Diabetes and how to prevent it from impacting your life
What is Diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when there exists high levels of sugar in your blood, also referred to as having high blood glucose. The condition affects more than 20 million people in the United States alone.
When we eat, our digestive system converts carbohydrate foods into a sugar called glucose. Glucose then enters the bloodstream and travels to all the cells throughout your body. While this is happening, the pancreas produces a chemical called insulin. Insulin helps our cells absorb the glucose. In turn, glucose is converted into energy or adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is used by your cell for gene expressing and energy. The consumption of too much sugar or the lack of proper quantities of protein for the production of rDNA or DNA, will lead to diabetes. Additionally, you may be making poor food choices unknowingly without even realizing their effect on your glucose status. The major players that are responsible for sugar-processing include:
- Glucose – derived from food, supplies the body with energy
- Liver – intakes sugar and releases glucose in exchange
- Insulin – a hormone that regulates the movement of glucose into the body’s cells
- Pancreas – releases insulin
- Skeletal Muscles – utilize glucose for energy
- Other organs – utilize glucose for energy
Fat – stores the overabundance of sugar or glucose consumed
Types of Diabetes
The term, “diabetes,” can refer to several variations of the condition. In one variation, the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, so the glucose cannot be properly absorbed by the cells. Consequently, you must provide your body with the insulin it needs. This condition is called Type 1 Diabetes. It is typically found in children, teens, or young adults.
In a second variation, a person’s body may be producing enough insulin, but the proper quantities of rDNA, RNA, digestive enzymes, and acute trace elements that produce key receptors for your cells are absent or deficient. Without the proper balance of key nutrients, your cells will resist glucose, causing the glucose levels to build up in the blood. This is called Type 2 Diabetes. It mostly affects adults and is the most common form of diabetes.
A third variation of diabetes is called Gestational Diabetes. Some women experience gestational diabetes during pregnancy if their placenta produces hormones that cause their cells to resist insulin. Unlike the other two types, gestational diabetes is a temporary condition because it is typically resolved once the baby is born. However, if the mother does not eat the correct foods, diabetes will continue past the term of pregnancy
In cases of Type 1 Diabetes, the symptoms develop quickly and are generally apparent by the time a diagnosis is made. Type 2 Diabetes symptoms develop over time. It could be years before the person even learns that they have it.
With any case of diabetes, there are symptoms that appear sooner, and some that develop over time. Some of the early signs of diabetes include:
- Blurred vision
- Excessive thirst
- Extreme hunger
- Slow-healing sores
- Frequent infection, such as gums or skin infection, and vaginal infections
- Presence of Ketones in the urine (Ketones are a byproduct of the breakdown of muscle and fat that happens when there’s not enough available insulin. This may be a precursor of future problems).
Symptoms that develop as the diabetic condition progresses include:
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss
- Eye problems, including sensitivity to light
- Sores and infections on your feet and skin. If left untreated, this could lead to the amputation of a limb.
- Nerve damage that causes pain, tingling, and loss of feeling
- Digestive Issues
- Loss of control over bathroom necessities
- Erectile Dysfunction
Long-term Complications of diabetes
- Cardiovascular Disease (e.g. angina, heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis)
- Nerve damage (e.g. neuropathy of toe(s), finger(s), feet, and legs)
- Kidney Damage (e.g. kidney failure)
- Eye Damage (e.g. diabetic retinopathy, potentially leading to blindness)
- Foot Damage (e.g. skin tissue damage, muscle ulcers, leading to infection and amputation)
- Skin conditions (e.g. bacterial and fungal infections)
- Hearing impairment
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Liver dysfunctions
- GI complications
Fundamental Causes of Diabetes
Researchers are not certain about what causes ADHD. It is assumed that there may be some link between genetics and problems that occurred while the neurologic system was developing pre-birth.
In naturopathic medicine, it is recognized that nutrient deficiencies and environmental influence during the pregnancy may significantly increase the risk of neurological complications within the child. Some of the risk factors that may lead to ADHD developed during either pregnancy or early childhood include:
- Exposure to elevated levels of environmental toxins such as lead, mercury, and cadmium during pregnancy
- Exposure to drugs and alcohol during pregnancy
- Poor blood sugar metabolism caused by mineral deficiencies and the high consumption of sugars and carbohydrates
- Premature birth or low birth weight
- Brain injury
- Vision or hearing problems
- Too much blue light stimulus derived from cell phones, television, or other electronics
- Seizure disorders
- Medication side effects
- Sleep disorders
- Food allergies
- Sleep disorders
- Drug or alcohol abuse (in adults)
Fundamental Causes of Diabetes
The number one cause of diabetes is diet and obesity. Additionally, the gene mutations inherited from parents may increase the risk factor for diabetic development. However, the improper balance and nutritional support for rDNA and DNA may also contribute to the development of diabetes. Known as epi-genetics, the proper unfolding of an individual’s genes and their subsequent expression is dependent on adequate nutrition and provision of the 90 essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes.
Other causes of diabetes include having high levels of triglycerides or low-density lipids (LDL), a condition known as hyperlipidemia. Fungus may also lead to the development of diabetes. It does this through a secretion of aspartyl proteinase that destroys insulin receptors present on the surface of a cell.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetes
The most common way for a healthcare provider to diagnose diabetes is by administering a urine or blood test to check for the levels of glucose, insulin, lipase, amylase, and eGFR present. The most popular blood test utilized is the Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) which gauges your average blood sugar levels over time. A urine spot test is also very useful and used to monitor glucose levels over time.
Because some cases don’t initially present any symptoms of diabetes, any person over the age of 45 should be regularly tested. If a known family member has diabetes, testing should be done sooner rather than later. If any child or adult is dealing with weight problems, periodic screenings for diabetes are also recommended.
Conventional allopathic methods of treatment utilize medications that only increase the volume of insulin. These oral drugs are known as Glucophage and Glumetza. Injectable insulin is another available treatment method, with variable strengths and time release options. Unfortunately, patients may develop immunity to their medication over time and become unresponsive to treatment. Studies have shown that medications fail after several years of usage, leading to the prescription of multiple drugs to manage the condition.
The Bio Wellness Center utilizes a different approach to diabetes. We utilize a natural method of treatments that addresses structure and function of the liver, pancreas and cellular sites as it affects dysfunctioning organs. We focus on the root cause of the disease to decrease glucose levels of both the liver and pancreas. By providing the body with the proper nutrients it needs to function properly, we can reduce insulin resistance at the cell’s receptor site by increasing the signal transaction. For more information, give us a call at (225)478-9665 or book an appointment.