Problem #1 (The Disease)Diabetes is a debilitating disease. CDC is now reporting that 1 in 3 people have Type II or Pre-Diabetes and that 85% of diabetics will die from heart disease or stroke. Calorie-restricted/low fat diets and chronic exercise will not cure you. Drugs will treat the symptoms but not the cause—the disease will progress to a tragic ending.
- 85% of diabetics will die of cardiovascular disease or stroke (AHA April 2017)
- 75% of diabetics have high blood pressure
- Diabetes is now the leading cause of blindness (retinopathy) in the United States
- Diabetic kidney disease (nephropathy) is the leading cause of End Stage Renal Disease/Dialysis
- Diabetic nerve pain affects 60-70% of diabetics
- Diabetes increases risk of stroke by 150%-400%
- Diabetes is the leading cause of amputations—77,000 per year
- Diabetics have a 3x increase in erectile dysfunction
- 1 person dies every 7 seconds (European Assoc. for Study of Diabetes)
Problem #2 (Diagnosis)A common test your doctor may perform is “Hemoglobin A1c.” Normal A1c is 4.5%-5%. Most doctors will not provide a treatment regiment until you reach 7% A1c. This is also the threshold that the American Diabetes Association has set as the point at which you now, officially, have diabetes. When your A1c passes over 5.5% your body has now lost the ability to properly manage your blood sugar (High blood sugar is toxic to the body and will rot every organ in the body). Most individuals will now spend the next 5,10 or 15 years in a state that doctors call “pre-diabetes.” Make no mistake… there is nothing “pre” about “pre-diabetes.” The majority of damage (see list above) will be done in those years leading up to when your doctor finally gives you the official designation of a diabetic at 7% A1c.
(CDC National Diabetes Statistical Report 2017—1 in 3 have diabetes or pre-diabetes. 86 million Americans have “pre-diabetes.” 70% of pre-diabetics will become Type II diabetics and the majority of others will experience the same diabetic complications)
Problem #3 (Thinking your doctor will cure you)If you take away anything from any of this then my hope is that you will always remember this:
Diabetes is unique among serious chronic diseases, in that, it is the only condition where the patient with only a small amount of help from your doctor and no heroic interventions can achieve normal health. It is up to you to achieve normal health…no one is riding to your rescue.Most doctors will provide a treatment regimen…unfortunately, the majority of these regimens center around treating the “symptom” and not the “cause.” Along the “pre-diabetic” journey many will suffer from high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease/failure and erectile dysfunction before you are even diagnosed with diabetes. Your doctor will provide solutions in the way of medications and surgery for these “symptoms” but will do little to treat the underlying cause (high insulin levels–aka. hyperinsulinemia). At this juncture, you must ask the question “Is my doctor treating the underlying cause of my diabetes or is he/she treating the symptoms?” The underlying problem rests in the fact that diabetes is caused by the overproduction of insulin that leads to insulin resistance. Insulin Resistance is the single most important phenomenon that leads to rapid and pre-mature aging and all of its resulting diseases, including heart disease, stroke, dementia and cancer. No drug, no pill or no surgery will fix your diabetes…but you can! The key to winning the Type II/Pre-Diabetic fight is by attacking the cause. (Click here if you are Type I)
(Blood Sugar 101 – Jenny Ruhl)
Note: If your doctor believes that 7.0% A1c is considered good blood sugar control then you MUST immediately find a new doctor who supports your goal of achieving normalized blood sugar. You can be sure that if you don’t then you will become one of the aforementioned statistics.