Reversing Type II Diabetes

Diabetes is associated with serious health complications and premature death, but people with diabetes can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications. Type II diabetes accounts for 90%-95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 8% of the U.S. population is diabetic and an alarming 25% is pre-diabetic. The CDC has warned that if lifestyle habits do not change, one in three children will become diabetic by age forty!

It begins as insulin resistance, a disorder in which the cells do not use insulin properly. Type II diabetes is associated with older age, obesity, family history and physical inactivity. Type II diabetes is increasingly being diagnosed in children and adolescents. The cost of this disease to individuals and the medical system is huge.

Diabetes can result in a number of medical complications, such as heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system damage, dental and gum disease and underlies female hormone imbalances resulting in infertility or difficulty conceiving.

Diabetes is the result of a lifestyle rich in simple carbohydrates and poor in exercise. Ingestion of simple carbohydrates (i.e. sugar, candy, junk food, fast food, soda pop, chocolate, deserts, potato chips, etc.) causes your pancreas to release the hormone, insulin. Insulin attaches itself to sugar in the blood. All of the cells, except the kidneys, nerves and blood vessels, have insulin receptors. These receptors are like locks. They won’t open without the correct key. Insulin is the key, once the insulin-sugar complex meets the insulin receptor, the sugar is allowed into the cells and this process in necessary for the cells to operate. Sugar is fuel after all.

By changing lifestyle habits, you change your outcome. There are four key components to reversing this condition. The whole idea is to reduce insulin release. The four components are exercising, losing weight, avoiding simple carbohydrates and taking insulin sensitizing nutritional supplements.

Moderate-intensity exercise (walking at least 30 minutes per day) burns blood sugar and the sugar stored in fat cells. Losing weight releases and burns the sugar stored in fat cells. Restricting, or even better, eliminating simple carbohydrates from the diet will go a long way in improving your body’s ability to handle insulin. Nutritional supplements such as, lipoic acid, biotin, conjugated linoleic acid, essential fatty acids, vanadium, chromium, inositol, magnesium, vitamin E and other synergistic nutrients help to re-sensitize the insulin receptors. The supplements won’t be effective, however, if the other three key components aren’t followed. Artificial sweeteners are not acceptable substitutes. The dangers of artificial sweeteners will be covered in the following article. The source of the problem is lifestyle. The supplements are simply designed to speed up the process of insulin re-sensitization. Applying this information can be rewarding and life enhancing to diabetics and those with blood sugar handling problems.

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