Monday, January 14, 2008

What is Diabetes?

If your doctor has told you that you have diabetes II, diabetes mellitus or pre-diabetes it is important that you realize you can be completely healthy with this condition.

Your pancreas produces the hormone insulin. That insulin starts working from the moment a bite of food enters your mouth to convert any carbohydrates present in the food into glucose. This glucose provides your cells with energy, and helps fat cells store fat.

Everything you take into your mouth is made up of carbohydrate, fat, protein, water and micronutrients. Fat, protein, water and micronutrients in normal amounts do not pose much of a problem. In fact some studies have shown that even dangerous "saturated" fats are not as unhealthy for diabetics as uncontrolled sugars. But, too much carbohydrate will raise blood glucose levels in a negative way. It makes you feel unwell in the short term. Left unchecked it can have serious long-term consequences such as blindness and stroke. And, meanwhile it will make you fat.

Some people don't even know when they are running high blood sugars. Having high blood sugars can be a little like having poor eye sight. It feels normal, until you put on glasses and suddenly realize what you were missing. When you get your blood sugars are under control, you will feel better.

Diabetes is a condition where your body is genetically predisposed to store carbohydrates as fat, more so than other people. This really benefits you in times of famine. Your pancreas is working perfectly- if your goal is to store as much fat as possible for the upcoming grain shortage. Although this is a situation you will work around- it is not different than having color-blindness or being left-handed. It is something genetically true of you- which in itself is neither good nor bad. In itself, it is not a cause for dis-ease.

Some people say "I am allergic to peanuts", or "I have lactose intolerance." to explain why they don't eat those foods. You can learn to say "Carbohydrates don't agree with me." Instead many people think of their diabetes as something wrong with themselves, and set themselves up for a lot of nonsense by trying to deny it and to live as though they don't have it. Of course, everything that is neither a fat nor a protein is a carbohydrate. Because you must eat some carbohydrates, and it isn't as simple as just eliminating peanuts or milk.

Again, diabetes is in itself neither good nor bad. All of the ailments that are supposed to go along with diabetes are ailments caused by uncontrolled blood sugars. You don't have to experience any of that! If you don't believe me - ask your doctor.