Relieve Symptoms and Reduce Health Risks Associated With Diabetes by Using Coconut
Edited by Mian Sheilette Ong, Joely, Maria Quinney
Diabetes has been conquering the world at a very fast pace. For decades, many people have been diagnosed by this sleeper predator of a disease. Diabetics are now getting younger as evident in the childhood obesity problem in many parts of the United States. This condition carries many complications that affect the nervous and the cardiovascular systems. Anything that goes wrong with these major organ systems leads to generalized weakness of the body's functions and immunity. Diabetes may be seen as a terrible condition but it can be stopped. One of Nature's weapons against DM (diabetes mellitus) is the coconut. This" tree or fruit of life" can definitely give anyone a brand new opportunity to be completely healthy once again.
Types of Diabetes
Diabetes is a collective term for diseases that affect your metabolism. The person experiences an elevated blood glucose level because of the unresponsiveness of the cells to insulin, inadequate insulin production, or both reasons combined. There are generally three types of Diabetes:
- 1Type I. This is diabetes wherein the body does not produce insulin at all. Also known as "insulin-dependent diabetes", "early onset diabetes", or "juvenile diabetes", this disease usually manifests itself during the teenage or early adulthood years, before the patient turns 40 years old. About 10% of all diabetes cases are diagnosed as Type I. Patients with this type of diabetes are required to take insulin for the rest of their life. They are set to follow a special diet and should always have their blood tested to see if they have proper glucose levels. In the United States, Type I diabetics rose to 23% among patients below 20 years of age (Based on the CDC issued "Search for Diabetes in Youth": Article Link ).Advertisement
- 2Type II. This diabetes type involves the inability of the pancreas to produce enough insulin to initiate the proper conversion of blood glucose into energy. Here, the body is resistant to insulin. It fails to react to insulin. About 90% of all diabetes cases are Type II. This type of diabetes can be controlled by a drastic change in lifestyle. Once the patient decides to follow a healthy diet, lose weight, exercise and monitor blood sugar levels regularly their Type II diabetes can be fully kept at bay. However, Type II diabetes is a progressive condition. If it slowly gets worse and the patient does nothing about it, insulin will then need to be taken in Tablet form. People who have sedentary lifestyles are at a higher risk of developing Type II diabetes. Those with high abdominal obesity, often known as central obesity are at a very high risk of developing this form of diabetes. Obesity or being overweight brings forth chemicals that destabilize the body's metabolism and cardiovascular circulation. Type II diabetes is common because generally, as people age, physical activity decreases and this results in weight gain. Persons of South Asian, African or Middle Eastern ethnicity have a higher risk of developing Type II diabetes.Advertisement
- 3Type III or Gestational Diabetes. This type of diabetes is experienced by pregnant women. Many women have very elevated levels of blood glucose during pregnancy. At the same time, their pancreas is not able to produce enough insulin to carry all that glucose as energy inside their cells. Essentially, their blood glucose levels are unused and just stay in their blood stream. Gestational diabetes can only be diagnosed when the woman is pregnant. Many pregnant women control their gestational diabetes by changing their diet and lifestyle. However, 10-20% of these women would still require blood glucose-regulating prescription medications. If the gestational diabetes is left uncontrolled or is not diagnosed, childbirth can have many complications. One of the complications is a bigger baby. Experts say that pregnant women whose diets have elevated amounts of cholesterol and animal fat are prone to gestational diabetes.
Symptoms of Diabetes
People who have been properly diagnosed as diabetics usually exhibit polydipsia (increased thirst), polyphagia (increased hunger), and polyuria (increased frequency in urination). All diabetics also experience blurred vision and glycosuria (excess glucose in urine). If you have Type I diabetes, you will also exhibit stupor, lethargy, acetone breath, weight loss, abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, and hyperventilation (Kussmaul breathing).
When you have prediabetes, your blood glucose levels are high but are not elevated enough to be classified as diabetes. In this stage, your cells are starting to be non-reactive to insulin. Experts reveal that during the prediabetes stage, your cardiovascular system start to acquire significant damage.
Diabetes: A Disorder that Affects Your Metabolism
Diabetes has always been known as a metabolic disorder. When you speak of metabolism, you point out the way your body utilizes the food it digests for the purposes of facilitating growth and harnessing energy. As you know, glucose is sugar, which is our main source of energy. When the food you eat is digested, the glucose from it enters your bloodstream. Your cells then use glucose for growth and energy. Your cells can only use the glucose with the presence of insulin. Your pancreas has beta cells. These cells produce insulin. After you eat, the right amount of insulin is released. This moves the glucose from the blood into your cells. Once the glucose enters your cells, your blood sugar levels go down. A diabetic suffers from hyperglycemia, which involves having too much sugar in the blood. The reason behind this is the inadequate amount of insulin produced by the pancreas to harness the glucose from the blood and transport it into the cells. Another reason is that there may be no insulin produced at all. If there is a very high level of glucose in the blood, it usually spills out of your system through urination.
Are you Doomed with Diabetes?
Diabetes is a treatable disease. You just have to cooperate with your doctors and dietitians. If you have Type I Diabetes, you have to accept that it is a lifetime condition. There is no cure for Type I. If you have Type II Diabetes, you still have the chance to correct, control, and even get rid of your symptoms. By staying dedicated to a healthy diet, an active lifestyle, and a well-managed weight monitoring plan, you may be able to get your diabetes under control and in turn stop having to take insulin. Remember that if diabetes is properly controlled, complications (diabetic ketoacidosis, retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy) will not surface.
