3 healthy dinner recipes under 500 calories

Hello Everyone

Today I want to talk about 3 Delicious, healthy and under 500 calories recipes, can we asking for something else.

  1. Wrapped lettuce with turkey and ginger
    285 calories

Based on a popular Asian dim sum (or appetizer), you can rediscover fun with food by rolling these delicious wraps of lettuce with turkey and ginger. Serve with rice or bean salad for a dinner.

Recipe:

Boil water in a small saucepan. Add 1/2 cup of instant whole-grain rice, reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Heat 2 teaspoons of sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet.

Cook 1 pound of 93% lean ground turkey, 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs (cilantro, basil, mint) and 1 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger for 6 minutes.

Add 1 chopped bell pepper, 1 grated carrot, 1 can of chestnuts in water, 1/2 cup chicken broth with a low sodium content, 2 teaspoons of hoisin sauce, five spices powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook for 1 minute.

To serve, separate the leaves of 2 Boston lettuces on the plates, add a spoon of the turkey mixture and roll up the wrapped ones.

2. Asian vegetable stir fry
175 calories

This recipe is just a vegetarian variation of the traditional Asian stir-fry. Also, if you chop the vegetables, you can drastically reduce the cooking time. Turn it into a full 500-calorie dinner when serving over brown rice or whole wheat tortillas and add extra spicy sauce or hoisin sauce to taste.

Recipe:

Heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Beat 4 large eggs. Cook, remove and set aside.

Add 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, 2 teaspoons chopped ginger and 2 cloves of chopped garlic and cook until everything is smooth.

Add 12 ounces of broccoli, 2 cups of bean sprouts, 2 shallots in julienne strips, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of rice vinegar; stir and cook until tender.

Add the eggs and 2 teaspoons of hoisin sauce. Remove when cooking to mix the vegetables well.

Serve over brown rice or warm whole wheat tortillas

3. Chicken with red wine and couscous
480 calories

Red wine and rosemary make an elegant reduction for a non-fat chicken breast – especially when served with sautéed spinach and over a well-seasoned couscous.

Recipe:

Place 4 fat-free chicken breasts boned in a refractory and bake until browned.

Put the chicken on a plate and cover to keep the heat.

Pour 3/4 cup of red wine and 2 sliced ​​shallots in a pan, cook until reduced a little and the shallots are transparent.

Add 1/4 teaspoon of thick black pepper and 2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary.

Add the mixture to the chicken and stir until it is cooked and covered.

Add 4 handfuls of spinach steamed on chicken for 2 minutes.

Serve over whole grain couscous.

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5 vital reasons to become a vegetarian


In the vegetarian diet is excluded, as the name says, any product of animal origin and that implies his death. Instead we can eat milk and dairy products, eggs and honey. They are products of animal origin but they have not meant their death to obtain them.

Of course, the vegetarian person does not just stay in that aspect. It will also seek, as far as possible, that these foods are produced in a respectful way (for example, eggs of free chickens and that they eat healthy food) with them and with the environment. That the vegetables are organic and, if possible, of small farmers in nearby areas will be another priority.

Within the vegetarian “family” we will find people who do not take eggs or milk or honey. They are Vegans and do not take anything that comes directly or indirectly from any animal.

Reasons to be a vegetarian

1- Less chronic diseases

Vegetarian diet is lower in fat and also more polyunsaturated. That implies less cholesterol and less hypertension. To eat more vegetables and fruits can help to avoid some types of cancer since it is a diet more antioxidant and that favors the elimination of toxins. When we learn to eat better we hardly need medication, aspirins, antacids and other “everyday” medicines tend to disappear from our daily lives.

2-Less malnutrition and constipation

It is very curious that except Vegans (who must supplement their diet with B12) a balanced vegetarian diet is usually richer in nutrients than normal (we all tend to always eat the same and basically refined foods).
Greater knowledge about nutrition. Vegetarians usually care a lot about food and take care that nothing is missing. They usually take supplements of algae, pollen, royal jelly, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, flax seed, sesame, etc. The fact of eating more vegetables, more fruit, less meat and more whole foods is a key aspect.


