Is Diabetes in Your Future?

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar also known as glucose, an important source of fuel for your body.

With type 2 diabetes, your body either resists the effects of insulin — a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells — or it doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain normal glucose levels. Adult-onset diabetes or type 2 diabetes is no longer just a disease of adults as children are now becoming type 2 diabetic. Medically, this type of diabetes is treated with diet, then medications, and if not resolved, with insulin.

For a non-diabetic, when sugar is sensed by the body, the pancreas secretes insulin into the bloodstream. The insulin circulates, enabling sugar to enter your cells lowering the amount in the blood. As your blood sugar level drops, so does the secretion of insulin from your pancreas.

With type 2 diabetes, this process doesn’t work well. Instead of moving into your cells, sugar builds up in your bloodstream. As blood sugar levels increase, the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas release more insulin. Eventually, these cells weaken and they can’t make enough insulin to meet the body’s demands.

Is there any hope for this epidemic?

Is it genetic? Environmental?  Dietary?  Lifestyle? Inflammatory?

Ultimately, it is inflammation in the body, especially the pancreas that creates disease. Why the body/organ gets inflamed can be caused by a combination of things.

Genetics can play a factor, but current studies show that there are triggers that turn a gene on or off. If you can avoid turning on a gene you may never suffer from that disease. The choices you make may prevent genetic problems from surfacing. You are not necessarily doomed to suffer what your family suffers. Diabetes is such a disease. So let’s look deeper.

Environmental toxins can cause your body to break down. Your kidneys and liver filter out toxins, and in today’s world, they get a real workout. When the toxic load becomes too great, your weakest parts will fail first. If you do a detox program once a year you can help get rid of toxins that lead to the destruction of your immune system and other organs. So, if you are toxic, you run a higher risk of any organ failing, including your pancreas.

Diet is a major factor for diabetes. The pancreas responds to carbohydrates that are sensed in the taste buds and in the intestines. The insulin gets released. When a lot of carbohydrates are ingested over and over the pancreas can fatigue and the body can become resistant to insulin, causing high blood sugar. Eating balanced protein, carbs, and fats at every meal and snack keep blood sugar lower. A great book to describe how this works is Enter the Zone by Barry Sears, Ph.D.

Diet is also a major factor in inflammation, and medical researchers are now saying that inflammation is the source of disease. Poor quality food — non-organic, GMO-laden, over processed and fake foods we eat are destroying our health. Oils other than olive, walnut, sesame, avocado, and butter tend to create inflammation. There is some current research pointing to artificial sweeteners as culprits in causing diabetes. Sugar, chemicals, colorings, preservatives, pesticides (conventionally grown produce and things made from them) and animals raised on GMO foods add to the list of inflammatory foods.

If the nerve supply to the pancreas is poor such as when a bone in the spine puts pressure on it, the pancreas may get out of control and leads to organ weakness. Chiropractic adjustments keep the nerve free of pressure.

So how does one fortifying their body to reduce the risk of developing diabetes?

• Eat organic food whenever possible, keeping carbs, fats, and proteins balanced (per Enter the Zone).
• Avoid foods that cause inflammation.
• Walk 30 minutes daily.
• Avoid chemicals in your home and workplace. Use an air filter whenever possible. Drink clean water.
• Get chiropractic adjustments regularly.
• Take supplements that nourish your pancreas and reduce body inflammation. We offer non-invasive Nutritional Response Testing (NRT) that will help us determine what nutrition your specific body needs to heal.

How is Dr. Charlene Thorburn different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.

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