Surgical Solutions to DM
Aside from medications, a gastric bypass surgery is usually recommended to most DM patients. This procedure dramatically reverses the symptoms in many DM patients. A recurrence of 21% in patients who have gone under the knife is caused by DM histories that are longstanding before the procedure was performed. Experts believe that if there is early surgical intervention in diabetic patients, remissions of Type II DM will be improved.
Coconut as a Solution
Mother Nature has a key ingredient in treating diabetes the natural way. Coconut is not only a flavorful fruit but a delicious solution to diabetes . Below are some of the benefits that coconut oil has to offer:
- 1Ideal food in a diabetic diet. Diabetics are very conscious of the amount of sugars that they ingest. Including coconut oil in your diet helps maintain your blood sugar levels in turn decreasing the effects of diabetes.
- 2Contributes to dental and bone health. Coconut oil also improves the absorption of magnesium and calcium in your body. In addition to regulating your blood sugar levels, coconut oil can aid in the strengthening of your bones and teeth. Middle-aged women who suffer from osteoporosis are benefited by coconut oil in their food.
How Coconut Oil is Beneficial to Diabetics
Diabetics are usually encouraged to stay away from saturated fats that come from animal sources. However, experts tell diabetics that coconut oil is an essential fat that truly helps protect diabetics from insulin resistance and regulate blood sugar levels. Below are some of the facts that explain how coconut oil is beneficial to diabetics:
- 1Coconut oil has MCFAs. The MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids) in coconut oil are much better than LCFAs (long-chain fatty acids). According to the American Diabetes Association, MCFA supplementation may contribute to the prevention of insulin resistance and obesity. Multi-chained fatty acids aid in weight loss and are very easy to digest. They effectively stimulate the fat metabolism of your body. Supporting this would be the recommendation made in the Journal of Indian Medical Association that increased intake of coconut oil prevents diabetes.
- 2Coconut oil helps your heart. Aside from weight loss and faster metabolism, coconut oil is also beneficial to your heart. The lauric acid (the same present in breast milk) that coconut oil has improves your immune system, enhances your energy, cares for your skin, and prevents viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
- 3Coconut oil is safe to use in cooking. Coconut oil is not like LCFAs that are in most seed or vegetables oils. LCFAs are very difficult to digest or break down. They also get stored in your body as fat. As a result, your liver and pancreas work are taxed. Oxidative damage, which is the formation of toxic fats that destroy the functions of your cells, is a common risk when you cook vegetable oils. Cooking with coconut oil does not bring about heat-induced damage like this.
- 4Coconut oil is good for your bones and cells. The saturated fats in coconut oil help retain the omega 3 fatty acids so that a balance of 3:6 ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 6 fatty acids are already acquired from canola, safflower, sunflower, soy, and corn oils. Diabetics just have to increase coconut oil consumption to balance the omega 6 out with omega 3 fatty acids. Remember that if you consume animal fats, you have to cut down your coconut oil consumption to only 1 to 2 tablespoons a day.
- 5Coconut oil controls cravings and increases metabolic rates. The MCFAs that coconut oil has promote the process of thermogenesis. This leads to an increase in metabolism. People who have a high consumption of coconut oil do not have diabetes. When they stop including coconut oil in their diets, they start craving for polyunsaturated and processed foods. They then develop diabetes.
The Good of Coconut Water
Sugary beverages these days try to hide the sugars that are detrimental to diabetics. Not everyone is well-versed with the scientific terms of sugars. Drinks that claim to be diet, low sugar, or low calorie only give diabetics more problems with their blood sugar fluctuations. If sweet tasting beverages is a must in your diet, you should consider drinking coconut water.
According to recent studies, beverages give you the same amount of calories that certain foods provide. It is important for diabetics to select beverages that are good for their condition. Next to water, coconut water is a good choice. Energy drinks, fruit punch, regular soda, sweet tea, and fruit drinks elevate your blood glucose levels and give your system hundred of calories in just a serving. Coconut water does not have additional sugars. It may not be carbohydrate or sugar-free but it is an ideal beverage that you could drink in moderation rather than resorting to sweetened beverages.
Coconut oil or water are indeed very beneficial to diabetics. Diabetes is fast becoming an epidemic in the western world. Patients diagnosed with this disease should be more vigilant in making sure that they don't aggravate their conditions. They can do this by choosing what they eat and drink.
== How to Relieve Diabetes Symptoms and Reduce Health Risks with Coconut
There are times when diabetes gets the best of people who have them. Symptoms can be debilitating especially when blood sugar levels in the blood fluctuate. The following are some of the ways on how you can relieve your symptoms and even reduce health risks with the help of coconut:
- 4Seek the guidance of a nutritionist to help you with the use of coconut oil in easy-to-do dishes.
- Always work with your doctor in monitoring your blood glucose levels.
- Get a reliable and easy-to-use glucometer so that you could easily keep an eye on your sugar levels, anytime, anywhere.
- Work with a dietitian to improve your food and beverage choices.
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Recent edits by: Joely, Mian Sheilette Ong