Sugar disease….Whats so bitter about it?

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Diabetes Organisation in the UK estimates that there will be  5 million people with diabetes in next 10 years, is that a surprise?  Most of this cases, the organisation informs would be Type 2 diabetes.

An uncontrolled diabetes is a major threat to health as it could lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, and kidney failure.

Many of you must be wondering whats the mystery behind this type 1 and type 2?

Well with todays blog, my intention is to explain it in very simple, every day language.

Glucose…sugar in the body is useful when it can be used by its various organs. A hormone called Insulin helps glucose to enter in the cell so that organs can use it as a fuel.

But if insulin can’t do its function effectively, too much of sugar is left out side of the cell in the bloodstream. In addition, there is new flow of  sugar which is coming into the blood stream with each meal you consume.

Imagine it as a water in water pipe in your house. If water in the pipe is distributed to the various rooms of the house; kitchen, bathroom, toilets,etc. that water would be useful. However, if you don’t have a tap in any room and no other way for water to be consumed and at the same time you are getting new supply of the water via your water company ….any guess what will happen? yes, burst pipe…too much water….flooding!

Imagine, what would be happening inside our body…like too much water there will be too much sugar in the blood environment and  body cant cope it for long resulting in diabetes.

In Type 1 diabetes ( less common than type 2 diabetes 5-10%), body cannot produce its own insulin and more than often it appears before age of 40.

There are various theories and debate for the development of Type 2 diabetes (90%) within the scientific community .

Without going into its too much details, following interlinked  factors are to be blamed for in its development:

  • Insulin resistance:  body is still producing insulin but it is not enough or not very effective.
  • Overweight and obesity: both of them lead to Insulin resistance.
  • Abdominal obesity (American Diabetes Association, 2012).
  • The risk of developing this form of diabetes increases with age and lack of physical activity (American Diabetes Association, 2012)..

There are few other types of diabetes, Gestational (during pregnancy) diabetes mellitus, drug or chemical induce diabetes mellitus which we will explore at a later stage.

Worldwide diabetes rate is increasing at a very fast pace.  In  2011, it was estimated to be 366 million and it is expected to affect 552 million people by 2030 (Diabetes UK,2012).

Whats more alarming is that, many people are undiagnosed, it is estimated that there are around 850,000 people in the UK who have diabetes but have not been diagnosed. If we don’t know the problem exists we cant do anything about it until its TOO LATE.

Diabetes doesn’t discriminate with gender and can affect both men and women.

However,  Type 2 diabetes is up to six times more common in people of South Asian descent and up to three times more common among people of African and African-Caribbean origin (Department of Health, 2001).

Importantly, this figures are not given here to threaten you but in fact to empower you,as most of this figures are related to Type 2 diabetes which is strongly associated with lifestyle .

Vitality Health Clinic’s bigger purpose is to root out this threat of type 2 diabetes, through Lifestyle transformation. With that purpose and commitment, I sincerely feel, you have found some hope and education through this blog. Please feel free to comment or get in touch at info@vitalityhealthclinic.co.uk.

Best wishes

Live Well, Live with Vitality!

Pranita

References

Department of Health (2001). National service framework for diabetes http://bit.ly/nsfdiab

Diabetes UK (2012). Diabetes in the UK,2012. http://www.diabetes.org.uk/Documents/Reports/Diabetes-in-the-UK-2012.pdf

American Diabetes Association, 2012 . Diagnosis and classification of Diabetes Mellitus.http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/35/Supplement_1/S64.full.pdf+html

‘Diabetes’- Being Comfortable isn’t always Pleasurable!

Blog Jan 1

Have you ever received a constant nagging from your parents or partner may be regarding your habit of not putting clothes away or making a mess in living room? We try to correct it until mom or dad or our spouse is around and as soon as they are away we start looking at T.V or play on I-pad or mobile. The LONG TERM pain of putting things away for clutter free house is too much when compared to SHORT-TERM pleasure of comfort and entertainment.

Do you perhaps relate to this scenario? Eventually what happens we start to IGNORE that constant nagging if our habits remains the same and eventually ARGUMENTs or fights start to happen..causing distress and pain in the environment…..Hmm, we then wonder if embracing change was the answer to live in HARMONY?

On similar note, do you think the song sung  (nagging) by various organisations and health experts that “ Diabetes is a silent killer …….Mother of all diseases” gets ignored? For few days we make better choices, toughen up our New Year Resolutions, make plans to give up bread, sugar, biscuits…and in few weeks we see ourself reaching for the very best last chocolate cookie on the shelf….and slowly we break our pattern.

This happens because we think, long term PLEASURE of living without diabetes is far away than immediate pleasure of eating our favourite food, I get it , it’s hard.

It’s hard…but let me tell you one thing, listen very carefully, IT IS POSSIBLE….it is possible to embrace the healthy life in order to create HARMONIOUS health.

Let me ask those of you who have diabetes for long time. How do you feel about the pain of managing your insulin injections or an array of medicines while doing your work or looking after your kids or managing your own business?  Be open and honest….isn’t it FREAKING PAINFUL….much much more  painful than saying no THANK YOU for that ice-cream dessert or that chocolate cookie.

But alas people with diabetes or pre-diabetes or those who lead unhealthy lifestyle are bombarded by the media and  health professionals about its side-effects from getting heart attack, stroke , kindness disease, amputation and many  more. Then what happens….we slowly tend to developed ‘desensitised ear syndrome’ exactly like ignoring to put the clutter away, we start to ignore that health  advise and happily live in our comfortable way.

What if, in this very fresh New Year I told you that it is possible to change this patten in 2015 and that the positive shift is necessary and  possible.

I am truly passionate to help people take care of this epidemic of diabetes which is slowly poisoning our society…when its venom can be pulled away easily.

Together, we can achieve it. In the consecutive blogs I will guide you with simples you can take to make that positive shift a reality, so keep reading.

Take a little challenge! Write down 3 habits which you know you can change to prevent the risk of diabetes …’Awareness is Key’ , if you know it , you can do something about it.

In mean time, feel free to connect to Vitality Health Clinic , if you need more advise on Diabetes Management.

Till then, remember, Being Comfortable isn’t always Pleasurable!!!

Happy New Year.

Live Well, Live with Vitality!

Pranita Salunke