With so much medical jargon out there today, it’s hard to decipher what it all means and what you need to do to keep yourself and your family healthy. This is especially true when it comes to Type 2 Diabetes. What is it exactly? What causes it exactly? What can be done to prevent it?
Well, here are the straight-up, easy to understand basic facts about this dreadful and nasty disease that many people need to be aware of:
- The pancreas produces a hormone called insulin
- This insulin is used to help cells turn glucose into energy (glucose mostly comes from the carbs we eat)
- If a person is overweight or inactive, this can cause insulin resistance, which means cells become unable to properly respond to the insulin the body has made
- The result is that the pancreas continues to pump out more and more insulin
- As the insulin producing cells fail to keep pace and the glucose builds up in the bloodstream, the person becomes Type 2 Diabetic
Improving our insulin sensitivity is a good thing, and can result from eating fewer carbohydrates and moving our bodies more. This helps decrease blood sugar levels and can help to reverse insulin resistance. THE SINGLE BEST THING YOU CAN DO: According to leading medical Drs, one single session of resistance exercise, such as lifting weights, improves insulin sensitivity for 24 hours.