Diabetes, Insulin Resistance and Obesity
Diabetes (high blood sugar) is the most common non-communicable disease in the
world. By 2010 there will be an estimated 221 million cases worldwide.
Type2 (adult onset) diabetes results from poor lifestyle habits and is almost always
PREVENTABLE and REVERSIBLE.
Excess sugar damages the cells in your body through a process called Glycation
which works exactly like oxidation except the damaging molecule is sugar rather than
oxygen. Through the media, most people are well aware of the importance of anti-
oxidants which reduce oxidation damage but few are aware of the importance of
preventing glycation damage.
Tests that measure blood “sugar” actually only measure blood glucose. They do not
measure blood fructose levels which, when elevated, is just as dangerous as elevated
blood glucose levels. Foods such as corn and fruit may not elevate blood glucose
levels but they will elevate blood fructose levels which do not show up on blood sugar
Insulin is not meant to be the primary regulator of blood sugar. The liver and muscles
are supposed to regulate any rise in blood sugar. But when excess sugar,
carbohydrates, or calories are consumed, insulin is required to lower blood sugar.
High level of insulin is the greatest known link to aging. Insulin also causes or
contributes to Hypoglycemia, Heart disease, Osteoporosis, Congestive Heart Failure,
High Cholesterol, Thyroid Disorders, Weight Gain, Fatigue, and many more
undesirable health conditions. The use of insulin as a treatment for type 2 diabetes
can usually be avoided and should be avoided if at all possible.
Although testing for type2 diabetes involves measuring blood sugar levels, type2
diabetes is NOT a disease of the blood. It is a disease of all of the cells in the body.
This is how it works......
1st, You eat something with a high glycemic load (sugar, pasta, etc.) which causes a
rise in blood sugar.
2nd, Your liver and muscles will store as much sugar as they can in the form of
3rd, Any excess blood sugar needs to move into the cells of your body, but your cells
will only tolerate so much sugar before they become resistant. Remember, too much
sugar in the cells will cause glycation damage.
4th, Insulin is released to force any excess blood sugar into the cells, especially fat
cells. This leads to more glycation damage, increased aging, and obesity.
5th, Your cells become resistant to insulin which causes your pancreas to release
even more insulin which further increases aging. High insulin levels causes
hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which causes sugar cravings. The cycle continues!
6th, Eventually your cells become so resistant to insulin that sugar can no longer be
removed from the blood (even in the presence of huge amounts of insulin). This is
the point when diabetes “begins” clinically. But as you can see, the process leading
to diabetes and cellular damage occurs well before diabetes is testable. Fortunately,
there are ways to test for the processes leading up to diabetes which can tell you how
close you are to developing diabetes.
7th, High blood sugar causes poor circulation and damage to blood vessels and
nerves which leads to vision loss, numbness in the hands and feet- eventually arms
and legs, impotence, kidney failure, heart disease, poor brain function, amputation,
and ultimately death.
What can be done?
1) START NOW. Get tested properly- a glucose test is NOT enough. This will tell you
if you have diabetes or if you are pre-diabetic and it will also help guide us when
determining how aggressive treatment must be.
2) STOP eating refined sugar and flour products and greatly reduce consumption of
grains, potatoes, and other starchy foods. There is no reason to consume starchy
foods. You can get all your carbohydrates from fresh fruits and vegetables. High
quality protein and fats should be consumed at every meal in order to stabilize blood
sugar levels throughout the day. Healthy snacks such as raw nuts should be
consumed in small portions between meals.
3) EXERCISE! Vigorous physical activity burns glucose as fuel and also improves
insulin’s ability to lower blood sugar. Walking is not an effective form of exercise for a
diabetic. High intensity exercise such as Burst Training is best (ask about Burst
Training). Start slow and gradually increase the intensity and duration of the exercise.
Always consult with your Doctor before beginning any exercise program.
4) Avoid eating trans-fat or hydrogenated oil. These fats are man made and are
added to almost all processed foods. It is very important to read food labels to make
sure you do not eat any of these horrible fats which increase the cells resistance to
glucose and insulin. Trans-fats are also strongly linked to other health problems such
as heart disease, ADD/ADHD, stroke, and more.
5) Utilize pharmaceutical grade nutrient supplements in an appropriate manner.
There are products that can aid in nerve repair, lower blood sugar, reduce insulin
resistance, and even lower your cravings for carbohydrates. Everyone is different so
everyone requires a unique supplementation plan.
Call Dr. Webster today for an appointment.
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