TYPE II DIABETES IS A CHRONIC, PROGRESSIVE DISEASE…AND YOU ARE CAUSING IT
Yes, you are causing it. I’m talking about your addiction that you don’t know you have and the meds you are taking to “help” you with the disease.
Before you get all in your feelings, hear me out.
Let’s start from the beginning. Like, before you gained weight. Yeah, some of you will say I have always been “heavy set, thick, big boned” or whatever soft word you want to use. Yet, there was a time you were at a healthy weight.
In just a few sentences, you are consuming too much glucose as a result of eating foods high on the glycemic index. That is usually from foods that are not natural… processed foods. Foods that have the labels like low this, low that, zero this, zero that and just about anything in a box. To make up for that exclusion of “fat”, 80% of the foods you see in the grocery store or even at the many fast food & dine-in restaurants, have added sugars. Without it, the foods would taste nasty. So it’s either the fat or the sugar, for flavor. Unfortunately, a good portion of the “sugar” is man-made sugar or sugar products stripped of the fiber.
Unknowingly you are saturating your liver with excessive amounts of sugar, specifically the glucose portion. When that happens, your pancreas starts to produce insulin to help process this excess sugar. The process is basically turning it into fat. This sugar-fat is now being fed into your bloodstream, i.e., high blood sugar!!!
Guess what insulin does?! It shuts down the adipose cell that produces the hormone leptin. Leptin is the regulator of energy in your body. It’s the trigger that tells your brain you’re full; basically it tells you to stop eating.
So, as glucose rises, your insulin rises and when that happens you are hungry, again, because insulin makes you hungry as a result of the fat storage which causes cravings.
Yeah, it’s a vicious cycle.
Let me put it another way…
Eat High-Glycemic Carbs – Glucose Rises – Insulin Rises – Fat Storage Begins – Cravings Kick-In – Hungry Again
Now do you see why you can’t stop eating the stuff you KNOW is not good for you? You try but you can’t. As a result you keep gaining weight at a non-stop rate until you have developed full blown diabetes. Perhaps you’re that person that loses, gains, then loses and gains again. (Commonly referred to as yo-yo dieting) What is even worse, we are giving these same foods to our kids from the time they are born. There are kids overweight and obese before they even start elementary school. Then kids are developing diabetes before they reach adolescence.
First, you are not to blame for your situation. You didn’t know that there was added sugars to darn near ALL your foods. You didn’t know natural occurrences of fat was good for you. The blame is on the food manufacturers and on the advice from the likes of the American Diabetes Association.
OMG, they are going to get me. NOT!
Between your doctor, but not all doctors, and the ADA, they describe Type II diabetes as being insulin resistant. That is true, but how did you become insulin resistant? Let’s break down the process even more.
You are told that diabetes is a chronic, progressive disease, but why?
Some of my clients come to me by way of advice or referral from a doctor. Often it’s always the same, the doctor has said, “you need to change your diet because if you have to start taking insulin meds, you will never get off of them.”
No matter what brand of the insulin meds prescribed, after so many months, it stops working. Your blood sugar starts to rise again and that’s because your body has become resistant. So, what does the doctor have to do?! Increase your dosage!
You see, another cycle is about to begin.
Diabetes is progressive because the medicine is just a suppressant while you are still eating the foods that has caused the “type 2” diabetes in the first place.
Diabetes is the resistance to insulin. How is it that you have become resistant? This is not to be mistaken with Type 1 diabetes.
So just to clarify, Type 1 occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent Type 1 Diabetes, and nothing you can do to get rid of it.
OK, now back to Type II and how you become resistant….
It’s like the flu, we take suppressant medicines which treats the SYMPTOMS of the flu, cold or headache or body aches. It doesn’t treat the problem and in the case of diabetes, you’re not treating the disease by taking insulin, you’re feeding it.
Every day, all day we have Type II diabetics poking themselves with the very same stuff that is feeding the disease. Revisiting the doctor who then prescribes an even higher dosage of meds. More money out of your pocket, more money for the doctor and the pharmaceutical company’s profits.
What causes insulin resistance?
If you are exposed to too much of anything, your body eventually builds up a resistance, similar to penicillin. You can’t continue to take it for long periods of time or it stops working.
As you take more and more insulin, your body becomes more resistant. It’s a vicious cycle. If your insulin level is high, you get insulin resistance. As you get this resistance, you get higher insulin levels. Round and round and round we go!
The insulin is supposed to lower your sugars, but it is raising your insulin resistance. You’re actually getting worse. You’re getting more diabetes.
You’re treating the disease with what is causing the disease. But yet it’s a curable disease. How? Bringing the insulin levels down. It is vital!
Huh? Yeah, diabetes is a dietary disease. The result of eating foods that are high on the glycemic index and in abundance.
So, how do you fix it? How do you stop the vicious cycle? It’s not in the gym or with that walking club or that boot camp or Zumba. You can’t shake that fat off nor lift a tire or two for it to come off.
You have to eat natural foods and balance it with reducing your carbs (specifically high-glycemic) while increasing your fats and fiber. As well as a few other strategies that would require a whole other blog. Noooo… do not increase your proteins.
Easier said than done, right? I know, it’s not easy if you have an addiction you didn’t know you had. Plus, if the status quo is to eat and drink those things because your friends and family are doing it as part of EVERY social event, that makes it even harder.
I have helped many of you and I can help whomever now to that much needed adjustment. Break the family cycle of “diabetes runs in my family.” Refer a friend!