Updated: Jan 21
Diabetes is a severe disease. It is the leading cause of blindness, amputation, kidney failure, and it is a contributor to heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular disease.
There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes
Your body doesn't make insulin and you need to get insulin from medication.
It is an autoimmune disease that destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. Insulin falls to deficient levels. Blood sugar increases. Commonly people with type 1 diabetes tend to lose a lot of weight. Treatment: daily injections of insulin.
Type 2 Diabetes
Your body makes enough insulin, but your cells developed insulin resistance.
It is a hormonal dysfunction disease. If you have type 2 diabetes, insulin levels are higher than usual, but you have developed insulin resistance. Your body cells have stopped reacting to insulin because they have been bombarded with constant insulin spikes for years. Stress, lack of sleep, refined carbohydrates, processed food, dairy, meat, alcohol, drugs, and even fat, to some degree, will all stimulate insulin. Due to this high spike of insulin, your body will cease to respond over time, requiring a higher level of insulin to achieve the same desired effect. Obesity plays a big role in the development of insulin resistance.
Currently, treatment for type 2 diabetes required medications and daily insulin injections.
This treatment will make you gain more weight, which will make your insulin resistance worse. If you are looking for other ways to treat your diabetes, a whole, unprocessed food diet, low carbohydrate diet, intermittent fasting, high fat diet, exercise, and sleep hygiene could help. An individualized plan is best to help you meet your needs.
Diabetes is a serious disease. It's the leading cause of blindness, amputation, kidney failure, and contributor to heart disease. Don't make your diabetes worse. There are other treatments that you should try. Consult your doctor or registered dietitian first.