The current medical treatment for type 2 diabetes and diabetes related conditions is failing miserably, both in the United States and across the globe.There are about 29 million people in the U.S. with type 2 diabetes and another 86 million who suffer from pre-diabetes (their blood glucose is not normal, but not high enough to be diabetes yet). With an estimated 415 million adults worldwide (not including pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome) we are in a global epidemic that is killing us.

The big concern is that more than half of those with type 2 diabetes and about 90% of those with pre-diabetes are NOT even aware of their situation! This is because of overwhelming amounts of misleading misinformation on the growing epidemic of diabetes and diabetes related conditions.

          TYPE 2 DIABETES IS 100% REVERSIBLE

The signs of diabetes may all be there, but the often-overlooked fact is that type 2 diabetes is completely preventable and nearly 100% reversible when the underlying causes are addressed. Solutions that focus on prevention and address the root cause of blood sugar and metabolic problems are required to fix the issue and reduce the impact of diabetes.

According to the Center for Disease Control, 5,000 new diabetics are diagnosed every day. But that’s not all, diabetes is a leading risk factor for complication of pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, depression, kidney failure, blindness, hearing impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, nerve damage (neuropathy), amputation and many others.

TYPE 2 DIABETES: Insulin

This is the most common type, 90 to 95 percent of diabetics are type 2. This is considered an advanced stage of insulin resistance, which means that your body produces insulin but is unable to recognize and use it properly. Insulin resistance allows glucose in your body to increase and cause a many unpleasant and often life defining complications.

Some signs that you may be diabetic:

  • Unusual gain weight or loss

  • Extreme hunger (even after eating)

  • Numbness or tingling in hands and/or feet

  • Excessive thirst

  • Nausea and/or vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Irritability

  • Blurred vision

  • Slow wound healing

  • Frequent infections (skin, urinary, and vaginal)

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Diabetes is a disorder of insulin and leptin signaling NOT a blood sugar disease. It evolves over a long period of time, moving first into a pre-diabetic state, and then, if left unchecked, into full-blown diabetes. Insulin sensitivity is the decisive factor in this matter.

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How Does It Work?

The function of your pancreas is to regulate your glucose to the levels your body needs to live by producing the hormone insulin and secreting it into your bloodstream. The function of insulin, then, is to serve as a source of energy for your cells. Normally, your pancreas does its job of supplying your body with just the proper amount. However, circumstances and risk factors may impair your pancreas and is function.

Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes:

  • Family history of diabetes

  • History of gestational diabetes

  • Physical inactivity

  • Overweight or obese

  • Age

  • Hypertension

  • Depression

  • Cardiovascular disease (atherosclerosis)

  • Chronic sleep deprivation and sleep apnea

  • Health conditions associated with insulin resistance

  • Treatment with atypical antipsychotics, glucocorticoids

  • High-risk population (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American and Asian American)

  • HDL-C levels under 35mg/dL

  • Fasting triglycerides over 250 mg/dL

If you have one or more of these risk factors, or if your blood glucose levels are elevated, your doctor will check you for diabetes and put you on insulin, in pill form or injection — and sometimes both.

Your doctor will explain to you, and rightfully so, that the purpose of taking insulin shots or pills is to lower your blood sugar and that insulin regulation plays crucial role in your health and longevity. He will tell you that elevated glucose levels may be a symptoms of diabetes, but also of obesity, heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure or cancer.

However, this will be only one part of the story. The second part of the story is the crucial role that leptin plays in this process. When your body develops a resistance to leptin, you’re on your way to diabetes, if you’re not already there.

Diabetes – Insulin and Leptin Resistance

Leptin is a hormone produced in your fat cells. It is called the “satiety hormone,” and its primary function is to regulate your appetite and body weight. It also tells your brain when to eat, how much to eat and when to stop eating. Leptin also tells your brain what to do with the energy it has.

When you become leptin resistant, it mimics leptin deficiency and it becomes easy for you to rapidly gain weight.

Jeffrey M. Friedman and Douglas Coleman are the two researchers who discovered this hormone in 1994. Friedman named leptin after the Greek word “leptos”, which means “thin,” after he discovered that mice injected with synthetic leptin became more active and lost weight.

Friedman also found that those who are obese have very high levels of leptin in their blood. He realized that obesity can cause a resistance to leptin — in other words, the signaling pathway for leptin becomes altered in obese people, causing the body to overproduce leptin just as it does glucose when you are insulin-resistant.

Friedman and Coleman also discovered that leptin is responsible for the correct signaling of insulin and for insulin resistance.

The primary role of insulin is to store the extra energy (glycogen, a starch) for current and future use, NOT to lower your blood sugar. Insulin’s ability to lower your blood sugar is purely a “side effect” of this energy storage process. What this means is that diabetes is both a disease of insulin and of a failure in leptin signaling.

This is the reason why addressing diabetes by only concentrating on lowering blood sugar can be a partial at best approach.  It simply does not address the real issue of metabolic miscommunication that’s taking place in every cell of your body when leptin and insulin levels are disrupted and stop working together the way they are meant to.

To reverse the progression of diabetes we must incorporate GI health, detoxification, neuroendocrine health as well as traditional diabetes management with proven nutritional strategies and lifestyle modification.

At Brain and Body Wellness Center we offer real solutions using the highest quality evidence-based diabetes care. We understand that In order for us to assist you in getting well and to reverse conditions such as type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome, it is essential to find and correct the root cause.

Often when you are suffering with one of the above conditions, it may seem impossible to reverse or successfully manage it, reduce the need for medications, and be truly healthy again. You may have been told that you have to learn to live with it and there is nothing more that can be done. That is NOT truth if you are willing to explore a new and different approach, THERE IS HOPE.

We have helped many people just like you feel better, restore optimal function, reverse type 2 diabetes and manage all blood sugar and metabolic problems.

To find out how we can help you, please contact our office at 972-248-0780

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