November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and the Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta want to offer some valuable advice on how to prevent and control type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 & 2 Diabetes
There are two types of diabetes people suffer from. The first type prevents patients from naturally controlling their blood glucose (sugar) levels.
Type 2 diabetes refers to people who do not use insulin correctly, which is known as “insulin resistant.”
This is the most common form of diabetes and requires patients to maintain a strict diet, while also self-administering insulin shots on a daily basis.
Chiropractic Care for Type 2 Diabetes
Although type 2 diabetes is the most common form, it is also the most manageable.
Maintaining a particular diet that comprises of lean fats and proteins is one of the best ways to prevent and control type 2 diabetes.
In fact, the American Diabetes Association says that type 2 diabetes can be avoided when patients:
- Maintain a healthy diet approved by their Chiropractor
- Quit or avoid smoking
- Exercise several times each week
- Avoid consuming alcohol
Specific recommendations for preventing type 2 diabetes includes:
Avoid Red Meats
According to the American Diabetes Association, patients can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 35 percent if they cut out all red and processed meat from their diet.
This includes bacon, pastrami, hot dogs, beef, and pork.
Red meat contains high levels of iron and sodium, which prevents your body’s cells from producing insulin. So instead of reaching for a prime rib at the grocery store, try substituting it with nuts, wild caught fish, or chicken.
Understand What Type of Fats You Consume
Consuming foods like seeds or vegetable oils that contain polyunsaturated fats is perfectly safe and can prevent type 2 diabetes from developing.
Trans fats found in margarine, fast-food meals, and factory-backed goods should be avoided at all costs.
Choose Water Instead of Soda
High-calories fruit beverages, soda, and alcohol all contain a tremendous amount of sugar and should be prevented to prevent type 2 diabetes from developing.
Water is the best possible choice you can make when it comes to quenching your thirst and taking care of your health.
Processed Carbs Are Not Your Friend
Refined carbohydrates significantly increase the chances of developing type 2 diabetes over time because they cause your glucose levels to spike. Instead of consuming white rice or white bread, choose whole grain foods such as:
- Brown rice
- Wild rice
- Whole oats
- Whole grain barley
Let AICA Atlanta’s Chiropractors Help You Avoid Type 2 Diabetes
You are the only person who has direct control over your diet.
When making choices over what you consume and the type of lifestyle you lead, try to make decisions that put your health first.
If you need professional support with this, the Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta are here for you!
Our Chiropractors are experienced and trained in creating custom treatment solutions that support overall health and wellness. We can give you specific advice around what foods you should consume and the types of exercises that make the most sense for your current condition.
Through the use of regular Chiropractic Adjustments, we can ensure that your internal systems are always performing at their best and that your body can produce the type of insulin it needs to prevent diabetes from setting in.
You can schedule a consultation with our Atlanta office by filling out our online submission form or by calling us today at (404) 889-8828.