Type 2 diabetes


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.

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

diabetes prevention

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

choosing whole-wheat).

• Eat a varied diet.

• Don’t eat too much.

• Eat plenty of greens and a bit

of fruit.

• 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 regulate.

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

your doctor.

Here ends Mads’ part of

the article and I will end

by recommending different

dietary supplements,

which I have experienced

can bring improvements

when suffering from type 2

diabetes and help prevent

complications later in the


Dietary supplements

• Strong vitamin-B tablets daily.

You could also supplement

with an extra 100 mg vitamin-


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