Diabetes and metabolic diseases
Diabetes is the name given to a group of metabolic diseases that give a person a high blood sugar level. In Type 1 Diabetes the body does not produce enough insulin (the substance that helps convert glucose in the blood into a form that the body can use as energy); and in Type 2 Diabetes the body’s cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. Diabetes increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and can lead to hyperglycemia.
Diabetes Brisbane – treatment options
There is a common misconception that people with diabetes need to eat very differently to people who do not have this condition. It’s also commonly thought that sugar is the only part of food that people with diabetes need to avoid.
Both of these things are wrong.
The recommended diet for people with diabetes is exactly the same as for those who do not have the condition: a diet based on portion-controlled whole foods, lean proteins, high in fibre, low in GI carbohydrates, and with a moderate intake of good fats and sugars.
For people with Type 2 diabetes, weight loss and management is an important part of permanently reducing blood glucose levels. Our dietitians and nutritionists can help you lose weight and manage your diabetes through diet and exercise. We educate our clients about the best types of carbohydrates and the ideal portion sizes.
Our dietitians understand that learning to live with diabetes can seem very intimidating. Some of our dietitians have a personal connection to diabetes: for example, Julie Masci’s mother has Type 2 Diabetes – which is, of course, very well controlled through diet and exercise. This personal connection means that our nutritionists understand how best to fully support you as you make changes to better manage your diabetes.
Impaired Glucose Tolerance or Insulin Resistance
Impared glucose tolerance (IGT) is the stage prior to diabetes. It occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.
People with IGT have a 1 in 3 chance of developing Type 2 diabetes within ten years. If you take serious action, however, you can stop yourself from ever actually developing diabetes.