Diabetes is an issue that affects millions of people in the United States. Many people are consuming diets that are not that healthy for them on a daily basis, making it harder to keep their bodies nice and strong and to ensure that they get all the nutrition that they want. Rather than choosing diets that are high in vitamins, minerals, and healthy sources of protein, most Americans are spending too much of their time on the processed foods, the fast foods, frozen foods, and sweets.
Over time, this can have an ill effect on the body. Our bodies need foods that are healthy and good for us, and if we just keep feeding it processed foods that are bad, full of empty calories, and aren’t healthy, we will feel it sooner or later. One of the biggest health issues that can result from this type of unhealthy diet is diabetes.
During digestion, carbohydrates are broken down into glucose which is carried to organs through the bloodstream. There are several types of diabetes that we can face depending on the issue at hand. Diabetes is the result where the body’s blood sugar levels is too high, which can also be known as “hyperglycemia”. With Type-1 diabetes, the beta cells in your pancreas that produce insulin is destroyed by either genetics your immune system. Type 1 diabetes also known as insulin dependent or juvenile diabetes. This is the type where your body produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use blood sugar aka glucose for energy. Insulin acts like a key for the cells within your body to accept glucose. Without insulin in the case of Type 1 diabetes, the cells within the body cannot allow glucose into the cells to be used for energy. Insulin injections are usually prescribed to manage Type 1 diabetes. Without added insulin, the glucose ends up remaining in the blood stream instead of being used up by the cells in your body causing high blood sugar which in turn can cause serious to life threatening problems.
Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that happens while a mother is pregnant. This can happen in a mother who is otherwise healthy and sometimes they will experience it in one pregnancy even if they haven’t had it in other pregnancies in the past. They will need to work with their doctors to keep this under control for the health of their baby. For the most part, with a good diet and proper care, gestational diabetes will resolve after the baby is born, but it does increase the chances that the mother will develop one of the other forms of diabetes later in her life.
The most common type of diabetes is called insulin-resistant diabetes, or Type-2 diabetes. With this form, the body may be producing the insulin that it needs, but your cells are not using it or responding to it in a proper manner. At first, the pancreas notices that the sugars are still hanging around in the bloodstream, and will assume that it needs to make some extra insulin to make up for this issue. However, over time, the pancreas will no longer be able to make the amount of insulin that is needed to help keep the glucose levels at a normal level.
Often you will feel the effects of type 2 diabetes because of the diet that you frequently eat. The body is still able to produce insulin in this case, but the cells have become so desensitized to the effects of the insulin, that it is not able to do its job. Think of this like taking a strong antibiotic. You may be able to use it for the first few days to get rid of that cold, but if you took it for three weeks, the body would get used to the effects and become resistant to the bug. The next time that you get sick again, it is unlikely that same antibiotic will continue to work. The same kind of process is occurring when you mistreat your body and the cells become desensitized to all the insulin that is being pumped out to take care of your increased sugar levels.
As we will discuss later on, there are natural methods to reverse diabetes. The first step is to change your unhealthy eating habits. You need to limit the amount of insulin that is being used, which means that your sugar amounts need to go way down, so that the body has some time to repair and be more receptive to the insulin that you are producing. Insulin-resistant diabetes may be the most common form, but it is also the one that you can reverse with the proper diet and lifestyle.
Causes of Insulin-Resistant Diabetes
Now that we know a bit more about insulin-resistant diabetes, the next question that you may have is what cases this form of diabetes. We already know that this is the most common form of diabetes out there, but why are so many people developing this condition? Am I more likely to suffer from this diabetes because of some risk factors or is it all just random?
Insulin is a hormone that is naturally synthesized within the body. The pancreas produces and releases the insulin when you eat and digest your meals. The insulin is responsible for taking the sugars that you eat and transporting them from the blood to the cells so that this sugar can be used properly for energy production. This is what’s supposed to happen when insulin is working properly and when diabetes is not present.
In Type 2 diabetes, insulin-resistant diabetes, your body does not respond the way that it should to the insulin. The hormone is being produced, but it is not being used efficiently. In the beginning, the pancreas is going to see that the sugars are still in the bloodstream and aren’t being absorbed, so it will try to compensate for this by producing even more insulin. At the same time, the cells may absorb some of it, they are resistant to the insulin and a lot of it is go unabsorbed. Over time, this will start to cause damage to the pancreas and may even make it so that the pancreas will no longer be able to produce any insulin if you don’t receive proper treatments.
When the body isn’t using the insulin in an effective manner, the glucose, or sugar will start building up in your bloodstream. Even though you are most likely taking in enough calories and energy, the body is going to be starving for more because none of the energy is getting to the cells.
