Your metabolism is the name for all of the chemical reactions that happen in your body. These chemical reactions need energy to happen. Depending on your age, weight, and the way your body is made up, among other things, you may need a different amount of energy than someone else.
Diabetes makes it hard for your body to use the hormone insulin. This hormone controls your blood sugar by moving glucose from your bloodstream to your cells. When you have diabetes, your blood sugar stays high all the time. If you don’t treat it, this can hurt your organs and blood vessels.
While our metabolism controlled how much energy we made, diabetes can mess that up. This article talks about how the two are related and how they can affect each other.
How Does Metabolism Work?
Every second, a huge number of chemical reactions happen in your body. All of these chemical changes are part of your metabolism.
For each of these things to happen, energy is needed. Even converting food into usable energy demands energy.
Metabolism, which is how much energy your body uses in a certain amount of time, is usually measured in calories. Its three main parts are your basal metabolic rate, the energy you use to digest food, and the energy you use when you move around. Your basal metabolic rate is the amount of energy your body uses while it is at rest.
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How Are Diabetes And Metabolism Linked?
Diabetes is a metabolic illness because it affects how the body uses and stores the energy it gets from food. This happens when there are problems with how insulin is made. People with and without diabetes have similar metabolisms, except for one big difference. People with diabetes have insulin hormones that don’t work right.
After you eat, your saliva and the digestive system usually break down the carbs you ate. When carbohydrates are broken down, a substance called glucose gets into the bloodstream. Your pancreas makes insulin, which sends glucose to your cells so they can get the energy they need. Diabetes makes it hard for a person to respond to insulin, make enough insulin, or do both. This could cause blood sugar levels to stay high for a long time.
Can A Fast Metabolism Help Avoid Diabetes?
As we’ve talked about, diabetes is a metabolic disease. This means that our metabolism is a key part of how we treat or avoid diabetes. A lot of healthy habits speed up our metabolism and keep us from getting diabetes.
Not only do these changes speed up the metabolism, but they also help stop other things that can lead to diabetes. Things like a bad diet, not getting enough exercise, bad habits, etc.
Here’s how to make sure your metabolism speeds up and lowers your risk of diabetes even more:
1. Lose excess weight
Diabetes is less likely to happen to people who are overweight. People in a large study who improved their diet and exercise and lost about 7% of their body weight had a nearly 60% lower chance of getting diabetes. Choose a weight loss goal based on how much weight you want to lose. Talk to your doctor about short-term goals and expectations that are attainable.
2. Eat right
Eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Choose milk and meat that are low in fat. Eat less high-sugar and high-fat foods. Remember that sugar is made from carbs, so try to limit how much you eat of it. Try to keep the amount of food you eat the same from meal to meal.
You should try to get at least 30 minutes a week of vigorous exercise that makes you sweat and breathe harder. Keeping busy will help you speed up your metabolism and lower your blood sugar even more.
Think about these things if you want to speed up your metabolism and lower your risk of getting diabetes.
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