Diabetes – The Progressive Killer

Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes is an out of control epidemic in the
United States. It must be detected and treated at an early stage.

Read on if you experience any of the following:

• Weakness or Fatigue • Excessive Thirst • Infections
• Frequent Urination • Hand and Foot Pain • Weight Gain
• Blurry Vision • Skin problems

Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes is an epidemic running out of control in the United States. The disease is not diagnosed or managed properly. Diabetes needs to be detected at a much earlier stage, and a treatment protocol needs to be initiated. The standard testing for diabetes has been a fasting serum glucose test. The normal ranges according to the major labs (lab corp and quest) are 90mg% – 125mg%.  100mg% – 125% is considered pre-diabetic and 126+ is considered Diabetic. These serum glucose levels are way too high, the problems have already started to manifest in the body. The patient might have asymptomatic signs and symptoms on subjective complaints, but the organ and gland function will start to decline. The new studies show: Anything above a fasting glucose of 86mg% increases the risk of getting diabetes in the next 10 years. Each point above increases the chance of getting diabetes by 6% in the next 10 years.  So an example would be, if a patient has a fasting glucose of 96mg%, (6% x 10pts= 60%) there would be 60% chance of the patient getting diabetes in the next 10 years.

Some of the signs and symptoms that diabetic patients acquire:

  1. Weakness and Fatigue- the glucose from the food is not getting into the cell. The patient feels run down and a chronic sensation of exhaustion. The patient always feels hungry because they are not getting the energy.
  2. Thirsty- The excessive sugar in the blood stream, the brain requires extra fluid to dilute the sugar. So the brain is in a dehydration mode and summons the body to drink more water.
  3. Frequent Urination- The body is drinking more fluids, so the patient has to go to the bathroom more often. The kidneys are drawing extra fluid from the blood to dilute the excessive sugar being excreted.
  4. Pain, Numbness, burning and tingling in the hands and feet- the excessive sugar in the arteries and capillaries damages the nerve endings in the peripheral nerves. The sugar acts like acid on the nerves.
  5. Blurry Vision- Fluids are being pulled out of different locations of the body to help saturate the excessive sugar. So fluids are being pulled from the lens of the eyes. Focusing becomes difficult for diabetic patients. All damage sometimes occurs from free radical damage in the capillaries. Anti-oxidants are very important to diabetic patients.
  6. Skin problems- dark skin and bumps are found in different parts of the body such as armpit, neck, knuckles and groin.
  7. Infections- Females get a lot of vaginal and bladder infections, healing is difficult for patients with type 2 diabetes. Skin infections that do not heal, sometimes could lead to amputation.

Weight gain or weight loss- weight loss is found in 20% of the patients because the patient is unable to get energy into the cell. The body is too fatigued to work out and keep muscle size, strength and density. Decreased muscle size and density, decreases growth hormone. Growth hormone helps with size of the muscle and overall strength of the body. Weight gain occurs from, when there is excessive sugar in the bloodstream; it goes to the liver and produces cholesterol and triglycerides. The inflammatory response starts, stress effects the adrenal, hypothalamus, and Thyroid. The Thyroid will have trouble converting T4 to T3 and go into hibernation. When the thyroid goes into hibernation, it is very difficult to lose weight. 80% of type 2 diabetes gain weight. They are or become insulin resistant, fat is stored around the waist (known as visceral adiposity).  The impairment of the body to properly metabolize carbohydrates is both the cause and consequence of the disease. Glucose (CHO) can be converted to fat, by relinquishing its oxygen molecule, which will result in obesity. The carbohydrate is for short term energy. In conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle the intake of carbohydrate is not utilized and will be stored as fat. The fat cell becomes a mini organ, and has negative effects on the body 1) Fat cells start to do cortisol trapping, from the excess stress on the adrenal glands. Obese people will have a low saliva and serum cortisol level. 2) Fat cells increase bad mood and depression because Tryptophan and Serotonin are stolen. 3) The number one concern that fat increases is inflammation. The acute and chronic inflammatory response increases cardiovascular disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s and autoimmune. The fat cell or hormone releases TNF alpha which is the inflammatory responder. The fat cell releases mcp-1 or Il-8 which is the starter for the immune system to kick in. Phagocytes and Macrophages target the arteries and start the formation of foam cells (arteriosclerosis). 4) Insulin resistance is very important, it starts the whole diabetic process > inflammatory > cardiovascular > Brain issues. The key to a healthy heart and less neurological issues is keeping insulin resistance and obesity down. Insulin in its normal state acts like a vasodilator, anti-arthogenic through increased nitrous oxide; it decreases stiffness of large arteries. In Insulin resistant patients there is vasoconstriction, and increase arterial thickness and stiffness

Many patients get mis-diagnosed, deficient diagnostic testing and passed over. So we as doctors have to install a diabetes protocol in our offices. We need educate, treat and maintain this condition. The key to correcting and maintain health is reducing or eliminating insulin surges.

When carbohydrates (starches, fruits, or vegetables) are ingested, blood sugar will spike. The pancreas has an insulin surge to push the glucose into the cell, but extra insulin is causing a lull and a downturn in the blood sugar. Every time the body releases insulin in big quantities, it decrease testosterone, decreases serotonin and increase fat absorption (fat, tired and weak). The body goes in a food coma state and craves sugar or caffeine. Most people wake up first thing in the morning and have caffeine (coffee) and carbohydrates (toast, bagel or cereal). They start the day off with a sugar spike followed by an insulin surge. Then the body craves more sugar/caffeine after breakfast until lunch. The person has a big lunch and has a big sugar spike/insulin surge. Combined from the insulin and the circadian rhythm of the need to sleep from 2-4pm, the body goes into a big food coma. Same holds true after dinner, the body will crave dessert (sugar) and evening snacks. The sugar/insulin up’s and down’s will continue through the night. The body releases cortisol in the middle of the night from the stress of sugar/insulin fluctuations the body wakes up tired. The body is not getting the restorative sleep it needs. So the body wakes up and craves sugar/caffeine. The whole process runs full circle. This sugar spike/insulin surge, caffeine/sugar pattern is huge in the United States. This constant stress on the pancreas and adrenals is leading to diabetes and adrenal fatigue.

Integrative functional medicine is very helpful in preventing and fighting diabetes: Vitamin D3 is very important, it has multiple functions: it is essential for normal insulin release, regulates serum calcium, free fatty acid, helps prevent insulin resistance, decreases nerve damage, improves immune function, bone strength, and can help heart strength.

Chromium- helps with insulin sensitivity, and it is an essential mineral required for carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.

Alpha lipoic acid- it is a potent free radical scavenger. It helps anti-oxidants (vitamin A, C, E, and COQ10). It protects the cells against neuro toxicity and Improves diabetic neuropathy.

Omega 3- Cold water omega 3 fish oil decreases the inflammatory response, prevents rising hypertension and hyperinsulinemia.  The omega 3 increases particle size of the HDL, LDL and triglycerides which will limit the formation of foam cells.

COQ10- Increases ATP production and energy for the cell. Diabetic patients will have less energy and less glucose in the cell. The cell needs more energy to push the glucose molecule across the cell membrane.

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