Type II Diabetes & Cardiometabolic Disease
Diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. Normally, the insulin hormone moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy – but with diabetes,the body either doesn’t make enough insulin or it can’t effectively utilize the insulin it produces.
The rate of Type II diabetes and cardiometabolic disease (insulin resistance, impaired glucose tolerance, elevated lipid panels, hypertension and intra-abdominal fat (fat around the organs)) has been exponentially increasing each year.
Traditionally, medications are offered and prescribed to decrease the elevated numbers of cardiometabolic blood markers and often the discussion of finding the root cause of the dysfunction is overlooked.
Routine blood work and advanced lab testing will provide a roadmap back to health especially when combined with bio-individual diet, supplementation and lifestyle changes such as proper exercise, movement and sleep.
Overall, diabetes symptoms are triggered by rising blood sugar levels.
The general symptoms of diabetes include:
- increased hunger
- increased thirst
- weight loss
- frequent urination
- blurry vision
- extreme fatigue
- sores that don’t heal
Beyond the general diabetes symptoms, men with diabetes may experience a decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction (ED), and oftentimes poor muscle strength.
For women with diabetes, urinary tract infections, yeast infections, and dry, itchy skin are common symptoms.
In general, excess weight and lack of activity can lead to metabolic syndrome, but there are five specific factors that can put you at risk for it.
- Having a large waistline (a more than 35-inch circumference for women and more than 40 for men)
- Low levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol
- High triglyceride levels
- High levels of blood sugar
- High blood pressure
The earlier you get diagnosed with diabetes and/or cardiometabolic syndrome, the sooner you can start addressing this dysfunction, the better you will feel and hopefully – add years to your life.