What do you know about Insulin?

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to help to regulate blood sugar levels in the bloodstream and help to keep blood sugar in normal range. It also helps store glucose in your liver, fat, and muscles for energy and aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It has 5 types.

If you have type 1 diabetes, your pancreas DOES NOT secrete insulin, resulting in the buildup of glucose in your bloodstream

If you have type 2 diabetes insulin may be required based on meals, weight loss, physical activity and prescription medication do not achieve targeted blood sugar levels. In addition, in regards to type 2 diabetes-  fat, liver, and muscle cells do not respond correctly to insulin (insulin resistance)

It is crucial for diabetics to take insulin in order to keep their blood sugar levels within normal ranges especially since-without proper management- can progress and negatively impact health

The 5 types of insulin are:

  • rapid-acting insulin.
  • short-acting insulin.
  • intermediate-acting insulin.
  • mixed insulin.
  • long-acting insulin.
Nutrition Intervention vs. Conventional Treatment – Diabetes  Nutritional Intervention: 

  • Consuming more fruits, vegetables (non starchy), whole grains and low-fat
  • Consume lean protein
  • Engage in physical activity (as appropriate)
  • Avoid processed/refined foods/added sugars
  • Choose plant-based

Conventional Treatment:

  • Insulin therapy
  • Oral anti-diabetic drugs
Some Supplements to Consider in Diabetes Management

  • Cinnamon
  • Chromium
  • Vitamin D
  • Magnesium
  • Gymnema
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

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