Welcome to this series of articles about Diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that has reached epidemic proportions. However, it’s effects can be managed.

A type 2 diabetes diagnosis means your blood sugar levels are dangerously high. Either your body is unable to produce enough insulin, or you have developed an insulin resistance.

What is the big deal about insulin? This is a chemical that helps your body metabolize glucose. Glucose is a very simple sugar. When your body does not utilize it properly, due a lack of or reduced reaction to insulin, it is quickly stored as fat.

This leads to overweight and obesity a condition almost always seen in diabetes sufferers. If this condition continues, you can experience damage to the important organs in your body and other exterior and interior health problems. Due to you not processing glucose effectively, foods considered normal and healthy for one person to eat may act as a sort of “metabolic poison” to your system.

So, how dangerous is type 2 diabetes? At first you may only experience frustrating and tiresome symptoms. This includes and is not limited to the following conditions:

  • Extreme hunger, even when you know you shouldn’t be hungry
  • Unusual and unexplained weight variation
  • Constant and unnatural thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Mood swings and irritability
  • Chronic fatigue and low energy

Over time this can lead to more serious symptoms, such as:

  • Bruises and cuts that are slow to heal
  • Blurry vision
  • A numbness and tingling in your hands and feet
  • Bladder infections
  • Skin and gum conditions

Ignored or left untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to the following complications:

  • Heart disease, including stroke and heart attack
  • Loss of hearing
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Nerve damage that leads to loss of a limb, usually a foot or lower leg
  • Kidney failure
  • Vision problems, including blindness
  • Bacterial and fungal infections of your skin
  • Death arising from kidney failure

Let’s take a closer look at simple steps you can take to prevent and reverse this debilitating and possibly deadly condition.

How to Take the Danger Out of Type 2 Diabetes

Are you ready for the complicated, in-depth strategy for keeping type 2 diabetes out of your life? Here it is.

  • Eat right.
  • Exercise

That’s it. So many times in our lives the results we want are easily achievable. This is so with preventing or reversing prediabetes and diabetes. Frequent movement, at least 150 minutes each week, plus eating healthy foods is a secret recipe for so many health advantages, including overcoming a whole range of lifestyle diseases.

  • Being overweight or obese dramatically increases your chances of developing diabetes. So, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is essential. This means: standing up more than you sit down
  • moving instead of being sedentary
  • eating fewer processed foods, refined sugars and white flour, and
  • enjoying more nutritious and delicious fresh fruits, berries, nuts, wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef and organic, pastured poultry and dairy products.

You’ve probably heard the whole “exercise and eat right” argument for good health many times. While it is very easy to choose proper nutrition and physical activity over eating junk food and being sedentary, it is usually easier to choose those unhealthier activities.

Making smart choices about your diet and physical fitness can lead to so many wonderful mental and physical health rewards. It is also the best way to keep the dangers of type 2 diabetes out of your life.

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Nick Thorne is the founder of NicksDigitalSolutions Limited a company that specialises in Education, Training and Writing. He lives in Levin, New Zealand.