Sunday, January 17, 2010

Insulin Resistance/ Type II Diabetes

I have chosen to specifically address insulin resistance and type II diabetes due to the impact this is having on our culture. I am not addressing this as a means to treat these symptoms but rather to educate you on the areas of focus to bring balance to your body and allow your own innate healing ability to ensue.

Statistically speaking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about on in four U.S. adults aged 20 or older – or 57 million people – had pre-diabetes in 2007. Pre-diabetes is measured by a fasting blood sugar of between 100mg/dL and 125mg/dL on two blood tests and diabetes is measured by a fasting blood sugar above 126mg/dL on two blood tests. Please recognize that if you have been assessed as insulin resistanct, pre-diabetic, or diabetic; it is imperative that you make the necessary lifestyle changes right now. Not tomorrow…right now!

Some of the common warning signs and risk factors for diabetes are as listed.

• Extreme thirst
• Extreme hunger
• Frequent urination
• Weight loss without trying
• Unusual fatigue
• Blurry vision
• Irritability
• Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
• Frequent skin, bladder, or gum infections
• Slow healing of cuts and bruises
• Physical inactivity
• Family history
• Current hypertension
• History of cardiovascular disease
• Low HDL or “good” cholesterol

If you are experiencing many of these symptoms regularly I would recommend seeking medical attention to assess your state of balance.

Let’s first take a quick look at the typical stages recognized with this ongoing imbalance. Often weight gain is a starting point since it is recognized that as we put on the pounds this typically leads to insulin resistance. Science does not know the true cause of this but it is speculated that this may be tied into inflammation. I also want you to recognize that not everyone that is insulin resistant or type II diabetic is overweight. From this point the stages typically follow this pattern.

• Insulin resistance of cells
• Insulin resistance with hyperinsulinism (the production of large amounts of insulin)
• Insulin resistance with hyperinsulinism and reactive hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
• Insulin resistance with hyperinsulinism with impaired glucose tolerance (pre-diabetes)
• Type II diabetes with insulin resistance and high insulin production
• Type II diabetes with low or virtually no insulin production

I want you to understand that based on my years of working with clients in all of these stages; there is hope for you. Often individuals are told that once a diabetic, always a diabetic. To share first hand I can say that this is not true in all cases when you can get a focus on your health on every level. I would recommend purchasing the complete set of DVDs to address all levels of health and wellness but until you are ready for this I will give you some of the basic starting points to create balance.

The basis starting points to create balance in your body if you suspect, have been diagnosed, or have a strong family history of insulin resistance or diabetes are listed below.

• Deep belly breathe 3-5 times every hour through your day.
• Drink approximately one quart of water for every 50 pounds of body weight per day up to one gallon
• Eliminate gluten from your diet
• Eliminate high glycemic foods from your diet
• Always combine protein, fat and low glycemic carbs at every meal
• Focus on getting a quality 8 hours of sleep per night while getting to bed by 10:00PM at the latest
• Start moving; even if you only go for a walk once per day it is important that you start somewhere
• Focus on releasing emotion stress in your life and particularly sadness which has been shown to have a significant impact on diabetes
• Use a quality probiotic and digestive enzyme with your foods
• Recognizing the zinc deficiency plays a significant role I recommend taking a liquid ionized form of zinc to insure the best possible absorption and assimilation

Please take the necessary steps to address this imbalance if this is a challenge for you or help any loved ones understand the importance of lifestyle changes that can help them get there life back. Insulin resistance and type II diabetes can lead to many other challenges in your body such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, elevated cholesterol or triglycerides, poor concentration, depression, challenges with the eyesight, nerves and arteries, increased abdominal fat, accelerated aging, and male impotence.

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