SOY AND DIABETES

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Download free Soy and Diabetes.pdf Diabetes is a condition where there is too much sugar (glucose) in the blood. It results when people either don't produce enough insulin or have high levels of insulin in their blood, which isn't working properly. Insulin is the hormone that regulates blood sugar.

There are three types of diabetes:
  • Type 1 diabetes is most common in children and young adults but it can occur at any age. It occurs when the pancreas no longer produces insulin and treatment involves lifelong insulin injections.
  • Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, affecting both adults and an increasing number of children and young people, particularly in populations which are sedentary and overweight. In this case the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes affects 90 per cent of the 2.2 million diabetics in Canada.
  • Gestational Diabetes occurs during pregnancy, a time when the pancreas needs to produce extra insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. In most cases, gestational diabetes goes away after the baby is born. However, women who have had gestational diabetes are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Canadians are experiencing a dramatic rise in the number of people with type 2 diabetes, due to high rates of overweight and obesity and sedentary lifestyles. Yet a healthy lifestyle can totally prevent or dramatically reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes1. Healthy eating combined with regular physical activity and weight loss (if you are overweight), are the cornerstones to managing diabetes or keeping it at bay. A balanced approach to life also reduces the risk of long term complications of poorly controlled diabetes, such as heart and kidney diseases.

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