An Ounce of Prevention, Avoid Diabetes
In Y 2012, over 90-M people had diabetes or pre-diabetes, and 1 out of every 2 people with the condition do not know they have it.
Lifestyle choices are the best strategies to controlling blood sugar, reducing your risk of diabetes and preventing secondary health problems from the condition.
Over the past years both Great Britain and the US have experienced a rapid increase in the number of people suffering from pre-diabetes and diabetes.
In Y 2003, 11.6% of people in Great Britain were diagnosed with pre-diabetes. That number had 3X’d by Y 2011, reaching over 35%.
These numbers demonstrate the rise in people suffering from diabetes originate outside a genetic cause. Historically, the rise in diabetes was prompted by a flawed nutritional and exercise program initiated by the now-refuted Seven Countries Study.
The study, published in the 1950’s by economist Ancel Keys, sparked an increase in the quantity of carbohydrates recommended in your diet and a severe reduction in healthy fats. This imbalance affects your cellular resistance to the hormones insulin, leptin and ghrelin.
The cellular resistance is the real foundation to problems with diabetes and not the symptom of high blood sugar.
The human body is a complex combination of chemicals, enzymes and hormones.
You may have learned that diabetes is a function of too much sugar in your blood, but it is a function of insulin resistance at the cell level.
Insulin is a hormone secreted by your pancreas responsible for ushering blood sugar across cell membranes for use as fuel inside your cells. When your cells become resistant to insulin, glucose [sugar] stays in your blood, raising your blood sugar levels.
Another function of rising blood sugar is the malfunction of leptin signaling. Leptin is a hormone produced by your fat cells. The function of leptin is to tell your brain you have enough fat stored, have eaten enough and to burn calories at a normal rate.
Leptin does not function just with metabolism and fat stores. It is also involved in the immune system, fertility and regulating how much energy we burn.
The 3rd hormone most intimately involved with diabetes, is ghrelin. This hormone is secreted by your stomach lining and is your “Go” hormone, or the hormone telling your brain that we are hungry. Ghrelin is affected by growth hormone in your body, and therefore works differently in men and women.
These are the 3 Key players, in a cast of others, playing a role in the development of the disease.
With a malfunction of leptin or ghrelin signaling, we may eat too much food for our activity level and rate of metabolism, resulting in weight gain and obesity.
With obesity often comes a resistance at your cell level to insulin, resulting in high blood sugar and a diagnosis of diabetes.
Chronically high blood sugar from poor nutrition and exercise choices may trigger long-term damage to the body. This damage can result in death.
It is imperative that to evaluate our dietary and exercise choices Vs the natural ways to prevent diabetes, listed below.
Damage one may face if diagnosed with the condition includes:
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Bacterial infections
- Fungal infections
- Itchy skin
- Diabetic dermopathy
- Diabetic blisters
- Digital sclerosis
- Disseminated granuloma annulare (a skin condition)
- Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage)
- Kidney disease
- High blood pressure
- Foot ulcers
- Foot amputation
- Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome
- Hearing loss
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Gingivitis and periodontitis
As with most medical conditions, an Ounce of prevention is worth a Pound of cure.
A healthy lifestyle can not only prevent type 2 diabetes but also typically may reverse it. With proper attention to diet and lifestyle it is curable, and in the vast majority of cases does not require any form of medication.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively