When I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic, there were millions of things that went through my mind. Most of my thoughts fixed on prevention and what I could do to make sure that this disease did not take control of my life.
Those of you who know me, know that I have been fighting the good fight against this disease for many, many years. Not surprisingly, one of the treatments that popped up repeatedly in my research was weight loss and how it can help to prevent or manage diabetes. I know, spoiler alert. But allow me to provide a brief explanation of what I have learned through my many years of research.
Do you know where diabetes comes from? There are mainly 3 origins of diabetes:
- If one of your parents were a diabetic, your chance of becoming a diabetic is more than 25%.
- Developing diabetes becomes more likely after the age above 50.
- The prolonged intake of refined carbohydrates. This often brings about hyper-insulin and a breakdown in your body’s ability to metabolise carbohydrates.
Being overweight, suffering from low blood sugar and diabetes all have a common denominator!
Diabetes does not exist in cultures where refined carbohydrates are not consumed. Diabetes also does not progress when no refined carbohydrates are taken in. That makes diabetes one of life’s easiest illnesses to control.
It is very clear then that the first important piece of information is to start following a low carbohydrate, moderate protein and adequite fat eating plan. If you need help with this then check out this site. You can also consider using natural sugar alternatives for added health benefits. For most people with adult-onset diabetes, with cholesterol problems, ulcer problems, migraine, heart and arterial diseases, and especially for the fatigue and emotional disturbances that accompany low blood sugar this is the best long term treatment plan. In short, following a healthy eating plan treats being overweight and all its deadly relatives.
So, how much weight should you lose to help fight your diabetes? A survey showed that amongst people with type 2 diabetes, eight out of every 10 are overweight. Losing just five to 10 percent of your body weight can significantly improve your health. The bottom line is, you don’t have to be South Africa’s next top model, but you should lose enough for a noticeable difference to improve your health. Losing weight will also help to manage your blood sugar and manage insulin resistance which holds its own health benefits.
The next important bit of information is that not all body fat is created equal. Did you know that carrying excess weight around your abdomen is a major predictor of diabetes? If you are the typical ‘apple’ shape this means that fat is stored deep within the belly surrounding the abdominal organs and liver. This type of deep fat is closely linked to insulin resistance and diabetes and there are studies that have shown that waist size is a better predictor of diabetes risk than the BMI.
The good news is that you can significantly decrease your abdominal fat by cutting out sugar and starchy carbohydrates, this means that you are not only improving your health and longevity but you are also prolonging the onset of full blown diabetes and heart disease. Cutting out carbs doesn’t mean starvation or cardboard diets, you can still enjoy your favourite Lekker Sweets candy or indulge in diabetic friendly desserts!
Now that you are armed with these two major pieces of knowledge, I hope that you will start to change your way of life and fight the good fight along with me. Click here to get your a FREE diabetic friendly chocolate cake recipe. Should you have any more questions about diabetes or weight loss tips, leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!