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There are 2 kinds of diabetes:  Type 1 and Type 2.   Both types involve insulin, blood sugar levels and the pancreas.

  1. Type 1 is also referred to as juvenile diabetes.  It can occur at any age but is generally diagnosed in children, adolescents or young adults.  In Type 1 diabetes patients, the pancreas has ceased to produce insulin (a hormone necessary to maintain proper blood sugar levels), most likely the result of an autoimmune disease.  Individuals with Type 1 are insulin-dependent via injections or insulin pumps.  Although there is no cure, management includes:  proper medication on a regular basis, healthy diet and proper physical activity.
  2. Type 2 diabetes (formerly referred to as adult-onset diabetes) is a chronic condition which affects how the body metabolizes sugar (glucose).  It may be because the body resists the effects of insulin or because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin.  The number of cases of Type 2 diabetes has soared in the last several decades, probably due to poor diet and lifestyle.  Though there is no cure for Type 2, it can be managed and/or prevented through diet, exercise and maintaining proper weight.
Diabetes, in any form, is a serious diagnosis and must be addressed by a doctor and closely monitored.
There are lifestyle and diet considerations which may benefit patients, even Type 1 patients,  in managing the conditions.  Some of these include:
  • Weight loss and maintenance
  • Healthy diet
  • Adequate exercise

I found this video interesting.  I am not an advocate for the raw diet simply because I know that I could not dedicate myself to raw food for life!  However the results are compelling and it may encourage some to devote more plate space to raw and plant-based foods.  Remember that the patients in this study are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, but a healthy diet may help manage Type 1.

To see Glycemic Index values, you can go to Harvard’s website.

If you have been diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 and have thoughts, particularly on diets or recipes that work for you, feel free to share them here.

 

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