This video shows how the body converts all calories we eat into some form of energy.
- 1 gram of carbohydrates = 40 calories
- 1 gram of protein = 4 calories
- 1 gram of fat = 9 calories.
However, the above are all converted to different things in the body. Carbohydrates are converted to glucose and other sugars; protein is converted to amino acids, fat is converted to glycerol and fatty acids.
Pre-diabetes Health Video – Dr. Handelsman shares the changes a woman with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes should incorporate into her life. 56 million people in the United States have impaired glucose intolerance and most patients are not being given information on how to manage their condition. Women (and men) who lose 5-10% of their weight can help reverse pre-diabetes. Also discussed, adding exercise into your life.
Health Video – Information About Monitoring For Pre-Diabetes. Discovering diabetes in its earliest stages can prevent the development of full-blown diabetes. Pre-diabetes is when blood sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with pre-diabetes may be able to take steps to avoid getting Type 2 diabetes, and losing even a few pounds can help. When you’re overweight, your body’s cells are less sensitive to the effects of insulin, a hormone that regulates your blood sugar levels.
A study published in the British Medical Journal in October of 2013 revealed that exercise is as good as medication to treat people with coronary heart disease and prediabetes and superior to in the treatment of stroke. This was a very large study that analyzed 305 studies that included 340,000 patients.
One of the reasons why lifestyle changes often work even better than drugs is that there are minute-to-minute changes in how much blood sugar your body needs to produce . . . if you just take a medication once or twice or even 3 or 4 times a day, it doesn’t give you that same fine-tuning that your own pancreas can do.
More than 50 million Americans are per-diabetic; meaning they have elevated blood pressure and blood sugar. Those higher numbers put people at risk for type two diabetes which can lead to a lifetime of expensive and time consuming medical care. Diabetes educator Cindy Mathiasen explains the importance of knowing your numbers. She also explains that seemingly small efforts in improving health can have big results when it comes to preventing diabetes and other life-threatening health conditions.
How do you know if you have pre-diabetes? What can you do to prevent diabetes in yourself or a loved one? Watch this video to learn the warning signs of pre-diabetes and important steps to take to protect your health.
Julie Husmann, MSM, RD, CDE, Holland Hospital Center for Good Health discusses the influence of weight on blood sugar, the effect of physical activity on blood sugar and weight control, and how to incorporate physical activity into even the busiest of lifestyles. The benefits of enjoying an abundance of healthy, whole foods for blood sugar control is also addressed. Learn about the rewards reaped from small lifestyle changes!