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Diabetes has acquired its name from the Greek word "siphon". Diabetes is a disorder of the metabolism and the endocrine system, and is a blood-related disease. It has two forms: Diabetes mellitus (from the Greek word for sugar) and Diabetes insipidus. The main causes of this disorder are that either the body does not produce enough insulin, as happens in type 1 diabetes, or it does not use the available insulin in a proper manner, as in type 2 diabetes. Insulin is a hormone that helps the body convert glucose into energy. The factors which contribute to diabetes include lack of exercise, excessive weight, age, poor diet and, most importantly, genetics.
The symptoms of diabetes are fatigue, as the body does not get enough energy due to non-absorption of glucose, unquenchable thirst due to frequent urination, and weakening of the eyesight as a consequence of loss of excess body fluid in the form of urine. A diabetic person is also susceptible to frequent infections, like urinary tract infections, colds and flu. Another symptom is a tingling or burning feeling in the hands and feet. Most of the time diabetes goes unchecked because the symptoms are harmless.
The fasting plasma glucose test, done in the morning, is a relatively cheap and easy test. It measures the blood sugar levels when one is not eating. The random plasma glucose test does not require fasting and can be done at any time.
This type of test is the easiest and does not require any preparation. The oral glucose tolerance test involves checking blood glucose while fasting and then asking the patient to drink a super-sweet solution, after which the test is repeated, the results are compared to the standard, and if your reading is higher than normal then you have diabetes. Other tests involve glycated hemoglobin, urine tests and finger-prick tests.
It is sad that diabetes is a life-long disease. Even if you undergo treatment in the form of medication, diet change and exercise to get your sugar levels under control, you are still diabetic.
As always, before you attempt to self medicate or try a new health regimen or program we suggest you retain the services of a qualified health care professional.
OBESITY LEADS TO DIABETES
Insulin resistance, or syndrome X as it is now called, is the most under-diagnosed disease in the U.S. today. It is estimated that as much as 25% of the population either has, or has symptoms of diabetes. Six and one-half million Americans are being treated for diabetes. Studies indicate that there are an additional 6.5 million adults with undetected type II diabetes, and another 25 million have impaired glucose tolerance that may lead to full blown diabetes. The primary reason for this is that in 1900 the average person consume 2 pounds of sugar a year. By the years 2000, the amount was 200 pounds per year. Simply, our insulin system is breakingdown faster under an impossible workload.
The difference between Insulin Resistance and Type II Diabetes: Insulin Resistance may occur for many decades before Type II Diabetes is diagnosed. With Insulin Resistance, the pancreas is producing too much insulin. With diabetes, the pancreas can no longer produce insulin. If treated early, Insulin Resistance does not eventually become Diabetes and does not require the daily administration of medication to control the disease.
After years of repeating the process, the pancreas becomes less efficient, or unable, to release enough insulin into the blood stream to take all the excess sugar out of the bloodstream and carry it to the muscle and other cells in the body.
We've found the very latest treatments for diabetes - both plant derivatives and pharmacological. Here are just a few of these amazing discoveries. Here is what you should do and shouldn't do. Here's what how the body processes sugar, what happens when the process breaks down and what to do to avoid it and what to do if you already have it.
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Causes/Basic Definitons of Diabetes
Causes of Diabetes
Before studying the causes of diabetes you must understand what is diabetes? Diabetes is a disease caused by hormonal imbalance. Insulin is helpful in supply of sugar to various parts of the body. When the beta cells in either produce low quantities of insulin or does not produce insulin in the pancreas, such a stage is called diabetes. In other cases the insulin is produced in the pancreas but the blood cells do not respond to the insulin. This factor of insulin imbalance leads to diabetes.
After eating a high glycemic meal, the pancreas releases insulin to take the excess sugar out of the blood. The problem is that insulin has a greater half-life than glucose. So, even after all the recent sugar is whisked away into the muscles and liver (the body can only store about 300 grams of carbohydrates in the muscles and 60-90 grams in the liver), the insulin is still actively taking even more sugar out of the blood stream until blood sugar level plummet. The brain then signals the body to eat foods that will quickly raise blood sugar levels. This translates to a craving for high glycemic index food (sugary, products made with processed flour, starches, and some fruits) and the cycle continues.
Diabetes is classified in different categories based on the above factors. They are commonly known as Type-1 & Type-2 Diabetes.
In Type-1 Diabetes the insulin is not produced in the pancreas. This happens because beta cells producing insulin are attacked and destroyed by the body's cells. Researches are yet to confirm why this happens. This system of attacking and destroying insulin producing cells has a name called "autoimmune reaction". There are no proven results available to establish the cause of this destruction of cells. However certain results are indicative why this happens.