While doctors know about the process of insulin-resistant diabetes, it is still unknown exactly what triggers this series of events. Some studies show that it has to do with dysfunction of the cells inside of the pancreas or with cell signaling and regulation. For some people, the liver may also be producing more glucose which can worsen the issue. Many times, there are some genetic links to developing this type of diabetes so if you have someone you in your family is dealing with this issue, you could also end up with Type 2 diabetes at a later time in life as Type 2 diabetes tends to be genetically inherited.
Even though doctors agree that there is a combination of factors that bring on insulin-resistant diabetes, it is likely that if you have one or more family members who have suffered from this, that you will likely be predisposed to it as well. Often diet has a lot to do with this type of diabetes because over time, with all that extra sugar along with poor diet, the cells will become resistant no matter how much insulin is produced. It could also be a combination of cell signaling and regulation not working properly.
This is what can make preventing diabetes a bit tricky because there is not just one single trigger that causes insulin-resistant diabetes. You will need to be responsible for eating properly, listening to your body, exercising and doing other things in order to keep the body functioning properly and to avoid issues with this form of diabetes.
The Symptoms of Diabetes
It is important to recognize some of the signs of diabetes in order to avoid long-term complications that can creep up when it isn’t properly diagnosed. The disease is one that often will develop slowly over time. Some of the symptoms that you might feel in the beginning can easily be dismissed as not a big deal or just having a bad day. Undiagnosed, these symptoms can begin to add up and may cause some disturbances in your health and daily life that you are going to begin to notice pretty quickly. Some of the early symptoms that you might notice, especially if there are quite a few of them from this list, include:
· Dry mouth
· Blurry vision
· Itchy skin
· Frequent urination
· Excessive thirst
· Unexplained weight loss
· Lack of energy
· Always feeling hungry.
Now, of course, there are times when all of us will feel one or more of these symptoms. This doesn’t mean all of us are dealing with this type of diabetes. On the other hand, if you are noticing quite a few of these signs and they are around all the time, it may be time to talk to your doctor and make some changes to your lifestyle to try and reverse the trend. As this diabetes gets worse, the symptoms can become more severe and sometimes even life threatening.
For those who don’t seek assistance with managing their high blood sugar levels early on, their prolonged periods of elevated blood sugar could end up with the following symptoms:
· Extremities that feel numb
· Foot pain
· Patches on the skin that are dark
· Sores or cuts that aren’t healing well
· Yeast infections
If you notice that you are dealing with two or more of these symptoms, it is time to get help. Without the right treatment and some major changes in your lifestyle, you could end up with life threatening issues because of diabetes.
Complications from diabetes
For the most part, people will be able to see that the signs above are not normal, even if they aren’t recognizing them as signs of diabetes, they should make an appointment with their doctor as soon as possible. If left untreated, these symptoms can progress so suddenly that complications can occur.
It is easy to manage and even reverse the effects of Type-2 diabetes, if you take control of your health and work to make this a reality. But, if you don’t take care of yourself and your body, it could end up affecting all the organs inside your body and even lead to some serious complications including:
· Skin issues: these can include fungal or bacterial infections.
· Nerve damage: this can mean that you will lose some feeling inside the extremities, including your fingers, toes, and more. Constipation, diarrhea, and vomiting can occur as well.
· Issues with circulation: this is especially true when it comes to your feet and sometimes you will get bad infections or have trouble healing on the feet.
· Issues with your hearing.
· Retinal damage or other issues to the eye including cataracts, glaucoma, and issues with seeing.
· Heart diseases including stroke, heart attack, angina, narrowing in the arteries, and even high blood pressure.
· Kidney failure or damage is likely as well.
As you can see, it is possible for all parts of the body to be affected if you don’t recognize and take care of the insulin-resistant diabetes as early as possible. Often these complications are going to take us by surprise because we weren’t paying attention to all of the signs that came our way. It is a good idea to take control of your health and use some of the suggestions in this guidebook right away if you are already dealing with diabetes, and implement them in, even if you aren’t currently dealing with this issue.
How do I test for diabetes?
So now that we know some of the symptoms and you are recognizing that quite a few seem to be related to you, it may be time to get tested for diabetes. One of the first steps to making sure that you are taking care of the diabetes is to know whether you have it and how bad the issue is. Even with some of the all-natural tips that we are going to use in this book, it is still a good idea to monitor your sugar levels to make sure that everything, as well as your health, is still staying as healthy as possible.
When you are dealing with these symptoms and go in to visit your doctor, there are a few tests that can be done. These include a series of blood tests because this is the easiest way for the doctor to tell if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic.
