WHAT IS DIABETES?
To understand diabetes, we need to understand how our body breaks down food (especially carbohydrates) to provide every cell in our bodies with energy and essential nutrients. When we consume any food that contains carbohydrates (this includes any grains, fruit, vegetables, legumes, pulses etc.) our body breaks it down to glucose and it is then absorbed into our blood stream. This glucose needs to be absorbed by every cell in your body as glucose is its main energy source. But glucose cannot freely pass-through cell membranes and therefore needs assistance for this process to take place. This is where insulin comes in. Insulin works as a “key” that unlocks a pathway for glucose to enter each cell.
As women our bodies are constantly changing with the onset of menopause being one of the biggest hormonal and physical changes.
Menopause is the cessation of the menstrual cycle and the hormones associated with it. Due to these hormonal changes, women become more at risk for metabolic syndrome, obesity, heart disease and osteoporosis. Although there are medical therapies, like hormone replacement therapy (HRT) used to treat the side effects of menopause, many women choose to go a more natural route. This is where lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise become very important.
Let’s have a look at the changes that may occur in your body during menopause and what you can do to ensure you are as healthy as possible during this time.