Costa del Sol, S.L.
Type 2 diabetes
By Anni Dahms
Owner of the retail chain
ANNI’s VITAL SHOP. Nurse- &
Health specialist, Biopath and
My oldest grandchild and his
fiancé are currently visiting me.
Mads has a very special connection
to Spain, as he lived here for
a year together with his father
and attended school here as
well. Mads was very involved in
the daily operations in the store,
where we discussed at length the
significance of vitamins, minerals,
and how a quality diet effects
the health of a person. The years
must have affected him greatly,
as he chose to study human nutrition
and finished with his doctoral
dissertation at 28 years of age. It
therefore seemed natural to ask
Mads if he would provide his scientific
input to this article, which I
had chosen should revolve around
type 2 diabetes.
Diet’s significance in
type 2 diabetes
Mads Vendelbo Lind
Institute of Sports and Nutrition
University of Copenhagen
Type 2 diabetes is a disease,
where the blood sugar levels
become too elevated and the
body can no longer regulate it on
its own. It can lead to a long list
of other diseases, such as heart
and nerve afflictions. Type 2 diabetes
was called “old man’s sugar
disease” back in the day, as you
would normally be diagnosed and
treated for the disease at an old
age. However, this is no longer the
case, as the obesity epidemic is
developing, the number of cases
of type 2 diabetes has skyrocketed.
Studies have shown that there
has been an increase in type 2
diabetes cases from 5% in 1980, to
10% in 2020. But can you do anything
to prevent type 2 diabetes?
And how do you know if you are
The difference between
type 1 and 2 diabetes
With type 1 diabetes, your insulin
production will completely stop.
This is caused by the body’s own
immune system, as it will eliminate
all the cells that produce
insulin. This usually happens to
young children or adults, and
it mandates that you get your
insulin regulated with injections.
It is still not known what exactly
causes type 1 diabetes, and we
therefore don’t exactly know
how to prevent it.
Type 2 diabetes primarily affects
adults, even though it in rare
cases also can be observed
it highly overweight children.
The disease is hereditary, which
means that our genes also plays
a role in whether or not we
develop diabetes. Type 2 diabetes
is in many cases caused
by an unhealthy lifestyle with
little physical activity and poor
dietary habits. Therefore, a lot of
energy is spent on researching
the disease, and how you could
prevent and treat the disease,
to decrease the severity of the
Type 2 diabetes, precursors,
fatty liver, and aging
There are a number of different
ways, that you could go about
finding out whether you are at
risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
You are at a heightened
risk if you are heavily overweight
(BMI over 30 and/or a waist size
over 88 cm for women and over
102cm for men), if you have a
parent or a sibling with type 2
diabetes, have had diabetes
during a pregnancy, receive
medication in connection with
cardiac disease, high blood
pressure, elevated cholesterol, is
a smoker, or has a high alcohol
But just because you are in the
risk group, doesn’t mean you
have to suffer from type 2 diabetes.
It is normally a disease which
develops slowly, and where the
regulation of the blood sugar is
gradually worsened. Researchers
have now started to talk about
the precursors to type 2 diabetes,
also referred to as pre-diabetes,
where you already can see
that the blood sugar levels are
slightly elevated, without being
so high that it can be called a
disease. Pre-diabetes will often
come with a series of other
symptoms, such as heightened
blood pressure, cholesterol, and
a fatty liver, which is why there
is such an interest in preventing
the development of the disease.
During the research, a large
emphasis has been placed on
preventing further development
of the disease once it has been
contracted. A lot of effort has
also been spent on examining
how a reordering of a lifestyle
can be used to prevent type 2
The diet and type 2
I am researching what role the
diet has in the prevention and
the development of type 2 diabetes.
Together with a series of
researchers have we examined
how eating whole-wheat products
affects the blood sugar
regulation, instead of products
containing white ore preprocessed
corn. We found that
it can provide small changes
in weight, which in turn might
bring small improvements in the
blood sugar regulation. We are
currently examining the diet’s
significance among inuits in
Greenland. There we are examining
whether the traditional
Greenlandic diet might be able
to slow down the explosion of
type 2 diabetes, which has also
arrived in Greenland, after the
western foods such as burgers,
pizza, chips, and candy has
become everyday consumer
goods in Greenland.
There is some general advice
you can follow, to both eat
healthy and prevent type 2 diabetes.
• Eat rough (by for instance
• Eat a varied diet.
• Don’t eat too much.
• Eat plenty of greens and a bit
• Cut down on the alcohol
In order to prevent type 2 diabetes,
it might be beneficial to
reduce your carbohydrate consumption,
such as sugar, candy,
soda, but also when it comes to
rice and potatoes. It can contribute
to extra large fluctuations in
your blood sugar, and the body
prefers amounts which are easier
To prevent type 2 diabetes, it
has been shown that even small
weight losses of 2 – 3 kg can
have great significance, it can
reduce your risk of developing
type 2 diabetes by up to 30%.
Even small changes in your lifestyle
can have major implications
for the development of
type 2 diabetes. It can also help
if you have already developed
type 2 diabetes.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes
are extreme thirst, many toilet
visits, itchiness, and tiredness. If
you experience this, then consult
Here ends Mads’ part of
the article and I will end
by recommending different
which I have experienced
can bring improvements
when suffering from type 2
diabetes and help prevent
complications later in the
• Strong vitamin-B tablets daily.
You could also supplement
with an extra 100 mg vitamin-
• Magnesium can together
with vitamin-B6, prevent
• Vitamin-C I large doses, for
instance 1000 mg twice a
day, preferably with added
• Vitamin-E can be a good
supplement to improve circulation.
• Zinc can help prevent eye
complications. It is best to
take it in the evening.
• Almost all people lack vitamin-D,
which can aid in preventing
type 2 diabetes.
• Chromium can help reduce
the cravings for sweets and
regulate the cholesterol levels
in the blood.
• Life important fatty acids,
such as Omega-3.
• Berberine is often used in
Chinese medicine and have
shown very effective in combatting
type 2 diabetes.
• Taurine 500 mg 3x pieces.
Can prevent complications
and trouble with the eyes.
• You might benefit from a
detox or going on a liver diet
a few times a year.
Remember that especially with
type 2 diabetes, you personally
have the possibility to take on
the responsibility of the disease.
You could for instance change
your lifestyle to a healthier one.
A good opportunity could be to
challenge the entire family, this
also applies to the exercise part
of a healthy lifestyle. You could
perhaps contact a doctor who
is well informed about the disease.
The person could perhaps
give you some advice on how
you should plan your diet and
exercise habits. There are some
doctors who, together with the
patient, will help fill out diet and
exercise schedules. Meetings are
then planned and conducted
until you and your family can
manage the changes on your
own. It is important that you start
with a level that will challenge
you, but not become a stress
Be careful with too much alcohol,
fast food, ice cream, and
other sugary treats, as well as all
the different energy drinks.
I hope with all my heart that
you will avoid being a part of
the diabetes statistic, which
Mads mentioned is in rising rapidly
With the above mentioned
in mind, I hope you have
a great summer!
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the ozone layer and down to the ground. Therefore, it is important to ensure that the sunscreen
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The Danes generally apply too little sunscreen. This means that the sunscreen's factor number and
thus also protective effect is reduced. For example, if you apply a factor of 15 in a thin layer, the
protection is reduced to approx. factor 2. A good rule of thumb is 1 body = 1 handful. Apply the
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