They are as follows:
a) It may be result of specific bacterial or viral infection. b) It may be the result of toxins which are consumed through food. c) According to some scientists it is the result of cow milk feeding at a very young infant stage.
The above causes are only hypothesis and exact cause is yet to be established.
The other form of diabetes - Type-2 Diabetes develops under the following circumstances:
a) Insulin Resistance. In this stage though the insulin is produced in the pancreas but the blood cells do not respond to the insulin.
This leads to excess production of insulin. This over production of insulin results in getting insulin-producing cells exhausted.
b) As a result of insulin producing cells getting exhausted, there may not be sufficient insulin available or the available insulin may not be normal for your body system.
Here are some other factors which may increase the risk of occurrence of Type-2 diabetes. These factors are Increasing Age, Overweight and Physical Inactivity. There are some other causes which may increase the risk of diabetes occurrence. But these are not so common and may be found in rare cases.
Continued prolonged consumption of certain drugs/steroids/medicines may elevate the blood sugar leading to diabetes. Women may suffer from Gestational diabetes during pregnancy period. However, this type of diabetes is temporary but chances of it converting into Type-2 diabetes can not be ruled out. Some diseases affect the pancreas. The pancreas may be damaged as a result of these diseases. This results in the malfunction of the pancreas and non-production of insulin. This can lead to diabetes.
What doesn't cause diabetes? You know that obesity - which is the cause of diabetes - is the result of eating sweets or the wrong kind of food. But eating sweets or the wrong type of food does not itself result in the occurrence of diabetes. Stress may worsen the condition of diabetes but stress can not cause diabetes.
Diabetes is not contagious. It cannot spread from one person to another.
Above are the common and known causes of all types of diabetes. The best way to overcome this disease is to follow a life style which suits your body. If you follow certain tips like eating nutritious food, regular daily exercise, and avoid the use of steroids.
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If you want a cure for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer, or diabetes, don't count on the academia, the National Institute of Health (NIH), or the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. With all the money they have spent on researching these diseases, they have very little to show for it.
In 1971, during the State of the Union address, President Nixon declared the war on cancer proposing "an intensive campaign to find a cure for cancer." Since 1971, Americans spent, through taxes, donations, and private R&D, about $200 billion in inflation-adjusted dollars. This money produced 1.56 million papers on cancer. Yet, today we are no closer to a cure than we were in 1971. Why?
Consider what Dr. Almog said in his paper: Drug Industry in "depression" (Almog, D. Drug industry in "depression". Med Sci Monit. 2005 Jan;11(1):SR1-4, I would urge you to read his paper, it's an eye opener on relationship between academic research and commercial drug discovery): "When the basic science/biology of disease is not available, no new drugs come to market." With the billion of dollars spent by the NIH on basic science, and the millions of papers published on the topic, the question is, "Why isn't the basic science/biology of disease available? Individual discoveries in the biology of human disease are cornerstone in new treatments. However, in drug discovery, these basic science/biology discoveries are seemingly unrelated dots. To connect the dots you need a theory. The Blind Men and the Elephant is a famous story about six blind men encountering an elephant for the first time.
Each man, seizing on the single feature of the animal, which he appeared to have touched first, and being incapable of seeing it whole, loudly maintained his limited opinion on the nature of the beast. The elephant was considered a wall, a spear, a snake, a tree, a fan or a rope, depending on whether the blind men had first grasped the creature's side, tusk, trunk, knee, ear or tail. The story epitomizes the problem of the reductionist approach in biology.
A recent book Microcompetition with Foreign DNA and the Origin of Chronic Disease, by Hanan Polansky , presents an alternative. The book identifies the disruption that causes atherosclerosis, cancer, obesity, osteoarthritis, type II diabetes, alopecia, type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, asthma, lupus, thyroiditis, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, graft versus host disease, and other chronic diseases, and describes the sequence of events that leads from the disruption to the molecular, cellular, and clinical effects."
What are the implications of the NIH failure? A decline in the number of new drugs introduced by pharmaceutical companies. Consider what professor Taylor says in his paper: Fewer new drugs from the pharmaceutical industry (Taylor D. Fewer new drugs from the pharmaceutical industry. BMJ. 2003 Feb 22;326(7386):408-9): "In 2002 spending on medicines exceeded $400bn (£248bn; 377bn) worldwide.