Once of the tests that you are going to get is the hemoglobin A1C test. This one will be monitoring your blood glucose levels over a few months so you will need to get this test done a few times. Your doctor will look at the average of your glucose levels over a period up to three months. You will not be required to fast for this test and the doctor can often diagnose you based on these results.
Another option that you could go through to check your glucose levels is the plasma glucose test. For this one, you will need to fast for about eight hours before getting it done which is why a lot of people schedule it in the morning and skip breakfast until it is done. This test is used to measure the glucose content that is in your plasma.
The doctor can also choose to use the oral glucose tolerance test. This one is often the one that is used during pregnancy to help figure out if you have gestational diabetes, but it is also used with insulin-resistant diabetes. For this one, you will sometimes need to fast overnight (and sometimes for just a few hours depending on what your doctor says). Your blood is going to be drawn before you take the drink that is full of glucose and then it will be drawn about two hours after consuming the drink. The test will show how the body reacts to the glucose that you take in in order to see if there are any abnormalities.
These tests can be used to help determine if you are dealing with insulin-resistant diabetes or not. Your doctor will be able to help you to determine the steps that you will need to take help you manage your diabetes. You can learn about some of the dietary recommendations that will keep you healthy, learn how to properly monitor the levels of glucose in your blood when at home, the recommendations for exercise, and even some information on medications and treatments that you will need to manage your blood sugar levels.
Medications for Diabetes
Often after you visit the doctor and have gone through some of the testing that will determine whether you have diabetes or not, they will likely prescribe medications to help treat the symptoms. These medications may feel like they are working, but often they are just masking up the symptoms, rather than curing the root cause of the disease.
There are countless medications that you are able to choose from with your doctor, but some of them have terrible side effects, coupled with the fact that you are not really dealing with the problem and rather just masking it. Taking these medications can be a dangerous start to a vicious cycle. You can choose to go on these medications to help limit some of the effects while working to incorporate more natural remedies that will address the cause rather than masking the symptoms. It is never a good idea to completely rely on the drugs without working to improve your overall health naturally.
Is there a way to cure diabetes?
Many of us have heard for years that diabetes is not a curable disease. We are either terrified and confused about diabetes or we feel that we are a lost cause and will need to be on medications for the rest of our lives. We talk to our doctors and other specialists, and the news is always the same; we will have to be on medications for a long time and only if we’re lucky, we “might” get better.
Most of the time, our doctor will give us this diagnosis and tell us to just eat right and exercise, but what does that mean? There are many types of diets that you can choose, but which ones will help reverse diabetes and which ones can make it worse? There are different types of workouts and exercises, but were you aware that just doing cardio can make the symptoms of diabetes worse? Most of the time, our doctors will just hand over a prescription and provide us with vague options for treatment and send us on our way home.
Whether the doctors just want to have the easy way out with the medications or they don’t really know how to deal with the diabetes, this is an unhealthy way to go. As we explore further, you’ll discover that medications simply hide the symptoms rather than dealing with the root cause of your diabetes. This is dangerous because instead of curing the diabetes, you are just hiding it, feeling better for a little bit and then watching as things get much worse as the disease progress. This means more medications, more insulin injections, and just more of being sick rather than actually helping you to get better.
There are much better and even natural ways by which you can reverse or even cure diabetes. Don’t listen to the big drug companies and your doctor who say that you can never cure diabetes and that it is just something that you manage for the rest of your life. If you take care of your body and choose the right foods, such as lots of good protein and fiber while avoiding carbs and sweets, take on the right workout program like strength training, you can be well on your way to curing your body of diabetes. Add in some natural supplements and essential oils that can help to promote insulin sensitivity and naturally lower your blood sugar levels and you are sure to get the results you are looking for without ever having to touch any medications.
Each person who goes on this plan will need different amounts of time to get through his/her treatment. If you have just discovered that you have Type-2 diabetes and you get on this plan right away and stick with it well, you will find that it is easier to treat the diabetes. For those who have been dealing with diabetes for years, even with medications and insulin injections, and those who have some trouble sticking with the diet, the process can take a bit longer. However, if you dedicate yourself to the treatment and try your hardest, there is a cure for diabetes and it is all in your hands to see it happen.
Insulin resistant diabetes is one of the most common types of diabetes that you will find. This is when the body starts to form a resistance to the insulin that the pancreas is producing. This can result in the body missing out on some of the energy that it needs, even though you are consuming enough energy to keep you going, it can result in you becoming pretty sick. Learning how to deal with and recognize some of the symptoms is one of the first steps that you need to take in order to reverse your diabetes, and even cure it, without needing to be on expensive and harmful medications for the rest of your life.