3- Vegetarian diet is Cheaper and improve life quality

 Basing your diet on vegetables, legumes, fruits and vegetable proteins is cheaper than eating meat, prepared foods, cola type drinks, pizzas, snacks, etc. Vegetarians can say that, in general, they are very involved in improving their quality of life and try to find ways to reduce their stress, improve their diet, enjoy nature more, etc.


4- Avoid animal suffering.

Behind this way of eating there is a whole philosophy of life. The planet is understood as the home of all living beings. Avoiding, if possible, your suffering is very important. We can feed on them without killing them (dairy, eggs, honey, etc.).


5-Environmental sustainability

With the food that an animal needs (or the necessary land to raise its food) we can feed 10 times more people. Every year more forests and part of the forest disappear so that animals can graze. In addition, its intensive breeding generates highly polluting residues and methane.

Conclusion
With this article we only want to show that the reasons for being a vegetarian are not only to follow a nutritional fashion but the benefits are many and diverse. Of course there are many people who are not vegetarian and that their diet is balanced and healthy, and that they seek to improve their quality of life.

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7 Amazing benefits of chlorella

Chlorella, a freshwater unicellular green algae, is one of the most researched algae in the world. They often refer to it as the almost perfect food, since research that has been done over the years has identified that it has a great number of amazing health benefits. However, it is well known for its ability to detoxify your body, binding toxins and expelling them from your system.

Impressive Range of Benefits for the Health of Chlorella
As you will see, chlorella seems to fill the description of a “nutrient wonder” because it plays much more than a single function. Here are some examples of the health benefits associated with this green algae:

It repairs the nervous tissues

Increase the energy level

Strengthens the immune system

Normalizes blood sugar

Improve your digestion

Normalizes blood pressure

Promotes pH levels in the intestine, which in turn helps the “good” bacteria grow

Remove potentially toxic metals from the body

Improves the ability to focus and attention

Eliminates bad breath

Chlorella can also be beneficial for vegetarians and vegans seeking protein and vitamin B from a source other than animal. About 60 percent of the algae is protein and because it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs, it is considered a “complete protein.”

Chlorella is rich in:

GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)
Folate
B12 vitamin
Iron
7 Diseases That Chlorella Could Help Prevent or Treat
As I mentioned earlier, chlorella is and has been investigated for a series of benefits to treat diseases. Here is a list of six problems and diseases in which chorella could be particularly beneficial.

Insulin resistance – Earlier this year, researchers discovered that chlorella has the ability to improve insulin sensitivity

As I have said on numerous occasions, excessive consumption of fructose is the number one cause of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. In this study in animals, the rats, after being fed with food rich in fructose for four weeks, they were given chlorella three times a day for five days, as a result their elevated glucose-insulin values ​​dropped and normalized.

The authors concluded that: “The oral administration of chlorella has the ability to improve insulin sensitivity, and this can be used as an adjuvant therapy for patients with insulin resistance.”
Detoxification It is particularly useful when used together with an infrared sauna and is taken 2 hours before entering the sauna. This way the chlorella will be in your gut ready to join the toxins that are released when you are in the sauna. It will bind irreversibly to the toxins and eliminate them safely when you have your bowel movement.
Diabetes – Additional evidence supporting the theory that chlorella can improve insulin sensitivity can be found in the previous study. Here, it was discovered that algae improves insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake in the liver of rats with type 1 diabetes. The authors suggest that chlorella hypoglycemic effects could be due to the absorption of glucose in the liver and in the soleus muscles.

Another mechanism could be related to the decrease in levels of non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA), since insulin sensitivity is often inhibited by high non-esterified fatty acids in type 1 diabetes.
Hypertension – The results of a double-blind placebo-controlled study published two years ago suggest that chlorella could significantly lower high blood pressure as well as borderline hypertension. The authors proposed that this could be a beneficial food supplement to prevent hypertension, without apparent adverse side effects.
Anemia, proteinuria and edema in pregnant women – Hypertension and anemia are common during pregnancy and are also potentially dangerous. One of the main causes of these diseases is the nutritional status of women. A study published last year found that chlorella could help improve both diseases in pregnant women, this is probably because chlorella has high levels of folate, vitamin B12 and iron.

