So this week’s episode was all about Diabetes with a focus on Type 2. We had Nutritionist, Jeannine Andre-Burns on the show with us who answered some really important questions about this disease. Those questions are listed at the very bottom of this post and you can check out the entire taped show with Jeannine in our Show section of the site!
Through the many, many years that I, Lisa, was overweight it always crossed my mind if I had prediabetes. Learning about Diabetes for this episode really opened my eyes to the danger I was in while I was overweight.
Diabetes is a disease that develops when the body doesn’t create enough insulin, or doesn’t effectively produce insulin, in order to process sugar. When the sugar (glucose) cannot be processed, your body stores it as fat. When your body gets to a point where it is overloaded with glucose it begins to build up in the blood instead of being absorbed by cells in the body and results in high blood glucose levels.
Prediabetes is when your blood glucose levels are high, but not high enough to be diagnosed with Diabetes. This means you are at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and stroke. With weight loss and physical activity you can lower your blood glucose levels and no longer be a risk.
Symptoms of diabetes can include increase urination, thirst, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision, increased hunger and sores that do not heal.
The only way to prevent Diabetes is to change your diet and to make exercise part of your lifestyle. Watching your sugar intake, being smart about eating low glycemic fruits and vegetables and having balanced meals with lean proteins and good fats can aid in prevention.
*Resource for information by National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC)
Here are some tips and resources for prevention, symptoms/detection, and support.
Foods That Help Fight Diabetes - Add these foods to your shopping list to help fight diabetes!
Take the Diabetes Risk Test at Diabetes.org! A score of 4 or less indicates that you’re at a lower risk for having prediabetes or diabetes.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Diabetes its important that you have support around you. Whether it be more information for your family on how to handle your new lifestyle or getting in touch with others with Diabetes, check out Diabetes.org for more.
Here are just some of the questions we asked Jeannine during the show:
1. How often to you see diabetic clients?
2. Have you personally seen a client’s weight problems lead to diabetes?
3. Do you have client’s that you have seen get their diabetes under control with diet and exercise?
4. What type of meal plan do you recommend for a diabetic client?
5. What foods are typically off limits?
6. Which foods are not restricted?
7. What is the typical age you have seen clients affected with diabetes?
8. What other diseases have you helped clients fight with healthy eating?
9. What does a typical nutritionist visit look like?
10. What is one of your biggest client success stories?