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What is Diabetes?
There are two common types, Type 1 and Type 2.
- Can occur at any age
- Most common from infancy to age 30
- The pancreas produces little to no insulin.
- The auto-immune system destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas.
- A person with type 1 diabetes has to intake insulin to live.
- Typically develops around the age of 40
- Has begun to appear more commonly in children
- The pancreas still produces insulin, but the body is not able to use it effectively
- Those with type 2 diabetes manage their disease through a combination of treatments
How do you monitor diabetes?
This is done by monitoring the blood sugar levels several times a day, usually before or after meals.
Did you know that Inflammation is a part of Diabetes?
It requires exercise to fight inflammation when you have diabetes? How does this work?
Physical activity releases a flood of anti-inflammatory chemicals into the body. Exercise also causes the body's cells, especially muscle cells, to dramatically increase their sensitivity to insulin.
30 minutes of walking everyday has been proven to be the best way to prevent type 2 diabetes for people at high risk. Part of exercise's power for diabetes prevention may come from its anti-inflammatory effects.
The increased insulin sensitivity from exercise also help reduce chronic inflammation. The benefits are seen even with moderate exercise, like regular walking.
Anti-Inflammatory Diet can also contribute to chronic inflammation. And some foods have anti-inflammatory properties.
An anti-inflammatory diet by itself is not effective at preventing diabetes, however, unless it leads to weight loss. Weight loss and increased physical activity can have strong anti-inflammatory effect and both are important for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties include:
- Healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids, olive oil, flaxseed oil, and canola oil
- Fruits and vegetables, like oranges, tomatoes, and leafy greens
Foods that tend to increase inflammation in the body include unhealthy fats, such as:
- Trans-fatty acids
- Vegetable shortening
- Red meat (beef and pork)
If my child has diabetes, does the school need to know?
Yes, and Childcare Physicality's need to know also. It is very important to work with everyone that is providing care for a child, so the best care can be provided. A school setting can present a host of challenging issue for children.
Can a woman with diabetes have Children?
Yes, but it requires special consideration to ensure a healthy mother and baby. JDRF has developed a toolkit just for this situation that is a comprehensive guide that cover everything from conception to bringing baby home.
Where is the latest research information for diabetes?
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research. Since the founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research.
Is there a cure for diabetes?
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for diabetes at this time. While there are ways to manage the effects of diabetes and diabetic complications, scientists have yet to find a cure.