetes has been heard of and discussed about, for a long time now. Medical practitioners have brought to our notice the symptoms and treatment for the same. But oftentimes someone in our family is detected with the disease and we are at a loss as we are neither informed nor prepared for what is to come.
Diabetes is practically a medical condition where the human body is unable to utilise the glucose (or simply, sugar) stored in the body in the correct way. It is harmful to our being as this glucose happens to be one of the primary sources of energy in the cells of our body.
American Diabetes Association declared in 2012 that 9.3% of the American population was suffering from Diabetes, which is approximately 29.1 million. It was also found that 20.1 million of these cases were undiagnosed. Out of the 29.1 million suffering, 11.8 million were senior citizens (classified as above 65 years of age).
It has been found that eating disorders are very much prevalent in people suffering from diabetes. Especially conditions like bulimia and the habit of binge eating have been noticed in women suffering from this disease. Patients with Type 1 Diabetes are found to have bulimia, a disease similar to anorexia in certain regards. Binge eating is developed as a condition in
Type 2 patients. It has also been proved that such dietary disorders originate from emotional and cultural factors. Since eating disorders are treated as taboo in most societies and hardly discussed, it ends up hidden and untreated. However, a background in anorexia and bulimia is essential in this regard.
Anorexia nervosa is a disease where the patient is extremely scared of putting on weight and this leads them to try unhealthy practices such as starvation or fasting to achieve that desired body type. It is extremely common among models today. Bulimia is a disorder where the patient indulges in food in regular intervals. It is also called binge eating and gives rise to self-induced vomiting tendency. It also decreases the level of insulin in our body.
Some ways to control this condition are:
- Eat a well-balanced and nutritious meal – Follow a strict diet regimen advised by your doctor. Have a meal planned just to tackle your diabetes. Also make sure you have sufficient knowledge about the type of diabetes you have. Measure your calorie intake and keep a tab on fat and salt consumption. You should also indulge in fibrous food, leafy vegetables and fresh fruits.
- Reduce stress build-up and take care of your mental health – It is important to keep your blood sugar in check. For this, it is fundamental that you do not let anger, stress or anxiety into your life. Practice calming down through yoga and meditation. If you feel like depression or any other mental issue is bothering you, you must take professional help for the same.
- Exercise and lead an active life – Take a regular walk, jog or just go for a refreshing run just to keep your body active and flexible. Try to strengthen your core or build muscle power by stretching or yoga.
- Go for regular check-up – It is of tremendous importance that you undergo thorough check-up very frequently. This helps keep your doctor updated about your progress or fall back.
A few myths about diabetes that you should avoid believing in are:
- It is good to eat frequent meals – Actually frequent supply of food gives excess glucose to the body for building energy. But it is also true that in the long run your body loses its capacity to build energy from already existing glucose in your body.
- Sugar Substitutes are a good alternative – Opting for artificial sweeteners has become second nature to many of us. Advertisements have convinced us that they cause no harm and is a great alternative to sucrose. But they cause extreme urge for sugar and gets us hooked to the taste.
- Rice isn’t good – It has been debated that brown rice lessens the risk of Type 2 Diabetes but white rice was seen to produce higher chances of Diabetes. So avoiding rice as a whole is not a great decision. Ancient wheat products lower inflammation in the body.
Finally, diabetes is a dietary disorder and it follows that a healthy diet is necessary to reverse this condition. Conventional anti-diabetic medication robs the body of essential nutrients and causes a variety of side effects and other complications in diabetes.
Dietary supplements can help bring back the nutrient balance to the body and help the body in its fight to regain control in this seemingly difficult disease.