The participants took six grams of chlorella a day, starting around week 12 or 18 of pregnancy, until the day of delivery. The group that used chlorella had significantly lower rates of anemia compared to the control group. There were also fewer cases of proteinuria and edema; two symptoms related to hypertension induced by pregnancy.

Also in this case, the authors concluded that: “The chlorella supplement could serve as a natural source of folate, vitamin B12 and iron for pregnant women.”
Fibromyalgia – Although the individual results were varied, it might be worth considering the use of chlorella if you suffer from fibromyalgia. A study published in 2002, tested the effectiveness of two commercial products available based on chlorella in patients who were diagnosed with fibromyalgia and the overall results showed a decrease of 22 percent in the intensity of pain.

However, while seven of the patients reported an improvement in the symptoms of fibromyalgia, six others did not report an effect at all and five more claimed that their symptoms had worsened during the test … So keep this in mind if you decide try it While it may help some, for others it may not work at all.

Liver Cancer – A study published in 2009 found that chlorella triggers cell death (apoptosis) in cancer cells in the liver of rats, suggesting that it could be useful in preventing liver cancer. The authors concluded that: “Our study shows that chlorella definitely has chemopreventive effects by inducing apoptosis by decreasing Bcl-2 expression and increasing caspase-8 in rats with induced hepatocarcinogenesis.”
For more information about the results of the studies, visit the page of Green Med Info that talks about Chlorella and in which they list more than 40 diseases that could obtain some type of benefit from this algae.

Chlorella – A Powerful Detoxification Agent
The toxicity of heavy metals, like chemical toxicity, have become one of the most worrisome health damages of our days and this is where chlorella can be extremely useful. Its ability to bind to heavy metal toxins, allowing them to be safely eliminated from the body, has been well established. It is particularly important for the elimination of systemic mercury, since most of the mercury is eliminated through faeces.

Once the load of mercury falls from the intestines, the mercury from other tissues of the body can move to the intestine more easily, then the chlorella will take care of removing it from there.

You can also add coriander, since it works as a synergistic detoxification aid along with chlorella. This combination is particularly useful when you consume seafood, since most of them are contaminated with heavy metals and chemicals. Ideally, you should take it with food so that chlorella can bind directly to the toxins while they are in the intestine, before your body absorbs them.

In order to optimize the detoxification of heavy metals, you will want to take at least four grams of chlorella a day, last a whole year.

Keep in mind that side effects may occur. As your body begins to detoxify, you may begin to experience mild nausea and / or mild diarrhea. If these symptoms become very annoying, what you should do is reduce the initial dose and increase it little by little. As soon as your body cleanses of toxins, these side effects should disappear.

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Alkaline diet Benefits

To lead a healthy life it is necessary that the pH of our body is regulated, without becoming too acidic, rather it must be inclined towards the alkaline side.
The key to the pH or alkaline diet is to increase the amount of food or alkaline products and reduce the consumption of acidic foods or products. Thus, it consists of reducing processed foods, animal proteins, sugar and caffeine to the maximum, in order to eliminate acidic toxins and increase the consumption of natural foods rich in alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and The calcium.
Blood fulfills two important functions: it carries nutrients and oxygen and removes the toxic residues of metabolism, which are acidic in nature and must be evacuated through the liver, kidneys, lungs or skin. To perform these functions, the blood pH must lean a little towards the alkaline side of the spectrum.

Therefore, blood is, under normal circumstances, slightly alkaline, with a pH that varies between 7.35 and 7.45. In this sense, the balance of the pH in the body is the first line of defense and the best resistance against diseases. This is because the causative elements of various diseases can not survive in an alkaline state, but are strengthened in acidic environments.

