Type 2 Diabetes Cause?/Treatment

Posted on April 28, 2008. Filed under: Type 2 Diabetes | Tags: , , , |

Diet and Lifestyle – the root of our health epidemic
I have come across many articles that attribute diet and lifestyle to the rapidly rising type 2 diabetes epedemic in out country. Let’s face it, as our overwieght and obesity epidemic rises, so do the other heath issues such as type 2 diabetes. Could there be a connection??

Wrong Foods in Excess Amounts:
The body was designed to eat real food in a moderate amount. We eat to sustain life and to enable our body to perform its physiological and metabolic functions and to repair itself. When we eat too much and of the wrong types of foods – processed, refined, staturated fats, trans fats, sugary – we damage our organs so they do not respond as they should.

High Blood Sugar Levels and Insulin
Everything we eat is converted into glucose. When we eat too much and when we eat sugary and processed foods, we are flooding our arteries with excess sugar. The body responds by secreting insulin to metabolize the glucose. Now this is normal, healthy and necessary, but over use or abuse can damage the pancreas and insulin receptor cells so that they do not perform normally.

The Connection Between Fat and Glucose Levels
Taken directly from an article in Life Extension Magazine – http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2000/dec2000_report_diabetes_2.html
Excess weight increases the body’s demand on insulin, putting pressure on pancreatic beta cells to produce more of the hormone, until basically the supply can’t meet the demand and the body becomes insensitive to insulin. Studies have also shown that obesity increases levels of free fatty acids in the body, which may impede the body’s insulin metabolic clearance. Obesity has also been related to hormonal abnormalities, namely elevated cortisol and estrogens and waning androgens, both of which act to regulate fat when operating at proper levels.Excess weight increases the body’s demand on insulin, putting pressure on pancreatic beta cells to produce more of the hormone, until basically the supply can’t meet the demand and the body becomes insensitive to insulin. Studies have also shown that obesity increases levels of free fatty acids in the body, which may impede the body’s insulin metabolic clearance. Obesity has also been related to hormonal abnormalities, namely elevated cortisol and estrogens and waning androgens, both of which act to regulate fat when operating at proper levels.

The good news is, from what i have read, is that we can prevent, control and reverse type 2 diabetes with a change in diet, weight loss and exercise!

 

 

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