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
on managing type 2 diabetes ... drug-free.
Beating Type 2 Diabetes
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
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)
(usually fat people over 40)
- rapid onset
- weight loss (body fat and muscle)
- blurred vision
- frequent urination
- increased thirst
- increased hunger
- difficulty concentrating
- slow onset
- frequent urination
- blurred vision
- slow healing of skin
- urinary infections
- genital itching
- gum disease
- numbness in feet or legs
- heart disease
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
- over forty years of age
- a family history of type 2 diabetes
- high fat diets
- sedentary lifestyles
- major physical and emotional stress
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
- inspiration to be healthy
- healthy diet and foods
- healthy blood sugar levels
- healthy weight management
- deal with self-sabotage
- healthy blood pressure
- healthy cholesterol levels
- manage emotional baggage
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
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