Chances are, you or someone you know has been affected by one form of diabetes or another. As one of the most widespread diseases faced by our population; diabetes, and understanding how it works, is something that should be on your radar.
First things, first, we can’t talk about diabetes without describing the role of blood sugar and insulin within your body.
When everything is functioning appropriately, your body produces insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, and uses it to convert the sugar in your blood (glucose) into energy. This process is triggered by the intake of carbohydrates (like your mid-day soup and salad combo meal), which results in an increase in blood sugar.
This rise in blood sugar prompts the pancreas to release insulin into the bloodstream. Your insulin then acts as a key to your body’s cells, opening up the door to its cell walls, and letting in the glucose so it can be converted into energy.
When a person has diabetes, the process by which the body produces insulin and converts blood sugar to energy is compromised. Generally, there are two main ways this fails, resulting in the two commonly categorized types of diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes results from the body stopping the production of insulin. This can happen for many reasons, like the body’s immune system attacking the pancreas, and has less to do with diet and lifestyle, and more to do with genetics.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t make enough insulin, and also when the cells don’t use the insulin effectively. When this happens, the glucose remains in the bloodstream, creating high blood sugar levels, and can be the result of many factors including high body fat, family history of diabetes, low activity levels, and more.
Having sustained, long-term high blood sugar can lead to complications ranging from cardiovascular disease to kidney damage, nerve damage, eye damage, and foot damage.
But, despite being a scary diagnosis, there is a lot that can be controlled when it comes to diabetes.
Adopting a fiber-rich diet, like one supported by O3NC, can help reduce your blood sugar—consequently reducing the strain your lack of insulin and or poor insulin efficacy can cause. Fiber works by helping to slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and is processed differently than other carbohydrates.
Because of this, a fibrous diet can not only work to mitigate spikes in blood sugar for people living with diabetes but can also help prevent the disease by promoting a healthy body weight and healthy blood sugar levels.
Additionally, when incorporating O3NC into a healthy diet, you’re also incorporating Omega 3 fatty acids into your regular routine. These Omega 3s may assist with associated conditions like insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and abdominal obesity, helping restore your body to a healthy, well-functioning state.
This article was published by O3NC in B.C, Canada.