Can mindfulness help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D)? A number of research articles, like this one, show that those with higher “Mindfulness Scores” have lower risks of having T2D. But read beyond the title and into the thick of the paper. These authors correctly point out that this is a correlation only. Those who are more mindful ARE less likely to have T2D, but why is that?
It it just practicing mindfulness that reduces risk? Or is it something that mindfulness does for you, that allows you to reduce risk.
One possibility comes from the research literature: those who have higher Mindfulness Scores also tend to follow through on health regimens, diets to help control weight (80% of T2Ds are overweight or obese), and activity programs. In other words, mindfulness may be a key tool to can help patients follow through on the healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Based on this theory, the healthy lifestyle behaviors such as eating well, being active, and controlling stress actually reduce the risk of T2D. Greater mindfulness may just make those easier to follow through on. Think of it like one step on the path. Once you’re there, it helps you get closer to a healthy body and healthy mind.
Let’s stock our pantries for eating in the home success. A can of tuna fish is a helpful food to leave in your pantry for those days when you need a quick meal. Try this tuna salad recipe it contains yogurt and is quick and easy to make.
1 can Tuna
Additional ingredients (see list below)
Empty the can of tuna into a small bowl.
Mix in just plain yogurt to bind the tuna.
Add additional ingredients to your liking.
Place over a salad or on a bagel or bread. Ideas for additional ingredients: Carrots, grated Green or black olives, diced Celery, diced Cucumber, diced Green or red pepper, diced Dill pickle, diced Hard boiled egg, chopped
Let’s just put this into perspective: Diabetes is reported as the underlying cause of death on 79,535 death certificates, and 252,806 list it as a contributing cause. That makes it the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.
Do you have this disease? If you did how would you know if you did?
The symptoms are not obvious, and short of going to a physician and getting your blood tested for its glucose levels, it can be hard to tell. In this article, we’ll talk about the common symptoms you need to be aware of. Keep in mind, that most of these symptoms may seem perfectly benign, or may actually be symptoms of some other condition altogether.
The Blahs: Your body needs you to convert the food you eat into energy. After digestion happens and that fuel gets absorbed into your blood, glucose is suppose to get into your cells where they’ll use it do its work. For diabetics, your body has trouble getting that energy into your cells, so you may feel more hungry and tired than usual.
Fluid Loss: On average, a person has to urinate between 4 and 7 times per day. But diabetics have higher levels of sugar in their blood, which affects the kidneys by making them produce more urine. So if you are diabetic, you may have to pee more often. This, in turn, has other downstream effects as well.
It can make you thirstier.
You can get dry mouth.
You can get drier, itchier skin.
You can get blurred vision, as the fluid loss can make your eyes change chap and lose their ability to focus.
Long Term Changes: If you have had high levels of blood glucose for a long time , both men and women can experience increased numbers of yeast infection, nerve damage that can cause sores to be slower to heal, and pain or numbness in your feet or legs.The bottom line is to notice when you perceive any of these signs, and then reach out to your doctor for advice.
Research shows that physical activity has so many benefits for diabetics. It can boost their overall energy levels, improve heart health, and aid in blood sugar control!
Exercise benefits blood sugar management because muscles require more energy when they are active. This means they pull more glucose from the blood, which can stabilize the levels.
Strength training exercises are just as important for long term blood sugar control because muscle cells burn approximately three times as many calories as fat cells. If you have more muscle tone, you will use up more blood sugar.
This is important because chronically elevated blood sugars can lead to type 2 diabetes, and the long-term complications associated with poorly managed diabetes.