The characteristic foods of the alkaline diet

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Hydrating well is one of the keys. The pancreas uses water to alkalize the food that leaves the stomach and enters the intestines. On the other hand, the brain needs water to carry out the chemical reactions that direct the body. Thus, drinking water in correct amounts is the most important part of the pH diet.

Alkaline foods are found mainly in fruits, vegetables – green vegetables, especially – whole grains, spices, probiotic crops – such as yogurt – and honey, while acid products are meats, cheeses, cereals and alcohol.
In a more extended list of alkalizing foods, we can find:

Avocado
Parsley
Fruits not too ripe
Potatoes
Nuts
Mineral water
Almond milk
We recommend you read:
Fermented foods in the diet: why include them?

On the other hand, this is a list of some commonly consumed acidifying foods:

Vinegar
Fruit juice
Tomato
Vegetables
Refined cereals
Sugar
Meats and organ meats
Seafood
Fish
Eggs
Cured cheese
Yogurt or curd
Coffee
Tea
Cocoa
The Alkaline diet is indicated for those who want to fight obesity, but also for those who want to improve their health, prevent inflammatory problems and eliminate toxins from the body.

The perfect complement to the alkaline diet

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Food is not everything in the pH diet. The most advisable thing is to practice exercise and that each person looks for the one that adapts to his physical constitution, his age or his state. Of course, aerobic exercise, being able to increase the use and flow of oxygen in the body, is the perfect complement for this type of diet.

The problems of an excess of acidic foods
Excessive consumption of acidic foods generates, in the short term, decay and inflammation of the gums due to inhibition of the salivary glands, but in the medium term decreases the secretion of hydrochloric acid by the stomach.

In the long term, there is a rebound effect of stimulation of the glands, which secrete more acid, causing chronic acidity and increasing the risk of gastritis or ulcer.

It is very important that you do not abuse the antacids to fight stomach acidity because they further destabilize the acid-base balance. Although strong acids cause the symptoms described, small stimuli or weak organic acids balance your pH, so one of the pillars of a consistent diet is to drink a glass of water with a few drops of lemon at breakfast.

In short, a diet that allows us to obtain some control over the pH of our body, tilting the balance towards the alkaline side, can provide us with several benefits and avoid the problems derived from an excessive consumption of acidic products.

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The truth about breakfast Cereals

Cereals are an extraordinary and balanced food, ideal not only for breakfast, but also for lunch or dinner. But when we talk about cereals, we talk about those that come out of the earth and that do not look anything like that infamous thing that appears in a colorful box in the supermarket

We explain some convincing reasons to avoid box cereals altogether, be they “special I do not know what” or “special light I do not know how many”. We also explain how to make a real healthy breakfast with real cereals.

Common sense
Before entering fully into the matter, we only expose an idea that we consider to be of great common sense. Cereals are an extraordinary food but … Can we really call these colored balls cereals to feed our sons and daughters? How is that like a grain of rice? Where does the color come from? How is the taste of wheat similar to those brown cereal sticks with “low fat” chocolate?

What do the box cereals contain?
Depending on the type and brand, cash cereals usually contain:
Sugar: Especially box cereals for boys and girls and “normal”, that is, those that are not “special I do not know what” or “light” or “low in sugar” (these contain even worse things). The first thing we have to be clear is that the most abundant ingredient in many of them is, in addition to gluten, huge amounts of refined sugar.
Gluten: All box cereals made from wheat, oats, rye or barley contain gluten. We recommend you read our article “Wheat, poison in the diet” to know the many damages of gluten (not only in people with celiac disease but in the whole world) according to the interesting currents of active cellular nutrition (with which we totally agree) .
Corn: Almost all the corn produced in the world is transgenic (see our transgenic report) and our enzymes have serious problems to metabolize genetically altered structures. It is not that they do not know, they do what they can, generating serious disturbances in the organism (we recommend that you read the fabulous book “the truth about transgenics” by the French minister Corine Lepage … it will make your hair stand on end.
Synthetic Sweeteners: In our opinion (and increasingly that of more independent professionals from large multinationals), synthetic sweeteners are some of the most dangerous additives that exist, especially aspartame, suspected of producing rare types of brain cancer (see our report about aspartame and this list of safe and dangerous additives.
Nothing: Cash cereals contain, basically, a lot of nothing. That is, a completely processed product with a minimum amount of essential nutrients and additives. That is why, many times, they are forced to introduce added vitamins and minerals, which is completely absurd, since natural cereals contain vitamins and minerals. Look at the nonsense: they refine them, they take away everything good, and then they add it artificially … Are we crazy? Just to have an appetizing appearance and produce desire to eat a lot, because its flavor is irresistible thanks to certain additives.
It is true that, depending on the brands, the box cereals may contain more fiber (which is healthy), and may be more or less processed and therefore contain more or less nutrients, almost always very inadequate, and especially accompanied by:

