Type 2 diabetes is epidemic around the world, and scientists have begun to focus upon understanding the early causes and history of pre-diabetes to be able to stem the tide. Researchers at Fujian Provincial Hospital and Fujian medical University in Fuzhou, China, looked at relatives of people who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. They paid particular attention to insulin resistance, the hallmark of this form of diabetes, and other characteristics that could likely be used to watch for individuals at risk for developing the condition.
The study, reported on in the journal Diabetes Technology and Therapy, March 2012, included 1183 volunteers with normal sugar tolerance.
- volunteers with relatives who had the Type 2 form of diabetes tended to be overweight and have higher total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), than those without such a family history, and again,
- the volunteers who had a family history of diabetes had the same amount of insulin as those without such a family history, but tended to have lower insulin sensitivity.
From the above information it was concluded having a family history of Type 2 diabetes was associated with lowered insulin sensitivity.
Everyone needs to maintain what is a normal weight and waist size for their height, and normal cholesterol levels… those with close relatives diagnosed with diabetes need Sonus Complete to be especially watchful of these figures…
- normalizing weight,
- lowering “bad” or LDL cholesterol (<100 mg/dl or 2.5 mmol),
- increasing “good” or HDL cholesterol (>40 mg/dl or 1 mmol/l),
- lowering triglycerides (<150 mg/dl or 1.7 mmol/l), and
- getting rid of excess belly fat
are all ways of preventing the development of Type 2 diabetes.
A normal weight is considered to be a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 to 24.5 on someone with an average frame and muscle mass. If your BMI is over 24.5 and especially if it is over 30, it is time to work on losing fat.
Taking in fewer calories than you are expending will cause weight loss, but making it a healthy weight loss is important too. Be sure to take in enough protein and get enough physical activity to make your body lose fat rather than muscle. Plant proteins such as those found in beans and nuts are good for prevention and treatment of diabetes, so add some of those to your eating plan on a regular basis. Foods chock full of vitamins and minerals are good for your general health and help to stem those cravings for empty calories. Use a moderate amount of olive oil with vinegar as a dressing on salads.
When you feel like eating, distract your mind from food with a walk in the fresh air or with some exercises you can do at your desk when working. Try stretching your arms and legs for thirty seconds at a time. Put a glass or plastic cup onto the floor and roll it back and forth with your feet as you work at your desk.