Diabetes, Juvenile Diabetes and How to manage sweet cravings
Let me ask you a simple opinion based question- What do you think are three most commonly suffered diseases in the world? Let me guess, Diabetes was definitely one of them? If not, let me tell you that Diabetes is one of the world’s fastest growing chronic conditions and the World Health Organization keeps emphasising its concern over this rapidly destructive disease from time to time.
It does not give a damn about your age, gender, caste, creed, race or anything for that matter and if you don’t already know it, it isn’t even contagious, it just exists out there destroying lives on lives. But the good part is that there are a few ways to deal with it and if managed well, one can minimise the effects significantly.
Let’s briefly examine the simple science behind it:
- Your body digests the food you feed it.
- Then it breaks down the food into glucose and many other nutrients so that they can be absorbed into the blood stream.
- Glucose is the main source of energy that your body requires to carry out its functions.
- Your pancreas produce the hormone called Insulin so that the glucose can enter into the body cells and act as the fuel we need for energy to carry on with all our activities.
- The problem arises when the pancreas either can’t produce Insulin or do not produce enough Insulin for glucose to enter into the body cells.
- This leaves the glucose inside the blood stream and it becomes excessive since the body isn’t able to utilize it. This excess glucose in the blood stream is what we call high blood sugar and beyond a limit, it’s called Diabetes. There are innumerable health problems related with it.
Type 1 Diabetes is where there is no Insulin in the body and the glucose cannot enter the cells.
Type 2 Diabetes is where there is less Insulin than the body needs.
Now let me tell you a little about Juvenile Diabetes which is nothing but Type 1 Diabetes in children (It’s a lot more serious than Type 2). Here the body cannot produce Insulin because the person’s own immune system destroys the cells in the Pancreas that are meant to produce the hormone. The body can never produce Insulin if that happens and this sadly remains a life-long disease that requires the patients to take Insulin injections to control their blood sugar levels. There is no crisp explanation as to why the children get it and how one could predict its occurrence.
You must’ve heard about how diabetic patients aren’t allowed to eat fruits because of the natural sugar content, deserts and chocolates because of sugar/glucose and so on. But the good news is that even though you’re suffering from Diabetes, you don’t need to compromise on your sweet cravings (that are generally higher) with a simple life hack I’m about to give you. But first I need you to throw away all the sugar you’ve kept at home and all the other sweeteners you use in your tea/coffee and whatever else because most likely they’re artificial sweeteners. Scientific studies and doctors around the world have approved the safety of Stevia which is a plant with natural zero calorie sweetness that can be used by diabetic patients without second thought. What’s better is that it’s also available in form of sweeteners around the globe. However, what you need to be careful about is that whatever brand you choose should definitely be FSSAI approved (if you’re in India) or FDA approved (if you’re in the USA or other surrounding nations) to avoid various health risks and also ensure that the ingredients of your sweetener do not contain the following: Lactose, Sucralose, Dextrose, Maltitol, Maltodextrin, Xylitol and Aspartame. Well renowned studies have shown Erythritol to be safe for diabetics so if your natural Stevia sweetener consists of it, you needn’t worry. You could thank me later!