Type 2 diabetes

It’s that time again, when I have to strain the brain, remember, what I heard somewhere, read somewhere or take that thought and put it on paper, in time for my editor.

The dialogue with my editor goes like this: “Bandele … Article”!

Very simple, but effective, those who understand the English language will say that is not a dialogue, but ha-ha, it is, you see, my answer is usually non verbal, a grunt or an apology. Recently though, I have been doing better.

So here goes, let’s look at Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is that diabetic condition that occurs when a person develops a chronic inability to transform their carbohydrate intake into glucose. This happens at an adult age and is a progressive disease. Ninety per cent of diabetics are Type 2 diabetic.

Type 2 diabetes is also related to obesity and as earlier mentioned develops when the body no longer responds to insulin effectively.

Type 2 diabetics are unable to get energy from food into the muscles and organs that depend on that energy to work properly. Normally the food we eat is digested and absorbed into the blood stream, causing the blood sugar level to rise. The cells of our body tissues, especially those cells in our muscles and organs, are designed to use sugar for energy, and our cells have been designed by God to act in a specific way to let that sugar in.

The cells of our bodies need insulin, a hormone made in the pancreas and secreted into the blood stream, to get the sugar from the blood stream through the cell surface membrane, to the inside of the cells where the sugar can be used for energy. In normal healthy people, insulin attaches itself to the surface of cells in a manner that is similar to a key unlocking a door to let the sugar into the cell.

However in people with Type 2 diabetes their cells are not able to recognise the insulin properly and the sugar doesn’t get into the cells very efficiently, resulting in high blood sugar levels. This is also known as insulin resistance. In insulin resistance, the pancreas secretes more insulin, as a means to catch up, with the increased sugar still in the blood stream.

People with this syndrome will have high levels of insulin in the blood as a marker of the disease rather than a cause. Over time people with insulin resistance can develop high sugars or diabetes as the high insulin levels can no longer compensate for elevated sugars.

Now, you would have seen in this piece, the word, obesity, yes I said it twice in one article — “fat den!” — because the other word may be too politically correct. In other words, obese people will develop Type 2 diabetes. Which means — wait for it — Type 2 diabetes is avoidable!

In other words, in the majority of cases, the patient is not only responsible for the condition but also has the ability to reverse it. By losing weight through dieting when first diagnosed, research has shown that many people can reverse Type 2 diabetes.

Article like these are so common, read any magazine, go on the net, and it will be discovered that what I have written is not unique.

What is unique is that I feel that it is time we get real with obesity. If it is a metabolic problem, then my sympathy, if not then get with the program. There is a need for no nonsense dieticians, doctors and allied health professionals to stop pandering and start telling the truth. The truth that most of our newly diagnosed sufferers are pushing themselves into disease through their unwillingness to curb their eating habits.

I am all for positive action and helping people develop a good self esteem and all that, but the organisers of the beauty shows, are more interested in, whatever they are interested in, rather than, the future health of the participants.

Next week some tips and more on this…

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