The Halloween month has just stepped in and soon to be down the road is Christmas , and you know what that means: sweets, tasty treats, candy, and more sugar!
If you visits most high street stores you can see how their use of clever marketing to taunting us with prominently displayed of festive treats conveniently packaged in small, easy to eat servings regardless of what time of the year.
All holidays have their peculiar food traditions, but the festive periods perhaps wins the prize for being the most focused on candy and other sweet treats as the centre of attraction, especially for the younger members of our families. And no matter how hard you try to avoid it, you will undoubtedly find yourself staring down a confectionery stand before all is said and done.
Are you going to give in?
While one piece of candy won’t make or break your or your child’s health, few of us stop at just one. In fact, most of us see the festive occasion from , Christmas to short summer BBQ: as a perfectly good time to indulge in whichever kind of sweet temptations are presented to us.
But that indulgence can takes its toll and is manifesting itself more and more in the current epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes. It is called an epidemic because of the shocking increase in new cases of diabetes. In the UK It is estimated that more than one in 16 people in the UK has diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed) There are 3.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK. DIAGNOSED Around 700 people a day are diagnosed with diabetes. That’s the equivalent of one person every two minutes . Since 1996, the number of people with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled from 1.4 million to 3.3 million . Today, there are 3.3 million people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK (2014) . By 2025, it is estimated that five million people will have diabetes in the UK .
Don’t be part of the statics.
What is diabetes?
Much of the food that you eat ie carbohydrates (which sweets is part of that category of food) is turned into glucose for your body to use as energy. After a meal, your pancreas produces the hormone insulin which helps the glucose, or sugar, move from your bloodstream into the cells in your body where it can be used for energy.
When you have diabetes, your body either does not make enough insulin or it cannot use the insulin that it produces. The result is a build up of glucose or sugar in the bloodstream.
High levels of blood sugar cause extensive damage in the body such as heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and even amputations. Adults with diabetes are twice as likely to die early as those without diabetes.
Where there might be a connection?
The connection between the festive periods and Type 2 diabetes is the increase quantity of the sweet treats: the more sugar you eat, the harder your pancreas has to work to produce insulin and keep your blood sugar within a safe range.
But the cells in your pancreas that produce insulin are the only cells in your body that actually wear out from use. If you overwork them, they will eventually cease to perform in a way that can keep up with the demand.
Your body can also become resistant to the insulin that your pancreas produces. The more resistant your cells become to insulin, the more your pancreas has to make in order to have an effect.
When these situations develop, you have Type 2 diabetes.
The good news is that Type 2 diabetes is completely preventable. By adopting a healthy lifestyle starting today, you will never have to experience this lifestyle disease. And if you already have Type 2 diabetes, you can surely do something to control it naturally.
The best strategies is to keep your overall body weight within normal range and low as possible but in a healthy realm, eating a healthy diet full of whole foods with a reduction in heavily process foods as possible with reducing your refined sugar intake on a regular basis , also start by including regular exercises that last between least 30-60 minutes, at least 5 days per week depending on your current fitness levels, depending on current fitness levels.
These simple lifestyle changes are your defence to something such as Type 2 diabetes, if action is taken.
This Halloween, choose future health over short term pleasure. Enjoy one or two treats, and then stop. It’s not worth the price you may have to pay later.
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