Diabetes or Inflammation?
Research shows a diabetes-inflammation connection, but what is that relationship?
Some studies indicate that inflammation within the body might occur before diabetes. Does inflammation cause diabetes?
First, What is Inflammation?
According to Wikipedia:
Inflammation (from Latininflammatio) is part of the complex biological response of body tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants,and is a protective response involving immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators. The function of inflammation is to eliminate the initial cause of cell injury, clear out necrotic cells and tissues damaged from the original insult and the inflammatory process, and to initiate tissue repair.
The classical signs of inflammation are heat, pain, redness, swelling, and loss of function. Inflammation is a generic response, and therefore it is considered as a mechanism of innate immunity, as compared to adaptive immunity, which is specific for each pathogen.
Inflammation may occur anywhere in the body, including within.
People diagnosed with diabetes typically have chronic inflammation before diabetes. This inflammation correlates to being overweight or obese. Many doctors believe that obesity leads to inflammation which then allows diabetes to develop in many individuals. However, not all developing diabetes are overweight.
Backing up another step, the standard American diet, SAD, contributes to the increasing rate of obesity in America and elsewhere. Diet drinks and sugar substitutes build on this health issue.
Health professionals encourage people to develop healthier lifestyles.
Chronic inflammation from lifestyle choices develops at any age and may start in early childhood in some people. To avoid the diabetes-inflammation connection, it’s important to build a healthy attitude. Some factors to consider are:
- Regular exercise that is both aerobic and anaerobic. A combination of weight lifting and aerobics helps keep the body toned and healthy. For those with a normally active lifestyle, a gym membership might not be necessary. Daily gardening, for instance, provides good exercise while enjoying fresh air.
- Proper rest includes at least 7 hours of peaceful sleep and perhaps a short power-nap when needed. Need some tips for better sleep? See this article from Dr. Mercola.
- Very nutritious foods, as close to their natural state provide the nutrients your body needs. Research continues to show the need for a diet that features plant-based foods as the center.
- Avoiding sugars and artificial sweeteners, as well as simple carbs, is essential. These provide the food for inflammation. Avoiding them helps starve inflammatory issues and allows the body to return to a healthy, balanced state. Remember to watch for hidden sugars, too!
How can we avoid developing the diabetes-inflammation connection?
Developing a lifestyle that encompasses whole foods, close to their natural state provides a strong dietary base. In addition, omit all sugars, artificial sweeteners, and simple carbohydrates. Further, enjoy your foods raw or lightly cooked whenever possible.
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