Diabetes & Blood Sugar Disorders
- poor diet
- lack of physical activity
- chronic stress
- inadequate sleep
- poor gut health
- and environmental toxins.
Metabolic problems are usually caused by a combination of these factors in patients. Let’s start by discussing the most common contributor to metabolic disease, and that’s diet.
The Standard American Diet = Excess Release of Insulin
The Real Cause of Diabetes is Insulin Dysfunction
The entire spectrum of diabetes, including all of its complications – elevated blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol – simply downstream symptoms that result from problems with diet, lifestyle, and environmental toxins interacting with our unique genetic susceptibilities. Diabetes is a disease caused by excess insulin, not excess blood sugar. In other words, high blood sugar is a symptom, but not the root cause. Insulin is the hormone responsible for reducing blood sugar. In order for insulin to work, our tissues have to be sensitive to its action; otherwise, tissues become resistant and insulin struggles to clear out sugar from the blood. How does insulin resistance begin? The root of the problem is our diet.
When your diet is full of empty calories and an abundance of quickly absorbed sugars, liquid calories, and carbohydrates (like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes), your cells slowly become resistant to the effects of insulin and need more and more to do the same job of keeping your blood sugar even. However, there is a limit to the amount of sugar the liver and muscles can store. The easiest way to understand this is to think of your liver and muscles as small closets without much storage space. If sugar keeps coming in, the closet will quickly fill up. Thus, you develop insulin resistance. A high insulin level is the first sign of a problem. The higher your insulin levels are, the worse your insulin resistance. Your body starts to age and deteriorate. In fact, insulin resistance is the single most important phenomenon that leads to rapid and premature aging and all its resultant diseases, including heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer. These are all a result of insulin resistance and too much insulin. Elevated blood sugar is not the source of the problem. And because insulin resistance (and diabetes/obesity) are a direct outcome of diet and lifestyle, the condition is 100 percent reversible in the vast majority of cases. Most people just need to eliminate the things that are sending their biology out of balance and include what’s needed to help the body re-balance itself. For most, the interventions required are extremely simply and extraordinarily effective.
How to Reverse Diabetes Naturally
1. Get the right testing done.
Most doctors simply focus on fasting blood sugar. This is actually a poor indicator of how your body is handling sugar. The absolute best test to get is an insulin response test where insulin levels are measured fasting and then 1 and 2 hours after a glucose drink (yuck). If you have Diabetes or suspect that you may have diabetes then demand this test from your doctor!
2. Fix Your Food and Personal Nutrition Habits.
Despite what the media has you believing.. Diet and Nutrition is pretty dang simple. Eliminate sugar and processed or refined carbohydrates, eat real foods like lean protein (mean, chicken and fish), as many vegetables as you can tolerate, nuts, seeds, beans and drink a lot of water. I know most of you reading this know exactly what you should be eating to be healthy. That’s not the problem. The problem is why you continue to make the choices you do; and this is exactly what I help with in my nutrition coaching program.
3. Fix Your Movement
Aside from changing your diet, exercise is probably the single best medication for diabetes. Walk at least 30 minutes every day. For some, 30-60 minutes of more vigorous aerobic exercise 4-6 times a week may be necessary.
4. Fix Your Stress Levels
Stress is a major unrecognized contributor to insulin resistance and blood sugar imbalance. Chronically raised cortisol levels (stress hormones) create havok for insulin regulation. This is why it’s crucial that you learn how to push your pause button every day with deep breathing, visualization, yoga, and other relaxation techniques
5. Get Personal
While the steps above will address 80 percent of the problems with diabetes, some may need to take additional steps to optimize key areas of their biology. Remember, Functional Medicine is the Future of Medicine, Today. It’s the future of medicine because it’s designed to deliver personalized medicine based on an individuals unique makeup. Seek out your own biological imbalances and look for ways to address them.