Important Measures to Prevent Diabetes Type II
Dr. Ben Kim
to the World Book Encyclopedia, the average adult human body contains
approximately 96,500 kilometers (60,000 miles) of blood vessels. This means that
if you were to attach all of your blood vessels together end to end, they could
wrap around the Earth almost two and a half times.
of your blood vessels are about as thick as a magic marker, while others are as
thin as a strand of hair. All of your blood vessels are essential to your health
because they provide the transportation network that allows your blood to carry
nutrients and oxygen to each of your cells. Your network of blood vessels also
allows your blood to remove waste products from all of your cells.
mellitus type 2 (referred to as diabetes throughout the rest
of this article) has the potential to be a devastating disease because it slowly
clogs up your network of blood vessels, destroying the transportation system that
your blood relies entirely upon to nourish and cleanse your cells. Imagine injecting
sugar-rich honey or jam into your blood vessels and you have a good idea of why
a high blood sugar level is dangerous to your health.
unchecked, diabetes can result in complete blockages in your circulatory system,
paving the way to every health challenge that we know of, the most common ones
being heart disease, neurological disease, vision loss, and sexual dysfunction.
You Can Develop Diabetes
you eat sugar or foods that break down into sugar, your blood sugar level rises.
Your body senses this rise and makes your pancreas release a hormone called insulin
into your blood. Insulin circulates throughout your network of blood vessels along
with sugar, and acts as key, opening channels that line your cells, which allows
sugar to exit your bloodstream and enter your cells. The net effects of optimal
insulin release and function are:
of your blood sugar level.
sugar available for energy production or storage by your cells.
can develop diabetes if you regularly eat more sugar and refined carbohydrates
than your body can properly use. With repeated intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates,
your body is forced to produce and release insulin so frequently that one or both
of the following conditions may arise:
pancreas may not be able to produce enough insulin to effectively deal with your
sugar and refined carbohydrate intake.
cells may become resistant to the effects of insulin.
or both of these conditions will eventually lead to a high blood sugar level,
which over the long term, will dramatically increase your risk of developing blockages
in your network of blood vessels.
to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Diabetes
follows are the most important steps that you can begin taking today to dramatically
reduce your risk of developing diabetes.
engage in some form of exercise that builds and/or maintains your muscle mass.
Muscle tissue has significant capacity to store excess blood sugar in the form
of glycogen. Simply put, the more muscle you have, the more capacity you have
to "soak up" excess blood sugar and maintain a healthy blood sugar level. This
is one of the biggest benefits to doing some resistance training on a regular
active! The more you move your body throughout the day, the more sugar your cells
need to burn up to produce energy.
or eliminate your intake of the following most common, sugar-rich foods in today's
store-bought cookies, cakes, and muffins
boxed breakfast cereals
magnesium-rich foods on a regular basis. Studies conducted by researchers from
Harvard University and published in the January 2004 issue of the journal Diabetes
Care indicate that consistent intake of magnesium-rich foods can significantly
lower your risk of developing diabetes. Healthy magnesium-rich foods include:
consuming prickly pear cactus, called nopal in Mexico. Nopal is a natural plant
that is grown throughout Mexico and the southwestern United States, and has been
shown through several studies to be effective at promoting optimal blood sugar
you follow the measures described above, you can confidently expect to reduce
your risk of developing diabetes and improve your overall health.
note: Nopal cactus and magnesium-rich spinach are key ingredients in our super
green food mixture, which is why I regularly recommend our greens to people
who are looking for nutritional support to prevent diabetes mellitus type 2.
you need some guidance on how to choose healthy carbohydrates, view the following
Sense of Carbohydrates
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