Optimists in the pharmaceutical industry believe that the global market for their products will go on expanding by around 10% a year, with the United States continuing to lead towards higher per capita outlays. Expenditure on research by the pharmaceutical industry is also increasing worldwide. It is now over $45bn a year---twice the sum recorded at the start of the 1990s---and projected to rise to $55bn by 2005-6. Concerns are growing, however, about the productivity of research being funded by the major pharmaceutical companies. ... Empirical evidence indicates a crisis in productivity in pharmaceutical research. The number of medicines introduced worldwide that contain new active ingredients dropped from an average of over 60 a year in the late 1980s to 52 in 1991 and only 31 in 2001. The overall number of new active substances undergoing regulatory review is still falling."
On the one hand, the expenditure on research is increasing. On the other, the number of new drugs is decreasing. The professionals call this situation the productivity crisis in drug discovery.
The NIH failed to produce the so much needed biology of chronic disease because it is caught in the reductionist mentality. Dr. Hanan Polansky offers an alternative. If we want a cure for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer, or diabetes, we need to seriously consider his alternative.
We are a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that specializes in researching the original disruption that causes a disease, and the sequence of events that lead from the original disruption to the development of clinical symptoms.
My Story - Can Diabetes be Controlled
My Story - Can Diabetes be Controlled
After a game of golf one day, I contracted cramps that almost overtook me, such severe cramps that consumed me for some 15 minutes before I was able to get relief. After getting them out of my legs, my arms would contract, shoulders, back, neck, indeed my whole body seem to have an attack. Sure I was tired, but I have never experienced such a painful experience before or since. I had been starting to get minor cramping while playing golf, and the attacks were starting to strike earlier in the round but I had no idea what was causing this to happen.
A couple of days later, I visited my doctor, and told him my story. He immediately stated that he thought I might have a "sugar problem", but we would have to do a multitude of blood tests. I considered myself to be in excellent health, my cholesterol level was low, 48 years of age, never smoked, social drinker, a little overweight, played tennis during summer, casual golfer, grown up family, long marriage, financially OK, lots of friends, how could I possibly have "a sugar problem".
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The doctor asked me if anyone in my family had diabetes, and here is a key, my mother had experienced some problems with diabetes before she died at a young age of 52 years of age.
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By now he was convinced, blood tests followed and two days later I was back in his office. He told me that I had Type 2 diabetes, and ran through the test results with me. He told me not to worry, many people had the disease, there is plenty of good research and treatment available, and wrote me a prescription for metformin and lipitor, the former to control glucose and insulin, the latter to control my cholesterol levels.
Home I went, and I remember how difficult it was to tell my wife the news, I felt like a condemned man. However, my journey had begun. I drifted through the next 3 years, not taking anything too seriously. I was still healthy enough, just got tired quickly, and mild symptoms of the disease.
I was at a party one day, and a guy I saw irregularly came up and asked why I was drinking beer. I told him my symptoms were mild, and I was sick of eating cardboard and grass!! I let him know my thoughts on my lifestyle, and how I would rather die a few years earlier than live miserably. He told me his father had recently died of the disease, and how his mother had cared for his father for 22 years. In short, he scared the daylights out of me with a description of his father's final months. I have two daughters, both married, one expecting her first child. How could I put my wife and family through that, and was I being selfish. So I decided to do something about it.
The first thing I did was learn as much as I could about Type 2 Diabetes. I read every article I could find and there is plenty published. Go to http://www.health4diabetes.com to see over a 100 pages of information. Secondly, I went onto a strict diet, and lost over 7kg in 3 months. Thirdly, I started a regimented exercise program, 5 long hard walks of 50 minutes each, and played golf twice a week, and tennis once a week.
Guess what - After my last visit to the doctor to discus the latest blood test, I am no longer diabetic. I know the disease can't be cured, but I can learn to control it better. I'm looking forward to life more positively, and of becoming a grandfather for the first time.
An average everday guy who proves nobody is immune from disease.
Don't you just hate it when you ask for a sugar free drink in a pub or restaurant and all they've got to offer is diet cola or water? Or you're offered a pure fruit juice - "Well, that's sugar free - isn't it?" No it isn't - the naturally occurring sugar is rather high, but here are a few drinks you might like to try...
I got so fed up of the standard cola offer, I decided to experiment and you might like to try these alternatives to 'just cola'.
1) Mix diet cola and diet tonic water in the same glass. It gives a slightly sharper taste and makes a very long, refreshing drink on a hot day.
2) Split a pure fruit juice (e.g. orange) with a friend and add sparkling water to your half. Or try mixing it with diet tonic water.
Why not experiment with other unsweetened fruit juices? And, if you want a little bit more of a kick, you could add rum extract to give more flavor.
If you have any ideas for sugar-free drink recipes I'd love to hear about them.
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