Diabetes is a modern day epidemic in America. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that results in abnormally high levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood stream, also affecting the body’s hormonal systems. While it is not a new disease, we are seeing rises in diagnoses like never before. In fact, one of every three Americans (including children!) has a chance of developing diabetes in their lifetime.
Facts About Diabetes in the U.S:
- 29 million Americans have some type of diabetes
- 86 million people have prediabetes, 30% of those developing Type II diabetes within five years 8 million people are undiagnosed
What is Considered Normal Blood Sugar?
Well, it depends on who you ask! The American Diabetes Association publishes the following ranges:
Normal: less than 100 mg/dl
Prediabetes: 100-125 mg/dl
Diabetes: 126 mg/dl or higher
We consider Optimal Range to be between 70 and 90 mg/dl, and work toward this goal with clients.
- Have you experienced unusual weight gain or loss?
- Do you always feel thirsty with dry mouth, no matter how much you hydrate?
- Are you constantly fatigued?
- Is your vision blurred?
- Do your wounds heal more slowly than they did before?
- Are you experiencing unexplained heavy breathing?
- Do you feel numbness or tingling in your hands, feet or limbs?
- Do you sometimes feel very hungry, even after just eating?
- Do you have to urinate more often than others?
- Do you have a skin condition that looks like dark areas or feels like thickening of the skin?
- Have you had loss of consciousness?
- Do you feel hyperglycemic 2-3 hours after a meal? This means feeling lightheaded, sleepy, jittery, sweaty, pale confused or dizzy?
If you have prediabetes, you are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 10 years. This should be a wake-up call, and you need to take action now.
Did you know that if you are female, over the age of 45, Hispanic, African American, American Indian, Asian-American, or Pacific Islander, your risk of developing prediabetes is even greater?
Prediabetes is silently causing long-term damage to your circulatory system, and puts you at risk for kidney and heart disease. This is true even if you feel no symptoms today.
Symptoms: Unfortunately, there are often no symptoms of prediabetes. However, some people may experience some of the typical symptoms, listed above.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is sometimes referred to as “juvenile onset diabetes” because it is most often seen in people under age 20. This is caused by the immune system consuming insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, resulting in the body’s loss of insulin.
So, people with type 1 diabetes must inject themselves with insulin in order to regulate their hormones to stay alive. While this is the more rare form of diabetes seen in only 5-10% of all cases, it is considered the most severe type of diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form and accounts for 90-95% of all cases. Type 2 diabetes often shows the same symptoms as type 1 diabetes, but onset later in life and are less severe. It is considered an advanced stage of insulin resistance, and can get worse if left untreated.
Continual spikes in blood sugar causes cellular inflammation, which blocks the entry of insulin into the cells, and causes premature aging. Insulin is a hormone, and must be able to permeate the cell where it needs to be for normal body function. We are here to help educate and coach you on the causes of cellular inflammation, including sugar, bad fats and toxins that drive autoimmune conditions and inflammation.