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Diabetes

Did you know…. one of the most astonishing things about type 2 diabetes is that such a life altering condition is often preventable.

Diabetes (also known as diabetes mellitus) is a condition in which the body either can't make or can't use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas. Insulin is very important because it regulates the sugar level in the blood, and it allows the body to use this sugar for energy. Without enough insulin, the body's cells can't get the energy they need, the sugar level in the blood gets too high, and many problems can result. Diabetes is not curable, but, fortunately, is treatable and manageable.

Some people develop symptoms like strong thirst, fatigue, increased feelings of hunger, frequent urination, blurry vision, unusual weight loss, irritability, and wounds that don't heal.

BUT…many people with diabetes have no symptoms. That is why screening is important.

 

Anyone can develop diabetes, but most people that have diabetes are adults over the age of 40. The risk of diabetes increases with age.

Certain ethnic groups have a higher risk of developing diabetes compared to whites these include: Africans or African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders.

People who are overweight (particularly with fat around their waist), inactive, smoke or have family members with diabetes are also at a higher risk of developing diabetes.

 

Most researchers agree that the following factors affect the risk of diabetes.

There ARE things you can do to reduce your risk of developing diabetes:

Diet and exercise are the cornerstones of the management of diabetes.

Screening for diabetes is very important because millions of people have diabetes and don't know it.

Everyone age 45 and older should have their blood sugar (glucose) checked by a doctor at least once every 3 years.

People who are at higher risk may need to be tested earlier and more often.

Screening is easy with a simple blood test that can have important benefits.

 

In order to diagnose diabetes, health care providers conduct a fasting glucose test, an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)13 or very recently a haemoglobin A1c test. All involve taking blood, the first two after an overnight fast.

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Lisa Fouladi Balance Ur Bod Nutrition Consultancy

Lisa, principle consultant and founder of balance ur bod nutrition consultancy is a qualified nutrition therapist (dip.ION), a Nutrition Therapy Council registered practitioner, and a current member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutrition Therapy (BANT) and is bound by their codes of ethics and practice. She is fully insured, and dedicated to continuous study of current research and industry developments through Continued Professional Development (CPD).

In keeping with her quest for knowledge, Lisa is currently enrolled in yet another degree program, an MSc at the University of London (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) which she hopes to complete someday.

Although based in Zürich, Switzerland, she sees clients in the Geneva area, in Germany (Münster area) and in the UK (London and Windsor areas).

Lisa conducts one to one consultations with clients, advising on all aspects of nutrition and the effect food and lifestyle choices have on health and well being. Lisa works closely with her clients, assessing and identifying imbalances and individual needs, and supporting them in making the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes. She is deeply committed to supporting her client’s health through nutrition and stays at their side throughout the process.