Diabetes the new epidemic - Top 10 things you should know
Diabetes is a problem of sugar handling. Unfortunately, it has become our modern day epidemic. It may be easy to blame in on our nation growing older, but the prevalence of diabetes has increased out of control in all age groups. When I first became a Chiropractor we would call disease of “Adult Onset Diabetes is now called “Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) because the number of children and young people acquiring the disease. It is really a sad state of affairs we are in.
Let’s talk a look at how rampant the diabetes epidemic is:
29.1 million adults are diagnosed with diabetes, and type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% to 95% of all cases.
1 in every 10 adults ages 20 to 64 has diabetes
1 in 4 seniors ages 65 and older has diabetes.
1 out of 3 babies born in 2000 will develop diabetes.
In 2012, an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes and another 2.2 million deaths were attributable to high blood glucose.
Almost half of all deaths attributable to high blood glucose occur before the age of 70.
WHO projects that diabetes will be the 7th leading cause of death in 2030.
These are staggering numbers, and they are only expected to rise. We live in a world plagued by junk food and lack of movement, and until we make lifestyle changes and educate ourselves about all that is involved in this chronic disease, the numbers will just keep rising.
What are the top ten myths about type 2 diabetes:
Myth 1: Diabetes only runs in certain families. The truth is that diabetes can occur even if you have no family history of diabetes. Scientists are beginning to understand that, while there are genes you can inherit that make it more likely for you to develop diabetes, One of those genes is APOE 2. Part of our functional medicine panel we measure for this genetic marker to determine your risk of developing diabetes. it is
a disease that has both genetic and environmental origins. Even if you have the genes for diabetes from your parents or grandparents, you can still, through diet and exercise, not get diabetes at all. If, on the other hand, you don’t exercise and you don’t eat right, the metabolic changes can occur in your system that can trigger the onset of diabetes, even without a family history.
Myth 2: You can’t get diabetes if you are of normal weight. The truth is that, while being overweight is a risk factor for diabetes, you can get it even if you are of normal weight. Diabetes is a condition that tends to worsen if you are overweight or obese and tends to improve if you lose weight. Still, depending on your family history and genetics, you can be of normal or even low weight and have diabetes be a part of your life.
Myth 3: Diabetes is a disease of adults. There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is a condition that almost always originates in children or young adults and it is an autoimmune condition not related to lifestyle. There is a slightly different condition called type 2 diabetes that increases in incidence as we age. But with the increase in obesity in children, more children are getting the disease early in life.
Myth 4: You can’t have diabetes without symptoms. In many cases of newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes, there are no specific symptoms to notice. If the sugar is very high, there may be fatigue, frequent urination and an elevated thirst but, in cases of mild or early diabetes, but there also can be no symptoms at all. This is why blood sugar screening for diabetes is so important. At McLaughlin Care we measure not only the glucose when screening for diabetes, but the insulin, HgA1c and Homa-IR. This gives us a complete functional medicine approach to reversing and preventing this disease.
Myth 5: In diabetes, there is a lack of insulin. In type 2 diabetes, by far the most common type of diabetes, there may even be elevated insulin levels. The problem is one of insulin resistance in the cells of the body. It causes the pancreas to respond by releasing even more insulin. Eventually, however, the pancreas becomes overworked and gives out less and less insulin.
Myth 6: Diabetes isn’t that serious. Well, controlled diabetes through diet, exercise, and medications can lead to a long and healthy life. However, with poorly controlled, the high blood sugar situation can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, eye disease, nerve disease, diabetic coma, and premature death.
Myth 7: Eating sugar causes diabetes. Diabetes is caused by a particular combination of heredity and lifestyle. But it can be triggered by lifestyle alone. Eating sugar is just one of those lifestyle factors to consider when preventing or controlling diabetes.
Myth 8: If you get diabetes in pregnancy, you will always have it. Gestational diabetes is a disorder of high blood sugar in pregnancy. Most women will begin to have normal blood sugars shortly after delivering their baby but having gestational diabetes puts you at a greater risk of getting type 2 diabetes later in life.
Myth 9: Diabetics have to eat special “dietetic” foods. There is nothing special about foods marketed for diabetics. We are able to determine the best diet and personalized nutrition plan based on your laboratory findings and by measuring your metabolic type. A regular diet low in refined sugars with plenty of healthy fats and protein will help to control diabetes but the personalized plan will insure it.
Myth 10: You can’t eat starchy foods when you’re diabetic. You should aim for 45-60 grams of complex carbohydrate coming from veggies and a small amount of fruit. When eaten with protein, you don’t have to eliminate starchy foods like potatoes, peas, corn or yams from your diet.
If you would like to find out more information on diabetes and personalized functional medicine and functional nutrition or have yourself and family tested for Diabetes and Metabolic Typing call our office to set up a consultation with Dr. Julie McLaughlin, 847-234-2346
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