Americas Epidemic, Diabetes
For the past five decades, Americans have been battling what has become an epidemic, and potentially the greatest threat to our nations health. Yet, despite the billions of dollars that are spent each year by our conventional medical system to treat and research this epidemic, its frequency is rising at an exponential rate. Although the US lays claim as the world leader in the frequency of Type 2 Diabetes (certainly nothing to be proud of), this disease is spreading rapidly throughout the world as other developed nations embrace the American lifestyle. Type 2 Diabetes IS a lifestyle disease.
What Causes Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 Diabetes is a disease induced and perpetuated by lifestyle choices; diet,activity, and stress. It is usually the combination of a diet high in refined sugars and low in healthy fats, a lack of adequate exercise, and excess stress that leads to this epidemic. All of these factors can lead to chronically high blood sugar and ultimately to insulin resistance. Once the body has developed a resistance to insulin, obesity usually sets in followed by high triglycerides, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, increasing aches and pains, and the decline in sex hormones. Once these signs and symptoms set in, the aging process accelerates.
Is Type 2 Diabetes Curable?
When a person is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, it can lead to feelings of hopelessness because most physicians teach that type 2 diabetes is an incurable and degenerative disease requiring medications that will be taken for the remainder of your life. Even the American Diabetic Association says there is no cure for Type 2 Diabetes, yet I see numerous cases cured every year in our practice. It’s no secret…it’s just a matter of making some tough choices to permanently change your current lifestyle. It is our American lifestyle that is at the root of diabetes, and it is the deviation from this to a more healthy lifestyle that holds the answers, and ultimately, the cure.
5 Simple Steps to Begin your Journey:
First, drink more water. Most people should be drinking about 1/2 their weight in ounces of fluid per day. Avoid all sweetened and diet beverages. Drink water and herbal teas sweetened only with stevia.
Second, eat like a caveman. The “caveman diet”, aka Paleolithic Diet involves the elimination of all refined carbohydrates, while eating 4 to 5 times per day of fresh, raw, unrefined foods. No breads, cereals, pastas, crackers…the caveman didn’t have it and neither should you.
Third, exercise. Exercise may be the single most important factor to curing and preventing diabetes. But start slow…walk 15 to 20 minutes every day.
Fourth, stress management. Lowering your stress level will not only help to cure diabetes, but will improve your sex hormones and slow the aging process.
Fifth, have your hormones tested. Speaking of the sex hormones…most people with type 2 diabetes test low in sex hormones. When you have your hormones tested, request only bioidentical hormones.
Curing Type 2 Diabetes is a journey that requires a commitment on your part. It takes time and patience. Understand that it took years, perhaps decades of unhealthy lifestyle choices to get you to where you are. The good news is, the body is a highly resilient organism that heals itself quickly. Still, it may take months and the dedication that will not only resolve your Type 2 Diabetes, but also raise your level of health adding quantity and quality of years to your life.