November 14th was World Diabetes Day. Diabetes is a disease that is projected to affect 10% of adults by 2030, and yet few people are fully educated about diabetes, and important prevention tips like what are diabetes triggers.
Diabetes is a disease where the body is unable to manage glucose (sugar) in the body. Too much glucose is toxic to the body, so insulin is responsible for removing it and storing it for later when there’s too little.
In type 1 diabetes, which often starts in childhood, the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to manage glucose levels.
In type 2 diabetes, the body’s cells usually become insulin resistant, making it harder for the body to manage glucose on its own, and requiring more dietary management of the disease.
What Are Diabetes Triggers?
Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are strongly correlated with genetics. Since type 1 diabetes is triggered in childhood, there’s little to stop it. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs later in life, and although still strongly genetic it is more easily prevented by avoiding diabetes triggers.
Diet & Weight: Most people associate these with type 2 diabetes. Too much over-sugared processed food and not enough vegetables and you may be at risk. Likewise for weight: the more pounds you gain, the greater the risk of triggering diabetes in your body.
Inflammation can also trigger, or worsen, diabetes. Type 2 diabetes in particular is a progressive disease, meaning it gets worse with time. Exercising and having a healthy diet can help slow the progression of diabetes, but it may also be worthwhile to focus on an anti-inflammatory diet.
Antioxidants found in vitamins and some herbs will not only contribute to a healthy diet, but help fight inflammation. Many diets that may trigger type 2 diabetes often have too many Omega-6 fatty acids, which causes inflammation. Adding more Omega-3s from sources like nuts can help bring balance.
Probiotics may also have a relationship with diabetes, both as a trigger and as something that changes after disease onset. Eating probiotics helps protect digestive health.
Other beneficial things to include may be magnesium, curcumin/turmeric, and cinnamon, all of which may help fight diabetes, although studies are ongoing.
What Are Diabetes Side Effects?
Cavities are more common in diabetics. Drinking more water and ensuring the body has the nutrition it needs to build enzymes that help break down food are good preventative steps.
Diabetes and its side effects can be more successfully treated the sooner their detected. Be sure to see a doctor/dentist regularly to discuss your risk factors and overall health.
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