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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Type 2 Diabetes - Preventing Diabetes From The Very Beginning!

According to a report published in March 2012 in the journal Diabetologia, what a mother feeds her child before birth can contribute to preventing Type 2 diabetes later on. Scientists at the University Hospital in Nottingham, United Kingdom, write that development of fat tissue in the fetus is important in determining how he or she will be able to handle sugar in the future.
The balance of white and brown fat. Fat tissue first appears at around 19 weeks of the pregnancy. It continues to grow, and is made up of both brown and white fat. Brown fat generates heat while white fat stores energy and has to do with the regulation of blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity. The amount of white fat replaced by brown fat is determined at least partly by the amount of sugar the fetus receives from its mother and the quality of her diet. If the mother's diet is poor, it can contribute to the type of fat and inflammation of fat in her child, which can lead to Type 2 diabetes later on.
There was a belief, now thoroughly debunked, that pregnant women must "eat for two," which meant pretty much all the empty calories or kilojoules they desired. Now it is known only 100 to 200 calories per day over a woman's normal diet is all the increased energy that is needed to:
  • produce a baby and placenta,
  • add-on weight for breast-feeding,
  • increase the size of the uterus, and
  • build more blood.
It is important for both mother and child to get a variety of nutrients they need to build and restore tissue. Most doctors prescribe prenatal vitamins to make sure pregnant women get all they need of certain nutrients such as folic acid, iron, and calcium. Foods low in refined sugars and high in fiber and nutrients will also help both parties to get enough of what they need without raising fat stores or blood sugar levels.
Snacking on fruit. The best way to satisfy a sugar craving is by eating fruit. Going for the brightly colored fruits and eating a wide variety every day is the best way of getting plenty of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Blueberries take the blue ribbon for highest concentration of antioxidants, but all fruits are nutritious.
Snacking on fruits at mid-morning and afternoon can help keep blood sugar levels steady by supplying a little sugar and carbohydrate along with fiber, which slows sugar absorption.
Health benefits of vegetables. Vegetables are also high in nutrients and fiber and low in calories, so load up on salads and raw veggies.
  • dark green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach are good for iron, calcium, and many vitamins and minerals.
  • root vegetables are good for supplying potassium and other minerals as well as some vitamins.
  • round out your vegetable supply with a good portion of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower, and brightly colored bell peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and whatever other fresh veggies are in season for a good, varied supply of nutrients and fiber.
By the way, do you want to learn more about how to be healthier and live longer in spite of having Type 2 diabetes. If so, I suggest you check this out: Natural Diabetes Treatments

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