A little word about type II diabetes:
We all know someone who has diabetes and one or more of us here might have diabetes whether we know it or not.
For that reason, I would like to talk about diabetes, about how many people have it, about how effects us, what we can look for as warning and what to do to prevent and treat it.
Diabetes is a condition of high blood sugar, either from the body not producing insulin, (type 1, less common) or from the body not utilizing the insulin it produces; type 2.
· Among U.S. residents ages 65 years and older, 10.9 million, or 26.9 percent, had diabetes in 2010.
· About 215,000 people younger than 20 years had diabetes—type 1 or type 2—in the United States in 2010.
· About 1.9 million people ages 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 in the United States. Almost 1%
· In 2005–2008, based on fasting glucose or hemoglobin A1C (A1C) levels, 35 percent of U.S. adults ages 20 years or older had prediabetes—50 percent of adults ages 65 years or older. Applying this percentage to the entire U.S. population in 2010 yields an estimated 79 million American adults ages 20 years or older with prediabetes.
· Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.
· Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
· Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States
* From the National Institute of Health
Type 2 diabetes is in most cases a completely avoidable condition. It is preceded by stages of blood sugar imbalance that can be identified by a health care professional, and through methods of acupuncture, herbal medicine and supplementation and lifestyle coaching, can be avoided by turning around the metabolic detour that leads to type 2 diabetes.
The path to type 2 diabetes is generally as follows:
Hypoglycemia: The body’s blood sugar regulation system has a hard time keeping the blood sugar high enough and a few hours after eating a person gets low blood sugar.
Insulin resistance: Insulin stops moving glucose from your blood into your tissues and consistant blood glucose levels start to rise
Type 2 diabetes: Blood glucose levels rise to dangerous levels and when severe, the pancreas stops producing insulin and the patient needs external insulin to drop blood sugar levels.
Type 2 diabetes is just a severe form of insulin resistance
One of the dangerous things about blood sugar dis-regulation is that there are few, if any, symptoms. Here is a list of symptoms to look for that will suggest that you may have blood sugar dis-regulation:
Do you get irritable, shaky, or have lightheadedness between meals?
Do you feel energized after eating?
Do you have difficulty eating large meals in the morning?
Does your energy level drop in the afternoon?
Do you crave sugar and sweets in the afternoon?
So you wake up in the middle of the night?
Do you have diffi culty concentrating before eating?
Do you depend on coffee to keep yourself going?
Do you feel agitated, easily upset, and nervous between meals?
Do you get fatigued after meals?
Do you crave sugar and sweets after meals?
Do you feel you need stimulants such as coffee after meals?
Do you have diffi culty losing weight?
How much larger is your waist girth compared to your hip girth?
How often do you urinate?
Have your thirst and appetite been increased?
Do you have weight gain when under stress?
Do you have diffi culty falling asleep?
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If a person has some of these symptoms, they should be checked by a medical professional for insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes.
Causes; Mayo clinic states that the cause is unknown, it may be from being overweight or lack of physical activity. There is a strong genetic link.
If you live on a farm, there is a strong statistical link that shows that the rooster crowing makes the sun come up. We all know that is not true and we have to be careful to recognize that there are a lot of interconnected factors that can force the sun to come up and the rooster to crow. This is very important in reading medical research.
One example of this is the statistical connection between gingivitis, or infected gums, and heart disease. I have read recommendations for flossing to prevent heart disease. While I think it is a great idea to floss, I don’t think it will make a big dent in your heart disease risk because high levels of inflammation in the body cause both gingivitis and heart disease, and those levels are probably not coming from your teeth.
Alternative Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes:
In my practice, I use a symptom picture to determine if it is possible that blood sugar disregulation is a possibility. If we decide it is appropriate, we order blood testing that will tell us with certainty. I read blood panels a little differently from most physicians. They look for problems that drugs will fix and I just look for problems.
When it is clear that my patient is having trouble regulating their blood sugar we employ acupuncture, herbal medicine and lifestyle change, and monitor improvement. I have seen great successes, getting patients to stop taking medicines and insulin, and return to active lives with normal blood sugar levels.