Sugar + gluten + additives
Sugar + transgenics + additives
Synthetic sweeteners + gluten or transgenics + additives
What do real cereals contain?
The real cereals (not those that come in box) contain a series of essential and very healthy nutrients that, combined with other foods that we will see right away, provide a complete ration of essential nutrients to start the day with energy and health:

Proteins: Cereals contain a certain amount of proteins, although they do not contain all the essential amino acids, so it is important to add other foods that contain them in order to form a protein of high biological value. The best and healthiest to make this sum are the seeds and nuts.
Carbohydrates and fiber: The cereals contain carbohydrates of slow absorption (that is to say, of the good ones, those that provide energy and do not get fat) and a lot of fiber (essential to keep healthy the intestinal flora).
Fats: Hardly contain fats, although the few they contain are not saturated. Healthy fats that are necessary (essential fatty acids from the omega family) are also obtained from seeds and nuts.
Vitamins, minerals and other essential elements: Cereals, naturally, contain in their composition certain vitamins, minerals and other elements that contribute to the efficiency of our metabolism and general physiology. It is true that cereals do not contain enough of these elements. To provide enough vitamins and minerals, there is no better source than, at another time of the day, take plenty of vegetables, vegetables and greens (more vegetable than fruit, to avoid sugar), because they are the natural elements that more vitamins and minerals they contain.
Organic box cereals
In the stores of ecological products we also find cereals of box, or cereals in bags, but also with them we must be careful.

Likewise, although they are not transgenic, they contain gluten and often also large amounts of sugar.

If you are going to buy box cereals in a super organic, make sure they have little sugar (it would be better if they had stevia sweetener, since it is the healthiest natural sweetener of all).

Try not also to choose wheat, barley, or rye. Oatmeal is somewhat healthier, since it has many nutritional properties, but unfortunately it also has gluten (although less than the others mentioned above). If you are going to consume oats, better in moderation, from time to time.

The best cereals
First of all, we recommend that, among all the cereals, you choose rice in the first place. Rice is the cereal most consumed by all civilizations ; is the cereal that is recommended when we are sick in the stomach (for something will be) … Why not consume it even if we are not sick or ill?

Rice is the cereal that has been least genetically transformed and, therefore, is the one that best assimilate our enzymes (essential for health in general). It does not carry gluten and is the most digestive (see our article on the importance of consuming rice.

Other cereals that are also very healthy due to their characteristics (they do not have gluten) are buckwheat (which is not wheat, even if it is called that), millet and quinoa.

 

 

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3 foods that increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disorder of the brain and nervous system apparently caused by the buildup of a type of plaque in the brain. It disrupts the electrical signals between neurons that normally direct thoughts and memories in the brain. The result is that the person slowly becomes more and more forgetful. A certain amount of forgetfulness is normal with aging. But the Alzheimer’s patient develops far more disrupted thinking patterns, losing the ability to recognize familiar people, even family memories, eventually. Sometimes, in late stages, their personalities change also, they become paranoid, and they become completely unable to take care of themselves

Many research show that Alzheimer disease is connect with bad eating habits and
By limiting these foods in your diet, you may be able to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

1. Red meat
Red meat is rich in iron, which your body needs to avoid anemia, chronic fatigue and weak muscles. However, too much iron can end up causing damage from too many free radicals in the body. When iron builds up in the brain, it fills up as the area known as “gray matter.”

