The Doctors: Type 1 Vs Type 2 Diabetes
Do you have Diabetes? Does the disease affect someone important to you? There are 346 million people living with Diabetes throughout the world. Dr Travis Stork sat down with a young mother named Chelsey, who shared her story of a family history with the disease. Do you know the difference between Type 1 Vs Type 2 Diabetes?
The Drs: Type 1 Diabetes & Motherhood
Chelsey’s mother died at age 40 from Diabetes, because she stopped following the treatments and taking care of her own body. Now a mother herself, Chelsey does “not want to follow in my mother’s footsteps. I don’t want to leave my kids behind, without a mother to grow up with.”
As a Type 1 Diabetic who is insulin dependent, Chelsey said that motherhood actually sapped her will to be active or eat healthy. She skips breakfast and eats too much coffee. “I’ve got my mind convinced that if I don’t eat, I’ll lose the weight,” she said.
She is noticing vision problems as a result of her Diabetes, and she is afraid of passing out while driving with her children in the car. Chelsey recalled some close calls, but said she wants to get serious about her own health.
The Doctors:Type 1 Vs Type 2 Diabetes
Chelsey sat down on The Doctors set with Dr Travis Stork. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1994, at the age of nine. Dr Travis explained the difference between the two common forms of Diabetes, Type 1 Vs Type 2 Diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes
“Type 1 Diabetes…occurs when your body stops making insulin,” he said. As your body tries to break down Carbohydrates, it needs the Pancreas to produce Insulin. That’s what hooks up with Glucose to help your body function. “In someone with Type 1 Diabetes, there is no Insulin to go in there and grab that Glucose and pull it into your cells,” he explained.
Type 2 Diabetes
A Type 2 Diabetic can make Insulin, but the body’s cells are not properly responding to it, which means there is an excess of Glucose in the bloodstream.
“Diabetes does not have to be a death sentence. It doesn’t have to mean that you’re going to lose your vision, lose your kidney function,” Dr Travis told Chelsey. “You have to take charge of it.”
Chelsey said that motherhood has made her more serious about her health. Dr Travis told her she needs to stop skipping breakfast, which sets a bad tone for the day. Her favorite food, pasta, is mostly sugar and carbohydrates, so Dr Travis suggested that she switch to Whole Grain Pasta.
The Doctors: T Plate Diet
Dr Travis shared an easy trick to help you visualize a healthier diet. This is the T plate diet, where a round plate is divided with a T shape into three sections, comprising one 50% portion of the plate and two 25% portions.
“Load half the plate with good veggies,” he said, because those don’t mess with the body’s Glucose. Then fill a quarter of your plate with Whole Grains, and the remaining quarter with a Protein.
“If you’re going to go with steaks, go with the ones with loin in it,” he said. “They tend to be a little bit higher in protein, less fat in those.”
Chelsey said she doesn’t always sleep well, which Dr Travis said could affect her Blood Sugar as well. She complained that exercise also spikes her sugar levels. Dr Travis recommended lower impact exercise, such as Yoga, which also has relaxation benefits.
Dr Travis got Chelsey to commit to taking control of her health and making serious changes. Both types of Diabetes are manageable, and a doctor or health practitioner can help you get on the right track.