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Aip-health News 3. June 2019

IN THIS ISSUE:
- Diabetes (part 2) - early symptoms and how to live with it
- Types of diabetes explained

- Diabetes symptoms
- Genetic link
- Blood glucose levels
- Living with diabetes
- Glycemic Index
- Blood Sugar Pro
- Diabetic supplements

DIABETES - Early symptoms and how to live with it

In the previous issue of this newsletter we introduced a new Blood Sugar Pro supplement, designed to help stabilize blood glucose levels.

Related to that, we also provided some basic information about Diabetes and what it does to the body, including harm from high blood sugar levels.

Now we continue with the 2nd part, with more information about diabetes symptoms and how one can live with this disease.

TYPES OF DIABETES EXPLAINED

There are two types of diabetes - type 1 (Diabetes Insipidus) and type 2 (Diabetes Mellitus). While type 1 means the body produces no insulin, type 2 means the body is producing insulin, but it's not using it efficiently and it stays in the blood, causing high blood sugar levels. This type 2 diabetes is by far much more common. There is also a third type known as Gestational Diabetes that affects women during pregnancy, although it might persist afterwards.

Lately there have been new categorization, noting as many as 5 types of diabetes:

  1. Autoimmune diabetes - approximately 6% of diabetics 
  2. Insulin-defficient diabetes - appoximately 18% of diabetics 
  3. Insulin-resistant diabetes - approximately 15% of diabetics 
  4. Obesity-related diabetes - approximately 22% of diabetics 
  5. Age-related diabetes - approximately 39% of diabetics 
Holding Diabetes sign
Diabetes is a serious disease, lately categorized in 5-6 different categories. But the main categories are type 1 and type 2, with the later being by far the most prevalent.

But for the simplicity sake, it's generally accepted that there are two main types, as outlined in the above introduction. Here we'll be dealing with the type 2 diabetes that's much more common and includes both young and obese people and those who are older.

Here are some facts about diabetes:

  • Type 1 affects approximately 10% of the diabetic population. 
  • Type 2 affects the other 90% of the diabetics. 
  • Overall, 1 in 10 adults could have diabetes, some of them not knowing it. 
  • Type 2 used to be known as 'old people disease', but now it affects many people at younger age (obesity, lack of exercise, poor nutrition). 
  • About 25% of adults over 65 have diabetes, many not knowing it. 
  • Regular exercise and weight loss can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%. 
  • Likewise, exercise and weight loss help manage diabetes much easier. 

DIABETES SYMPTOMS

Recognizing early warning signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes (the most common type) is vital to be able to deal with it and make appropriate lifestyle and nutrition changes, to reduce the risk of severe complications.

The early type 2 diabetes symptoms are:

  • Feeling thirsty most of the time. 
  • Dry mouth, especially when you wake up or after a nap. 
  • Frequent urination, sometime every 10-15 minutes. 
  • Feelings of hunger, even after meals. 
  • Unexplained weight loss. 
  • Although, some people might experience unexplained weight gain early on. 
  • Constant fatigue and tiredness. 
  • Loss of feeling in the skin surface in your lower arms, especially after a rest or nap. 
  • Blurred vision caused by high glucose. 
  • Some people might experience headaches, too. 
Water poured from a bottle into a glass
Water is the most desirable liquid for the body that needs to be regularly taken. But if you start being too thirsty without a particular reasons, check with your doctor about diabetes. Excess thirst is one of symptoms for diabetes type 2.

Generally, you won't experience all of these symptoms at once. But over a period of time they will become more frequent and you might experience more of them at the same time.

Overall, should you start feeling more thirsty than usual, urinate more frequently, all combined with unexplained weight loss, seek medical attention right away.

It might be nothing, but get your blood sugar levels checked, rather than hope that it will pass or it's nothing.

If you have a friend or someone in your family with the disease, get them to check your glucose levels. It's a quick, minute test that can indicate your current blood sugar level.

But it's best to have it done properly by a qualified medical professional, or your doctor, that can pick up all other indicators and assess whether you might be at risk. Plus give you proper advice on how to tackle it all.

GENETIC LINK

If your mum has diabetes, you are at much higher risk of getting it. This is the genetic link, which increases your chance of ending with diabetes, too.

It's not a certain thing, but it means you should pay more attention to your lifestyle and nutritional choices, and check your blood sugar more often via proper blood test.

Testing blood sugar level
One of the things to be done regularly if you already suffer from diabetes is to check your blood sugar levels. This is easily done at home via glucose meter by pricking your finger tip and using glucose test strips, which usually give result in 5 seconds.

BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS

Update in 2021: A few words about blood glucose levels. These can slightly vary from country to country, but this is an overall good guide to blood sugar levels.

Normal blood glucose

Normal blood sugar or blood glucose levels in healthy people without diabetes were generally considered to be between 4.0 and 5.4 mmol/L (72 to 99 mg/dL) when fasting. This is usually measured in the morning, before taking any meal.

