diabetes complications

A Crash Course on Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Mellitus

52.9 million Adults over 45 years of age in the US may struggle with high blood sugar.

Over 60% American adults are metabolically unfit, that means they struggle with the ability to properly metabolize carbohydrates.

The poor glycemic effect can be detrimental to health. It has effect in how you feel, look and feel.

And the problem only seems to get worse with time. This can cause you to be irritable and have issues with clarity and appetite.

No matter you age. It is vital that you maintain healthy blood sugar. Your blood sugar is the amount of blood glucose in your blood per time. This glucose is your body’s primary source of energy that carries out its activities.

Glucose is absorbed through your blood by the cells together with Oxygen inside your mitochondria.

Glucose plus oxygen in the mitochondria is used to create ATP. The ATP is used as fuel to power your body.

When you consume carbohydrates, carbohydrate is broken down into glucose molecules and the hormone insulin is released.  This insulin helps the body to absorb the glucose they need.  But when so many carbohydrates are consumed, your body can become insensitive to insulin.

Also when you live a sedentary lifestyle and do not exercise much. You have excess stress hormones and on top of that you are not sleeping well.  It might affect your body’s ability to absorb glucose.

When too much glucose is circulating in your bloodstream, your blood sugar becomes high.  This can lead to issues of low energy, brain fog, feeling out of control hunger, feeling irritable, moody etc.

A new study recently published in Nature Medicine concludes that a surge in global type 2 diabetes cases was driven by 3 major dietary factors.

  1. Insufficient intake of whole grains
  2. Overconsumption of processed meat
  3. Excess consumption of refined rice and wheat

This study suggests that poor carbohydrate quality is a leading driver of diet attributable to type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes has many complications such as diabetes neuropathy, blindness, leg amputations, heart attack, heart failure, stroke etc.

Diabetes neuropathy is damage to nerves in the foot caused by diabetes. This means you no longer feel sensations on your feet.

Diabetes ketoacidosis is a serious complication of diabetes that occurs when your body produces high level of blood acids, called ketones.

Diabetes ketoacidosis can lead to diabetes coma- passing out for a long time. This happens when your cells does not get enough glucose they need for energy and your body begins to burn fat for energy which produces ketones.

Diabetes and your liver. Diabetes raises your risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. A liver disease can lead to death.

Diabetes and your kidneys. Your kidneys removes waste from the body, balance fluids, help keep blood pressure under control.

Kidneys can be damaged from diabetes. Diabetes damages the nerve in your body. This can cause difficulty in emptying your bladder. The pressure resulting inability to pass urine can back up and injure your kidney.

About 30% of diabetes patients with type 1 diabetes and 10-40% of type 3 diabetes will eventually suffer from kidney failure.

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. About 1 out of 3 adults with diabetes will eventually develop kidney disease.

Diabetes nephropathy affects your kidney’s ability to do its functions.

Diabetes and your eyes which is called diabetes retinopathy.

Diabetes macular edema is leading to swelling of the macular. Macular is needed for driving and seeing faces.

Glaucoma is a deadly eye disease that affects the optic nerve of the eye leading to the brain.  When the pressure in the eye is high, it can lead to blindness

Eye diseases-cataracts

Diabetes and your sexuality

Because of damage done to the blood vessels, nerves, hormones for the men, it might result in erectile dysfunction. Causing the man not being able to respond to touch. The man’s sexual organs will not be able to stand.

Insulin resistance can be found in people who are living with obesity and have higher carbohydrates consumption and a high fat consumption

Factors that tend to drive insulin resistance are foods that are carbohydrate dense. Examples are refined sugars, fat,Animal products and oil.

Insulin resistance can be caused by dietary factors.  Dietary factors could lead to Prediabates.

Fats from Whole foods have positives effect on the body while fat from animal sources tend to have a negative effect on the body.

Foods high in dietary fats increase the insulin resistance in the body.

Whole foods plant based diets are the best way to go and cause remission of the diabetes.


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