Friday, 11 May 2012

Prevent or Even Reverse Diabetes (Part 4)

Let’s explore a basic reason that exercise is so critical. Approximately 10 years before a person is diagnosed with diabetes the amount of insulin in the blood begins to rise. The body is doing this in order to force the increasing blood sugar levels from the blood into the cells – thus lowering or controlling blood sugar. This increase in the amount of insulin needed to “control” the blood sugar is called insulin resistance. The problem isn’t exactly that the body is resisting insulin. Rather the problem is that the cells are making less and less of a substance needed to move sugar from the outside of the cell to the inside. These little sugar movers have a large name, which isn’t at all important to understanding the issue. The point is that the insulin receptor on the cell is activated by insulin to send a message to the DNA to make these sugar movers – and right here is the problem. The message is sent, but it receives an increasingly smaller response – over the years, less and less of the sugar movers are produced. The body’s reaction is to make more insulin to send more messages, which helps in a degree but eventually fails to control the sugar level adequately. Now the body has very high levels of insulin, but the messages to make sugar movers are so poorly heeded that the sugar level in the bloodstream rises and person becomes diabetic.

Diabetics have heard that they can take oral medication and help the situation. Although physicians have attempted to lower Alc scores 6.0 percent with medication, the medical community has recently acknowledged that this is not achievable in most patients, so a goal of 7.0 percent is now seen as a reasonable target. Reasonable not because that’s safe for the diabetic (it isn’t), but because that’s about the best we can do with medication.

In reality, it would be better to use insulin, because that is a substance natural to the body. But the diabetic has somehow gotten the idea that when you finally go on needle, death is near. But in reality, it isn’t the needle or insulin that brings one closer to the end---it’s simply the years of tissue damage from elevated sugar levels. And since most diabetics don’t want to give themselves injections, physicians use oral medication to delay the day of the needle.

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