Thanks to some scientific innovation, people with diabetes have some natural options for managing the disease.
Here, two new things to know now:
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Staying active as we age has shown many health benefits, including for those with diabetes – almost 50 per cent of whom in Canada are over 65. And, when you consider that 90 per cent of all diabetes sufferers are over the age of 45, it’s time to take matters into our own hands. Getting your muscles moving, for example, helps the body better manage insulin. On the prevention front, findings out of India have shown that a brisk walk for 30 minutes daily can reduce the risk of the disease by one-third.
Plus, researchers from New York State’s Binghamton University are working on a glucose monitor that can be worn while working out. Unlike more unwieldy conventional blood glucose monitors, the Binghamton sensor is worn like a Band-Aid and measures glucose levels in the users’ sweat. Because you are monitoring your levels while working out, it could help prevent exercise-induced hypoglycemia – a condition that occurs when the sugar levels in your blood are too low. Symptoms can include dizziness, blurred vision, headache and loss of co-ordination, anxiety, irritability and heart palpitations.
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Also important for diabetes management is diet and a new omega-3 supplement is targeting the disease’s most common side effect: diabetic neuropathy. More than half of people with Type 1 or Type 2 will experience neuropathy, or nerve damage, that results from prolonged high blood sugar. Most common in the feet and hands, the condition can cause ghost sensations, pain and impaired motor function at its worst.