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Managing Diabetes: More Than Just Cutting Sugar

Sugar and diabetes have a complicated relationship. While consuming too much sugar can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, it is not the only factor that contributes to the disease. In fact, there are many different factors that can play a role in the development of diabetes, including genetics, lifestyle factors, and environmental factors.

There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Insulin is a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar levels. People with type 1 diabetes require insulin therapy to manage their blood sugar levels.

Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is a condition in which the body becomes resistant to insulin. This means that the body is unable to properly use the insulin it produces to regulate blood sugar levels. Over time, the pancreas may also become less able to produce enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity, physical inactivity, and poor diet.

If you have diabetes, you don’t need to cut all the sugary items.

Type 1 diabetes does not have a connection to sugar consumption, but type 2 diabetes has more complex causes. Sugar and diabetes are related because sugar only increases weight and has no other health benefits besides being high in empty calories. This blog explains how sugar and diabetes are related, where sugar comes from in real food, and how to reduce sugar consumption.

Sugar is known as Empty calorie. Why? We all know that sugar does not have any other health benefits except it provides a large amount of calories to the diet you are consuming. Sugar causes obesity, as consuming excess sugar causes deposition of fat tissue in the body and this can indirectly cause Diabetes by building insulin resistance in the body. But this does not mean that if you don’t have sugar, you can’t have Diabetes. Lifestyle is one of the most important causes of diabetes occurrence.

Sugar is naturally present in fruits, vegetables, and dairy products as fructose and lactose. Additionally, we as well as food manufacturers add it. Smoothies, honey, syrups, and other foods contain free sugars. Table sugar, caster sugar (used in baking), sugar found in juices, cakes, preserved foods, etc., and pure fruit juice are all health risks associated with sugar.

So consuming food that contains free sugar increases risk of type 2 diabetes but type 1 diabetes has no connection with sugar as it is a genetic disease. Even if you cut down sugar consumption from diet you may be at risk of type 2 diabetes.

The contributing factors includes:

  1. Lifestyle changes
  2. Excessive amount of junk eating
  3. Lack of physical exercise
  4. Family history
  5. Obesity etc.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should clinically correlate-

  1. Increased dry mouth
  2. Frequent urination
  3. Dizziness
  4. Unintentional weight loss
  5. Blurred vision
  6. Recurrent infection
  7. Delayed recovery of cuts

So, if you also believe in ‘ I don’t eat sugar, I can’t have diabetes’, now you should know that it’s a myth. Get your blood sugar levels checked, visit your doctor, and clinical nutritionist if you suspect you may have diabetes. While cutting sugar from the diet can be helpful in managing diabetes, it is not the only factor that needs to be considered.

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Diabetes is a complex condition that requires a holistic approach to management, including medication, diet, and exercise. It is important for people with diabetes to work closely with their healthcare provider to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses their individual needs and risk factors. A balanced diet that is low in added sugars, high in fiber and protein, and includes a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help to support healthy blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of complications. By adopting a healthy lifestyle and working closely with their healthcare team, people with diabetes can take control of their condition and improve their overall health and well-being.

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