Recently one of the readers of my website commented on on my post “Is There a Nature Cure for Diabetes”. He brought up a good point about genetics and type II diabetes. He is right. There is a genetic link to type II diabetes. So if your parents had type II diabetes, you have an increased risk of getting it also. I wanted to take this chance to expand on why I often say that type II diabetes can be cured because that seems to get the most attention about that particular post.
Genetics aside, it's also true that there is an environmental cause to type II diabetes. Those whose diabetes is linked to environmental factors are who I was primarily writing to in my post “Is there a natural cure for diabetes?
Most people get type II diabetes because they eat too many calories and don't do enough physical activity.
I believe when it comes to type II diabetes that most people don't know that with proper exercise and weight loss, that in most cases it can go into remission. In my book, I call that a “cure” but I am willing to concede that the diabetes will return if people go back to their old ways.
I believe that most type II diabetics I see don't take their diabetes seriously. I'm not kidding. I've seen it first hand. I think this is because people keep getting answers to their diabetes problems.
This is the usual (and simplified) scenario of what happens when somebody starts to show symptoms of type II diabetes or metabolic syndrome:
1. First they are given a pill because their blood sugar is getting high. Then, when that stops working, they get another pill. Then another pill. Eventually the pills are not enough…
2. As diabetes gets worse, they are the told to take a shot of insulin. That becomes 2 shots. Then it becomes 3 shots.
3. Then, as they gain weight and it hurts to walk, there is a motorized chair to help them get around – and many people get that for free!
It's this gradual and almost painless progression and desensitization of symptoms of the disease that dulls people into thinking that “diabetes isn't so bad”. People keep getting solutions to their problems.
Because of insurance and medicare, diabetics can get a lot of things for free. This keeps them in the “diabetes loop”. For more about this please read how it pays to be a diabetic.
By the time diabetes really starts getting bad, it's often too too late (in some cases). If left unchecked, type II diabetes can lead to disastrous and terrifying outcomes including but not limited to:
- Heart disease – the #1 killer of Americans
- Cancer – the # 2 killer of Americans
- Stroke – The number 4 killer of Americans
- Kidney failure (diabetes is the #1 cause of kidney disease)
- Alzheimer's disease (some now call this “type III diabetes“)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low testosterone levels (normal T levels range 300-1000 ng/dl)
- Reduced muscle mass
- Liver failure
- Accelerated aging
Often the outcomes of type II diabetes take decades before they manifest themselves. Also the person with type II diabetes feels no immediate changes as their disease progresses. It's painless!
Let's contrast this with what happens when someone is diagnosed with type I diabetes. Basically people are immediately told how serious their condition is and from almost the start, they have to inject themselves every day with insulin.
People tend to take injections much more serious than simply taking a diabetes pill. Type I diabetics also know immediately what happens if they miss an insulin injection.
I think this immediate shock to the system (and immediately seeing what happens if they dont take insulin) is the reason that type I diabetics tend to be very smart . They are often as anal retentive as a bodybuilder, knowing about exercise, carbs, calories, etc.
With most of the type II diabetics I see, nobody ever told them that their diabetes can be kept in check, slowed down – and even cured (go into remission) if they took better care of themselves.
For proof, read this interview I did with a woman who cured her type II diabetes.
I've been very critical of the Biggest Looser TV show in the past, but one thing no one can deny is that by the end of the Biggest Looser, the contestants are usually off most- if not all – of their medications – including diabetes medications.
Exercise makes the body's insulin receptors more active – so they work better. Exercise also helps lower blood sugar because it activates other ways to reduce blood sugar that have nothing to do with insulin.
Most of us have seen TV commercials advertising diabetes medications and devices like blood sugar testers, syringes, needles and things like that. We even see ads for diabetes supplements.
Why haven't any of us EVER seen a public service announcement on TV about how exercise and losing weight can help – and yes CURE – type II diabetes?
- Where are the billboards?
- Where are the radio commercials?
- Where are the TV commercials?
- Why doesn't the American Diabetes Association do any of this stuff?
FACT. More people die EACH YEAR from the complications of type II diabetes than died on 9/11 and in the in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Where is the war on type II diabetes? Where is the front of that war occurring?
The closest I have ever seen on this issue was a commercial for heart disease during an episode of the TV show Monk. It only aired once.
Why doesn't Hollywood take a stand on diabetes? Why aren't any actors doing public service announcements about exercise and diabetes?
Thank goodness we have a First Lady who is tackling the real life issue of obesity – one of the hallmarks of type II diabetes.
I make the bold statement that type II diabetes can be CURED because I care and I desperately want people to know the facts about type II diabetes that few people appear to have ever been told. I want people to know:
1. Type II diabetes will go away -and stay away – in most people who take care of their health.
2. Most people don't have to get type II diabetes. Most type II diabetes is environmental (eating too much and exercising too little).
3. Losing a little weight and getting some exercise every day – even 20 minutes a day – can make profound changes not only on type II diabetes, but how long that diabetic lives.
Why don't most type II diabetics know these facts?
If you are a type II diabetic, talk to our doctor. They would love to speak to you about this. Ask your doctor if losing weight would help your diabetes and if the answer is yes, engage your doctor in a dialog to create a program that's right for you to help you achieve a real change that goes beyond just taking a pill. Again, read the interview I did with the woman who cured her type II diabetes.
Food for thought: If you ignore your health, it will go away…
Thanks for reading my words. Your comments are always welcome.