Preventing & Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
New data has shown that one in three Canadians has diabetes or prediabetes, and those who are 20 years of age face a 50% chance of developing type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.
Preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes requires two most crucial factors: Dietary changes and weight loss.
The number one complication of diabetes is obesity, and secondary cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease. As a result, diabetics are more susceptible to infections, poor circulation, kidney failure, heart attacks and strokes.
Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95% of cases (for those who don’t know, type 2 diabetes can develop at any age and can develop due to lack of physical activity, obesity, insulin resistance, genetic predisposition). The global prevalence has been projected to rise from 171 million in 2010, to affecting 366 million in 2030.
What are some of the best foods to eat for health if I have type 2 diabetes?
- Fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and trout.
- Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, bok choy etc.
- Greek yogurt (high in protein)
- Limit all sweets and alcohol
- Limit white carbs such as white bread, white pasta, and processed foods.
How does Nutrigenomix relate to diabetes and diabetic management?
Nutrition remains a key factor in diabetic prevention and management; however, it is necessary to study the genetic variability in individuals and their responses to different diets. A Nutrigenomic approach provides a snapshot showing the genetic potential of different genes, and the method to determine the influence of nutrients on gene/protein expression. The science of nutrigenomics has opened a new future to screen the genetic background, monitor the transcriptome, proteome, and metabolome which one can then proceed to develop dietary strategies for optimal nutrition in individuals.
How can I learn more about my own blood-glucose metabolism or help manage my type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes?
There have been medical and technological advancements which include needle-free glucose monitoring systems. The traditional way of monitoring blood sugar levels included a prick of the finger, but new technology has removed that step. No more finger pricks with needles, and just a sensor that stays in place for 2 weeks.
For people who are struggling with morbid obesity we recommend seeing an endocrinologist to help with weight management and overall health.
For pregnant women with a new diagnosis of diabetes, these technologies can help better monitor your blood sugars until post-partum.
Take charge of your health!
This will be one of a series of Dr. Anna blogs on home-monitoring devices to take charge of your health and collect your own data, so you’re better informed about your health and prepared when you see your physician/specialist.
If you need more information on preventing & reversing type 2 diabetes, please contact us.