Many live with diabetes. Some exert little or no effort to resolve it, until they are at the serious stage, like losing their eyesight or leg. Many simply don’t know how.
There’s an old adage that says, “too much sugar is bad for you”, but did you know that there’s more than a granule of truth behind it?
Recent research shows that diabetes is also behind many health disorders such as weight loss resistance and infertility, so there should really be a greater motivation not to live with diabetes.
Aside from increased risk for stroke and heart attack, women (and men) should know that diabetes also causes their worst enemy—wrinkles!
How could this be? Diabetes influences many processes that damage multiple systems in our bodies through hormonal imbalance borne from high insulin levels.
Weight Loss Resistance
Studies have shown that people who live with diabetes often find it harder to lose weight. What actually happens is that high insulin levels affect the body’s adrenal and thyroid hormones, both of which affect the body’s weight. For one, the adrenal hormone, known as cortisol, rises with an increase of insulin and in turn makes it harder to lose weight.
In addition, insulin resistance impairs conversion of the thyroid hormone T4 to T3. With poor conversion, our cells’ mitochondria or energy-producing structures can’t use fats for energy well resulting in easy weight gain and poor energy. This leads to weight loss resistance.
When you live with diabetes a domino effect occurs, elevated blood sugar also results in proteins and lipid complexes called Advanced Glycation End products (AGE’s) that significantly ages your skin–and the rest of your body!
Glycation is a reaction occurring inside the body when glucose becomes attached to proteins and lipids without the moderation of an enzyme. When glycation occurs, the red blood cells, inner blood vessels, collagen of connective tissues, and insulation of nerve cells are greatly damaged. This, in turn, damages collagen in skin and increases wrinkling and brownish “age spots”.
When you have diabetes, elevated insulin causes disruptions and imbalance of your hormones, including sex hormones. This affects men and women differently. Diabetes causes lower testosterone levels in men while estrogen dominance occurs in women. Elevated glucose decreases a man’s sperm motility, which makes it harder for the sperm to fertilize the egg. When estrogen levels are significantly higher than progesterone, the uterus’ lining doesn’t become thick enough for proper implantation during fertilization causing a miscarriage.
Balance Your Hormones
Keep insulin levels down and balance your hormonal levels by eating right and engaging in regular exercise – don’t live with diabetes! Best to eat are foods that do not put a high glycemic load on your system, such as vegetables, various lentils and beans. Concentrated sugary foods and processed grains are big NO-NOs! See page 2 for more information.
Stop the damage to multiple systems in your body. Contact us if you do not want to live with diabetes and you need help.