Diabetes: An Epidemic in America
We used to think of diabetes as a disease of the elderly. We used to say it was increasing because we’re living longer. But why is it increasing so rapidly, and why is it occurring in so many youths?
108 million Americans are diabetic or pre-diabetic. 1 in 2 children born after 2000 will have diabetes by the time they are in high school! The reasons you’re told you have diabetes don’t line up with the facts, and a different approach is needed immediately.
Diabetics are often told that they will have to take their medication for the rest of their life, or the condition will likely get worse. But is there a different approach that gives you the tools and the power to control or even reverse diabetes?
Time for a New Outlook
Three things to look at: Hormones; What you eat; When you eat.
Hormones control many things in your body. Your body has fat-storing hormones and fat-burning hormones. If your fat-storing hormones are being released, like insulin, you will shift into fat-storing mode. How does this relate to diabetes? Let’s discuss!
Your body needs energy for everything – to heal, to work, to digest food. You even need energy to sleep well! Your body makes energy either from sugar or from fat. Insulin and other hormones tell your body to store away fat, and to rely on sugar for energy.
If you are stuck in sugar-burning mode, you will have steady drops in your blood-sugar levels. These drops will cause your body to react to bring blood sugar levels back up. The ups and downs in blood sugar will cause insulin spikes throughout the day. Insulin spikes are a known cause of aging, weight gain, and diabetes!
The key is to flip your hormone balance into fat-burning mode, which will prevent the drastic ups and downs in blood sugar levels, and prevent insulin spikes.
What you eat
What you eat is a major factor in determining which hormones dominate in your body. Many Americans are eating foods that cause spikes in blood glucose and insulin. Foods with carbohydrates or sugar will surely cause spikes in insulin. But even diets that are considered healthier, like high protein and low carb diets often cause insulin spikes.
Eating the right types of fats will help balance hormone function and blood glucose levels. The right types and amounts of fats, proteins, and carbs can change your glucose readings!
When you eat
When you eat is a long-overlooked factor in diabetes and health overall. Today, we are taught to always eat breakfast, to never skip meals, and to snack throughout the day. But did you know that your body is most prone to burning fat in the morning hours? Do you really want to interrupt your fat-burning morning with a breakfast bar?
One of the quickest ways to stop the fat-burning and get stuck into sugar-burning and fat-storing is to eat a meal while your body is happy burning fat. When you eat food, it tells your body to store food for energy. With constant snacks throughout the day, you’re never giving your body a chance to start burning up glucose properly, burning up fat properly, and start regulating hormone balance.
Myths about Diabetes:
Myth: Diabetes always gets worse
According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Diabetes is Preventable and Controllable.” Most diseases are preventable and reversible with lifestyle changes. This statement rings true with Diabetes.
Common medical treatment does not reverse this disease. Medication may artificially lower blood glucose numbers, but since it doesn’t correct the underlying cause of the problem, the problem often gets worse. Over time, blood glucose numbers will rise again, and more medication will be needed to keep glucose numbers down. This approach is a downward spiral.
A natural approach that changes hormone balance and changes to what and when you eat are keys to help your body defeat this disease.
Myth: Diabetes is caused by genetics, so you have to learn to live with it
Genetics are a piece of the puzzle for any disease. Certain people are more predisposed to diabetes. But the fact is that lifestyle determines whether those genetics will actually cause the disease, or if they will be silent and not cause diabetes. Diet, lifestyle, and advanced nutritional protocols can trump genetics.
Myth: If you’re controlling blood sugar with medication, Diabetes is not a big deal
There are side effects to both the medications and the disease:
- Peripheral Vascular Disease
- Heart Attack and Stroke
- Eye Disease
- Weight Gain
These diseases are caused by the steady decline in glucose health and overall health. Accepting the statement that there’s nothing that can be done except take a pill leads to disempowerment.
If you or someone you love has diabetes, call our office for more information about the options you have for a better future and better health.