Diabetes is a condition caused by a diet that is too high in carbohydrates over a long period of time. Ultimately, the high carbohydrate diet brings about a condition known as insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance occurs as a result of the body continuously
producing increased insulin in an attempt to maintain normal blood
are simply long chains of sugar molecules hooked end-to-end. When
a person eats carbohydrates their normal digestive process breaks
up these chains into the individual sugar molecules, and they
pass right through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, and
load up the bloodstream with sugar.
If this happened
every once in a while it would not be a problem. But as diets
today are so high in carbohydrates, people have a constant high
level of sugar pouring into their bloodstream year after year.
This requires their body to continuously produce high levels of
insulin to keep that sugar level down. (Insulin’s job is
to push sugar out of the bloodstream into the cells where it is
used for energy.)
the cells in their body becomes insensitive to the effects of
the insulin (insulin resistance). To handle this problem of insulin
resistance their body begins to produce even higher levels of
insulin. This continues until their pancreas reaches the maximum
amount of insulin it can produce, and when the insulin resistance
increases again, their blood sugar begins to rise out of control.
The result is type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is actually an
extreme case of insulin resistance.
everyone experiences all the symptoms and there is no specific
sequence in which these signs of high blood sugar symptoms appear.
Some symptoms may appear before the blood sugar levels rise above
normal and others may not show up until after the blood sugar
levels have gone up.
insulin levels, not low insulin levels, are the problem originally
associated with Type II diabetes, and high insulin levels are
harder to detect because it is normal for insulin levels to rise
under many circumstances. The slightly higher insulin level causes
slow weight gain, small increases in blood pressure, slow changes
in cholesterol numbers and the beginning of artery plaque formation."
by one, diagnoses of obesity, hypertension, cholesterol abnormalities,
and heart disease are made without taking into account that these
are all related to higher insulin levels and to each other. If
the underlying physiology is not corrected, Type II diabetes will
likely be the next diagnosis."
physical changes that occur when you have higher insulin levels
are so subtle and cause damage over so many years that it takes
approximately ten to thirty years for your blood sugar-levels
to rise after the initial changes in insulin levels begin. By
the time Type II diabetes is diagnosed, chronic high insulin levels
have done a lot of metabolic damage though it will seem to happen
excerpted from The Schwartzbein Principle II, The Transition by Diana Schwartzbein, M.D.
In an attempt to reduce the symptoms of insulin resistance or
hold them in check, the symptoms are often treated by drugs, medications
or insulin. Addressing symptoms does nothing to handle the underlying
condition causing it, and so the condition continues to get worse,
resulting often in more and more medications to keep the symptoms
It can get so crazy that diabetics can wind up being prescribed for several drugs for high blood sugar, as well as another drug for high triglycerides, and another for high cholesterol, and another one for high blood pressure. Yet none of these drugs addresses or corrects the underlying cause of the diabetic condition, insulin resistance!
If you have not yet done so, you can turn your diabetic condition around and improve your overall health by getting onto a high protein/low carbohydrate diet, taking the correct nutritional supplements, and putting a little exercise into your life!
This is the first in a series of articles that will discuss in more detail each of the symptoms resulting from insulin resistance. Each article will give you a better understanding of what is causing these symptoms to occur and how to effectively reverse them.
By Bob Held, President Wellness Support Network
Website: Diabetes Treatment
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