Sadly, we all have family members who have either died from a heart-attack, suffered a stroke, has/died of cancer, goes to hospital for dialyses three times a week, on Metformin or on some kind of water tablet. Yip, This is our modern day reality. The TRUE reality is that there are more people walking around with pre-diseaseses and even undiagnosed diseases - this could be you
The culprit responsible for (and connected to) increasing the risk of over 19 diseases is...... (drum roll) INSULIN RESISTANCE.
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Once Insulin Resistance hits your body, your risk of heart disease is at its highest. That is why it is crucial to bring your waist circumference down (to below 88cm for females and below 104cm for men) as this is a direct reflection of your nutritional health. The lower the better, the healthier.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If you have excess fat sitting on your body (and you know when you do) watch out for other symptoms like hypertension, high cholesterol levels (high triglycerides and LDL's), impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance as you YOU MAY HAVE DEVELOPED PRE-DIABETES.
1. See a doctor to find out if you have the disease. If so, see a dietitian, like me :)
2. Lose weight
3. Start to eat mindfully
4. Learn to read food labels for hidden sugars
5. Start eliminating highly sweetened soft drinks from your daily diet
6. Eat wholesome, home cooked, fresh foods
7. Even oil is a refined food... so cut out the refined food to very low
8. Portion control
9. Add more fruit, vegetables and legumes to your daily intake
10. Live a holistically healthy life
People with diabetes gets the raw end of the stick. There is so much confusion as to what to eat, what not to eat, while still trying to keep their nutritional health in check. Besides nutrition (which should be your ultimate routine regimen) supplements should complement your diet to help keep bad fats at bay and blood pressure down to normal, so to reduce the risk of heart disease, strokes and developing or worsening type 2 Diabetes. The following vitamins and minerals are my choice in helping you combat all the above:
Alpha lipoid Acid (ALA)- this antioxidant works at protecting the the cells as well as act as an enzyme to help burn sugar for energy.
Zinc- a critical mineral in mobilising, energising and releasing inactive insulin in pre-dianetic people's pancreas.
Chronium- the connection between insulin receptors and insulin, The Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF) is dependant on this mineral. Many insulin resistant people suffer with chromium deficiency.
Magnesium- Another mineral found to be low in insulin resistant and pre-diabetes. With over 300 functions in the body, including reducing blood pressure, it also helps control a healthy blood sugar level.
Vitamin C- this punchy antioxidant will help with the damaging effects from the free radicals formed by the damage of sugar. Some research also suggests vitamin C helps reduce high blood pressure too.
Vitamin E- as said above, insulin resistance is responsible for many other diseases, one of which is heart disease. Vitamin E has shown to protect against coronary artery disease.
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