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How to Reduce Inflammation and Chronic Disease through Diet
Dr. Daemon Jones
While inflammation is a normal part of the healing process in the body, consistent or chronic inflammation is not. Chronic inflammation actually causes long-term damage to the body over a long period of time. It has been found to be part of the underlying cause of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, many types of cancer, and several of the chronic conditions that impact the health of Americans and people all around the world.
One of the methods used to gauge systemic inflammation or inflammation in the body is using a blood test called a C-reactive protein (CRP) test. This test measures the amount of c-reactive proteins created during the inflammation process in the body. The higher the amounts of c-reactive proteins found the more inflammation is occurring in the body. While it is a measurement of general inflammation, CRP has been found to be a predictive measure of heart diseases in particular. There is an even more specialized test called high sensitivity c-reactive protein (hs-CRP) that can also be measured and has been considered more predictive for diabetes and high blood pressure than a person's body mass index (BMI).Read More...
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes
Previously known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes can occur at any age but is most commonly diagnosed in children, teens, and young adults. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin at all, causing highly elevated levels of glucose in the blood stream. The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is unknown. Research has linked the onset of type 1 diabetes in many people to an autoimmune attack, where the body's own immune system mistakenly destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Some common symptoms include frequent urination, unusual thirst, extreme hunger, extreme weight loss, and fatigue.
Type 2 Diabetes
Other referred to as adult-onset diabetes, type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes worldwide, comprising at least 90 percent of all cases of diabetes. Unlike type 1 diabetes, people with type 2 diabetes produce insulin, but the body does not respond to it normally, known as insulin resistance. Although anyone can be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the onset of type 2 diabetes is often correlated to weight gain and obesity. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes can include any of the same symptoms as type 1, but might also include frequent infections, blurred vision, tingling and numbness in the hands and feet, and/or recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections.
This type is a form of diabetes that occurs in the latter half of pregnancy. Although gestational diabetes often goes away after the baby is born, women who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life. During pregnancy, the placenta produces hormones that may interfere with the body's ability to effectively use insulin to maintain healthy glucose levels, which can lead to a variety of problems for both mother and baby. Gestational diabetes may not cause immediate symptoms. The National Diabetes Association recommends that all women who are not already diagnosed with diabetes be tested for gestational diabetes between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy.
Exercise Tips for Diabetics
In order to keep your diabetes under control, an exercise program is vital. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "experts recommend moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 30 minutes on 5 or more days of the week." Or think of it as a total of 150 minutes or 2.5 hour per week. Moderate-intense exercise consists of swimming, cutting the lawn, bicycling, dancing or brisk walking.
The most important thing before you start any type of exercise program is to contact your doctor. Discuss with your doctor the best exercise program for you.
The hardest thing about any exercise program is your decision to make the commitment. Once you make the decision to commit to an exercise program, put it in the form of a written contract. Here is a sample contract for an exercise commitment: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/4B881A46-663A-4716-8399-6BE8422...
Print out the contract, fill out the information and sign it. Finally, place your contract in a location where you will see it every day to remind you of your exercise commitment. Read More...