Better control of diabetes has a positive effect on immunity

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A diabetic will experience hyperglycemia, when glucose is too high, or hypoglycemia, when blood glucose is too low. These two characteristic symptoms of diabetes affect your day-to-day life ranging from energy levels to mobility issues. Uncontrolled diabetes can hinder immune system effectiveness as diabetics are known to have less efficient blood flow. You can still lead a good life and it is achieved by choosing healthy meal replacements, adding physical activity and changing your overall attitude about diabetes itself.1, 2

Diabetic control means you eat better

Making major dietary changes is challenging for diabetics as they will have to upkeep their medical needs on top of it. But the benefit of eating right is that when it becomes routine, other health benefits like feeling fresher, having more energy, and less medical checkups will fall into place. Food links us to many aspects of our lives and though it is about what you eat, it is how much of it you eat and swapping out for healthier options.1, 2

Keep in mind that a diabetic diet consists of low glycemic index (GI, rating from 1 to 100, lower range raises blood sugar slowly while higher range raises it faster) foods. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains in their most natural form are low in GI and packed with fiber to keep you fuller longer. Nutritional supplements can be meal replacements when food alone is not enough. Make sure they are diabetics specific as to not raise or drop blood glucose too fast. For example, supported by over 50 clinical studies and years of scientific research, Glucerna has a low GI rating per serving with an advanced carbohydrate (Myo-inositol) system for better blood glucose management. Glucerna is also formulated with 28 vitamins and minerals for a more complete and balanced diet. Based on your Body Mass Index determined by a medical professional, a regime of Glucerna can provide you with better blood glucose response within 3 months.1, 2, 4

 Have improved immunity with better injuries and wound healing

Poor circulation leads to slower wound healing because bacteria thrive in blood high in glucose. Immune cells also function less efficiently in high blood glucose, thus further aggravating symptoms. A regular regime of physical activity is an easy way to combat these side effects. Working out allows muscles to use excess blood sugar, thus preventing the buildup. Once you have a rhythm, you will see improvement in weight management, lifelong immunity improvement, and even improve sleep.1, 3

Controlling improves mood and sleep quality

When your circadian rhythm is irregular, cortisol and fatty acid levels rise. You become prone to blood sugar spikes that cause hunger and crave poorer food choices. If you did not have diabetes before, this risks you developing it later in life. Diabetics also experience a sleep disorder called sleep apnea. It is where breathing repeatedly stops during sleep, which strains the heart. It is more common in overweight diabetics as excess fat puts pressure on airways. A good night’s sleep not only will reset the body, your heart will be healthier. Energy improved, you are more motivated to work out, thus burning more calories.2, 3

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      5. Interview with Dr. U Ye Myint