Borderline Diabetic – Stop it Now
Diabetes is a killer!
Diabetes is a debilitating disease that is becoming more and more common among the population. This dreaded disease stuck close to my home, so I was a detailed study of it. Medical science divides diabetes into three categories:
Type I is often referred to as "childhood diabetes." as it often infects children and young adults. It occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin-the hormone that keeps our blood sugar under control. Consuming food that contains sugar, starches and to a lesser degree-some other foods as well must be converted. Insulin converts sugar into glucose, which supplies the energy the cells in our bodies require to function in a normal manner. With proper diet and insulin therapy, this group of diabetics can live normal, healthy and most importantly-long lives!
Type II strikes adults and does not discriminate as to age. There have been some studies that indicate certain people are more prone to get the disease. The American Diabetes Association states that "Type II diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans / Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population." In the case of type II diabetics, the pancreas is still producing insulin but in markedly reduced quantities or the cells refusal to accept the sugar being transported by the insulin.
Gestational Diabetes: Many women are diagnosed with this disease at about 28 weeks into their pregnancy, whether they were diabetic prior to conception or not. And having this illness during pregnancy usually results in a return to normal blood sugar levels after delivery.
Close To Home!
In my case two male friends and my wife were faced with the problem. One friend suffered through the amputation of one leg and his medical team suggests that the other leg be amputated too. The other male friend was grossly overweight and drank one sugar loaded soft drink after another-not to mention the candy bars consumed. He died recently with congestive heart failure, liver and kidney problems. His weight was well in excess of 300 pounds.
My wife was treated for a serious pancreas problem. A gallstone blocked the duct from the pancreas stopping the flow of insulin. This required gall bladder removal. And sometime later, during her regular checkup, her blood sugar was two tenths of a point (6.8) below true type II diabetes (7.0).
But unlike my male friends she went to work to prevent the actual disease, She adopted a strict low carb diet and eliminated any use of sugar, including what is usually found in many processed foods. In three months time her blood sugar was at 6.0 and the added bonus was that she went from a size 18 to a size 8.
The best medical advice she was given was to cut out the sugar. Her low carb diet took care of that and the loss of many unneeded pounds.