Pre-diabetic condition

However, according to the latest norms, if your blood sugar level is up to 7.8 mmol/L (140 mg/dL) it's considered normal. If your reading is higher than that, of up to 11.1 mmol/L (200 mg/dL), you're probably pre-diabetic, at risk of developing diabetes. In other words, unless you immediately take steps to remedy that, you will end up with a full-blown diabetes.

Diabetic condition

If your blood sugar level is more than 11.1 mmol/L (200 mg/dL) than you probably already have diabetes. These blood sugar level measurements should be taken in the morning on an empty stomach, or two hours after a meal.

Those who suffer from blood glucose levels lower than normal (below 3.9 mmol/L), might have hypoglycemia. Those who suffer from higher blood glucose (over 11.2 mmol/L) have hyperglycemia.

REMEMBER: Don't make any judgement calls on this by yourself only. Consult your doctor or physician to determine what your condition is. The above measurements essentially indicate number of sugar molecules per litre or blood.

LIVING WITH DIABETES

Diabetes is sometime called "feel-good disease", although it's anything but that. Initially the harm caused by diabetes, i.e. high blood sugar, is small and incremental, that happens over a period of time. So, you will continue to feel good, even though micro damage is being done to your body, whose cumulative effects will be felt later.

Other than the early symptoms of the disease, mentioned above, you won't feel much harm from it. But as the time goes on, if you are not dealing with it properly, this harm will become more and more serious. By then, the damage done to your body might be irreversible. So, the sooner you tackle this disease, the better and more chances that you will live just about a normal life, although always being mindful of the seriousness of your diabetic condition.

Not to sound too alarming, but people have lost their limbs, their eyesight, ended up with strokes, all because of not dealing with their diabetes in time and properly. So, be warned not to take this too lightly.

If you end up with diabetes type 2, it's not the end of the world. There are millions of diabetic people who live normal lives with the disease. Some of them are even competitive sports men and women, too.

The keys to living good with diabetes are:

Follow doctor's advice

Follow your doctor's advice and take your medications as prescribed, regularly.

Keep mentally and physically active

Keep mentally and especially physically active. A 20-30 minutes daily walk is sufficient to keep you fit and healthy. Even having a half-an-hour walk every other day should keep you well. But it's better to try and make it a daily habit. Then if you miss a day here and there, it won't matter much.

Remember: keep physically active

Once again, with diabetes, there is no overstating the importance of regular physical activity. Remember that.

Do regular medical chekups

Do your medical checks more often, at least every six months or even every 3 months, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Follow good eating habits and smart nutritional choices

Watch your eating habits and nutritional choices. There are certain foods that you should eat less often, such as rice, bread, potatoes, pasta, etc. But if you eat moderately, you can enjoy more variety and still keep your blood sugar levels and diabetes under control.

An elderly coupld walking with a dog in a bush trek
Walking has proven its health-giving value time and over again, as the best way to prevent diabetes, along with maintaining healthy body weight. But if you already suffer from diabetes, walking will help you keep blood sugar levels low, as muscles tend to efficiently use excess blood sugar, plus help you keep your weight down.

GLYCEMIC INDEX

If you want to get more specific about your food choices, what foods are good for diabetics and those that are not desirable, use Glycemic Index as your reference.

The Glycemic Index was developed in the 90s by the University of Sydney, in Australia. They scientifically tested both fresh and packaged foods to determine which foods cause sugar spike after eating and which don't do so much.

It's a great guide to use to further reduce the risk of having high blood sugar and keep your diabetes under better control:

https://www.glycemicindex.com/

BLOOD SUGAR PRO

Blood Sugar-Pro is a clever dietary supplement that can contribute to your optimum health and balance. It does so by stabilizing your glucose levels and helping with weight loss.

The benefits of Blood Sugar Pro are:

  • It's a natural, plant based dietary supplement 
  • Designed to assist with blood sugar management 
  • Helps to maintain a healthy blood sugar / glucose level 
  • It also supports an increased metabolism rate 
  • Taking supplement reduces carbohydrate cravings 
  • This in turn promotes better body weight management 
  • Promotes pancreatic health and improved production of insulin 

Blood Sugar Pro is available in packs of 180 capsules, at $49.99.

Get the full information and place your order here:

http://www.aip-health.com/blood_sugar_pro.html

CAUTION: Blood Sugar Pro is not meant to replace your proper diabetic medication, if you already suffer from the disease. Always follow your doctor's advice first and used prescribed medications.

DIABETIC SUPPLEMENTS

One of most often and arguably the best prescribed medications for diabetes type 2 is Metformin. It's available under different brand names, as 500mg and 850mg tablets.

In our online store you will find two such supplements:

http://www.aip-health.com/metformin_glucophage.html
(100 x 850mg tablets)

http://www.aip-health.com/metformin.html
(100 x 500mg capsules)

Both supplements have Metformin as the main ingredient.

REMINDER

As always, though, talk to your doctor first and avoid self-medicating for any serious health conditions, including diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease with very serious consquences if not kept under control with the right medications. High blood sugar levels will, with time, cause damage to your small capillaries and nerve endings, both of which can lead to serious damage to many body organs. You can prevent this by regular medical checkups and appropriate medications when needed, as prescribed by your doctor.

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