What is Type 2 Diabetes?
When carbohydrates are eaten the body breaks them down into simple sugars that enter the bloodstream; as a result the pancreas releases insulin.
Insulin is a hormone that allows the body’s cells to absorb and use sugars from the blood for producing energy.
When the body does not make any or enough insulin, or utilise the insulin correctly, blood sugar (glucose) levels rise. High blood glucose or Hyperglycemia is a symptom that characterizes diabetes.
Insufficient insulin production and / or resistance to the actions of insulin can cause diabetes to develop.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
There is growing evidence that type 2 diabetes may have an autoimmune component and is not solely a metabolic disorder. Studies have found that insulin resistance may be the result of immune system cells attacking the body’s tissues.
When someone has this disease, the body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin. If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly.
This is called “insulin resistance”… meaning! the hormone insulin is being released, but a person loses the ability to respond appropriately. The body compensates and keeps up for a period of time by producing more insulin, but eventually the insulin receptor sites burnout.
Every system in the body can be affected
Someone may begin to feel lethargic and fatigue easy, develop digestion issues, put on weight, sleep poorly or find their vision is deteriorating.
Do Not Become Complacent!!
The seriousness of Type 2 Diabetes cannot be underestimated. Someone that has been diagnosed with this disease cannot afford to become complacent.
If left to its own devices and harmful habits are not changed; and measures are not put in place to reverse it; it may lead to serious complications. These include; kidney damage, blindness, amputations and there is nothing more serious than death.
The “SNOWBALL EFFECT” of Medicating Type 2 Diabetes
The doctor may play it down and say that someone will be ok and that it’s perfectly manageable with medication. Unfortunately this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Once someone starts on medications to manage type 2 diabetes; they need to understand that their health problems may continue to deteriorate. If fact, using the word “manage” is incorrect. It’s not manageable, it may be just the start of more and more problems.
Just because someone has a pill now to control their blood sugar and it appears in control; don’t think for a second everything is ok.
The next pill may be a statin drug to control their cholesterol. In turn, another to control their high blood pressure. Next there may be antacids for the reflux. Following on, probably painkillers and anti-inflammatories for the muscle and joint pain.
The cause is still unaddressed; chronic stress will compound & systemic damage will keep occurring. This is the road leading to a very miserable life.
Following the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. If someone chooses the medical route and doesn’t change their diet and lifestyle as well. The chances of ever getting well or their health actually improving are slim to none.
Type 2 Diabetes is a Metabolic Disorder & Cannot Be Passed On
Contrary to what we have been lead to believe; type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that is earned. Self-inflicted by poor diet and lifestyle choices (not genetics).
Yes, it runs in families, although so does poor diet and self-destructive lifestyle choices.
I know that may sound a little harsh, but its reality. Someone may be predisposed to this disease because of their family dynamics. Although, it’s how they choose to live their life as an individual that determines if it will manifest.
Most people are unaware that they are travelling down this destructive path until things start falling apart. The silent / under the radar manifestation of this disease can take many years before they get the diagnosis.
Type 2 diabetes is one of many serious diseases; left unaddressed it has the ability to destroy people’s lives. It may also impact the lives of family and loved ones.
Not only may their lives be put on hold to look after someone suffering with the devastating complications. Constant care may also be needed; and the financial burden may be enormous.
If Caught Early Enough, Type 2 Diabetes is Reversible!
Excess weight & Obesity are common in those with this disease. Adopting a healthy diet and exercise plan is the only way back to optimal health (for each individual).
To reverse Type 2 diabetes naturally certain foods will need to be removed completely as they negatively affect blood sugar levels. Other foods will need to be incorporated into the diet, along with specific supplementation.
Daily exercise will support the metabolism and may help to reduce the effects of the disease. Exercise will also help to improve glucose levels, blood pressure, heart health, cholesterol and ultimately quality of life.
Type 2 Diabetes may be Reversed Naturally
For a lot of people this will be a big learning experience; this is a classic example of having to learn the hard way.
Changing a lifetime of eating habits, for most, won’t come easy. There is help available to those who reach out and ask for it. Some will benefit from assistance and direction by a qualified Natural Health Professional.
I say “Natural” Health Professional as a conventional Dietitian may advise as per government dietary guidelines and standards. Which in my personal opinion, are highly flawed.
Loved Ones & Friends with Type 2 Diabetes
If someone is reading this and they have a friend or loved one with type 2 diabetes, please forward this to them. If you are able to, sit them down and have a conversation about getting better.
Get the ball rolling in their mind sooner rather than later, as later may be too late.
I’m quite straight forward when I talk about Diabetes. That’s because its a quality of life, robbing disease. Unlike most medical doctors, I am not going to sugar coat the seriousness of it.
Don’t sit on the fence and say nothing because it may offend or be uncomfortable. The complications of saying nothing may be far more unpleasant.
Commitment & determination are required to regain good health. Type 2 diabetes can turn around in a remarkably short amount of time.
Now’s the time to do something…