What causes diabetes?
The causes of diabetes are all too familiar in modern life. When your diet is full of empty calories and an abundance of quickly-absorbed sugars, liquid calories and refined carbohydrates, your cells slowly become resistant or numb to the effects of insulin. You require increasing amounts of insulin to balance your blood sugar levels, which is known as insulin resistance. A high insulin level is the first symptom that you may be developing diabetes. As the problem worsens, your body starts to lose muscle, gain fat, become inflamed and you rapidly age and deteriorate in health. In fact, insulin resistance is the single most important phenomenon leading to not only diabetes but also to rapid and premature aging and related diseases, including heart disease, stroke, dementia and cancer.
Nearly all overweight people already have “pre-diabetes” and have significant risks of disease and death. Even those who aren’t overweight can have this problem. Currently there are no approved medications, and no reimbursement to health care providers, for diagnosing and treating anything other than full-blown diabetes. Perhaps most disturbing, our children are increasingly affected by the symptoms of sugar diabetes. Childhood obesity tripled between 1980-2010. One in three children born today will have diabetes in their lifetime. Childhood obesity will have a greater impact on the life expectancy of children then all childhood cancers combined. Fortunately, diabetes can be prevented, treated and cured.