About Healthy Living
This page will be devoted to information on health related topics.
Cars and Diabetes
Humans are very similar to cars in some ways. Too little oil, and a car overheats. Too little petrol, and you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere calling the NRMA. Too little brake fluid and you’re calling 000.
Your body uses sugar like petrol. Sugar is the fuel your muscles use to work, the heart to pump, and for the brain to think. If there is too much or too little sugar, it causes problems.
Too little petrol means you’re scraping the bottom of the petrol tank, putting gunk into the engine, and eventually the car chugs to a stop. Too little sugar in the blood makes the body firstly start using other things (fats, proteins) as fuel, which pushes your acid levels up. This makes you feel sick in the stomach, shaky, and you can feel confused or foggy. Eventually you black out and without help, you can die.
In the same way: if you forget what you are doing at the petrol pump, fuel floods out of the tank and all over the car. Too much petrol in the engine itself causes it to flood and stall.
Too much sugar can cause a lot of different problems for the human body. If you are consistently putting too much sugar into your mouth, it will still get absorbed into the body! But it gets stuck to blood cells, stuck in arteries, and slowly clogs up the blood flow to your kidneys and eyes and feet and heart and brain... If your blood sugar levels suddenly get too high, you get confused, drowsy, lose consciousness, and without help, you can die.
Your body has a way to regulate blood sugar levels within a working range. This is a hormone called “insulin”, which helps your body absorb sugar into the muscles and heart and brain.
When you have diabetes, your body either stops making insulin (“type 1”) or starts making bodgy insulin that doesn’t work properly (“type 2”). Type 1 Diabetes is more common in children, because like a new car, if something doesn’t work it’s usually a factory fault. Type 2 Diabetes is more common in adults, and is usually due to failure of the auto-stop on the petrol nozzle...
It is important to make sure you are getting your sugar levels checked regularly, particularly as you get over the age of 40. It’s the best way to prevent diabetes, catch it early, and prevent complications. You can talk to your GP about how to monitor and maintain your long term body health. But please don’t ask us how to fix your car!
The Healthy Living Workshop
When Hammond Health moves into its new suites, healthy living workshops will become one of the many services offered. Watch this space for more information