What exactly is type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes 

3 years ago now, I was almost pre-diabetic and I was totally shocked and

scared at the same time.

Terrified of what this diagnosis might mean.  I was really unsure how this

could be happening to me.

What did I notice ……..

1.   My blood pressure was going up

2.  I had a nice little round belly and a thickening waist line.

3.  I was trying to loose weight but couldn’t – even on what I thought was a low        carb lifestyle.

4.  I was constantly tired.

5.  I was riding my bike 180 km a week and not loosing weight.

6.  If I exercised my muscles got tired and sore really quickly.

7.  I had heart palpitation’s

8.  My feet woudl swell and feel puffy.

I was really really worried and there wasn’t a GP that I found that could help me…………..so……………I read a lot.  I read Grain Brian.  I listened to Dr Jason Fung and Dr Ben Bikman and learnt about sugar consumption and its effect on health.

I saw a health coach – the great Dr Pete – and he suggested that I test my blood glucose 2 hours after meals, and this showed me first hand,  what foods were doing what to my body.

I had been mostly grain free for a good while and thought I was eating healthy.  It surprised me what food was actually doing to my body, and what glucose response I was having.  I purchased a blood glucose monitor from the chemist like this one … it costs round $60.00.  Thats a small price to pay when you consider what medication will cost and the time Dr ‘s visits will take up.

Freestyle Precision Neo Blood Glucose Monitoring System

My HbA1c was 5.6 and my fasting glucose was around 5.5 – sometimes it was as high as 6.  Which is on the verge of pre-diabetes, and was making me sick.  Now its sits around 4.5 fasted.

You are not on your own and its not your fault!

The cases of Type 2 diabetes world wide is growing at an exponential rate.  According to the Australian Institute of Health and Wellness there is an estimated 1.2 million Australians – that’s 4.9% of the population,  that had diabetes in 2017-18. Around 1.2 million hospitalizations were associated with diabetes in 2017-18, and diabetes contributed to 11% of Australian deaths during this period.   So if you have been diagnosed your not alone.  

 

    What exactly is diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas can no longer make insulin to reduce blood glucose levels.

Glucose is another word for sugar.

Sugar comes from the white deadly stuff, but also from

white flour

starchy vegetables (anything that grows under the ground) 

bread

rice

pasta

grains

and is even present in dairy milk 

All of these foods when eaten will cause an higher spike of sugar in your blood stream.  You can read an official explanation about Type 2 Diabetes at Diabetes Australia  here

The absolute sad part about all this is that I see this ALL THE TIME … I see people in their mid 50’s having blood pressure issues, with belly fat.  It is so common.   

So desperately common. 

I feel for them because they are caught on a treadmill of old science and mostly they will be sent to a dietitian who will  usually advise them to still eat grains!   It is ironic. 

The Australian Food Guidelines are under review however, in my opinnion, and because of all the study that I have completed, these food guildelines are sadly so out of date when we tae into consideration the new science and the epidemic of pre diabets and type 2 diabetes.

I could go on about this… it just boils my blood.

What does this mean for you?

Well,  if you are trying to loose weight and you’re having no success, or if you loose weight to find you rebound back fairly quickly.  If you feel tired most of the time, have little energy and some brain fog then you might find it useful to test your blood sugar levels.

You can purchase a blood glucose monitor at your chemist.   It’s beneficial to also purchase the blood glucose monitor that not only          tests blood glucose but also ketones. 

Ketones are important for brain function, its also great to know you have ketones present in your blood, as the mere fact that they are there, means your blood glucose is low, and you should be loosing weight and burning fat.

Is the gym the answer?

I see lots of people that are struggling with muffin tops, or “love handles”  that work out like a boss at the gym,they work really hard, only to find that the scales aren’t moving. That their blood pressure is climbing and in actual fact their waistlines may be getting larger too. 

In Australia women who have a waist line in excess of 31.5 inches or 80cm,  and men who have a waist line in excess of 37 inches or 94 cm  are considered to be  on the slippery slope to cardio vascular health issues and of course type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke.  Get your tape measure out and see where you sit on the scale, it’s that’s easy, but at the end of the  day you will know that your waist is a bit too thick, I’m sure. Dont dispair though – measuring your waist is the good part – then you can make educated changes to better your health.

From my studies it would appear that type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes comes first and then cardio vascular disease arrives, or do they just develop at the same time?    If you are finding your blood pressure is  creeping up, and your blood sugar or blood glucose is also creeping up then you really are not alone. 

If you’ve looked at the numbers on the diabetes web site in the link above,  you can see this is a modern day  pandemic.  It’s important for you to take your life and wellness into your own control do your home work, work with a health coach that specializes in type 2 diabetes health, and get yourself on track. Its a simple equation once you know how to run with it, and muffin tops and love handles will become a thing of the past.

Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes is a slippery slope that begins at least 10 years before any diagnosis is reached.  

You’ve probably seen the photo on social media of the beach front in the 70’s –

What do you notice abut this picture – no muffin tops,

but only slender, muscular bodies. 

That’s what we are supposed to look like.  We are not supposed to carry excess

weight on our bodies.

It is my belief that all chronic disease begins from the modernization and industrialization of our food.  Since supermarkets were introduced our health issues have risen exponentially.  Now we can easily wander          through the shops, in our brain fog states, purchase our usual staples and by no fault of our own, make ourselves sick.
We are literally sold the story that the food on the shelves is good for us.

Its not.

We are in the habit, and have been sold the story of expecting treats on the weekends, and extra goodies if we watch a movie. This is not the way we are supposed to eat.    Its only making the Food Giants                  Richer,  and the population sicker.  If you are serious about looking after you and taking this journey further please book in for a 30 minute phone call and we can see where we can go from there.  Over to you


What did I notice ……..