Do you know what your chances are of developing Diabetes? Can
you identify the leading risk factors? Do you have a clear idea
of what Pre-Diabetes is?
are you aware that, even if you've been diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes,
it doesn't automatically mean you are going to develop Type 2 Diabetes?
A recent survey conducted by the American Diabetes Association
suggested that many Americans are either unaware or in total denial
of their own risk factors for developing this deadly disease (1).
More than half of the respondents to the survey knew that obesity
is a leading risk factor in developing Type 2 Diabetes and acknowledged
that they were personally overweight. But they also maintained
that they weren't at risk of developing the disease.
Irreversible Type 2 Diabetes is the most common form of the disease.
In the vast majority of cases, it can only be managed for the rest
of a Diabetic's life and may require daily injections of insulin.
Type 2 Diabetes, itself, is a significantly increased risk factor
for blindness, heart and kidney disease and the need for amputation.
More than 20 million people in the United States alone suffer
from Type 2 Diabetes. But most people who are vulnerable to the
condition experience reversible Pre-Diabetes first, which occurs
when blood sugar readings are elevated but not at a high enough
level to trigger a diagnosis of full-blown Type 2 Diabetes.
The disorder known under the general term of Diabetes exists in
various forms and first occurs when the body either doesn't produce
enough insulin or the body's cells cannot correctly process the
insulin that is produced. In the normal healthy cell, insulin allows
food or glucose to pass through the surface so it can be converted
But a condition called Insulin Resistance prevents the efficient
conversion of food into energy because it decreases the cell's
sensitivity to insulin.
Decreased insulin sensitivity can cause glucose and insulin levels
in the blood stream to become elevated. As a result, "free-floating" glucose
is sent to the liver, converted to body fat and stored throughout
the body, which can lead to weight gain and obesity. Long-term
effects can include damage to the heart, kidneys, nerves and eyes (2).
In addition, the imbalance of glucose and insulin leads to an
increase in triglyceride levels, a rise in LDL "bad" cholesterol
and a lowering of HDL "good" cholesterol, resulting in
a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
American Diabetes Association estimates that 41 million people
in the United States currently suffer with Pre-Diabetes. There
is a growing body of scientific research that suggests long-term
damage to the cardiovascular system may be occurring among Pre-Diabetes
It's important to understand the distinction between Diabetes
and Insulin Resistance.
When you have Diabetes, the body either doesn't produce sufficient
insulin or the body can't absorb the insulin that does get produced.
Insulin Resistance occurs when the body produces insulin but not
in the finely balanced amount that the body needs. As a result,
the cells can't absorb the correct amount of glucose (blood sugar),
which remains in the blood stream.
The effects of Insulin Resistance are worsened by obesity in a
fairly straightforward link between the two conditions. And the
more Insulin Resistant you are, the more insulin your body manufactures
as it tries to overcompensate for the inability to use insulin.
A vicious cycle has begun because the higher your insulin levels,
the more you are likely to develop Pre-or Type 2 Diabetes and thereby
increase your risk of a heart attack.
Are you at risk of developing Pre-Diabetes? You
are if you're overweight and don't get enough exercise. And you
are if you have a family history of Diabetes.
While there is no single test that can determine if you have Pre-Diabetes,
your doctor can run a series of blood tests which will evaluate
whether you have this condition.
Ask yourself how many of these risk factors you have for developing
- Do you have a relative with either Type 2 Diabetes or heart
- Are you overweight or obese?
- Are you 45 or older?
- Do you have hypertension (high blood pressure)?
- Do you belong to a high-risk ethnic group, which includes African-American,
Latino, Asian American or Pacific Islander?
- Are you "apple-shaped" rather than "pear-shaped"?
(Meaning excess weight gathers around your waist, rather than
- If you're a woman, did you develop Gestational Diabetes or
have a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds at birth?
The more "yes" answers to those questions, the higher
your risk. But just because you've been diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes,
doesn't mean you're automatically going to develop Type 2 Diabetes.
The Diabetes Prevention Program study found that even modest changes
in diet and exercise can prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes (4).
Simply losing 5-7% of your body fat (typically 10-15 pounds) and
increasing your physical activity by taking a brisk walk 4-5 times
a week can reduce your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by almost
Obesity is an underlying factor in developing Pre-and Type 2 Diabetes
and a growing body of evidence suggests Insulin Resistance is a
root cause of obesity. So it follows that addressing Insulin Resistance
would also address the issues of Pre- and Type 2 Diabetes.
Another factor may be inflammation, which is part of the body's
defense system. To learn more, click on Inflammation,
Insulin Resistance and Pre-Diabetes.
rate of Diabetes has tripled in the past 30 years, fueled largely
by the accompanying epidemic in obesity (5).
A 2002 study by the Diabetes epidemiology section at the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that, if the trend
continues, approximately 30% of the children born in 2000 will
develop Diabetes in their lifetime.
Clearly, since Diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness,
kidney failure, amputations and premature death, lowering your
risk factors for developing this disease is not only highly desirable
but life-transforming as well.
It has long been known that a rapid weight loss program, whether
brought about by strenuous dieting or excessive exercise programs
or drugs, will simply not work as a long-term solution. Almost
invariably, people who lose weight under these regimes will eventually
gain back everything they've lost, plus additional weight, thus
compounding the problem rather than solving it.
A systematic approach is needed to address all the components
of these disorders. Simply put, taking a pill every day won't begin
to effect the changes that are necessary if you hope to correct
Insulite Laboratories set out to include all of these components
while providing support and outreach, which research has shown
are the most effective methods for achieving lifestyle transitions.
The Insulite System uses nutraceuticals (disease-specific vitamins,
minerals and herbs) that can effect substantial metabolic change.
The Exercise and Nutritional plans are not only necessary components
of the system but also realistic and easy-to-follow. The underlying
theories are based on well-recognized and accepted science that
reprograms neural networks and replaces old, sedentary habits with
gradual and permanent lifestyle changes.
Great emphasis is also placed by the Insulite System on showing
how people can stop being addicted to certain foods which make
them put on weight.
Please, begin today to address these conditions. Your fitness
matters. Put yourself back on the path to optimum well being.