Class 1: Introduction

Definitions:

Diabetes:
Diabetes is a disease in which the body fails to properly use insulin.

Insulin:
Insulin is a protein hormone secreted by the islets of Langerhans in the pancreas. It helps the body use carbohydrates, which are the starches and sugars found in the food we eat.

Types of Diabetes:
Type 1: A chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.
Type 2: A chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose).
Gestational Diabetes: A form of high blood sugar affecting pregnant women.

Symptoms of Diabetes:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Blurred vision
  • Poor wound healing

Insulin Resistance:
In type-2 diabetes the pancreas is synthesizing normal and sometimes excess amounts of insulin. However, in this case the problem is not with the pancreas; the problem is that the cells throughout the body have become resistant to the actions of insulin. This peripheral resistance results in less sugar entering the cells and more remaining in the blood. The development of insulin resistance is a normal adaptive mechanism the body uses to ward off extreme fat accumulation when faced with the rich Western diet. See more at Dr. McDougall on this article on Simple Care for Diabetes  and two videos on McDougall Moments: Diabetes and  How to Prevent and Treat Diabetes, Part 1.

Insulin resistance syndrome (aka metabolic syndrome or syndrome X):

  • High blood pressure
  • Abdominal fat, high blood fats
  • Low HDL
  • Obesity
  • High uric acid

Insulin resistance can be corrected with:

  • weight loss (class 7) 
  • exercise (class 4)
  • reducing saturated fats in diet  (class 2)

The more effort you put into making necessary lifestyle changes, the greater the results will be.

Here are  great videos of Dr. Neil Barnard on Neil Barnard program for Reversing Diabetes and Reverse Diabetes Part One and Tackling diabetes with a bold new dietary approach.

 

 

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