Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
Diabetes can be divided into Type I (“insulin dependent”) and Type II (previously called “adult onset” before children started getting it). Type I and II are really two completely different conditions, the former is due to a complete lack of insulin production thought to be caused by a virus that triggers an autoimmune reaction that destroys the pancreatic cells that produce insulin. Type I Diabetes makes up only 5 percent of all cases of Diabetes. It does not appear Type I can be prevented or treated any way other than prescription Insulin.
Type II Diabetes which is associated with or caused by obesity and overweight is a growing health problem reaching epidemic levels in the United States. Type II Diabetes has genetic influences but is primarily caused by poor lifestyle factors including diet high in sugars and quickly digestible carbohydrates (i.e. processed foods and sugars) combined with inactivity.
Many factors influence propensity to develop Type II Diabetes including genetic predisposition, declining hormones such as testosterone and suboptimal thyroid, poor sleep quality, inadequate nutrition, high physiologic and/or emotional stress, and as mentioned inactivity. In most individuals, several of these predisposing factors have merged into to a collective risk that eventually translates fundamentally into tissue resistance to insulin, which leads to elevated blood sugar.
The fundamental problem with Type II Diabetes , “insulin resistance”, develops over years or even decades. Traditional screening includes is a fasting blood glucose which, if above 100, is considered “Borderline” Diabetes or if above 126 considered Type II Diabetes. These are fairly random demarcations within the underlying continuum of insulin resistance.
The problem with using a fasting glucose as a screening tool is that it is a late marker for the fundamental problem of insulin resistance. Once, the blood sugar has risen even to 100, the individual likely has had insulin resistance for many years.
Why does insulin resistance occur?
Insulin resistance occurs because our tissues become resistant to the effects of insulin which allows glucose to enter each cell for its conversion to energy. This leads to not only elevated glucose in the blood, but also increases insulin production which further causes weight gain.
Can Diabetes be reversed?
Both Insulin resistance and its eventual counterpart Diabetes CAN be reversed. Unfortunately, the cards are stacked against most patients who have had Diabetes for awhile. Most patients are on one or more medications that actually increase insulin production. While this helps blood sugar control, it perpetuates the insulin resistance and weight gain and increases dependency on medication. Fortunately, at The Lamkin Clinic, we have nearly a decade experience helping patients reverse their Diabetes and get off their meds.
How do I get started?
The starting point at The Lamkin Clinic is an initial physician consult, essentially a get-to-know-you visit, and typically a comprehensive lab analysis including hormones, markers of inflammation/nutrition/cardiovascular risk, insulin sensitivity, and metabolic function.
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