Who do you know with Diabetes? Diabetes has become so rampant in modern society that it feels more pertinent to ask ‘who’ do you know with Diabetes since the chances are, we all know someone that has been diagnosed with this common disease.
I could easily count at least three people in my immediate family and several more if I include friends as well! And the statistics certainly bear this out with 29.1 million adults in the U.S currently been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, that’s a staggering 1 in 8 adults! (3 million in the U.K). Read more
The figures do not include the 86 million adults, (more than one in three U.S adults) that have prediabetes. These folks have elevated blood sugar levels that cause concern but not enough to be classified as type 2 Diabetes. Read more
And if you were hoping the picture may get brighter in the future, you could not be more wrong! If current trends continue it is predicted that as many as 1 in 3 adult Americans could have Type 2 Diabetes by 2050!
More importantly, I will be giving you suggestions and recommendations on supplements to support Diabetes so you can begin immediately to take control of your health.
Because of the wide-ranging subject matter of Diabetes, I thought it would be best to write two blogs to avoid information overload! (I don’t want your brain going all fuzzy on me!)
So in today’s blog I’ll cover the following:
- More Facts on Diabetes
- What is Diabetes?
- Risk Factors
- How you can Assess Your Health NOW!
But don’t worry, my follow up blog will be just as jammed packed and I’ll look at:
- The Symptoms of Diabetes
- Simple Changes to Reduce Your Risk
- Get Traction with Action! Supplements that Support Diabetes
More Facts on Diabetes
Diabetes is just not funny! It is recognised as the world’s fastest growing chronic condition and remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States in 2010.
In the U.S 1.7 million people aged 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with Diabetes in 2012.
The fiscal cost of treating Diabetes has gone up by $60 billion in annual spending since 2007. Read more
People with Diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation of toes, feet or legs, and premature death. Learn more here
So if you don’t die from Diabetes you can expect your quality of life to be seriously compromised following a diagnoses. Your life and freedom will never be the same and if you are one of the few that have no apparent health complications, a lifelong dependency on insulin three to four shots per day, won’t be a bundle of laughs!
I was thinking about the word ‘Di-a-bet-es’ the other day and how it conveys a CONSEQUENCE and an OUTCOME both of which are entirely in your hands! Whether you want to ‘Die’ or ‘Beat’ this serious disease is dependent upon the choices you make about your health!
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes (Diabetes mellitus) is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce adequate amounts of the hormone insulin or when the body’s cells do not respond properly to the insulin it produces.
In a normal functioning body, the role of the pancreas is to release insulin to help your body store and use the sugar (glucose) and fat from the food you eat. Your body needs sugar for energy to enable you to live and carry out normal everyday activities. To help you understand the important role insulin plays in the digestion process, let’s break it down very simply!
So you’ve just finished a tasty meal of pasta with grilled salmon in lemon and garlic sauce, yummy! Your delicious meal is made up of three basic nutrients, carbohydrates, protein and fat.
To make energy for the millions of cells in your body, food is broken down in to a simple form during the digestion process.
Pasta for example which is a carbohydrate, is broken down in to a simple sugar called glucose that the body can use immediately for energy. The process of moving glucose from the blood into the body’s cells relies on a hormone called insulin that is made in the pancreas. Because your body can only deal with small amounts of glucose at a time, the pancreas regulates these levels by constantly releasing insulin.
Each time your glucose rises to a certain level, the pancreas is on hand to release more insulin to push more glucose in to the cells. In this way the body is able to regulate the concentration of sugar in the bloodstream.
In the process of the pancreas releasing more insulin for your cells to receive more glucose, the glucose levels in your blood will drop. In a state of low blood sugar or Hypoglycaemia, your body signals you to eat and releases some glucose from storage kept in the liver.
People with Diabetes either stop producing insulin, generate too little of the hormone, or their body cells becomes resistant and no longer responds to the insulin produced.
This leads to high levels of sugar circulating in the blood, sometimes referred to as high blood sugar or Hyperglycaemia.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes is the less common, unpreventable form which tends to develop in childhood or young adulthood.
Type 1 Diabetes also known as insulin-dependent diabetes, juvenile diabetes, or early-onset diabetes and is caused when the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas (called beta cells) are destroyed by an autoimmune response.
