Diabetes is one of those diseases where there is so much information available for prevention (type II) and treatment (type II and I) that it’s almost possible to become buried in a pile of research papers.
First, what are the two types of diabetes? Type I or juvenile onset, is when the body isn’t capable of producing insulin or produces insulin in insufficient amounts, which allows the blood sugar to increase to a level that can cause coma and death. This type requires insulin supplementation for life although, as research proves, many times the insulin levels can be reduced. Before we go further let me state that both types of diabetes are serious diseases, the number three killer in the US, and no reduction in drugs or changes in treatment should be undertaken without consulting a qualified health care provider who has knowledge of your individual history and needs. Type II or adult onset, usually occurs after the age of 25 and, as research proves, has an 80% or higher rate of stabilization and reversal. You may find that it’s possible to be cured and I wish you all the best.
Diabetes isn’t a disease that only affects the insulin levels. It’s a cluster of metabolic disorders. It’s the leading cause of blindness in people 25 to 75 years of age, and the number one cause of foot and leg amputation. The diabetic is four times more likely to suffer from heart disease, five times more likely to suffer a stroke and 33% of all kidney failure can be directly connected to diabetes.
It’s estimated that 700,000 people in the US are diagnosed with diabetes every year, another 28 million don’t realize they have the early stages of the disease and the rate is on the rise. 90% of the people who suffer from diabetes have type II, adult onset or non-insulin dependent. Researchers claim that hypoglycemia can generally be successfully treated using the same guidelines.
Insulin is necessary for blood sugars to enter most of the cells of the body. Most cells have insulin receptors on their surface. Two of the exceptions are the eyes and the kidneys. When the blood contains higher than normal levels of insulin in the eyes or kidneys, the circulating blood sugars can crystallize out of the blood and damage the tissues enough to result in blindness, kidney failure or even death. Obesity and diet are the main causes of cellular insulin insensitivity.
When you suffer from diabetes you generally have low energy levels. When you have low energy levels you seldom feel like exercising. Exercise is one of the best ways to lose weight and increases the cellular sensitivity, particularly the muscle cells, to insulin. When you eat junk food you’re short on endurance. When you eat high sugar or highly processed foods you get an energy spike and then crash. So what do you do in catch 22? Change your diet, investigate new information that’s backed by proven research, anecdotal information and be patient.
No one became overweight overnight. And, no one will get back to their ideal weight in a day or two. Unless you were born with type I diabetes or other pancreatic disabilities, it took years of abuse to contract type II. Remember type II description says, “age 25+.” As young people have become overweight and obese at an earlier age, the age connection has dropped. It used to be age 45+.
You might also want to talk to your doctor and see if you can work together. What if your doctor doesn’t want you to be an active participant in your health program? That decision is up to you.