This is a part of the brain that shows one of the first signs of degeneration as we get older. Too much iron in this area can accelerate the aging process. It may not be necessary to cut all red meat from your diet, but to limit its consumption and choose the best quality, grass-fed beef can help.

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2. Carbohydrates and refined sugars
In a 2012 study, researchers found that people age 70 and older who ate a heavy carbohydrate diet were almost four times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who ate a healthier diet. Carbohydrates are usually loaded with sugar. They increase the levels of glucose and insulin in the body, causing the blood sugar to rise.

A long-term heavy carbohydrate diet may end up leading to insulin resistance over time. If your body begins to ignore insulin, your pancreas will compensate by producing even more. High levels of insulin can end up damaging blood vessels in the brain, causing memory problems. In Alzheimer’s patients, some parts of the brain become resistant to insulin.

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3. Advanced glycation end products (AGE)
AGE stands for advanced glycation end products – chemicals that are naturally found in our bodies and in some foods. AGEs have been linked to diabetes and poor cardiovascular health. Scientists are now realizing that, they could also play a role in brain decline.
In a 2014 study, researchers examined the role of AGEs in animal subjects of study. They found that those who were eating the least amount of AGE, experienced a better cognitive function. A similar study was performed on human participants. When the researchers studied the diets of 90 healthy people 60 years of age or older, they found that those who ate diets with these products (AGE), showed decreased brain during the course of the nine months of study. AGE’s foods include red meat, cheese, cream, butter and processed grains.

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Foods that help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s
Research has shown that a Mediterranean diet can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables, wild seafood, poultry, nuts and olive oil in your diet. The Mediterranean diet is full of excellent foods to maintain a sharp brain, as are healthy fats. The omega-3 fatty acids in these foods play an important role in brain health because they slow down the aging process.

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Myths and facts about Diabetes

This post deals with some of the most common beliefs, facts about diabetes and its management. You probably know someone with diabetes or maybe you have diabetes. For every person diagnosed with type II diabetes, there is another one that remains undiagnosed. It is time to learn more about this epidemic.
Myth 1. Diabetes is a disease that only fat people suffer from
Having extra weight, especially around the waist, is an important risk factor for type II diabetes. But, genetics also play a key role. That is, some people who have extra weight do not develop diabetes.

While others who are thin will suffer from the disease.

It is the interaction between our genes and our lifestyle that influences the development of type II diabetes. Genetically predisposed people pay the price for following the Western lifestyle, developing diabetes. Weight does not play a vital role! In fact, most people with type I lose weight before being diagnosed due to lack of insulin.

Myth 2. Diabetes is not a serious illness
Unfortunately, it is not true with the increase of diabetics in the coming decades, diabetes is something we should all take seriously. The sad reality is that diabetes, especially when it is not managed well, can lead to health problems such as:

Heart disease.
Nephropathies
Neuropathies
Retinopathies
Problems in blood vessels, etc.
There can even be problems that lead to amputations.
The good news is that, with proper management, the risk of these complications is significantly reduced.

We also know that up to 60 percent of cases of type II diabetes can be prevented with lifestyle changes. Early diagnosis and current treatments allow many people with diabetes to live a life relatively free of complications.

Myth 3. Should I forget about my favorite food?

Living habits, including a healthy diet, play an important role in the management of diabetes.But, there is no special diet for diabetics. A person with diabetes should follow a healthy diet, just like the rest of us. And this may include your favorite foods. There are some foods (for example, cakes, cakes, cookies, chips, candy, soda and fried fast food) that it is better to eat occasionally (in small portions) and not daily.

The timing and amount of food becomes more important, particularly for people who take medications or insulin, since the goal is to keep blood sugar levels as stable as possible. For a person with type II diabetes who is overweight, a healthy eating plan should also aim for gradual weight loss. The approach to type 1 diabetes is more about the insulin dose than the foods you eat.

