Type 2 diabetes in the United States has tripled since the 1980’s, where researchers have estimated that one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050. More than one-third of American adults are obese and one in three Medicare dollars are spent on issues relating to diabetes. Unfortunately, these numbers continue to increase.
The sequence of health complications associated with insulin resistance, obesity and diabetes are characterized as the underlying cause of the majority of heart disease, cancer and premature death in the world. According to research, however, these conditions are preventable and reversible. Type 2 Diabetes is associated with the following chronic illnesses and diseases:
- Heart disease (Heart attack/myocardial infarction)
- Kidney disease / Kidney Failure
- Peripheral Neuropathy (nerve damage)
- Alzheimer’s disease
Both obesity and diabetes are preventable and reversible with proper lifestyle changes and a balanced diet and nutrition. On average, people consume approximately 152 pounds of sugar and 146 pounds of flour every year. The consumption of food high on refined sugar and flour can have a drastic effect on a person’s overall health and wellness.
When you remove foods that are causing disease from your diet and exchange them for nutritious foods, disorders such as diabetes, can be reversed, even in patients with obesity. The following seven strategies can be implemented every day with patients to prevent, treat and reverse insulin resistance, obesity and type 2 diabetes without the use of drugs and surgery:
- 5 to 5 grams of PGX, a unique type of fiber that controls appetite and blood sugar, before each meal with eight ounces of water
- 200 – 600 mcg of chromium polynicotinate or picolinate
- 600 mg of alpha lipoic acid twice daily
- 2,000 IUs or more of vitamin D3 (Thorne Research)
- One to two grams of omega 3 fatty acids (Tuna Omega by Standard Process)
- A high-quality multivitamin/mineral (Basic Nutrients by Thorne Research)
- Get the proper nutrients. Taking supplements can make your cells be more sensitive to insulin while increasing their effectiveness to metabolize sugar and fat in the body. Together with varies lifestyle changes and a proper diet, these can help the individual balance their blood sugar as well as prevent or reverse diabetes.
- Stock up on whole, unprocessed foods. Whole, unprocessed foods can help balance blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation and oxidative stress as well as improve your liver detoxification, to prevent or reverse insulin resistance and diabetes. Choosing a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables known to have a low to moderate glycemic index, and foods rich in omega-3 fats, coconut butter and olive oil, legumes, nuts and seeds, can help promote a healthy metabolism, reverse insulin resistance and diabetes, even slow down aging and age-related diseases, such as heart disease.
- Cut the Sugar. Consuming foods and beverages with refined sugars and carbohydrates can create high levels of insulin, which can eventually lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Among the many complications associated with chronic, elevated levels of insulin, inflammation, high blood pressure, poor sex drive, increased risk for cancer and depression can also occur. The most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes is to reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet.
- Get the right exercise. Participating in physical activity or exercise can have tremendous benefits for your overall well-being. Effective exercise can help balance blood sugar and lower insulin levels. The goal is to walk or perform any other cardio activity for 60 minutes, up to six times a week, although even 30 minutes of physical activity can help. Studies show high-intensity interval training can also benefit type 2 diabetes and obesity. Best of all, you can do these in only a few minutes a day.
- Get sufficient sleep. Lack of sleep or poor sleep can affect your metabolism, may spike sugar and carb cravings, can increase your appetite, and may even increase of developing several diseases, including Type 2 diabetes. One study found that even a partial night’s poor sleep could induce insulin resistance. Therefore, sleeping properly should be a priority. Create a sleep ritual that includes turning off the T.V. in the bedroom, herbal therapies consisting of aromatherapy with essential oils, soaking in warm bath with 2 cups of Epsom salts and essential oils and creating total darkness and quiet.
- Control stress levels. With chronic stress, our levels of insulin, cortisol, and inflammatory compounds called cytokines all increase. This can trigger a metabolic dysfunction that leads to weight gain, insulin resistance, and eventually, type 2 diabetes. The connection between stress, weight gain, mental disorders, and blood sugar imbalances show that managing stress is a critical component when managing obesity and diabetes. You can’t eliminate stress, but you can learn to control it. Meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, massage, laughing, and dancing are among the best ways to manage stress and reverse type 2 diabetes.
- Journal Your Results. Research shows that people who track their results lose twice as much weight and do twice as well. Begin by getting a journal to track your progress. That could be as simple as a pad of paper, a notebook, a spreadsheet in your computer, or anything that is convenient and works for you. You should track: what you eat; the baseline of all measurements, weight, waist size, body mass index, or BMI; daily blood pressure (optional); and daily glucose readings (if diabetic). Many patients become inspired to stay on task when they begin to see their results on paper.
Every year in the United States, 1 million people are diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is known to be the 7th leading cause of death. The good news is that this statistic can be changed according to new research. Diabetes is no longer inevitable. You can prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes.
Research studies have demonstrated that developing type 2 diabetes occurs as a result of environmental factors, such as how you eat, chemical exposure and stress management, among others. When you eliminate these negative factors, the pancreas has the ability to heal and cells will regain insulin sensitivity. This is ultimately fundamental considering that diabetes is responsible for a host of debilitating illnesses such as: Peripheral neuropathy; heart disease and stroke; kidney disease and kidney failure; and alzheimer’s disease.
For more information, feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .
By Dr. Alex Jimenez
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