Diabetes – A Silent Killer

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I am on the subject of health, specifically people who suffer from Diabetes.

This article is useful even if you don’t suffer from diabetes, because you may know someone who has it or you may get it in the future (statistically).

Having been in the health and fitness industry for over 15 years, I have learned a lot of things. To be perfectly honest I never thought I would be talking about some of the things which I do in today’s article.

Its as controversial a discussion as ever, and I will be explaining to you why many people including some of my clients are going completely against government nutrition guidelines and their doctors advice.

Sound crazy?

Read on and maybe you will learn something completely new about diabetes.

Diabetes is a generic term used when a person’s blood sugar is above normal levels.

This raise in blood sugar is caused either by the pancreas not providing enough insulin or due to the cells not responding to the insulin produced. (called insulin resistance). Tip – Exercising improves insulin sensitivity and reduces resistance.

About 3.8 million people in the UK have diabetes, but the charity Diabetes U.K. have made predictions that that could become high as 6.2 million by 2035/2036.

These figures do not include the many people who often go undiagnosed. Its been suggested that including these undiagnosed people would treble the total figure. It’s a can of worms the NHS don’t want to open as the costs could be huge.

Silent Killer

There are not many symptoms of having diabetes and people are often “picked up” as having it whilst having general check ups or treatment for other things.

That’s the silent bit. It just creeps up on you and you can’t see it coming.

The most common physical symptom is actually being very thirsty. Other symptoms include weight loss and loss of muscle bulk, tiredness and urinating frequently at night. Symptoms which are so mild they are easy to miss, and even easier to ignore.

The easiest way to check if you are at risk is getting your blood sugars tested.

It can be done for free by the nurse at the surgery.

You can also do it at home, but you will need a glucose meter or a self test kit.

The reading will tell you two things, what your “fasted” blood sugar actually is and if it’s normal or if there is any Glucofort reason to see a GP. A GP will usually do at least two more tests to confirm that you have either pre-diabetes or diabetes.

There are three main types of diabetes, type 1, type 2 and the third is called gestational diabetes (during pregnancy).

This post is mostly related to people who suffer from type 2 diabetes or DIET controlled diabetes as it is often called.

People who suffer from type 2 diabetes do so because their cells fail to respond and use insulin properly, known as insulin resistance.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form and around 90% of diabetes sufferers in the UK have type two diabetes. Obese people often suffer from type 2.

We are told by GP’s, health practitioners, government dieticians and many other people ‘in the know’, not to do certain things, so we listen and do what they say.

When I worked with GP referrals for 6 years, the recommendations that I used to see, given by the dieticians, to diabetics, were incorrect, but I did not know this at the time.

Now, if you are a diabetic, and have been given(and followed) this advice(high carb low fat), you would have more than likely gained weight, the opposite of your goal I would guess.

I’m not saying doctors recommend the wrong thing on purpose (they do what they are trained to do).

It would be a risk for a doctor to recommend to their patient to do something which goes against the normal grain, doctors back up all of the theories by saying it is ‘evidence based’ where in reality there is often a lot of evidence which also proves its ineffectiveness.

However at the very least I would think that the doctors and people who are there to help diabetics, need to take a second look at this area. And fast.

It’s a messed up situation.

I would also say that you should never make any changes without first discussing things with your doctor or diabetic nurse.

So what are type 2 diabetes sufferers being told by their doctors?

They are being told that the best way to treat their condition is to follow a diet high in carbohydrates and low in fat. On the NHS website it recommends that people who suffer from type two diabetes consume starchy carbohydrates with each meal!

What is wrong with this?

It has been suggested by more recent research that following a high carb, low fat diet leads to problems with blood sugar levels, and also people have to use more insulin (which is a growth hormone, especially for fat growth).

There is an increasing movement which suggests that following a low carb diet is better for type 2 diabetes sufferers.

There are very few doctors who recommend this as it goes away from what they have been trained to say.

One doctor who isn’t afraid to go away from conventional advice is Dr Briffa. In many of his articles Dr Briffa goes against outdated conventional ways of dealing with health problems, especially diabetes.

Just so you know I’m not just making this stuff up and many other professionals share the same opinion, I have a few words from the main man Dr Briffa, he said when speaking about type 2 diabetes

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