Are You a Candidate for Diabetes?
If there ever was an epidemic that can be considered man-made this is it.
We often think in terms of viruses and flu’s when discussing epidemics but diabetes falls into that category. Diabetes already affects 25% of the country.
The combination of diabetics, undiagnosed diabetics, and pre-diabetics is over 80 million people. The sad thing is about it all is that most of it is caused by poor diet and lack of exercise not to mention the harmful effects of stress.
The vast majority of people have Type 2 diabetes and if you talk to most of them they’ll actually tell you that they developed a disease. They don’t have a clue that they caused it themselves or that they can actually get rid of it too.
It’s just accepted as a disease when actually it’s just a symptom of a poor diet loaded with sugar and simple carbohydrates.
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Understanding Diabetes Is The Key
To understand diabetes it would be better to change the terminology and start thinking of it in terms of insulin, the hormone your body secretes to deal with blood sugar.
Type 1 diabetes would be insulin deficient, meaning the body doesn’t produce enough insulin to clear the sugar out of the blood.
Type 2 would be insulin resistant, meaning the cells have become resistant to high levels of insulin due to overexposure to it and abnormal levels of blood sugar.
Type 1’s who don’t change their diet and continuously expose themselves to elevated blood sugar and increased insulin needs will develop insulin resistance and Type 2.
Type 2’s who don’t change their diet and take insulin will stress the islet cells (insulin producing) of their pancreas to the point of failure and develop Type 1.
You Can Control Your Diabetes
It all goes back to diet and lifestyle.
It doesn’t help that the normal diet recommended by modern medicine does little to help these people. Eating poorly causes nutritional stress, meaning the lack of nutrition allows for disease to take control much faster and do more damage than normal.
Diabetics may require up to six times the amount of certain B vitamins and antioxidants than normal. It is seen as a disease of accelerated aging due to excessive cellular damage from over exposure to insulin, high blood sugar and nutritional stress.
The combination of stress and poor diet is one of the common precursors to all chronic disease, not just diabetes.
The body can actually handle a diet that’s sometimes less than optimal, but excessive stress can be the “straw that breaks the camel’s back”. One of the coping mechanisms of stress is the release of stored fatty acids and glucose for immediate energy.
Remember, in fight or flight, having access to immediate energy often determines survival. This extra sugar and fatty acids floods you bloodstream and is instantly available for use.
The problem is that your body doesn’t know you’re sitting at your desk or behind the wheel of the car. Add that extra sugar and fat to the jelly donut you ate to feel better because you’re stressed and now the excessive levels overwhelm the body’s normal coping mechanism and you’ve hit the pre-diabetes stage.
You’ve now entered insulin resistance and since stress usually brings with it a slide into an even poorer diet loaded with sugar, fat and chemicals, it doesn’t take long to find yourself in the doctors office with Type 2 diabetes.
Dealing with stress goes to the root of the problem and better food choices reflect that.
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