We are paying a very high price for our wonderful, convenient and comfortable western lifestyle. Our health is our most precious commodity and it is suffering as a result of incorrect choices.
On top of environmental exposure, bad food choices and chronic stress, many of us have developed chronic diseases such as diabetes or insulin resistance.
This promotes low grade inflammation in our bodies; in fact, insulin resistance forms the basis of many chronic diseases due to chronic inflammation in the body.
Why should you care about insulin levels?
- The level of insulin circulating in our bodies is of prime importance. If it is very low it could be untreated Type 1 diabetes and very high levels might be insulin resistance or signal pre-diabetes.
- Insulin resistance can be seen as the basis of virtually all chronic diseases of aging. The fact that the plasma glucose levels are not adequately controlled can lead to chronic inflammation throughout the body.
- Too much insulin causes weight gain as the body then stores fat. This becomes a vicious circle which causes more insulin resistance, lower magnesium levels and increased inflammation.
What kind of damage is caused by insulin resistance?
- It causes the formation of sugar-damaged proteins and can weaken cellular function; this in turn stimulates the inflammatory process and produces free radicals. High blood sugar further damages cellular proteins and reduces nitric oxide that keeps arteries open.
- Another side effect could be that healthy collagen loses its elasticity and become prone to breakage, resulting in premature skin ageing which could cause thinning skin, discoloration and being more prone to infections.
Why is inflammation bad for my health?
Although inflammation protects your body from foreign invaders e.g. bacteria and viruses, a chronic low level inflammation can damage your system over time and your first awareness of this problem would be when actual loss of function occurs somewhere in the body!
Increased inflammation predicts future weight gain and causes insulin resistance:
- As fat cells expand, inflammation increases.
- This causes insulin resistance; a primary feature of Type 2 diabetes.
What can you do about elevated sugar levels?
One has to undergo a total mindset change regarding one’s lifestyle; the approach has to be holistic to achieve overall health and well-being. This is not a quick fix by changing a single aspect of lifestyle.
- Diabetes, insulin resistance and obesity cannot be managed on its own. The approach to control these related conditions should include all aspects of health and lifestyle.
- Not only will your health improve, but it will help prevent premature ageing of your body and skin.
Which ‘baddies’ should be avoided?
- Refined wheat, fructose and industrial seed oils
- Fast food
- Environmental toxins
- Micronutrient deficiencies (especially magnesium and vitamin D)
- Chronic stress (emotional, psychological and physiological)
- Altered gut flora as a result of e.g. antibiotics or other reasons
- Sedentary lifestyle (no or irregular physical activity)
- Sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or Obstructive Airways Resistance Syndrome (UARS)
How can Health Renewal doctors help me?
By helping you to help yourself!
Treating elevated blood sugar, fat hormones and insulin resistance alone will have inferior results. In order to have to best possible result all other potential causes of inflammation must be addressed as well. The doctor will diagnose your problem areas with blood tests and possibly gene testing. Once results are in, the doctor will suggest a treatment plan to prevent further development of diabetes, obesity and inflammation with your own individualised plan to help optimise insulin usage in the body and reduce inflammation. This could include lifestyle changes, sleep disorder management, supplementation, medical treatments, as well as a treatment plan to combat premature skin aging caused by inflammation.
Complete our Diabetes Risk Questionnaire