Good sugar control
Good sugar control means better quality of life for many years! Insulin is a vital hormone that helps to keep our sugars within normal range. As we get older we tend to produce less insulin as our pancreas and in particular our Beta cells (found in the pancreas) produce less insulin
.In a person with a gene for diabetes, this process is accelerated, Beta cell fatigue comes faster and results are much less insulin production over time.
In addition we also get insulin resistance, that is, we require more amounts of insulin to get the same results; this is especially true in people who are overweight and do not exercise enough. Just exercising and loosing weight would make this resistance to insulin become less, thus allowing our Beta cells to function for longer!
Although glucose is a fuel used by our cells to produce energy, an excess of it in the body leads to the various complications of diabetes. In addition a high sugar level predisposes us to more infections, increased healing time from ordinary infections, to feeling tired and lethargic and passing urine more often, all common symptoms of diabetes!