Dealing with Diabetes and COVID-19

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Diabetes has never been an easy diagnosis for a patient to hear. The most import thing to remember is that doctors and physical experts have more knowledge regarding diabetes than ever before. There are different types of Diabetes that have different affects on the human body. In this article we’re going to go over the types of diabetes, the effects, what to eat, and how to treat it.

Diabetes is simply when the glucose (sugar) is too high in the blood stream. Now if you were diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, you might be asking yourself, “why is my blood sugar through the roof?”

The simple answer: what you’re eating. It all comes down to the simple science of consumption. The topic that everyone likes to talk about – how much one is eating, when one is eating, where, time of day, even the temperature is a sub-topic in the term of eating.

When we eat, our bodies take the food, break it down, turn it into glucose, which then travels throughout the bloodstream waiting to be taken up by cells. That glucose, which was once food, simply wants to get out of the blood and into cells, which is how we get energy!

The main transportation from glucose in the bloodstream to your cells is called insulin. People that have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes don’t make enough insulin or are insensitive to the hormone, which makes glucose become stuck in the blood and fail to reach the cells.

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What Makes Insulin?

The pancreas is the essential tool that is very much overlooked. It’s about 6 inches long and sits directly behind the stomach. The pancreas is known to hold specialized beta and alpha cells, which create the insulin and glucagon, helping to transport glucose to our cells and metabolize food.

Beta cells are the only cells that actually create insulin! When a person has type 2 diabetes, a few things may be happening to the beta cells.

  • Beta cells not working correctly.
  • Fewer cells than normal.
  • The few cells that are working are being burned out.

Cells become less sensitive to insulin, making them need more. However, your beta cells are producing less and struggling to keep up. What happens from here is a term called insulin resistance forms, making it more difficult for insulin to be permitted inside.

If you’re not making enough insulin or you have the resistance, your glucose can’t get inside your cells, making it build up in the blood, called high blood glucose. This is one of the major factors that creates diabetes.

Scientists are still working on why beta cells fail or die. Even why the body becomes less sensitive to insulin.

Foods Diabetics Can Store for Long Periods

Chia Seeds

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Chia Seeds are tiny little seeds, colored black and white. Chia seeds have so many important factors in the health of humans. The help with digestive help, as they’re rich in soluble fiber. They helps slow digestions and prevent rapid blood sugar spikes (great for diabetics).

You can add chia seeds to so many different forms of food, salads, smoothies, yogurts, create puddings, and so much more.

Chia seeds can last years in a dry, cool place!

Frozen Foods

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Frozen foods are a great substitute when it comes to making something quick. Certain foods such as, raspberries, bananas, and apples, can be frozen for up to a year, giving you ample amount of time to use them as needed.

Certain foods that can be frozen, such as raspberries, have a low sugar content and packed with fiber, compared to other frozen foods, making raspberries an ideal choice for those with diabetes.

Frozen foods can be used in things like:

  • Smoothies
  • Baking
  • Cooking

Frozen foods, especially berries are loaded with health-boosting nutrients and antioxidants.

High Protein Pastas

Who doesn’t love pasta? Honestly, it’s one of the simplest foods to make and can be created in so many different varieties.

Pasta that is high in proteins tend to be made from legumes, like black beans or chickpeas, rather than their counterpart – wheat!

Yes, legumes do contain a bit of carbs, however they contain much more fiber and protein than a simple wheat ingredient, making it a much better choice for those with diabetes.

Pasta is a very long lasting product, even those made out of legumes. They can be stored in a dry, cool place for upwards of 6 months!

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