Managing Diabetes Type II © Beverleigh Piepers & Martyn Carruthers
Do you want to manage the consequences of type 2 diabetes?
Or do you prefer that your symptoms manage you?
Beverleigh Piepers RN is a professional nurse registered in Australia and the USA. She specializes in coaching and educating people about type 2 diabetes. Beverleigh is the author of over 700 articles and several e-books
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Let’s begin at the beginning … hormones are chemicals that your body manufactures them to affect other parts of your body. Your health depends on producing sufficient hormones and on those hormones doing their work.
The hormone insulin is essential – not only for your health but for your life. Insulin is produced by your pancreas and travels in your blood throughout your body. Insulin’s main job is to transport sugar (glucose) into your cells … without insulin, your body tissues will die … and you will starve … no matter how much you eat.
Without insulin, the energy of your food cannot enter your cells. Your blood sugar will soar … your body will weaken, sicken and, without treatment, your body will die. Doctors will likely tell you that you have chronic hyperglycemia … or diabetes.
Why is Diabetes So Common?
Diabetes is not a contagious infection although it is spreading like an epidemic. Diabetes is the name for the consequences of chronic high blood sugar.
Juvenile-onset diabetes is an autoimmune disease – the body’s own immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas gland that produce insulin. Called type 1 diabetes, symptoms usually appear suddenly in young people under 20 years old. Juvenile-onset diabetes (now called type 1) was recognized in antiquity but the remedy – insulin – was only found in 1921. Since then, for people with type 1 diabetes, insulin is an everyday necessity.
Another type of diabetes was only recognized in the 1950’s, at about the time when many people started eating processed-food diets. Medical researchers called it type 2 diabetes, and found that there can be ample insulin in the blood, but the body cells stop responding to it, largely because of visceral fat. (Abdominal fat secretes hormones called adipokines that restrict insulin’s benefits.)
Children usually develop type 1 diabetes rapidly, but type 2 usually develops slowly in older adults … taking up to 15 years. Type 2 diabetes is linked to lifestyle and especially to diet. Its incidence reflects the consumption of processed food (with all the added sugars, corn syrups, artificial colors & flavors, additives, preservatives, pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics etc) and the popularity of fast food.
Processing food has only one purpose … to make more money.
Type 2 diabetes is escalating rapidly and, since the advent of processed fast-food, it comprises about 90% of all new diabetes cases.
Symptoms of Diabetes
If your cells cannot absorb sugar from your blood, the first symptoms are often physical and mental fatigue. You lose your vitality. Your kidneys try to excrete the excess sugar … so you visit the bathroom more, passing excessive urine, both day and night. Of course, you must drink much more water or fluids … your thirst may feel almost unquenchable.
The consequences of chronic high blood sugar – fatigue, frequent urination, dehydration and thirst may lead to a visit to a health care provider … and then to a diagnosis of diabetes. People who ignore these symptoms may suffer heart or kidney diseases … again leading to a doctor and a diagnosis. Or death.
Symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
|Type 1 (usually young people under 20)||Type 2 (usually fat people over 40)|
Other symptoms are reactions to or compensation for high blood sugar and low cellular energy. Acute complications include hypoglycemia, ketoacidosis and coma. The complications include cardiovascular disease, dementia, chronic kidney failure, eye damage and gangrene.
A provisional diagnosis of type 2 diabetes will be made if a person has these symptoms plus blood sugar levels over 125 mg/dL (7 mmol/L) after fasting for eight hours. A health care provider will probably follow up with an oral glucose tolerance test, and if the level is over 200 mg/dL (11 mmol/L) two hours later … a definite diagnosis of type 2 diabetes can be made.
(A normal glucose tolerance test value is less than 140 mg/dL (7.8 mmol/L) but chronic blood sugar levels exceeding 125 mg/dl (7 mmol/l) can damage your organs).
A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes means that sugar is not entering your cells. Your pancreas produces more insulin to fix this problem … but cannot overcome the resistance produced by your poor diet … hormones from excess abdominal fat, high blood pressure and cholesterol / triglycerides in your blood.
Risk Factors for Type II Diabetes
If your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes, this condition is sometimes called pre-diabetes or impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). In 2007, about one in four adults aged 20 years or older – about 57 million people – were estimated to have pre-diabetes in the U.S. alone. From: National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
Living with Diabetes
Treatment of type 2 diabetes includes controlling blood pressure and maintaining a healthy body weight. Yes, it can be THAT simple … in theory … for motivated people.
The pancreas of a healthy non-diabetic person secretes about 20 to 30 units of insulin per day – timed with the absorption of food. (Nowadays, supplemental insulin is seldom used to treat type 2 diabetes until other medications fail to control blood sugar.)
A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes does not mean you cannot live a rich, full life. Why not see it as a challenge that can become a turning point in your life? A challenge where you learn about and manage your health.
Type 2 diabetes cannot be cured by medication or surgery … rather by proactive participation! At the center is your motivation to live life fully … followed by a healthy diet. Without these, nothing else will work … your motivation to be healthy and your diet are ever the foundations of your health.
Preventing and Managing Lifestyle Diseases
A good thing about type 2 diabetes is that you can make a huge impact on the outcome. You can control your own life … or you can let a disease control your life!
An appropriate diet for preventing and treating diabetes can also help with hypertension, Alzheimer’s and other lifestyle-based diseases.
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