Food Choices: Cause, Causes Of Diabetes, And Carbohydrates

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According to (Brown 2008), diabetes is a chronic disease whereby the body (pancreas) is unable to produce enough insulin effectively or use the produced insulin. The primary purpose of the insulin is to regulate the blood sugar and therefore if it doesn’t function efficiently, the glucose (a form of sugar) builds up in the blood resulting in high blood sugar levels in the body which can cause complications. The sugar level should not be too high or too low. For instance, when it goes above the specified level, some are moved from the blood to the body tissues to give the cells the energy required for the body to operate effectively. On the other hand, if the glucose level is too low in the body, some which are stored in the liver must be released …show more content…
However, poor food choices are the main cause of diabetes type 2. The human body needs glucose, a special sugar, as the primary source of energy. This kind of sugar can be obtained from the particular type of food containing carbohydrates such as rice, bread, fruits, breakfast cereals, milk, and potatoes. Animal based Omega 3 fats are also very essential for treatment and control of diabetes. Fermented foods such as cultured vegetables, miso, natto, and raw organic cheese are also important to optimize the gut flora. Human gut hosts a multitude of bacteria that help develop a stronger immune system (Holt 2009). The more good bacteria present in the gut, the stronger the immune system and hence efficient body are functioning. According to research by Harvard School of Public Health, 19% of diabetes type 2 and 42% of heart disease are associated with eating processed meats as compared to unprocessed meats. However, according to this research, there is not the risk of diabetes or heart disease for people eating unprocessed red meats such as lamb and beef. To treat diabetes, a meal plan is, therefore, essential (D 'Adamo P & Whitney …show more content…
This can be avoided by using food with flavor alternative to salts such as herbs, vinegar, mustard, mint sauce, black pepper, and lemon juice. It’s also important to avoid adding raw salt at the table. Another cause for diabetes type 2 is unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking and consumption of high levels of alcohol. According to Surgeon General 's 50-year anniversary, active smokers have about 30%-40% increased the risk of suffering from diabetes type 2 compared to nonsmokers (Govindji et al. 2000). For instance, tobacco causes a rise in blood sugar levels causing insulin resistance. The more the amount of tobacco one uses in a day, the higher the risk of developing diabetes type 2. A diabetes patient should have at least three alcohol-free days in a week, should not take alcohol on an empty stomach, and should avoid beers containing low sugars since they contain higher alcohol percentages. However, on the other hand, several types of research have shown that moderate intake of alcohol can help reduce the type 2 diabetes incidence (Brown

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