Cookies on fushi.co.uk
Understanding Diabetes - an overview
By Emma-lee Strachan
Diabetes is a serious condition that is becoming increasingly common in the Western world. Over 4% of men and 3% of women in England have diagnosed diabetes. However, not all diabetes is diagnosed. A recent survey of people with Type 2 diabetes across Europe revealed that people in the UK have the worst blood glucose control. Diet and lifestyle changes can make an enormous difference to the quality of life of diabetics.
Diabetes is a condition in which the blood has raised levels of glucose (sugar) because of lowered insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas which controls glucose levels in the blood by regulating the rate which it enters the cells, where it is used for fuel by the body.ÿ Glucose comes from the digestion of foods high in sugar, as well as starchy foods such as bread, rice, and potatoes. Overtime, the increased levels of glucose damage blood vessels which may cause eye, heart or kidney diseases and nerve damage.ÿÿ
There are two mainÿ types of Diabetes. Insulin-dependant diabetes mellitus, IDDM, or otherwise known as Type 1 and non-insulin dependant diabetes mellitus, NIDDM, or Type 2.ÿ Type 1 diabetes accounts for 5 ? 15 % of people suffering from diabetes and usually starts at an early age.ÿ It is an auto-immune disease whereby the body?s immune system attacks and destroys insulin producing cells within the pancreas.ÿ This prevents the body from producing any insulin, so it needs to be taken via injections.ÿ Initial symptoms include excessive thirst, increased production of urine, fatigue, weight loss and blurred vision.ÿ In type 2 diabetes the pancreas can produce small amounts of insulin, but it is not enough. It can also occur if the cells become resistant to the effects of insulin.ÿ Typically it starts later in life, however recently it is becoming more common in young people.ÿ Risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes include weight, diet, race, age, lack of exercise and heredity. Gestational diabetes is a form of the condition that develops during pregnancy and affects approximately 4% of pregnant women.ÿ This is due to hormonal changes during pregnancy which can affect the body?s resistance to insulin. Typically this condition will disappear after delivery.ÿ
People with type 2 diabetes are subject to fluctuations in blood glucose levels.ÿ Hyperglycaemia, or too much glucose in the blood, can be bought on by eating sugary or starchy foods and may give symptoms of excessive thirst, fatigue, and a constant need to urinate.ÿ Hypoglycaemia, too little glucose in the blood, can occur from missing meals, too much exercise or from too much insulin and can strike suddenly giving symptoms of faintness, dizziness, palpations and numbness or tingling in the lips. It is important for those who suffer from type 2 diabetes to regulate these variations in blood glucose levels.ÿ
This can be done by regulating dietary intake, supporting insulin production, weight loss if appropriate and increasing physical activity.ÿ Recent research has discovered many herbs and nutrients that are beneficial in diabetes.
?ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Eating well balanced meals more often throughout the day can help control fluctuation in blood sugar levels.
?ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Avoid foods high in simple sugars, such as: cakes, chocolates, fizzy drinks, sweets, white bread and pasta. These can raise blood sugar levels very quickly, but also cause it to drop rapidly shortly after.ÿ
?ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Swap white bread for wholemeal, rye or seed breads. Replace white rice with brown rice or quinoa. Try various grains as alternatives to pasta and potatoes.
?ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Snack on high protein foods such as nuts and seeds
?ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Supporting general nutritional levels allows your body to have the nutrients necessary to adequately make insulin.ÿ More specifically, nutrients such as Chromium, Selenium, and Copper are indicated in diabetes, and can be found in the Total Multi Rejuvenation Complex.ÿ Eat a varied diet including a range of fruits and vegetables.
?ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ People with diabetes have more free radicals in their bodies, which are believed to contribute to cataracts, vascular problems, neuropathy, and to advance the aging process. Antioxidants prevent rancidity and cellular deterioration and are thought to inhibit the effects of free radicals. Therefore antioxidant supplementation such as the Antioxidant Tincture & Antioxidant Tonic are recommended
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks