Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes
Diabetes is an illness caused by high levels of blood glucose that resulting from inappropriate insulin production and/or defective insulin action. People with diabetes are more susceptible to other illness and often have poor prognoses. Uncontrolled diabetes may often lead to biochemical imbalances that can prove life threatening.
According to statistics, it is estimated that over 5 million people who have diabetes are undiagnosed. ₁
Symptoms of Diabetes
Type I (Juvenile Onset – insulin dependent)
Frequent urination Unusual thirst Extreme hunger
Weight loss Fatigue Mood changes
Type II (Adult Onset—non insulin dependent)
Any symptoms on Type I list Frequent infections Blurred vision
Slow to heal from cuts Tingling/numbness Skin or gum problems
Diabetes is another clear example of the genes interacting with the environment, so that diabetes may be modified by correcting diet, exercise, toxins, infections, and making lifestyle changes.
Just as with any illness, you deserve individualized care to prevent or slow down the progression of diabetes or prediabetes. Carbohydrates raise blood sugar and insulin levels. When a large part of the diet is made up of carbohydrates, insulin levels remain high throughout the day. Eventually, even though there is plenty of insulin in the bloodstream, the body stops responding to it- creating insulin resistance- and body fat increases and insulin can no longer do it’s job of escorting sugar out of the blood and in to the cells for energy. Blood tests then reveal high blood sugar and a diagnosis of pre -diabetes or Type II diabetes is made.
Pre-diabetes - Alter the Progression of Disease Towards Diabetes
Pre-diabetes is characterized by having a blood sugar level in the range of 100-126 mg/dl. and anything above 126 mg/dl is considered to be diabetes. Many people think that pre-diabetes is just a “warning sign" free from potential problems, but this is not so. Heart attacks, strokes, cancer, pre-dementia - all these can occur in the pre-diabetic stage. The frightening thing is that there are 79 million people who are pre-diabetic and may not even know it, according to the CDC.
The path of Pre-diabetes may be modified with the correct diet and lifestyle changes if addressed early. The average time it takes to develop diabetes is 7 years, so making diet and lifestyle changes early may slow or alter the progression of disease.
1 American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org