Did you know that Diabetes is the 7th leading killer in the United States? It has been characterized as an epidemic. 25.8 million Americans have diabetes — 8.3% of the U.S. population. Of these, 7 million do not know they have the disease. It is estimated that 79 million adults aged 20 and older have pre-diabetes. Studies have shown that by losing weight and increasing physical activity people can prevent or delay pre-diabetes from progressing to diabetes. We also know weight loss can reverse type 2 diabetes.
Preventing pre-diabetes from becoming full-blown diabetes and reversing type 2 diabetes is critical. Uncontrolled diabetes—marked by excess sugar in the blood—can lead to:
• Eye Damage
• Kidney Damage
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Vascular Dementia
• Nerve Damage
• Diseases of the mouth and gums
The new research suggests that if people with pre-diabetes don’t lose enough weight in those first months, physicians may want to consider more aggressive treatment, such as adding a medication to push blood sugar levels lower. This new recommendation is in response to the damage high blood sugar reeks on the body. Call it a symphony of destruction.
Type-1 diabetes is most often diagnosed in childhood or in young adults. Only 5%-10% of diabetics have this form of the disease. In type 1, the body’s own immune system, which usually fights harmful bacteria or viruses, attacks and destroys the body’s insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. As a result the pancreas has little to no ability to produce insulin. Type 1 Diabetes is not reversible, it is manageable it requires attention to diet, physical activity and the daily replacement of necessary insulin.
In type 2 diabetes, the body does not use insulin properly. Also called insulin resistance, the pancreas is not making enough insulin to keep blood sugar levels normal and/or the body’s cells are not responding to signals that allow insulin to be used properly in the body. Pre-diabetics are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In pre-diabetes, blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet at the level diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is defined as having fasting blood glucose level of 126 mg/dl or greater on two separate occasions. Pre-Diabetes is diagnosed when fasting blood glucose levels are between 100-125mg/dl.
Is it possible to reverse Type 2 diabetes and Pre-Diabetes?
YES – Pre-Diabetes is completely reversible. A pre-diabetic diagnosis is a warning sign: Dander Ahead – if you continue the same life style and nutritional choices. It is possible to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Clinical trials have shown that losing 5 to 7% of body weight – that’s 10 to 14 lbs for a 200 lb person – and getting at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly 60% in those at high risk for developing the disease.
When it comes to type 2 diabetes and Pre-Diabetes, there are only two choices; continue to live with the diagnosis and the degenerative nature of the disease or decide to do something about it. Let us help you reverse this destructive disease. We can help you look and feel great. To learn more about our programs call 561-776-2321 for a FREE Consultation.