Type 2 Diabetes
This kind of diabetes is also known as “Adult Onset Diabetes” or “Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes”.
It is similar to Type 1 Diabetes, in that one’s body can no longer metabolise glucose from food correctly.
However, the pancreas in Type 1 Diabetes CANNOT PRODUCE INSULIN to deliver blood glucose to the cells in the body. This results in the glucose (eaten in a meal) remaining in the blood and not energising the body cells that need it (e.g. muscle cells).
In this instance, because there is no insulin produced, the patient is required to inject insulin preparations each time she/he eats.
However, in Type 2 Diabetes, the pancreas does produce insulin. But the body cannot ‘hear’ insulin. So, when insulin is released into the blood, to deliver the glucose into the muscle cells, it cannot, because the body is ‘deaf’ to insulin (insulin resistant). As a result, the pancreas has to produce more and more insulin to try and deliver the glucose from the blood to the muscle. After a while of poor lifestyle, the body’s cells become completely deaf to insulin, and no matter how much insulin the pancreas produces, it cannot deliver glucose into the muscle cells. The result is a blood glucose level that remains very high after eating.
So, although the treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes may appear to be the same, they are very different.
However, in both circumstances, we try to control the blood glucose level by what we eat.
BUT MORE IMPORTANT than blood glucose control, is trying to REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF INSULIN THAT IS REQUIRED after each meal. This is imperative for LONG-TERM health, because too much insulin leads to:
Truncal weight gain (central obesity)
High blood pressure
Gout and inflammatory disorders
Dietetic treatment works with all factors to increase insulin sensitivity and reduce the requirement for insulin from the pancreas. Addition of injectable insulin to help control glucose levels is an indication that there has been poor dietary control and the body has been left to move onto Insulin Dependent Type 2 Diabetes. This is very serious and should be avoided at all costs. With the help of a qualified dietician, this is very unlikely!
I will help you control blood glucose levels NOT by eating only sugar-free, bland-tasting foods.
I am trained to teach you how diabetes is controlled FROM THE INSIDE. I work with you and your preferences to show you how ALL FOODS can be included in your diet ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND HOW.
Many people used to believe that Type 2 Diabetes control was as easy as reducing the amount of carbohydrates in the diet. After all, less carbohydrates means less glucose release into the bloodstream. However, although this approach is effective in the short term, it has now been shown to lead to a worse glucose control in the long-term!
I will teach you about carbohydrates, glucose, insulin and the body’s response to all of these, in a fun, easy-to-understand manner, so that you, The Diabetic, can start taking control of how you eat, WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO EAT and how to make ALL FOODS FIT!
Knowledge is power.
Let me empower you.