World Diabetes Day reminds us of the importance of a preventative diet

On November 14, World Diabetes Day has been celebrated,  one of the metabolic diseases that are most present in our society and characterized by the incapacity of the organism to manage blood sugar level. This year the theme chosen by the World Health Organization refers to the work of nursing professionals, but this day also serves to remember that diet plays a key role in preventing most cases of diabetes.

For this reason, from Naturcharc we want to do our bit to publicize the causes of this disease and how we can prevent it. To get an idea of ​​the importance of this fight, the fact that every year in Spain some 400,000 new cases of this disorder are diagnosed and that according to UN data, one out of every eleven adults in the world suffers from this problem. The cases have also skyrocketed in recent years due to an inadequate diet and an unhealthy lifestyle in general.  

Before going into the subject, it is necessary to clarify that there are two different types of diabetes, of which only one, the most common, is directly related to an inadequate diet. Type 1, which occurs less frequently, is characterized by the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin or to produce it in adequate amounts for the proper functioning of the body. It is usually diagnosed at a young age and has no clear cause.

Type 2 diabetes and diet

Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is influenced by diet. In this second type the cells become resistant to insulin. To understand how this problem works, one must take a look at how our metabolism manages blood sugar. In the presence of carbohydrates, the pancreas generates insulin, which is an essential substance to be able to convert glucose into energy inside cells.

If there is a continuous high presence of sugar in the blood, the body needs more and more doses of insulin to handle it, since the cells ‘get used to’ the high amounts of this substance and need more amounts to detect it. Diabetes appears when the ability to react to insulin is lost and therefore sugar begins to accumulate in the blood without the body being able to use it. These high levels in turn cause serious damage to health. This is generally due to an unhealthy diet, with an excess of carbohydrates, especially simple sugars, and a sedentary life.

How to prevent it

How can we help prevent this ailment or live with it if we already have it? The main answer is in diet and physical exercise. It is necessary to reduce the consumption of foods rich in sugars and fruits and vegetables play a fundamental role, since it is proven that they help control blood glucose levels, as the Foundation of Diabetes. Different scientific studies have found a direct relationship between a higher consumption of plant products and a lower probability of developing this disorder.

The organic farming products from Naturcharc thus become great allies in this fight. Because they add flavor to the diet and arrive at the table with their properties intact and all the vitamins and minerals that the body needs. That is why we encourage you to get to know our catalog, incorporating a variety of products into your diet that make it easier and more delicious to lead a healthy life.

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