November is Diabetes Awareness Month


Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body's ability to produce or respond properly to insulin, a hormone that allows blood glucose (sugar) to enter the cells of the body and be used for energy. Nearly 21 million children and adults in the U.S. have diabetes. It is the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S. and it has no cure.

Every November, the American Diabetes Association encourages the public to learn more about diabetes and the risks associated with the disease.

Go to the website, to learn more about diabetes, and take the diabetes risk test.

Diabetes And Hypoglycemia
As with many degenerative diseases, diabetes is on the rise. The organ affected is the pancreas, which sits just below the rib cage to the left of the abdomen. It is responsible for producing enzymes to digest foods and insulin to assimilate sugars.

Overeating sweets and/or starches stimulates the pancreas to keep over-producing insulin. Eventually, it "burns out" and insulin production decreases dramatically. If diagnosis is made early and the diet is changed to exclude sweets and starches, often the pancreas can rejuvenate on its own, especially with the help of certain nutrients. If the pancreas is genetically weak and/or diet is not significantly changed, insulin injections may be necessary. It is very important to get this condition corrected as soon as possible due to the disease's complications such as impotence, blindness and gangrene.

Diabetes or hyperglycemia (too much sugar in the blood) and hypoglycemia (not enough sugar in the blood) are both sugar handling pancreatic dysfunctions. People with hypoglycemia, often a precursor to diabetes, may feel shaky or dizzy if they go without food for only a few hours. They often crave sugar, but eating sweets handles their symptoms, while pushing them further toward the diabetic condition. The answer is to help the pancreas rejuvenate while transitioning to a healthy diet.

A healthcare practitioner specializing in natural holistic medicine can conduct the proper tests to evaluate the status of the pancreas and make recommendations for the appropriate nutrients and dietary changes.

Janice Piro, DC, DABCI

7 Million Cases
Almost 7 million cases of Diabetes are undiagnosed and unaware that they are suffering from this disease.

In addition, a further 55 million Americans suffer from Pre-diabetes, a condition where the body's blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as having diabetes.

These numbers continue to rise and it is time for people to take control of their health and well being to stop these numbers rising.

"How do I stop myself or my family from becoming afflicted with this disease?"

We must first look at the cause: "Disease". Dis-ease within the body is the major cause of ill health, including diabetes.

Typically, exercise and nutritional changes would be the recommendations to help sufferers, and as preventative measures for pre-diabetes patients this may be sufficient, however the body's overall stress levels must also be addressed.

We believe in focusing on improving a person's health using six modifiable lifestyle factors: Thinking, correct breathing, hydration, unique nutrition through proper application of the metabolic typing diet, the right exercise, and plenty of quality sleep.

Brett Sanders, Real Health Inc.

Exercise Recommended for Type II Diabetes
We are, literally, experiencing an epidemic of diabetes in the U.S., with the average age at which diabetes is detected continuing to go down. According to some studies, as much as 30% of newly diagnosed cases are in adolescents and people in their early 20's. Diabetes used to be considered a disease that happened to people 45 and older.

According to the Finnish Diabetes Prevention Study, you can reduce your risk of getting diabetes by 80-100% by losing as little as 5% of your body weight and exercising as little as a half hour every day.

The potential benefits of exercise for Type II Diabetics are:

Reduced blood glucose and insulin levels
Improved oral glucose tolerance
Improved insulin secretion response to oral glucose
Improved insulin sensitivity
Improved blood lipid and lipoprotein concentrations
Decreased hypertension
Reduced risk of advanced cardiovascular disease
Increased physical fitness level
Increased caloric expenditure contributing to weight
reduction and maintenance
Enhanced quality of life
Healthier lifestyle
And increased send of well-being
Type II diabetics should exercise a minimum of five to six times per week. Exercise should be performed at a low intensity for about 40-60 minutes. Walking is highly recommended along with non-weight bearing activities such as water aerobics and cycling.

Finally, Type II diabetics should see their physician prior to beginning a physical activity program and should return regularly to assess the status of diabetic complications.

Toni Simon, WC, CHt
Personal Trainer for the Body and Mind,
Personal Power Center

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