Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when the blood sugar or blood glucose levels rise too far above the normal level range. Characterized as a disease, the blood sugar (glucose) levels are increased from either a defect in the insulin secretion, its action, or both. Insulin (a hormone) helps glucose absorb into cells to provide them energy.

Pre-diabetes

Pre-diabetes is when a person’s glucose levels are above normal, but not high enough to be considered as a diabetic. These types of people are considered borderline diabetics. They don’t show symptoms of diabetes, but are considered to have a high risk of developing heart disease. Diabetics don’t produce enough insulin or use the insulin it produces efficiently. Glucose buildup in blood can damage tiny blood vessels in the eyes, the kidneys, and the nervous system.

Insulin

Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ that’s position behind the stomach. The pancreas has clusters that are called islets. Islets have beta cells that produce insulin which is released into the blood. Insulin role in the body is to regulate how the body use digested food for energy.

Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance is the result of the body producing insulin, but not using it efficiently. People having insulin resistance build up glucose in the blood instead of absorbing in the cells. This leads to pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Most people that are insulin resistant develop type 2 diabetes because they weren’t aware of it for many years. Type 2 diabetes is a serious and lifelong disease that if caught early enough can be prevented or even delayed by lifestyle changes. Insulin resistance can also lead to serious health disorders.

Are you having "blood sugar problems" ?

Many people start with elevated blood glucose (BS) of above 100 when fasting. They have that plus elevated Triglycerides. They think that they are OK. They are already heading for trouble. They just keep on packing on the carbohydrates. That can be a big mistake.

Later they will go into an "insulin resistance" situation. It has been called Syndrome X. That was not a good name. It is also called Metabolic Syndrome. It looks like this:

BS above 100 fasting. (Yes, we said 100.) Triglycerides up. Cholesterol up. Uric Acid up. LDL is up. HDL--the good cholesterol-- is down. Hemoglobin AiC is up.

When you take their cholesterol and work out the ratio, it does not look good. (See our section on the ratios.)

They still do not really do anything effective about it. Then they are into the diabetic pattern. It is the same as the above except that the BS is now above 126!

Why did they let it come to that? Perhaps they needed help and information and did not get it.

Call Dr. Lucy Cooper, MS, DAOM, OMD, LAc, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, for nutritional evaluation today at 818 775 1183.

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