Stop Making Excuses, You Can Beat Type 2 Diabetes By Eating Clean And Training Dirty
Diabetes is spreading in the country like a jungle fire. The number of people in Kuwait who have Diabetes has doubled in the last decade, reaching 14.6% of the population in 2010 (equivalent to > 180,000 of the total population).
Kuwait is one of the 19 countries and territories of the IDF MENA region.
415 million people have diabetes in the world and more than 35.4 million people in the MENA Region; by 2040 this will rise to 72.1 million.
There were 399,900 cases of diabetes in Kuwait in 2015.
What Is Diabetes
Diabetes Mellitus (or diabetes) is a clinical syndrome caused due to excess amount of sugar levels in the blood (chronic hyperglycemia). This excess of blood sugar is either due to ineffectiveness of insulin (hormone produced by the pancreas that carries sugar into the cell) or the absence of insulin in the blood. Obesity, stress, aging, poor lifestyle, junk food addiction, alcoholism and smoking are the common causes of diabetes.
The carbohydrates we eat are converted into the glucose, which further spikes the blood sugar level. Due to inefficiency or absence of insulin, the sugar in the blood stream does not enter into the cell. As a result, the individual becomes diabetic. Broadly, diabetes is of two types, Type 1 Diabetes, which is incurable as in this case, the insulin-producing cells are destroyed or absent from the body. The other is the Type 2 Diabetes in which the insulin is present in the body but becomes ineffective and resistant to perform. However, Type 2 diabetes can be cured with the help of proper nutrition and exercise. In fact, exercising is mandatory for a diabetic patient, irrespective of the type of diabetes.
Here Are Some Tips To Overcome Diabetes (Type 2)
- Switch to complex carbohydrates from simple carbohydrates (Brown rice, sweet potato, whole wheat pasta, oats, etc.) as they do not spike the blood sugar level because of their slow digesting properties.
- Exercise regularly and religiously, as it will enhance the insulin sensitivity and will help to utilize the glucose present in the blood. Incorporate both weight training as well as cardio into your workout schedule.
- Have a pre-workout meal 30 minutes before your workout in order to maintain the blood sugar level during the workout.
- Keep a check on your overall calorie intake. Excess calories will lead to excess blood sugar or glucose.
- Avoid high GI food items (sugars, fruits, white rice, white bread, candies, chocolates, sweets etc.)
- Spread your meals evenly throughout the day.
- Try to follow a keto diet. Keto diet has been proven to be a boon for diabetes patients across the globe.
A diabetes patient can lead a normal lifestyle and can workout with the same intensity as a normal individual does. However, do not take diabetes leniently as it could lead to heart attack, kidney failure, blindness and impotency, if neglected.
Remember, precaution is better than cure, therefore, eat clean, train dirty and stay away from diabetes!