People with Type 1 Diabetes produce no insulin and must use insulin injections to control blood sugar.
Type 1 Diabetes often begins in childhood but can occur at any age, typically before the age of 40. Roughly 5 to 10 percent of diagnosed Diabetes cases are type 1 Diabetes. Read more here
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes also known as non-insulin dependent diabetes (NIDDM) and adult onset diabetes, is the most common form of Diabetes.
Insulin is produced, but the muscles that would normally respond by taking up glucose to use as energy storage become insulin resistant, causing glucose levels in the blood to increase. Persistent elevated blood glucose cause cells to be overexposed to insulin, making them less responsive or unresponsive to the hormonal messenger.
Type 2 Diabetes therefore results from the body’s ineffective use of insulin. (insulin resistant)
Type 2 Diabetes comprises 90% of people with diabetes around the world and historically was associated with middle-aged and elderly people. However, it has escalated in all age groups and is now being diagnosed in younger and younger patients including obese adolescents and children. While Type 2 diabetes is strongly genetic in origin, lifestyle factors such as overweight, inactivity, high blood pressure, smoking and poor diet are major risk factors that contribute to this type of disease. For more info click here
I found this really good You Tube video that explains Diabetes is such a simple way and found it very helpful.
Gestational Diabetes GGDM) affects pregnant women. Some women have extremely high levels of glucose in their blood. Their bodies are not able to produce sufficient insulin to carry all of the glucose in to their cells. Learn more here
Diabetes is PREVENTABLE. In fact about 9 cases out of 10 of Type 2 Diabetes could be avoided by taking several simple steps.
While the causes of Diabetes is not fully known there are certain factors that increase the risk of this preventable disease. The Mayo Clinic provides this extensive list.
You don’t have to be overweight to develop Diabetes but the more fatty tissue you have, the more resistant your cells become to insulin.
Are you an Apple or a Pear?
If your body stores fat primarily in your abdomen, (Apple-shaped) your risk of Type 2 Diabetes is greater than if your body stores fat elsewhere, such as your hips and thighs. (Pear shaped)
Physical activity helps your blood glucose stay in your target range. The more active you are the more likely your body will use up glucose as energy and make your cells more sensitive to insulin.
- Family History
The risk of Type 2 Diabetes increases if your parent or sibling has Type 2 Diabetes.
People of different racial and ethnic groups are more likely to develop Diabetes than others.
As you get older, you increase the risk for Type 2 Diabetes.
If your blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as Diabetes you are more likely to develop Diabetes within 5 years.
- Gestational Diabetes
You are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes if you developed gestational diabetes when you were pregnant.
There is some evidence that sleep deprivation could lead to pre-diabetic state.
This is a common condition characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth and obesity in women and increases your risk of Diabetes.
Smokers have a greater risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes than do nonsmokers.The risk of developing diabetes increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day.
Assess Your Health Today!
What is your current Health Status? Do you have any health concerns or challenges? Is it important to know the state of your health? In answer to the latter, YES! of course it is!
You could be a candidate for one or several of the risk factors mentioned above that you may or may not be aware of. By completing a Health Assessment TODAY you can get clear about your health and take control of your life!
Simply complete a series of questions then receive a fully customized report that points out your Top Health Risk areas, as determined by the answers you gave. The report also includes a Lifestyle Plan and a Personalized Nutrition Program.
Although I am notified of the True Health Assessment upon completion, your answers are confidential and I DO NOT have access to your submissions. I am on hand however and offer a complimentary Health Consultation via Skype. As a Certified Life Coach & Professional Health Coach I will put together your very own Health Plan as part of my services.
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This series of blogs is not just an exercise in sharing great information. It is underpinned by sharing what works in the form of nutritional supplements that target your body at a cellular level. Why at the cellular level? Because the health of your body relies on the health of your cells!
And the best way to support a chronic degenerative disease like Diabetes is to feed your cells with ONLY science-based, potent and safe nutritional supplements because no other supplements will do! Read why here!
In the second part of my blog on Diabetes, I’ll look at What Symptoms To Look Out For and What Changes You Can Make right away to reduce your risk of Diabetes. And the Get Traction with ACTION section outlines supplements I recommend to manage or prevent this serious disease.
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