Diabetes: It Is Not About Excess Sugar

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Most people misconstrue diabetes as a disease of sugar, when in fact; it is a disease of insulin and leptin signaling.

Leptin is a hormone responsible for controlling the appetite and body weight. The brain receives instructions from leptin on when to eat, how much to eat, and when to stop eating. Leptin helps to promote weight loss and prevents obesity caused by excessive eating which is greatly linked to diabetes.

Insulin, on the other hand, is released to direct excess energy into storage each time your blood sugar elevates. Insulin really stores extra energy for future usage rather than lowering blood sugar levels. The lowering of the blood sugar levels is simply a side effect of the energy storage process.

There has been controversy amongst doctors that diabetic treatments focusing merely on lowering blood sugar actually worsen the condition. Some say that taking insulin actually sabotages a patient's recovery because it may just aggravate insulin and leptin resistance over time. A better approach is to re-establish proper leptin and insulin signaling through proper diet.

Types of Diabetes and Its Symptoms

Type 1 diabetes is also known as the "insulin dependent" diabetes. The body's immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, leading to a complete absence of the hormone insulin. 1 in 250 Americans are affected by Type 1 diabetes.

Approximately, 90 to 95 percent of diabetics are type 2. This is the type of diabetes where the body is still producing insulin but is unable to recognize and use it correctly, making this an advanced stage of insulin-resistance.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes are:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Nausea and possible vomiting
  • Increased fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent infections (skin, urinal, vaginal)
  • Extreme hunger (even after eating)
  • Unusual weight gain or loss
  • Irritability
  • Slow healing of wounds
  • Numbness or tingling in hands and/or feet
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navin raj baidyaDec 2, 2011
"well for me its just a fear within as I have to start the tablet 500 mg.metformin after blood test and I am contnuing as i am 50 so I would prefer to share rather tha comment that its a common problem as the age matters a lot due to less physical and mental status.Today people fear of diabetis though the sugar level is normal and yhey stop sugar intake that may not effect at all, so I am taking normal diet and less physical exercise as I take plenty of fresh water about twelve glasses of water in a day, I do not take water after evening time but before I retire I take warm water. I sleep less since many years and that may be a problem. My granny is 99 years old so I need to take care of her in the middle of night, so it makes me alert most of the time.Now I am 52 and I remain in meditation and prayer time during the noon time in my free gap that cools my mind. my sugar level is 135 to 140 during the day and its alright for me as I take that preventive tablet, I practice light....saline water nostril therapy that protects me a lot you may check the way I intake glasses of water through my nostril holes....see youtube:saline water nostril therapy. Thats a lot to say. Prevention is better than care. Navin Raj Baidya from Nepal, Kathmandu city."

lucyNov 9, 2011

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