Have you developed a “muffin top” belly??
Or do you have the red-flag trio of symptoms that warn of this condition?
- increasing blood sugar
- increasing cholesterol (total and LDL)
- increasing blood pressure
What do these clues say about your health??
Here is what you need to know about diabetes and insulin resistance and how to avoid both!
Type I Diabetes is a condition where the pancreas no longer makes insulin. This is usually due to a viral infection or autoimmune disease. There is no real lifestyle intervention or prevention once it has happened. You need insulin to to continue to live.
Type II Diabetes however, is a very different situation. It’s completely brought about by poor lifestyle choices.
The two main causes are:
- Excess stress: being in fight or flight too much of the time. I know you may shake your head and say, I can’t help that I have a lot of stress . But what you can help is how you respond to it. Everything does not warrant an extreme reaction because it will affect your health.
- Too much sugar: eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugars cause chronically elevated blood sugar.
Type II Diabetes is completely preventable and even reversible through diet and lifestyle changes.
Let me explain.
In Type II diabetes the chronic levels of high blood sugar cause the cell walls to become resistant or impermeable so that blood sugar can’t pass into the cell and goes directly into storage (fat). The symptoms are fatigue and weight gain, especially around the middle.
The hormone, insulin, then builds up to higher levels outside of the cell because it can no longer be used by the cell. When insulin levels are high the belly fat packs on. Diabetics are often also insulin resistant, so adding insulin makes them gain weight.
Those chronically high levels of insulin then signal the pancreas to decrease production of insulin and that’s when people become insulin dependent diabetics. But, there is a long period of time during which people are insulin resistant many years before they become diabetic. This is the time when changing the diet and addressing the insulin resistance can cause blood sugars to be corrected without insulin.
This requires a very low carbohydrate, high-fat moderate, protein diet as well as concentrated nutrients that help restore the permeability of the cell wall.
As we age our average blood sugars naturally creep up. This is due to increasingly sedentary lifestyles. As I recently read “sitting is the new smoking”. So cast off