Diabetes is not a disease; it falls under the category of metabolic syndromes/lifestyle diseases (LSD), which means that an active healthy lifestyle (guided by a professional) could go a long way in containing and/or even reversing the ailment.
There are two types of diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes: In Type 1 Diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Therefore external insulin has to be given. This disease cannot be reversed. To avoid complication, caloric input and energy output have to be maintained at a constant level.
Type 2 Diabetes: (a large part of the population falls here) It is lifestyle related, where the body produces insulin but it is not able control the blood sugar levels. It is a symptom of an ailment called Insulin Resistance (IR). If you address the symptom instead of the underlying disease i.e. IR, diabetes cannot be cured. But if you cure IR before the damage is done to pancreas (the gland that produces insulin) diabetes gets cured automatically.
What is Insulin Resistance (IR)?
IR is a condition in which the insulin in our body is not able to perform its function effectively; forcing the body to produce more insulin to compensate for the ineffectiveness. To say that insulin is ineffective is not correct, the problem is that the body cannot effectively utilize the amount of sugar ingested.
Trying to increase the body’s sugar usage through exercise cannot be a long-term solution. On the other hand, decreasing caloric input into the blood reduces the carbohydrates, this coupled with lifestyle movements, provides lasting health benefits. If this is done in the early stages of diabetes, the disease can be reversed. If corrective steps are not taken early enough, the pancreas will deteriorate, which will push the patient into insulin dependent diabetes that is the same as Type-1 Diabetes.
The excess production of insulin keeps the blood sugar under control but deteriorates the pancreas and impacts other vital organs like the heart and kidneys, aside from causing inflammation, which is a risk factor for lifestyle diseases.
How To Measure IR?
If the TG/HDL is greater than 3.5, it is an indication of IR
This indicates the predominance of small and dense Low Density Lipoprotein particles which may lead to heart problems.
Food related functions of insulin:
a. Transport the blood sugar (glucose) into the muscle cells
b. Stop glucose production by the liver
c. Prevent the release of fatty acids from the fat stores
d. Help the brain prevent excess eating
When Does IR Start And How To Recognise It:
IR typically starts ten to twelve years before the onset of Diabetes. For most Indians, the bulging belly is the first sign of IR. Low High Density Lipoprotein and/or high triglycerides are the laboratory proofs for IR. Apart from some unfortunate children who suffer from childhood obesity due to wrong eating by their mothers during pregnancy; the beginning of IR generally coincides with the first job or first year of marriage.
Early Action Is The Key For A Lifetime of Happiness:
IR generates fat. But before the fat generation begins, our bodies dispose the excess calories by increasing the metabolism. This is the period when people wrongly believe that nothing happens to them even if they do not stick to healthy eating habits. But once the fat is generated, it is difficult to get rid of it, because the body is designed to retain fat, so it does not cooperate in fat reducing measures.
The Cure For Diabetes Is Almost Always Worse Than The Disease:
Anti-diabetic medicines reduce the Blood Sugar by making the body produce more insulin. So even if these pills control the Blood Sugar (BS), the excess insulin generated creates bigger health hazards than the original problem.
The false security generated by the pills, makes the diabetic patient flout the healthy eating and lifestyle practices even more. So, generally the patient ends up with problems associated with both excess BS and excess insulin, necessitating additional pills for BP, Cholesterol and other such lifestyle diseases.
The diabetic pills work best when used with meal planning and exercise. This way you have three therapies working together to lower your blood glucose levels.
Diabetes being a hereditary condition is a myth
Corrective lifestyle changes at an early stage can ensure that the individual can reverse or correct it. The assumption that diabetes is a hereditary condition is a common misconception.
Genes take thousands of years to change. They cannot change in a couple of generations. Then how is it that we see diabetes running in some families? What a person’s mother ate when he/she was in the womb, or even what his grandmother ate when his mother was in the womb could predispose a person to diabetes.
When a person’s mother or grandmother eats unhealthy food or imbalanced nutrition consisting largely of quick digesting foods, during pregnancy for whatever the reason, the child already comes into the world with a carbohydrate addiction and is already familiar with tastes which makes the pancreas overwork. The child continues to follow the same lifestyle and therefore is far more pre-disposed to lifestyle diseases.
In some cases, the grandmother or mother eats low calorized food and sugar supply to the fetus becomes scarce, this programmes the fetus to survive with fewer calories and save as many calories as possible (as fat) for future survival. This is the adaptation to famine conditions, because of which life survives on this planet. What happens, when that fetus turns into a baby and comes into this world, which is full of easily available fast digesting foods? The hormones that are designed to survive famine conditions hoard the calories as fat.
This fact had been amply proved in the following study:
The pregnant women who were skimping on food in India and Africa were selected. African mothers were skimping on food because of scarcity conditions, while the Indian mothers were doing it to maintain their figure. For the children born to African mothers, food availability was same both in the womb and after birth, so they did not suffer lifestyle diseases (LSDs). But for the children born to Indian mothers, food was scarce in the womb and abundant after the birth, which made them predisposed to LSDs.
Ayurveda recognized this fact ages ago and suggested that people should select foods according to their ‘jhataragni’, crude translation of which is ‘fire in the stomach’. Modern science calls it the Glycemic Index.
Dutch Winter Syndrome:
The above phenomenon is amply demonstrated by a very interesting population study. Just before the world war ended, the Germans took most of the food away from Holland to punish the Dutch. This led to starvation in Holland and pregnant woman also bore the brunt of it.
Fifty years later, it was noticed that those children who were in the third trimester of pregnancy during that starvation suffered LSDs. Mercifully, children who were in 1st and 2nd trimester of pregnancy were spared. Before you put all the blame on your parents for your LSD, read the following study:
Fat People’s Pets Were Also Fat:
In an interesting and hilarious study, a US researcher had found that fat people’s pets were also fat. So most of the times, it is not in the genes, but the thinking of a person about the food that drives people to LSDs. But even if you had been provided with genes that predispose you to Diabetes, you still can prevent/reverse it.
Neglecting Personal Health:
Diabetes or for that matter even cancer, takes decades to develop and most LSDs give telltale signs during the development stage. But people ignore them under the false belief that “nothing happens to me”. When the disease finally strikes, they adopt the “I can’t do anything” attitude. The solution is to love your body.
As Lord Buddha said, “No one in this world deserves your compassion more than your body. Don’t outsource your health to others, however qualified they may be.”
For more information on Insulin Resistance, refer to Insulin Resistance
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