Prediabetes can progress to Type II Diabetes but it is not a given particularly if you can lose a small amount of weight. A Harvard Medical Assistant Professor, Rhonda Bentley-Lewis recently said, “. “I stress to my patients that we’re not talking about a huge amount of weight,” she said, “just 5 to 7 percent of one’s body weight” — or 10 to 14 pounds for someone who weighs 200 pounds.
Doctors often treat prediabetes with medication. Many patients choose to try weight loss and exercise first. Among thousands of people with prediabetes who participated in a national study called the Diabetes Prevention Program, those who received counseling about lifestyle changes, like losing a modest amount of weight, stepping up physical activity and reducing the amount of fat and calories in their diets, were able to reduce their risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent.
1) Eliminate sugar. If you must use something use Stevia.
2) Increase water intake.
3) Increase your physical activity
4) Reduce your portion sizes or limit yourself to one bowl, plate, No refills.
5) Reduce the size of your plate.
6) Monitor your blood sugar levels, 2 hours after each meal. Make adjustments to keep your blood sugar at 100 or below.
It is rumored Apple is gearing up to release a special blood sugar tracker for the Apple Watch.
CEO Tim Cook has been spotted wearing what appeared to be an Apple Watch-connected glucose tracker in the vicinity of the company campus, according to CNBC
Details are few with the exception that the new wearable module is directly connected to the Watch.
This technology could become a must-have for millions of people suffering from – or at risk of getting – diabetes.
Speaking at the University of Glasgow earlier in February, Cook said he had “been wearing a continuous glucose monitor for a few weeks” but stopped short of making any significant revelation about the gadget.
Cook said itwould also make it easier for people to responsibly monitor their blood sugar levels and avoid health complications.
“It’s mentally anguishing to stick yourself many times a day to check your blood sugar,” he commented. “There is lots of hope out there that if someone has constant knowledge of what they’re eating, they can instantly know what causes the response… and that they can adjust well before they become diabetic.”
Diabetes affects up to 5% of the world’s population. Diabetes type II is the most prevalent form of diabetes.
Yoga , which many people just associate with being flexible is actually defined as being in union or connection to where you are at at that moment. This includes accepting and working within the restrictions you may have in your physical body including your diabetes. If you have never practiced Yoga then you will be surprised that it is a complete exercise and the yoga postures can be adapted to your level of fitness.
Yoga won’t make your diabetes disappear but it can be helpful in controlling your diabetes. As in any exercise program it is best to get your Doctor’s OK. Yoga postures can aid you in improving your body function.
Daily Yoga practice including breathing techniques, meditation and poses enhances digestion and helps the liver and pancreas function better helping to better regulate your blood sugar levels. Cobra (Bhujang Asana) Locust (Shalabh Asana) Bow (Dhanur Asana) are few asanas that help diabetics.
Pranayama teaches you to use the other 90% of your lungs and to neutralize the stress that contributes to high blood sugars associated with diabetes. It creates a deep cleaning of the body tissues and helps treat high blood pressure , irritability and improves sleep. Pranayama breathing activates the parasympathetic nervous system. The Parasympathetic response calms you down and helps you to neutralize stress and anxiety.
Asanas like Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose) and Janushirasana with Pashimotthanasana (Head-to-Knee with Stretching Pose) provide stimulation and rejuvenation to the cells of the pancreas and other endocrine glands by way of compression. Compressing these glands and then relaxing increases the flow of oxygenated blood to your cells and rejuvenates them.
Here is an exercise for you to try:
Sit on a padded surface on the floor like a mat or a folded blanket. Extend your legs and then fold your legs so the soles of your feet face one another.. Now keeping your feet together raise both knees and then bring them back down to the ground. Repeat 40 times. This will reduce the stiffness in your knee and hip joints.
For more resources you migh want to check out this popular diabetic video yoga program.
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