Having type 2 diabetes means your body is blocked from using your insulin effectively. Insulin helps control blood glucose levels by signaling the liver and muscle and fat cells to take in glucose from the blood. Insulin, therefore, helps cells take in glucose to be used for energy. (Source: www.diabetes.co.uk)
Since insulin helps regulate certain blood chemical levels, it also affects your heart and circulatory system. If your insulin can’t do its job, you may experience substance buildup in your arteries and veins, blood clots, deterioration of your blood vessels (narrowing and hardening), and high blood pressure, among other things.
Did you know that obesity is strongly associated with insulin resistance? Exercising is a great way to prevent insulin resistance; therefore, helping prevent the development of type 2 diabetes and lessening the risk of having heart disease.
Exercise is so important for overall health not just physically, but mentally, too. If you need guidance on how you can start losing weight, don’t hesitate to call us! We would be happy to help you along your weight loss journey!
Our next Support Group is Wednesday, October 7 and the topic is Ask Your Surgeon with our own Dr. Sean Lee. Support groups are FREE and open to everyone!
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BARIATRIC Support Group – 1st Wednesday of each month, 5:30 pm
If you would like more information about how Anchorage Bariatrics can help you with a customized weight loss solution, would like to view our free informational seminar, or attend our Monthly Support Group, please call us at 907-644-THIN.
Ways to Increase Physical Activity
As ways to gradually increase your physical activity, your provider may suggest that you:
1. Walk every day.
2. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
3. Do errands on foot, if possible.
4. Go to a spa, gym, or exercise class.
5. Do some form of strength training using gym equipment or your own body weight.
Source: Wayne Health
Simple Steps to Preventing Diabetes
The key to prevention can be boiled down to five words: Stay lean and stay active.
1. Control your weight – Losing 7-10% of your current weight can cut your chances of developing type 2 diabetes in half!
2. Get moving—and turn off the television. Inactivity promotes type 2 diabetes.
3. Tune Up Your Diet
4. Don’t smoke – Smokers are roughly 50% more likely to develop diabetes than nonsmokers.
5. Light to moderate alcohol consumption. Moderate amounts of alcohol—up to one drink a day for women, up to two drinks a day for men—increases the efficiency of insulin at getting glucose inside cells. And some studies indicate that moderate alcohol consumption decreases the risk of type 2 diabetes, but excess alcohol intake actually increases the risk.
Source: Harvard Health – Diabetes Prevention
4 Simple Diet Changes
Four dietary changes that can have a big impact on the risk of type 2 diabetes
1.Choose whole grains and whole-grain products over refined grains and other highly processed carbohydrates.
2. Skip the sugary drinks, and choose water, coffee, or tea instead.
3. Choose healthy fats.
4. Limit red meat and avoid processed meat; choose nuts, beans, whole grains, poultry, or fish instead.
Source: Harvard Health