Health Show Episode #14 – Diabetes and insulin resistance
World Diabetes Day (14 November 2017) is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign. Diabetes gives rise to damage of blood vessels throughout the body which causes blindness, retinopathy, heart disease, kidney disease, amputation, and even early mortality.
Diabetes Type 1 is an autoimmune disease, where little or no insulin is produced by the pancreas.
Diabetes Type II is a chronic disease caused by our lifestyle. Over 226,000 people in Ireland alone have been diagnosed, but many more will be in a pre-diabetes stage of Insulin Resistance. If your blood insulin levels have been high for years, the cells of your body start to ignore it and becomes less effective at this important job in your body.
Insulin is a hormone that reduces blood glucose in your body by pushing it into your cells that use it or burn it to make ATP (our pockets of energy). If you don’t use up your ATP then any glucose left over will be stored as fat.
If you eat too many carbs and over processed foods, have abdominal obesity, get hungry and cravings for sugar, high blood pressure and PCOS, then you have some of the signs of elevated insulin. The problem is we get used to how we feel, and don’t realise the problems being stored up for later in life. Perhaps the most alarming of all though is that this was once considered an adult-onset disease, but now children are being diagnosed earlier and earlier.
In the jam-packed Health show, we covered a range of topics including :
* Understanding and reversing type 2 diabetes
* How in Systematic Kinesiology we test for insulin resistance
* Steps to Reduce the risk of Developing Diabetes
* Importance of Essential Fats
While so many people being regularly diagnosed with this chronic disease, and millions more people walking around with the disease and don’t know it (27.8 percent of people with diabetes are undiagnosed). Symptoms of diabetes vary from person to person. But, the earlier you catch them, the better it is for your overall health and diabetes care. It is worth getting to know, and keeping a lookout for the symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes
Your Plan to Reverse Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
Certain foods negatively affect your blood sugar levels, cause inflammation and trigger immune responses. To reverse diabetes naturally, the first step is to remove these foods from your diet:
Refined sugar: Refined sugar rapidly spikes blood glucose, and soda, fruit juice and other sugary beverages are the worst culprits
Grains: Grains, especially gluten-containing grains like wheat, contain large amounts of carbohydrates that are broken down into sugar within only a few minutes of consumption.
Remove Dairy: Stay away from all other forms of dairy because the A1 casein produced by conventional cows will harm the body and trigger an immune response similar to gluten.
Include Foods high in chromium:Chromium is a nutrient that’s involved in normal carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Broccoli has the highest amounts of chromium, but you can also find it in raw cheese, green beans.
Use Cinnamon: Cinnamon has the ability to lower blood sugar levels and improve your sensitivity to insulin. (Several small studies have linked cinnamon to better blood sugar levels)
Add Magnesium-rich foods: Magnesium can help regulate blood sugar levels because it plays a role in glucose metabolism. Research shows that diabetes is frequently associated with magnesium deficiency. Eating magnesium-rich foods, like spinach, pumpkin seeds and almonds.
Use Healthy Fats: Use coconut milk, grass-fed butter (Kerrygold) can also help balance out your blood sugar levels. Eat oily fish 2-3 times a week (or more). Eat avocado, and use avocado oil (great for cooking due to a high smoke point).
In an effort to control blood sugar and weight some people are turning to Ketogenic diet.
What is the keto diet?
Special diets for type 2 diabetes often focus on weight loss, so it might seem crazy that a high-fat diet is an option. But the ketogenic (keto) diet, high in fat and low in carbs, can potentially change the way your body stores and uses energy, easing diabetes symptoms.With the keto diet, your body converts fat, instead of sugar, into energy.
Many people with type 2 diabetes are carrying extra weight, so a high-fat diet can seem unhelpful. The goal of the ketogenic diet is to have the body use fat for energy instead of carbohydrates or glucose. A person on the keto diet gets most of their energy from fat, with very little of the diet coming from carbohydrates.
The ketogenic diet doesn’t mean you should load up on saturated fats, though. Heart-healthy fats are the key to sustaining overall health. Some healthy foods that are commonly eaten in the ketogenic diet include:
- fish such as salmon
- cottage cheese
- olives and olive oil
- nuts and nut butters
- seeds (https://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes-ketogenic-diet#Increasingfat2)
Books we recomend–
If you are interested in learning more, the books recommended on the Facebook live event are –
The Insulin Factor – Anthony J Haynes
Keto Clarity – Jimmy Moore
The Obesity Code – Jason Fung
Why we get fat -Gary Taubes
Episode 11 we also discussed sugar and insulin, so to learn more, click here for Health Show #11.
Our next Health Show- episode #15 will take place on the 6th December and with Christmas almost upon us we will talk about ”Surviving Christmas” in healthy and happy way.
And if you’d like to learn more about Systematic Kinesiology and how life could be easier! you’re invited to a Taster Event taking place in Enniscorthy next week. There you’ll learn how to reduce stress, identify food sensetivities, and discover how you can feel great with simple yet powerful techniques using our whole person approach, then ome along to one of our Taster events happening in Enniscorthy this month.