worlds diabetes day continuation.



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This week we mark world diabetes day. We are also raising awareness on the abuse of antibiotics in food production and their effects in our health. This compromises our body immune system. Of all NCDs taking us down, nothing beat diabetes. This is a disease that has been around for almost 100 years. Where I come from (Mt. Kenya), we call it ‘’disease of sugar’’ (direct translation)

This simply means it’s a disease caused by too much sugar in the blood. It is important to know how the body deals with sugar and where we get the sugar we consume.
Sugar enters our body through the mouth. This mean we are directly responsible for any sugar overload. Because sugar stimulate secretion of feel good hormone dopamine, we are likely to exceed the required limit as we continue to enjoy the taste.

How does the body deal with sugar?

The body use insulin to convert glucose to energy. We become diabetic when the glucose level in our blood is beyond what available insulin can work on and when we consume more sugar than the energy we need. Sedentary lifestyle reduces burning of glucose to give energy. This may lead to elevated levels of glucose in the blood.
There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and 2.

Type 1 occurs when the body malfunction and does not produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes result when the body either produces inadequate insulin or the body does not respond to insulin (insulin resistance) It also happen when we consume more sugar than the insulin our body produces resulting in glucose overload. Most of the foods we consume have various levels of sugar in them. From starches to vegetables and seeds to nuts all have levels of glucose. Fruits carry the highest concentration of sugar called fructose. Only pure water is free from the offending list of drinks. As if this is not enough sugar, we directly add spoons of sugar to the hot beverages we love taking or other sweeteners such as honey. Milk also has its own sugar known as lactose.

We normally accompany beverages with snacks and pastries prepared with lots of sugar. All refined foods have high levels of sugar which is quickly absorbed in the blood. This is the major cause of diabetes type 2. It is where we need urgent behavior change on how we react to food cravings and hunger pangs. This is the reason we are on this 66 days lifestyle adjustment challenge.
What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Both type 1 & 2 diabetes have some similar symptoms but type 1 has some symptoms that do not manifest in type two.
-abnormal (frequent urination)
-feeling very thirsty and taking a lot of water/ liquids
-feeling very hungry shortly after meals
-feeling fatigued
-having blurred vision
-cuts or sores that does not heal properly

Watch out for any of these symptoms and consult your doctor early for diagnosis. If detected early, there are interventions that can be made to manage and even reverse type 2 diabetes.

Your total wellness is our concern.

With Profound Respect,
Coach Maina Azimio.

ICF- Accredited Certified Professional Coach,
Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
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