© Rick Hanson, Ph.D., and Jan
Hanson, L.Ac., 2005
Preventing Type II Diabetes
We've got two kids, ages 1 and 3, and I'm about 20 pounds heavier today
than I was before my first pregnancy. I feel run-down and often a little
blue, so I "feed my sweet tooth" probably more than is good for me. I'm
a little worried about where all this is going . . . .
should be a little worried. The average mother is about 10 pounds
heavier than a comparable woman without children, moms tend to eat
high-carb quick foods on the run, and mothers are at heightened risk
for Type II diabetes - all of which are related.
Type II diabetes is a serious illness that is
rising dramatically. Essentially, it's a condition in which the body
has grown increasingly insensitive to the hormone, insulin, which
makes it harder and harder to get "fuel" into the cells where it's
needed, so the body produces more and more insulin, which just makes
the cells even more oblivious to it, in a vicious cycle.
When this happens, you feel run-down and you're
vulnerable to many of the nasty consequences of standard, "juvenile"
diabetes, including JAN SAY. And even if you don't develop
full-blown Type II diabetes, partway there is a syndrome of insulin
insensitivity that has many of the problems of diabetes in a milder
So preventing Type II diabetes is
a smart thing to do! And it will make your family eat better and
help keep your kids off that slippery slope themselves, since Type
II diabetes is increasingly found among teenagers. You knock out
Type II diabetes with a one-two punch: maintain normal (= LOW)
insulin levels, and keep your body sensitive to it. Here's how:
Maintain low levels of insulin:
can be found in your local health food store (or on our website,
www.NurtureMom.com). The other benefits of these natural substances
include decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, a sunnier mood,
and improved liver function.
So, follow these
important steps, and your risk for diabetes will radically decrease!
(Rick Hanson is a clinical psychologist, Jan Hanson is
an acupuncturist/nutritionist, and they are raising a daughter and
son, ages 12 and 14. With Ricki Pollycove, M.D., they are the
authors of Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind,
and Intimate Relationships, published by Penguin. You can see their
website at www.nurturemom.com or email them with questions or
comments at email@example.com; unfortunately, a personal reply may
not always be possible.)