Prevent Getting Diabetes Naturally

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Glucose, a sugar energy source in the bloodstream, which also comes from the foods people eat, is important in one's body. Without glucose, the entire body won't function properly. Glucose can also harm one's pancreas, a body organ that produces hormone insulin, which can help regulate blood sugar levels. If the pancreas is not functioning properly and not producing enough insulin for the body, the glucose or sugar level may go up. In this condition, one might be diagnosed with diabetes.

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Diabetes is a chronic health condition, which can gradually affect all other parts of the body if not treated early with medications. However, type 1 diabetes mellitus can't be prevented, but can be controlled to avoid any other health complications later on. Before knowing the prevention of this disease, one should be aware of the types of diabetes and how each type can destroy one's health:

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Major types of diabetes

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    Type 1 diabetes mellitus:
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    The immune system mainly attacks the pancreas and destroys the hormones that produce insulin in the body. People at any age can get diabetes, but it mostly attacks children, young adults, and teenagers. There is no cure to prevent type 1 diabetes mellitus, but one may be able to control the blood sugar levels to avoid other health problems.
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    Type 2 diabetes: The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it may not be enough, or the body does not respond to it. This means the body cannot break down glucose, although the pancreas provides insulin in the bloodstream. In this case, the glucose may persist in there, which can cause glucose buildups. This is the why people with type 2 diabetes are obese and apathetic. These are first signs of type 2 diabetes, as well.
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    Gestational diabetes: This can occur in the late stages of pregnancy. This is because the pregnancy hormones can stop insulin from functioning, and thus lead to an increase in glucose levels. In addition to that, those who have a family history of diabetes, had an unexplainable miscarriage before, high blood pressure, and are overweight, can be diagnosed with diabetes during their pregnancy. If this happens, the baby in the womb may likely be affected by the mother's health condition. However, the effects are lower than those in women who are diagnosed already with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
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Can type 1 diabetes be prevented?

Type 1 diabetes can't be prevented, but can be controlled. Like I said, there's no cure for treating type 1 diabetes mellitus. Also, type 1 diabetes chooses anybody - children, teens, or adults. Doctors do not know the main cause of this condition. Genetics can be one of the factors of getting type 1 diabetes. However, there are some who have this disease, although they do not have a family history of diabetes. In other words, anyone can get type 1 diabetes mellitus without knowing the exact cause of it. The only way you can control the glucose level is by injecting insulin into your body every day. Otherwise, you will die due to health complications, which can affect the other organs of the body, such as the eyes, kidney, etc.

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Can type 2 diabetes be prevented?

You can prevent type 2 diabetes from developing. As we all know, type 2 diabetes grows slowly in the body. If you experience such unusual symptoms, you may be having type 2 diabetes. However, it can be prevented because type 2 diabetes grows slowly and may occur in people in their adulthood. Healthy lifestyle can be done to reduce the risk of getting diabetes and avoid health complications associated with it.

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Can gestational diabetes be prevented?

Yes, you can prevent gestational diabetes during pregnancy by controlling blood glucose levels to reduce the risk to the baby's condition. Healthy diet can be utilized during pregnancy to prevent gestational diabetes from developing. The good thing about this type of diabetes is that it disappears once the baby is delivered. Yet, if the mother is careless with her health, she may be at high risk of getting type 2 diabetes later in her life.

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Tips to prevent yourself from getting diabetes naturally

Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in early ages, like in children. Because of this, one cannot prevent it, as it can suddenly attack anybody anytime at any age. The symptoms just show that once the disease gets in the body. Type 2 diabetes happens at later stages in life, like in people's 20s and above. Diabetes affects millions of Americans, and they are most often diagnosed with pre-diabetes, which comes before type 2 diabetes. In this case, you may be able to prevent it from developing, if you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Pregnant women with gestational diabetes can prevent themselves from getting type 2 diabetes after delivery and having birth defects during pregnancy, as well. To do so, you may want to follow the tips below:

