Type 2 Diabetes Facts – Straight Up
Type 2 Diabetes Facts
In this article I will share type 2 diabetes facts. Many of which I have learned through my long hours of research while managing, and then reversing my own diabetes. This is intended to be an educational article for anyone who cares for or about a type 2 diabetic. You should read through this article at least once.
The type 2 diabetes epidemic sweeping the world includes loads of people that don’t even know they have already been led down the path to the disease. You see type 2 diabetes is a stealthy attacker, it doesn’t advertise and it uses your own behavior to work it’s evil. Many of these people are living with prediabetes, and although they may be experiencing some symptoms, may not recognize them. Believe it or not, some diabetics may not know they are diabetic at all. That is why it is so important to know these type 2 diabetes facts.
What Exactly is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes (sometimes referred to as non-insulin dependent diabetes) is a disease that manifests itself when your cell walls block the glucose (energy) from entering. Insulin (produced in your pancreas) acts as a a sort of key to open the cell walls and let in the glucose/energy. When the insulin fails to open your cells like normal, you have Insulin resistance. Also, if your pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin, there isn’t enough to go around and your cells don’t get enough.
When either of the above conditions exist, your blood sugar levels go higher. So you can see the importance of Insulin when it comes to regulating the energy in your body. Insulin also supports healing after injuries by delivering amino acids to the muscles. My Signs and Symptoms article identified that a slow healing wound is a sign of diabetes. When blood sugar levels are too high, the kidneys produce more urine in order to flush out the excess sugar. An excess sugar can strain the kidneys because they have to work harder.
Another type of diabetes that arises from Insulin resistance happens to women only. When they are pregnant, they may get Gestational Diabetes, which has symptoms similar to type 2 diabetes. Gestational diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born. However it is considered a risk factor for later development of type 2 diabetes.
Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, Type 4 …
Per the JRDF.org website: “Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, the hormone that controls blood-sugar levels. T1D develops when the insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells are mistakenly destroyed by the body’s immune system”. Much of the folklore about type 1 diabetes says it is passed from generation to generation, i.e. inherited. Treatment revolves around increasing the insulin level to counteract the condition. At this time, there is currently no known cure for type 1 diabetes, although research is ongoing.
Type 2 diabetes facts is explained in the above paragraph.
Type 3 diabetes is a title that has been proposed for Alzheimer’s disease, which results from insulin resistance in the brain. Studies carried out by the research team at Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University identified the possibility of a new form of diabetes after finding that insulin resistance can occur in the brain.
Types 4, 5, and 6 diabetes are much rarer, and apply to specific age or insulin production deficits in either young or old people. For example, type 4 is used to describe age-related insulin resistance that occurs in lean elderly people.
There are also types of diabetes, that would probably require me to get a medical doctor to explain, so I won’t cover those here.
How Can You Recognize a Type 2 Diabetic?
One of the most fortunate and unfortunate things about type 2 diabetes is you won’t easily be able to recognize someone as type 2 diabetic. Unless you are very observant, know all the symptoms, and know the person well, you normally cannot tell when someone is diabetic.
- Fortunate; we diabetics (and former diabetics) are quite difficult to discriminate against by mere looks. Have you ever seen a sign that read “Diabetics not welcome”?
- Unfortunate; your friends and family cannot look at you and tell immediately that you are diabetic. However if you are always looking at specific foods on a menu, it could become clear to them.
- Fortunate; If you are careful and proactive, you might be able to explain why you need that healthy snack in your pocket instead of say, buying the movie theater snacks.
- Unfortunate; you have to be careful in what foods you turn down, and even more in what foods you don’t. It might be that you will have to explain to someone important that you have a disability called diabetes in order to keep from offending the chef.
How Do Doctors Treat Diabetes?
The medical community has determined that treatment for type 2 diabetes is to lower blood sugar levels and avoid complications. You take diabetes drugs designed specifically to lower and control blood sugar levels. Some diabetes drugs have been used for decades. Metformin is the most widely recognized diabetes drug, and its job is to lower your blood glucose. [Not to Cure Diabetes] But like all complex and unnatural drugs, it has some side effects that you should ask your doctor about.
“What is the goal of treatment if I have type 2 diabetes?
Medical practitioners will prescribe any of a number of diabetes medicines, depending on your specific diagnosis. Doctors could also prescribe other drugs on top of diabetes drugs to protect your heart or kidneys or lower cholesterol. Any of the current diabetes drugs just manage or control your blood glucose level. For example: “The goal of treatment for you is to help your body use your insulin better or to get rid of extra sugar in your blood.” taken from Healthline.
Diabetes associations around the world say diabetes is a chronic disease. That you will have it the rest of your life, and that it will progress as time goes on. This is why doctors prescribe drugs like metformin or many others to control or manage your blood sugar levels. Since I can say firsthand that isn’t really true, then there must be another reason for handing out these drugs.
- In 2008, the U.S. alone spent $132 billion for diabetes care.
- By the next decade, an estimated $3.4 trillion will be needed for costs related to diabetes.
A wise man once said to me “Follow the Money” if you want to know the reason why. So, where does the money lead? I believe Pharma companies don’t truly have an interest in curing diabetes because diabetes is big money.
Is Type 2 Diabetes Reversible?
I am living proof that type 2 diabetes is reversible, and I’m not alone in that conclusion. According to a new study by Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, they report. “It is possible to not only reverse type 2 diabetes, but to stay free of the condition long term”. In time on this very site, I will be providing information on how to do just that. I intend to write a step by step list that anyone can follow on how I reversed my type 2 diabetes and became free of the potentially dangerous drugs. Check out this cool video of Dr. Jason Fung, for an excellent description of how it is not only possible to cure, but to keep it at bay for the long term.
You can reverse type 2 diabetes! It is not life-long, chronic, progressive, or an incurable disease.
You trust your doctor, we are all told to. Does your doctor convey true type 2 diabetes facts? The medical community has a strong monetary motivation to keep diabetes going. Big pharma is making way too much money on diabetes treatments for them to just quit. However, type 2 diabetes facts prove the diabetic is not really the benefactor of non-natural diabetes drugs in use today.
Diabetes is a stealthy disease that can devastate your body and leave you living a disadvantaged and shorter life than you deserve. I’ll admit that I started out on metformin and lisinipril to help me reduce my blood sugar, and it did. I noticed side effects, and continuously looked for ways to avoid them. Until I found a way to naturally reverse my type 2 diabetes.
My Prediction: Today’s medical treatment of diabetes with drugs to manage/control blood sugar will be around for a while still. I feel like diabetes care will still cost a lot when the medical community finally changes its stance on treatment.
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