What is insulin?
Insulin is a hormone produced by the cells of the pancreas.

When we eat carbohydrates, they are processed into glucose (the simplest form of sugar) that is absorbed into the bloodstream.

When glucose enters the bloodstream, insulin is released and helps in the transport of glucose to our muscles and cells, where it will be used as energy.

Without insulin, glucose accumulates in the blood (high blood sugar levels) and we are unable to use it as energy.

Myth 4. Too much sugar causes diabetes
There is no evidence whatsoever that by itself sugar causes diabetes.
While diabetes means having too much sugar in the blood, the relationship is not so simple. Type I diabetes occurs as a result of the immune system attacking its own insulin-producing cells. That has nothing to do with eating sugar.However, it would be valuable to know why the attack occurs.

And, in type II diabetes, insulin is unable to function properly to get glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream to access the muscles and cells.

This is made worse by being overweight, sedentary, and eating too much saturated fat.
Sugar, per se does not cause insulin resistance – although obviously when you eat in excess it can contribute to gain weight, which then increases the risk.

1. Facts about diabetes: There is no such thing as ‘mild’ diabetes
Some people with type 2 diabetes who do not take medications assume that their diabetes is mild or less severe, but unfortunately this is not really the case.

The reality is that if blood sugar levels are not controlled and the body stays at consistently high levels, then complications develop.

We also know that type II diabetes is a progressive disease and therefore, over time, the disease usually progresses to the point of needing tablets and then insulin.

Taking diabetes seriously from the start includes introducing appropriate lifestyle changes and taking medications when necessary.

Measures that will help slow down the progression and reduce the chances of developing complications.

2. Facts about Type 1 Diabetes
It occurs when the body’s immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Without insulin-producing cells, the person with type I diabetes must obtain insulin either by injections or with an insulin pump.

It is also necessary to balance food, activity and insulin to maintain blood sugar levels as close as possible to normal values.

Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 10 percent of diabetes cases. It is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, but it can occur at any age.

3. Facts about type II diabetes
It develops because the body’s insulin is unable to function properly or when the body can not produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels.
The risk of developing type II is greater in overweight and sedentary people.

Diet and exercise are the first line of treatment. But most people with type II diabetes will need oral medications and possibly insulin injections over time.

Type II diabetes accounts for 90 percent of people with diabetes. It is usually diagnosed in older people, unfortunately it is becoming increasingly common in children.

What you need to know about type II diabetes
Type II diabetes begins with a problem called insulin resistance.

The body’s insulin is unable to function properly, and the cells can not absorb glucose for energy, so glucose (sugar) stays in the blood.

Misconceptions about Diabetes
Therefore, eventually blood sugar levels increase, and prediabetes begins to develop, ending in type II diabetes.

For most people it is a gradual progression that lasts for many years.

But unfortunately often it is not diagnosed until in advanced stages when they have had high blood sugar levels for some time.

The main problem with diabetes is the damage to the blood vessels that occurs when blood sugar levels remain high for prolonged periods of time.

This can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, circulation problems and eye damage.

With lifestyle changes and the addition of medications as needed, you can avoid or significantly reduce the risk of developing these complications.

Early diagnosis and maintaining good control of blood sugar levels, cholesterol and blood pressure are key.

How to know if you are at risk
It is possible to have type II diabetes without symptoms, so knowledge of risk factors is key to early diagnosis.

The symptoms of diabetes can include excessive thirst, frequent urination, blurred vision and fatigue.

If you have a family history of diabetes, extra weight around the waist, or have high cholesterol and high blood pressure, your risk is higher and you should check yourself regularly.

Women who have polycystic ovary syndrome  or who have had gestational diabetes or large children are also at greater risk.

The risk of type II diabetes also increases as we get older.

If you are worried, talk to your GP for a simple blood glucose test.

Taking early action significantly reduces the risk of developing diabetes.

Research has shown that people with prediabetes who make changes in diet, exercise and weight can reduce their risk by almost 60 percent.

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