Type 1 Diabetes; is it more dangerous than type 2?

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In previous blogs we discussed all types of diabetes (click here : https://pranitasadvice.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/sugar-disease-whats-so-bitter-about-it/). In my practice at Vitality Health Clinic, I have b often been asked this question: is type 1 Diabetes more dangerous than type 2?

So to answer this question I thought to discuss it further.

What is type 1 diabetes?

As discussed previously in type 1diabetes body produces little or no insulin, the hormone needed to move glucose from blood stream to the cell for energy. Therefore person suffering from this type have to take insulin daily for life.

Cause:

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that accounts for five to 10 percent of all cases of diabetes. Person’s immune system perceives cells in their pancreas as harmful and attacks them producing no insulin.

Genetic: A close relative with type 1 diabetes, increase chances of developing condition 6% chance.

Symptoms?

Both type 1 and type 2 produce similar symptoms with type 1 diabetes, however, symptoms may come on suddenly. They include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Increased fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurry vision

Extreme complications:

In case if high blood sugar levels are not brought quickly under control via treatment, acute complications of type 1 diabetes

  • Severe dehydration and
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis: which means increase ketone bodies (byproducts of fatty acid breakdown) in the body creating excess acidic environment. If persist, can even lead to death.

Longer term complications of type 1 diabetes affect every part of persons body from head to toe stressing both quality and quantity of their life.

Therefore early detection and management of this disease is of paramount importance.

Management:

  • Medical: Insulin in various forms, long acting, short acting and rapid acting is prescribed according to individual lifestyle.
  • Lifestyle:

As compared to type 2 diabetes which appears later in the life Type 1 diabetes usually appears before the age of 40, particularly in childhood therefore ‘Lifestyle management’ becomes even more significant and must start sooner to avoid long term complications and improve quality of life.

So here simple ways you can start managing it from today.

7 basic lifestyle changes to control sugar level:

  1. Lose weight if you are overweight. Excess body fat causes cells to become resistant to insulin.
  2. Avoid eating heavy meals and fasting for long duration to maintain blood sugar level.
  3. Consume food with low glycemic index so instead of potatoes, rice, bread opt for sweet potatoes, beans, vegetable.
  4. Eliminate trans-fat in form of margarine, artificial food, fried foods especially found in take-aways cafes such as fish and chips.
  5. Fish: if you eat fish, have 1 oily and 1 white fish per week to maintain healthy Omega-3 fat in your body.
  6. Enjoy liberal amounts of greens such as green vegetables, cucumbers and other vegetables.
  7. Move : as much as possible daily along with doing aerobic exercises at lest 5 times a week for 30 min a day.

In future blogs we will discuss, holistic lifestyle for diabetes control for both type 1 and type 2.

To conclude and to answer the concern of my clients : is type 1 more harmful than type 2? I believe, if managed effectively, both of the conditions can be controlled well…giving sweet flavor to your life!

If you have any questions regarding this article, please feel free to contact me by commenting or email : info@vitalityhealthclinic.co.uk.

Until, we meet in person.

Live well, Live with Vitality.

Love

Pranita

Vitality Health Clinic

Prevention IS better than cure!

Detox, what is buzz about?

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Isn’t it logical if you want to buy new clothes you would first give away your old clothes to make space in your wardrobe? So if you want more energy, vitality and healthy body do you think it is wise to consider what we can remove from our system which is not serving us rather than purely focusing on what kind of diet to consider next?

That is how I would like to define detox process as, that is, taking away inflammatory lifestyle in order to harmonies our body clock.

Scientific community for many years appears to have distaste for this word.; stating body has natural capacity to clear toxins. I think in previous generation this may be true, when man ate mainly organic food, worked his sweat on the soil and not lived in stressful work-life pressure of current era. However, if we stop putting environmental, diet and lifestyle related toxins in the body, our body has natural mechanisms to be able to clean from within. Along with being a science student and practitioner I have long back embraced Ayurvedic principles of mind-body practitioner such as well known MD, Dr. Deepak Chopra. This has not only helped and healed me from many illness but also has helped my clients from many chronic illnesses such as diabetes, overweight and high blood pressure.

And from that personal and professional experience I can say that Detox works! Simple!!!

5 basic steps to get you started on this journey:

  1. Hydration: Drink plenty of water and would with high water content such as soups, fruit and vegetable juice. Don’t be afraid to go to extra trips to bathroom, its natural ways for body to get rid of toxins.
  1. Elimination: Going regular for bowel movement by ensuring you eat plenty of salads, warm water with or without lemon and creating safe and effective morning routine.
  1. Breathing: Yogic breathing has been recommended since centuries to remove toxins out of the body. Breathing techniques such as breath of fire, deep inhalation and longer exhalation are of particular advantage when you want clear energetic mind and body.
  1. Exercises: daily physical activities and exercises will ensure you are mobilizing wastage from your body to be eliminated through various systems. Focus on 30 aerobic exercises daily and lead an active lifestyle.
  1. Sweating: exercise which cause sweating, using steams, sauna will help remove toxins through your sweats.

In addition you can take a guidance of a clinician to guide you through the process of detox in order to get to your desired goals-Health and Vitality! Now who does not want that?

If you have any question regarding the article or your health and wish to discuss, please feel free to comment or write to : info@vitalityhealthclinic.co.uk.

Until we meet in person, stay healthy, happy and joyous.

With Love

Pranita

Vitality Health Clinic

Prevention is better than cure