Diabetes

Diabetes is not just a blood sugar problem.

Root Cause Healing

Because diabetes is not simply high blood sugar but a complex metabolic disorder, only focusing on lowering blood sugar with treatment (which is important) does little to avoid long term complications and improve quality of life.


“A fasting morning blood sugar of 99mg/dL, considered normal by most labs, is not safe or normal. Instead, it indicates an increased risk of heart disease.”


Prevalance

According to the CDC, as of 2012, 29.1 million people in the US have diabetes. Of these, 21 million are diagnosed and 8.1 million (or 28%) are undiagnosed. Unfortunately, these statistics are based on the current definitions of regular blood sugar levels, which you will soon learn are far too high (damage occurs with blood sugar levels far lower than the current definition allows).

Furthermore, 86 million American adults (1 out of 3) have pre-diabetes and 9 out of 10 of them are not aware they have it.

Understanding Diabetes

Diabetes is not just a blood sugar problem, but a group of metabolic diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from problems in how insulin is produced, how it works, or both. People with diabetes develop serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and premature death.

Every cell in the body requires energy in order to function. The body uses glucose, which is a simple sugar, as its primary source of energy. We obtain the glucose from the digestion of foods containing carbohydrates.

Insulin, which is a hormone produced by the beta cells in the pancreas, is the body’s primary mechanism to move glucose into the cell. Insulin achieves this by attaching to a receptor on the outside of the cell. It functions much like a key, to open a channel allowing glucose to enter the cell.

The problem occurs when there is not enough insulin produced, or when the receptor does not respond to insulin and open the channel for glucose. In either case, the level of glucose in the blood remains too high.

Symptoms of Diabetes

Common symptoms include blurry vision, excess thirst, fatigue, frequent urination, hunger and weight loss.

You have likely heard of diabetes referred to as Metabolic Syndrome. This is because diabetes is not just high blood sugar, but a cluster of metabolic disorders. It can include:

  • Abdominal obesity
  • High triglycerides
  • Low HDL cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar

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