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    Eat low-calorie foods.
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    You should not eat sugary foods at all costs if you have diabetes - which is a MYTH. There are a lot of low-calorie foods out there, and these can help you reduce sugar intake. If you have diabetes, it does not mean you have to stop eating delicious treats. There are low-calorie desserts that are good for you. You may also prepare healthy favorite treats as well. As long as the foods are combined with healthy foods plus regular exercise, then you're good.
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    Avoid high-calorie drinks.
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    Fructose can be found in sodas, coffees, and energy or sports drinks. These are high in calories and can cause you to develop "sugar belly", so these should be avoided. Kids and young ones are fond of drinking these calorie drinks. You may want to start teaching them about the consequences of drinking too many high-calorie drinks, especially sodas.
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    Do regular exercise and lose weight.
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    Exercise is vital for people with or without diabetes. Belly fat is a sign that you could have diabetes. If you have big round stomach, then you are at risk of getting diabetes. Doctors always recommend people with or without diabetes to do regular exercise and lose weight, because of its ability to remove toxins in the body. By losing weight, they will be able to prevent themselves from getting any diseases, including diabetes. They can also control their blood sugar levels and cholesterol. Pregnant women with diabetes should also do the same, as advised by their doctors, because not all exercises are suitable for them.
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    Choose high fiber or slow-release carbohydrate foods.
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    Indeed, carbohydrates make diabetes become even worse, but there's good news! Slow-release carbohydrates or what we call high-fiber foods are best options to eat for people with diabetes. They do not have to hold back their food cravings with carbs. Some foods that have slow-release carbs are brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, high fiber cereals, whole wheat bread, and many more. Fiber does not increase blood sugar levels, but rather controls them. Take note that there are two types of fiber: Soluble and insoluble fibers. The first one can help reduce cholesterol level and control blood sugar levels. Oatmeal is an example of food that has soluble fibers. The second one can help keep the digestive system function properly. Whole wheat foods are good sources of insoluble fiber. Overall, fiber is good for people with or without diabetes.
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    Eat fruits and vegetables.
    You know how important fiber is for your body. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber. They are also full of nutrients and vitamins, which can also contribute a lot in preventing diabetes naturally. Vitamins C and E are good for people, especially those with pre-diabetes. So do not forget to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.
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    Add cinnamon to your diet.
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    Cinnamon can control glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. This herb can also reduce cholesterol levels. There are many forms of cinnamon that you may want to take every day - cinnamon extracts or cinnamon teas. If you opt to choose the latter, you may add a half of teaspoon of cinnamon to a cup thrice daily, and this will help you prevent from getting diabetes naturally. Ask your doctor of the right dosage for you.
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    Add bitter melon to your meal.
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    Like cinnamon, bitter melon has insulin-like compounds that can help reduce blood glucose levels in one's body. Bitter melon is native to India, and Indians have been using this for centuries in culinary and herbal medication purposes. Like the name implies, bitter melon is a bitter food, but contributes a lot in controlling diabetes.
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    Take prickly pear cactus supplements.
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    Prickly pear cactus, also known as optunia, is also a good herb for controlling diabetes. Prickly pear cactus supplements can be bought at your local supermarket. If you think you may have or not have diabetes, you may want to take some supplements every day to control diabetes or prevent from getting it. Dried prickly pear cactus for making a tea is also available. This is good for those who are afraid of getting diabetes. They may want to drink a cup of prickly pear cactus tea every day.
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Tips & Warnings

  • If you are pregnant, do not take any herbal medications such as cinnamon, bitter melon, and prickly pear cactus, as these can cause miscarriage and birth defects. Ask your doctor first before taking these herbs.
  • If you have a family history of diabetes, you may want to see your doctor for blood tests and diagnoses. You may also bring your children, if you think they have diabetes. Pre-diabetes often comes first before type 1 or type 2 diabetes. You will know your condition once you have had a blood test to diagnose diabetes. If early prevention is done, you will be able to avoid health complications later on, such as kidney problems and blurred vision.
  • Herbs like cinnamon, bitter melon, and prickly pear cactus can cause allergic reaction in some people. So, before taking any herbal medications, you may want to ask your doctor about it.

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