Lets talk diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar. With type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn't produce enough insulin, or it resists insulin.
The western world’s biggest health problem right now is diabetes, with 85-90% being type 2. In Australia the cost of type 2 diabetes is approximately 14.6 billion dollars, which increases yearly. Within Australia 280 people per day are diagnosed with diabetes and this is on the rise.
In more recent times, especially after the industrial revolution, the way we live our lives is increasingly a mismatch for us and very different to how we humans have ever lived. We move less, sit more and eat too many foods that our bodies don’t know how to deal with. We have moved away from good quality nourishing foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, meats, eggs, dairy, fermented foods and organ meats to eating grains, sugar, vegetable/seed oils and refined carbohydrates. Even when we try to be healthy, our fresh produce is less nutrient dense due to factors such as over farming, poor soil quality and long-term food storage.
But it’s not just what food we eat and how we move that cause lifestyle diseases like diabetes, increased stress, poor sleep, poor social well-being and emotion well-being play a major role in lifestyle disease management.
So what can you do to help manage your diabetes better or prevent the onset of diabetes all together:
· Gain support from family and friends, they’ll be your best ally in your quest to better your health
· Consult your GP, that’s another important person in your corner.
· Prepare stress management strategies, apps like Headspace are great as well as seeking professional help
· Address poor sleep! When we sleep our hormones responsible for weight loss management and BGL regulate. With in adequate sleep we feel crummy and things just don’t work the best.
· Moving well and moving for life is also important. Here at Movement Therapy we have group classes which help improve motivation to exercise as well as social well-being
If anything you’ve read today has sparked a bit of interest and you’d like to embark on a health journey reach out to our friendly staff at Movement Therapy where we can help you move well and move for life.