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The Health Effects of Diabetes

Are you struggling with controlling blood sugar levels because of diabetes? This medical condition has grave consequences for your health if left unchecked.Diabetes occurs when your body cannot control the amount of sugar in your blood. Type1 diabetes occurs because your body does not make enough insulin. Insulin is the hormone that
keeps blood sugar levels in check. Type 2 diabetes occurs because your body cannot control insulin like it should. Either way, the result is that blood vessels are damaged throughout your body.

Another way that diabetes affects you is in the brain. Research has found that people who were overweight and also had type 2 diabetes had brains that with more abnormalities. Cognitive function was also affected. In fact, the temporal lobe is at much greater risk because of diabetes. This area of the brain is important because it is where Alzheimer’s can be first detected. If you are overweight or obese you have a much greater chance of developing the condition.

You can determine if you are at risk by calculating your BMI, or body mass index. The optimal range for BMI is between 18.5 and 25. Between 25-30 is considered overweight, and anything over 30 obese. Despite the danger, there are many things that you can do to lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. First, take an honest look at your body weight and make the effort to lose those pounds. This can be done by altering your diet and also exercising. With your diet, consider these ideas:

  • Avoid sugar.
  • Eat foods with lots of fiber such as broccoli, spinach, chia seeds, etc.
  • Avoid white bread, pasta, white potatoes, etc.
  • Consider taking a multivitamin.

Reversing the effects of diabetes is very much a lifestyle choice. However, by doing so you will be able to lower your risk of developing type-2 diabetes. Want to learn more? You can read the full article here: Is Sugar Good for the Brain or Bad for It?