A recent study conducted at Manchester University might change the way diabetes is viewed and rock the established paradigm that there is no cure for diabetes.
There is a staggering amount of misinformation on diabetes, and most diabetics find themselves in a black hole of helplessness, being clueless about how to reverse their condition.
The bigger concern is that more than half of people with type 2 diabetes are not even aware they have diabetes. About 90 % of others who have a condition known as prediabetes are also not aware of their circumstances.
Diabetes is not a disease of blood sugar, but rather a disorder of insulin and leptin signaling. This disorder evolves over a long period of time, moving through various stages, and then to full-blown diabetes if left unchecked.
The main cause of the difficulties experienced by mainstream medicine is its refusal to act on this underlying causes of diabetes, of which insulin sensitivity is key.
The pancreas:The purpose of the pancreas is to produce the hormone, insulin and secrete it into the bloodstream. This is to regulate the glucose at the levels the body needs to live.
Fast Facts on Diabetes
Here are some key points about diabetes:
- Diabetes is a long-term condition that causes high blood sugar levels in the body.
- In 2013, the estimate was that over 382 million people throughout the world had diabetes.
- Type 1 Diabetes is the case where the body does not produce insulin, and 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1.
- Type 2 Diabetes is the case where the body does not produce enough insulin for proper function, and 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are of this type.
- Gestational Diabetes is a type that affects females during pregnancy.
- The risk of cardiovascular disease is much higher for a diabetic, thus, it is crucial that blood pressure and cholesterol levels be monitored regularly.
- Smoking might have a serious effect on cardiovascular health, diabetics should stop smoking.
- Hypoglycemia, which is a low blood glucose level in the body can have a bad effect on diabetic patient.
- Similarly, Hyperglycemia (when blood glucose is too high) can also have a bad effect on the patient.
Type 1 Diabetes
Also known as diabetes mellitus, type 1 diabetes is a chronic health condition traditionally characterized by elevated glucose level in your blood. It is often simply called “high blood sugar.” Type 1 diabetes is the relatively uncommon type, affecting only about 10% of known cases. It can occur in individuals younger than age 20, and it has no known cure.
In type 1 diabetes, one’s immune system ravages the insulin-producing cells of his pancreas, resulting in a loss of the hormone insulin. People that suffers from Type 1 diabetes need to be supplemented with insulin for the rest of their lives as failure to do so will rapidly result in death. Currently, other than a pancreas transplant, there is no known cure for type 1 diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
The more common form of diabetes is the type 2, which affects about 90 percent of diabetics all over the world. In type 2, your body produces insulin but is unable to recognize and efficiently utilize it. It is considered an advanced stage of insulin resistance, and allows glucose in your body to increase and cause a host of complications.
The often overlooked fact is that type 2 diabetes is completely preventable and nearly 100 percent curable.
Some of the signs of diabetes are:
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent infections (skin, urinary, and vaginal)
- Extreme hunger (even after eating)
- Nausea and possible vomiting
- Unusual gain weight or loss
- Increased fatigue
- Numbness or tingling in hands and/or feet
- Slow healing of wounds
- Blurred vision
Complications Of Diabetes
The function of insulin is to act as a source of energy for your cells. All things being equal, your pancreas does this job of providing your body with just the right amount of insulin.
But certain risk factors and other circumstances may put your pancreas at risk and result in its inability to function properly.
Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes
- Overweight or obese
- Family history of diabetes
- Age 45 or older
- Physical inactivity
- History of gestational diabetes
- Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
- HDL-C levels under 35mg/dL
- Fasting triglycerides over 250 mg/dL
- Treatment with atypical
- Obstructive sleep apnea and chronic sleep deprivation antipsychotics, glucocorticoids
- Certain health conditions associated with insulin resistance
- Member of high-risk population (e.g. African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native, or Asian American)
Effective Diabetes Diet and Lifestyle Tips
These are various effective ways to increase your insulin and leptin sensitivity, and to prevent or reverse diabetes
- Exercise. Staying fit is highly important in getting diabetes and other diseases under control. It is one of the fastest, most powerful ways to lower your insulin and leptin resistance.
- Eliminate grains and sugarsand all processed foods: Conventional diabetes treatment has failed partly because of its seriously flawed dietary principles. Eliminate sugars and grains from your diet. Avoid breads, pasta, cereals, rice, potatoes, and corn until your blood sugar gets under control. You may also need to restrict fruits as well as processed foods, especially those made with fructose and HFCS.
It is particularly important to eliminate processed meats, as researchers at Harvard School of Public Health found that eating processed meat is associated with a 42% higher risk of heart disease and a 19 % higher risk of type 2 diabetes. They did not find any risk of heart disease or diabetes associated with eating unprocessed red meat such as beef, pork, or lamb.
- Besides fructose, eliminate Tran’s fats, because it increase your risk for diabetes and inflammation by interfering with your insulin receptors.
- Get plenty of omega-3 fats from a high-quality sources. Preferably, animal-based source.
- Monitor your fasting insulin level, with the knowledge that your fasting insulin level, or A1-C, should be between 2 and 4. Higher level of A1-C, means the worse your insulin sensitivity is.
- Get probiotics because, the more good bacteria you have in your gut, the stronger your immunity and the better your overall function will be. Improve your gut flora by consuming fermented foods like raw organic cheese, and cultured vegetables, and you may also take a high-quality probiotic supplement.
How Sun Exposure Can Help Treat and Prevent Diabetes
Many studies have confirmed the power of vitamin D, and how it influence virtually every cell in your body. Receptors that respond to vitamin D have been found in nearly every type of human cell, from bones to brain.
Recent research shows that women can help reduce their children’s risk of type 1 diabetes by optimizing their vitamin D levels before and during pregnancy. Vitamin D has been shown to suppress certain cells of the immune system that may be a factor in causing diabetes.
And, new evidence has emerged in strong support of vitamin D as being highly beneficial not only in type 1 diabetes, but also in type 2 diabetes.
Previous studies published between 1990 and 2009 also revealed a significant correlation between high levels of vitamin D and a lowered risk of developing type 2 diabetes, along with cardiovascular disease.
Direct UV exposure translates to up to 20,000 units of vitamin D a day, and you should regularly expose a large amount of your skin to healthy amounts of sunshine, preferably as close to solar noon as possible.
- Lipman TH, et al. Increasing Incidence of Type 1 Diabetes in Youth. Diabetes Care. June 2013. (Online).
- Harvard School of Public Health. Eating Processed Meats, but not Unprocessed Red Meats, May Raise Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes. Harvard News. May 17, 2010. (Online).