by Dr. Michael Boss, DC
Type 2 Diabetes is a devastating disease that touches each of us in some way. It is not a condition that pops up overnight. It often takes years and even decades to develop full-blown diabetes, but many people are walking around right now with pre-diabetes, or what I call pre-pre-diabetes. Could you be one of them?
Devastation of Enormous Proportions
Natural disasters are horrible tragedies. In 2012, reports indicate that 349 Americans lost their lives in natural disasters, and these events cost more than $140 billion nationwide.
But there is another national tragedy that occurs daily in the U.S. and gets very little coverage. Nearly 26 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with Diabetes – that’s almost 1 in 10 Americans. Most of these people are Type 2 diabetics, and deaths each year directly attributed to Diabetes total more than 100,000.
Here’s perhaps the most important fact: The vast majority of these cases are both preventable and reversible.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolism disorder, the result of too much glucose (blood sugar) in the blood. The excess of glucose occurs when the patient’s metabolism cannot functionally handle the demand necessary to process or use it correctly. Glucose is one of the body’s main sources of energy production. When you ingest carbohydrates, you break them down into glucose. The goal of glucose metabolism is to get that glucose into the cells of the muscle and liver and turn it into glycogen (stored energy). Glycogen is then used by the cells to fuel your body.
Diabetes occurs when this metabolic process goes awry and does not function properly. It doesn’t happen overnight. These faulty processes go on for extended periods of time and go through “phases” prior to becoming a full-blown Type 2 diabetic. Diabetes occurs because the body does not produce enough insulin, produces no insulin, or has cells that do not respond properly to the insulin (termed insulin resistance). Insulin is produced and released by the pancreas. One of these dysfunctions results in too much glucose building up in the blood. Insulin resistance is the most common cause of Type 2 Diabetes in the U.S.
Although your blood has plenty of glucose, the cells are not getting it for their essential energy and growth requirements. Another problem is that the body turns the excess glucose into triglycerides and bad cholesterol in the blood and also into body fat. This results in weight gain and makes weight loss difficult unless the right steps are taken. Rising cholesterol and triglycerides is one of the first signs of a blood sugar metabolism issue.
There are many misconceptions and untruths that are perpetuated and believed by the masses concerning Diabetes and its treatment.
No. 1 – Once you have Diabetes, you can’t get rid of it. On the contrary, Type 2 Diabetes is reversible. It is a problem of faulty metabolism that is usually driven by the individual’s mistakes with nutrition, exercise, medication and more. By applying the right nutritional plan, using the proper nutriceutical supplements, applying the right exercise methods and the correct strategies for eating and rest, Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed.
No. 2 – Diabetes is genetic. So many think, “I got it from my parents.” The fact is that heredity does play a role, but proper lifestyle and strategies can overcome genetics.
No. 3 – As long as you take prescribed medications, Diabetes is controlled. This is a huge mistake because the pills don’t treat the underlying problem. As stated above, Diabetes is the result of the dysfunctional metabolism of glucose. Medications used to “treat” Diabetes do little to correct the dysfunctional metabolism, so the problem continues.
No. 4 – Type 2 Diabetes is really not that big of a deal. That’s just false, because it’s a huge deal! Excess glucose circulating in the bloodstream causes not only inflammation and fat storage, but it oxidizes. The oxidation process is a lot like the process of rust on metal. It produces Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) that wreak havoc amongst the cells of the body and can lead to cellular destruction. Type 2 Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease, neuropathies, nontraumatic limb amputations and blindness in the U.S.
How Does This Happen?
The U.S. has more Type 2 Diabetes than anywhere in the world. It is ridiculous really because it is so preventable and reversible. One reason is the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) full of sugar and processed and packaged convenience carbs that are ingested in large quantities. The lack of nutrition makes it nearly impossible for an overwhelmed body to keep up.
Reversing the problem involves eating a nutrient-dense diet providing the nutrients necessary to process energy from the food eaten. This will help the pancreas re-adjust and function properly so that the system works efficiently.
What You Can Do
Each person’s situation is unique with specific symptoms and dysfunction within a body that is out of balance. Through proper consultation and evaluation, we can actually pinpoint the cause of the glucose metabolism dysfunction and Type 2 Diabetes. Then the actual breakdowns causing the majority of symptoms can be identified and the right corrective plan can be established. It involves a lot more than just looking at glucose levels; it is about establishing the right lifestyle plan that works.
Dr. Michael Boss, DC has been a practicing chiropractor and wellness practitioner for more than 20 years. He is co-founder of Elevate Life, and he provides treatment programs that focus on functional health care, Diabetes prevention and treatment, nutrition, acupuncture, exercise, hormone function and balance, chronic diseases, nutriceuticals and more. Call 210-264-2570 for an individual consultation, or visit www.elevatelifewellness.com to learn more.