Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common problems in the United States today, with over 26 million Americans affected.  This disease disrupts all aspects of human physiology and is the leading cause of blindness, amputations, kidney failure, and neuropathy in the United States.  Diabetes also increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, cognitive decline, and virtually every other disease.  There is a misconception that Diabetes is an inherited disease.  That is not the case.  Type 2 diabetes is entirely due to lifestyle.  While some may have a genetic predisposition to diabetes, that does not mean that they have to develop it.  The foods you eat, how toxic your body is, and your stress levels are the main factors.

Insulin plays an important role in the body.  Its job is to drive sugar into virtually every cell and convert it into energy.  All foods, such as proteins, fats, and carbohydrates will eventually be converted into glucose (sugar) so that the body can use it as fuel.  With diabetes, insulin is not working as effectively as it should and, instead of sugar being used as fuel, it is stored and blood sugar rises.  Keep in mind that insulin is a hormone and operates on a signaling function in the body.  If your body is under distress from inflammation, toxins, hormone imbalance, etc., insulin will not operate as efficiently as it should. This is why it’s important to not only change your diet, but to detoxify and balance your body as well.

 

In addition to diet and detoxification, it is necessary to address stress levels, as well.  Your adrenal glands are responsible for regulating stress.  One way the adrenals do this is by outputting a hormone called cortisol.  This hormone responds to stress by releasing stored glycogen (sugar) from the liver and muscle tissue, thereby raising blood sugar levels.  Cortisol also reduces the sensitivity of insulin receptors on cells, making insulin even less effective and putting more stress on the pancreas.  This quickly can turn into a vicious cycle of high blood sugar levels and ineffective insulin, leading to diabetes.

 

When it comes to diabetes, it is important to address the whole body.  Diet and lifestyle are key, but so are detoxification and hormone balancing.  It is possible to prevent and reverse diabetes when you take this full system approach.

 

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