According to a government of Canada website, “3.4 million Canadians were living with diabetes in 2017-2018”, compared to 1.3 million in 2000-2001. A Diabetes Canada article the following year titled, “3.4 million Canadians were living with diabetes in 2017-2018, compared to 1.3 million in 2000-2001”, reported these findings, “Less than 50 per cent of all Canadians can identify less than half of the early warning signs of diabetes; Only 33 per cent of Canadians are aware that stroke is a complication of diabetes; Only 40 per cent of Canadians identified heart disease is a complication of diabetes.”
Other signs and symtoms like, increased thirst or hunger, fatigue, blurred or issues with vision, slow wound healing, recurring infections, numbness and/or tingling in extremities, especially the feet and lower legs, are more widely recognized. These seemingly less inocuous symptoms, when ignored can lead to more serious metabolic conditions and, ultimately, lower quality of life.
Given that diabetes rates have tripled in Canada in just 18 years, it would seem that a lack of awareness combined with folks either ignoring or not taking these signs and symptoms seriously, has led to one in three adults living with diabetes. This is not just in Canada either by the way, the problem is global. World Health Organization reported in September 2022 that globally, “The number of people with diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014.”. Houston, we have a problem,
This increase is definitely something I've seen in my practice as well. In addition to these stats, what's shocking is that most people don't realize they can make changes to improve and even reverse some of the damage, and others are actually ignoring what their body is saying to them. Either way, delaying doing something to restore health puts you at risk for a number of serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, nerve damage, amputations, blindness, Alzheimer's, dementia and even death. I've spoken to two people in just the past week who had neglected the symptoms. One who experienced serious issues with vision and is now partially blind in her right eye, the other is not only having serious vision issues, but was admitted to hospital for surgery after the tingling in his feet led to waking up to a black toe one morning. Clearly diabetes is not just a “little” sugar issue.
Unstable blood sugar wreaks havoc on your health, if you let it. Most people don't realize that they can use food to create hormonal blance and stabilize blood sugar, thereby being proactive in balancing rather than being reactive, which is what most diabetics are taught. Test your blood, if sugars are high, take insulin, if low, eat or drink something sweet. The constant imbalance and vioent swings are not doing your body any favours.
Every time your blood sugar spikes, something called glycation happens. Glycation occurs when sugar moelcules bond with proteins in your body because. And every time your blood sugar spikes and crashes, you glucate, causing damage to the surounding tissues and organs, and creating inflammation. Inflammation is the root cause of all disease and each time your body glycates, it fuels that inflammation making you age more quickly.
Think of your bones like a piece of white bread. As we age, our bones start to discolour it's like putting that piece of white bread in the toaster. And by the time we die, they are black inside. Like burnt toast. The longer your blood sugare remains unstable, the more your body glycates. The more often you glycate, the more inflammation. The more inflammation, the increased risk for disease, 'toasting' your body.
But what if you chose to be reactive so that every time you checked your blood sugar it was within the normal range? It can be done. The good news is, many of these conditions can be prevented, definitely improved and even reversed by being proactive in living a lifestyle that supports blood sugar stabilization on a daily basis.
Food is the foundation. The health we see or don't see is a direct result of not only the foods we're putting in but how we're eating. Replacing packaged and processed items with whole, nutrient-dense foods, including a protein, healthy fat and carbohydrate in the right portions, in the right frequency throughout the day creates hormonal balance and stabilizes blood sugar, naturally. It also gets rid of sugar cravings, turns on metabolism, increases energy and allows your body to release stored fat, without any crazy dieting. Clearly the benefits outweigh the negatives and the sooner you start, the sooner you'll start feeling it.
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