Diabetes, Insulin, and Leptin
Type 2 diabetes can often be reversed because this form of the disease is linked to metabolic disorders rather than cell destruction.
Most people who have type 2 diabetes don’t have enough insulin production to control their blood sugar levels. To understand how to reserve diabetes, you’ll need to follow some simple tips.
The Truth About Diabetes
Take a look around in the medicine section of your local drug store or online at Amazon. How many products do you see dedicated to living with diabetes? You’ll find equipment for all kinds of diabetic needs, equipment for keeping your feet comfortable and protected from nerve damage, books on diabetic meal planning, and much more.
You’ll also find scores of different testing supplies that you can purchase. In the past, to buy a glucose meter, testing strips and lances, you had to have a prescription.
But now that over 20 million Americans have been diagnosed with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, you can just pick up supplies over the counter. You can now test your glucose levels whenever you want. Only your household budget limits how much money you can spend on all of the products.
If you look closely at all of these supplies, you’ll notice that many of them are aimed at teaching you how to cope with diabetes.
Your doctor will have you come in for A1c testing every 2 or 3 months. This way you’ll know how well you’re maintaining your blood glucose levels.
If needed, your medication dosage can be raised if your levels are staying too high.
Also, maybe your doctor will warn you about the long term complications of diabetes – such as blindness or amputation if you don’t keep a tight control on those numbers.
Having all of these products and all of this information from doctors is a good thing, right?
Because when you have tools that help you stay where you are, it’s too easy not to change.
It becomes easy to accept that this is the way it will always be.
You are being lulled into a mindset of acceptance. Many people want you to accept being diabetic and just living with it. They aren’t interested in teaching you how to you can fight diabetes and prediabetes.
Instead of loading yourself down with information on accepting and coping with diabetes or allowing others to tell you that you have to live with it – look at the alternative – reversing diabetes and prediabetes.
The American Diabetes Association says that type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors.
We can’t change our genetics. We’re stuck with what we got from Mom and Dad.
However, you control your lifestyle.
And, the truth is, it seems your lifestyle is more important than your genes.
Studies conducted in the U.S., China, Finland, India, and Japan have proven that lifestyle changes can prevent type 2 diabetes.
The same lifestyle changes can also help people who have already developed type 2 diabetes.
Using lifestyle changes, men and women are able to reduce their glucose levels to within the normal range without the need for any medication.
The Root Cause of Prediabetes
When you get diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes, one of the first things your doctor may do is prescribe some drugs or insulin to get those numbers under control.
It’s become the gold standard for the way diabetes is treated.
But is this the best approach for your long-term health?
Prediabetes is one of the diseases where the treatment plan really does fall on the patient’s shoulders.
Most doctors aren’t going to teach you how to cure diabetes. You’ll have to do it yourself. The doctor is probably just going to teach you how to live with it.
As you start looking into reversing your prediabetes, there’s something that you need to know. Diabetes is metabolic in nature and needs to be treated from a metabolic standpoint.
There’s growing evidence that insulin resistance and problems regulating your blood sugar don’t start with your pancreas. It begins with leptin.
Leptin is a hormone that can contribute to weight gain because of how it works with insulin. The more excess weight you have, the more leptin you have.
The bad news is you can become leptin resistant just as you can become insulin resistant.
The jobs that leptin does in your body are pretty complex. It works to regulate how your body uses energy and it’s instrumental in keeping your appetite on an even keel.
One common symptom of type 2 diabetes is hunger. Even when you’ve already eaten a filling meal or snack. That’s not the pancreas acting up – that’s the hormone leptin.
What leptin does is let your body know when it’s time to release some insulin. This hormone is a key player in how your body will then use that insulin.
Leptin is one reason that most of today’s treatments for diabetes don’t work for curing diabetes.
Those treatments focus completely on bringing the glucose levels down to a manageable level rather than looking at the root cause. Instead, what’s going on with the leptin hormone must be addressed.