We have all grown up reading fairy tales in which the world is perfect with roses blooming and life is perfect. Then comes a monster who is hell-bent on destroying all the beauty in the world and causing as much destruction as possible. Diabetes is that monster in our real life fairy tales.
India is known as the diabetes capital of the world with 77 million people living with this terrible condition and it is projected to reach 134 million by 2045.
There are 2 types of diabetes
Diabetes type 1, also known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone that allows sugar (glucose) to enter cells for energy production. Simply put, it is an autoimmune disease that requires the use of insulin for life. This condition cannot be reversed but it can be controlled.
Type 2 diabetes (DM2), which is a long-term medical condition in which your body does not use insulin correctly, resulting in unusual levels of blood sugar. This is a lifestyle disease, previously thought to be non-reversible. However, globally there are 3 companies that have a proven program showing evidence that diabetes can now be reversed by following expert discipline and making lifestyle behavior changes. More than 95% of the diabetic population has type 2 diabetes, which can now be reversed.
To reverse type 2 diabetes, we need to understand the underlying causes of DM2
1. Abnormal metabolism: This is generally seen in people with long-term diabetes or other medical reasons where a percentage of the beta cells that produce insulin in the pancreas die. In such cases, we have to use external insulin or drugs that help pressure the pancreas to secrete insulin.
2. Insulin resistance: the body’s cells do not respond adequately to the insulin produced by the pancreas.
To reverse diabetes, we need to reverse insulin resistance
Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas and regulates the amount of glucose in the bloodstream, ensuring that cells obtain the correct amount of glucose at all times.
The carbohydrates in our food are converted to glucose and pass through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream. The body senses that the level of glucose in the blood is rising and signals the pancreas to produce insulin.
Insulin then acts on individual cells to allow glucose to enter them. Insulin is like a “key” that opens the cell’s “door” and allows glucose to enter the cell.
Insulin also stops the liver and muscles from releasing stored glucose into the blood; This allows excess glucose to be added to glycogen stores. We have discovered through clinical research and experience that there are seven secrets to beating this disease.
* MONITORING – Monitoring your blood sugar as well as your insulin levels
* DETOXIFYING: eliminates sensitivity to food from your diet
* RE-SENSITIZATION – Healing of your insulin receptors
* REST – Proper management of sleep and stress
* EXERCISE: follow a more active lifestyle through more strength training instead of walking
* GET A NUTRITIVE DIET: be intentional about food intake
* SUPPLEMENT – Supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals.
In short, if you are someone living with type 2 diabetes, all you need is determination, discipline, and a coach to help you reverse it!
(Dr. Seema Goel is head coach of Breathe Well-being)
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Posted on: Sunday, Nov 14, 2021 2:18 PM IST