Type 2 Diabetes | Alkaline Diet
Even though there is a mountain of research on what causes Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, it's not known for certain why some people develop these metabolic problems and some people do not. There are several other reasons that may contribute increasing a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Most people know the risk factors related to metabolic problems but they close their eyes and eat as they please. Eating too much of the wrong kinds of foods and lack of regular physical activity can increase your risk of developing a blood sugar problem.
Everyone knows someone who has to give themselves insulin injections. That's just how common the type 2 diabetes problem has gotten in most developed countries. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas that allows glucose (sugar) to leave the bloodstream and enter the cells to be used as fuel. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas doesn't make enough insulin, or the cells of the body become resistant to insulin. Insulin resistance is showing up in record numbers among teens and people in their twenty's. The number of people on a prescription drug related to a blood sugar issue is also at an all-time high.
If you like to eat a diet high in refined fats and processed sugars or starches then I have bad news for you. Obesity is the number one factor that puts you at a high risk for type 2 diabetes. Researchers have found that 80% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. Pro-inflammatory foods such as wheat, dairy and sugars are popular foods eaten by overweight people. One of the links with obesity is that fat induces low level inflammation throughout the body that lead to heart disease and arthritis. Holding on to excess body fat especially the infamous abdominal fat, can negatively change the way that your body responds to insulin, leading to the blood sugar issue called insulin resistance. This is the beginning of the journey toward Type 2 diabetes. When you are insulin resistant, insulin cannot escort blood sugar into the cells because the cell membrane has become non-reactive to the insulin which means that very little sugar actually gets into the cell. This happens when you are continously eating sugars or starches ALL DAY LONG and the cells get tired of trying to process blood sugar. Everyone with insulin resistance is at increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
Eating too much of the wrong kinds of foods can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that eating a diet high in processed fats, refined starches and sugars especially high fructose corn syrup can lead to obesity or metabolic problems. If you eat a diet lacking in vegetables, fruits, beans and nuts then you can dramatically increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is why I continue to advocate eating a diet of 60-80% Alkaline foods everyday. A high volume of veggies and some fruits eaten consistently everyday in place of acid-forming grains and dairy products can have a dramatic effect on blood sugar levels.
Lack of Physical Exercise
Lean muscle mass plays a role in protecting the body against insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise such as strength training has a positive effect on the body by increasing muscle mass. It has been discovered by researchers that by doing a variety of aerobic and strength training exercises helped to reduce the effects of insulin resistance. Doing aerobic exercise helps your body to re-learn how to accept blood sugar and burn it effectively. Exercise is the number one way to lower your blood sugar. Keeping active is important as you age and your metabolism begins to slow down. Making proper nutritional adjustments to your diet and keeping physically active is the formula to winning the war against Type 2 diabetes.
Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com