There’s a lot of self-blaming going on among middle-aged adults who are not particularly healthy. It’s important to remember the criticism you choose to give yourself can be constructive or destructive. One type of criticism gives you a chance to improve your situation, whereas the other is more likely to make things worse.
If you are not in excellent health, it is good to reflect and figure out where you have gone wrong. Perhaps you have not lived the healthiest of lifestyles, or you have procrastinated on losing weight. Moreover, be judicious about how you blame yourself: there’s no point in accusing your genes or your lack of luck if you are now a Type 2 diabetic. It is your lifestyle that predominantly determines your health.
In the case of Type 2 diabetes, your insulin sensitivity is a prominent factor that influences the development and presence of the disease. The importance of insulin sensitivity may not be something of which you are aware. Some experts will even argue insulin sensitivity is the most critical component behind Type 2 diabetes.
Why is insulin sensitivity so necessary? Insulin originates in the pancreas, which is the organ assigned to regulate blood sugar in your body. Insulin acts to initiate the absorption of circulating blood sugar into your body tissues. This function is the same in all individuals who have a working insulin system in their body.
The differences, however, are shown by the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which widely varies between individuals. Sensitivity is defined by the amount of insulin required to deposit sugar efficiently from the bloodstream into the tissues. When the amount of sugar in the blood is in a healthy range, the individual is said to be sensitive to their body’s insulin supply. When the amount of sugar is in the high range, the person is said to be resistant to their body’s insulin, which means their body requires a greater insulin response to regulate the blood sugar level.
Insulin resistance gradually causes hyperglycemia, which is when the body’s blood sugar levels remain elevated. Chronically high blood sugar levels are the alert needed for a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
Interestingly, while some people like to believe Type 2 diabetes is primarily genetic or determined by age, it is in fact determined by your lifestyle…
- your weight,
- your diet and food choices, and
- your physical activity levels
highly affect your insulin sensitivity. When these factors are not under control, you leave yourself vulnerable to developing insulin resistance as you age. While there is evidence to suggest insulin resistance gradually develops through aging to some extent, your lifestyle remains the ultimate determining factor.
Therefore, it’s essential to establish a healthy lifestyle to avoid or treat Type 2 diabetes.
Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.