We are a society of addicts. It’s a cold hard reality that we don’t want to hear, but we are all addicted. We are addicted to our phones, to social media, to reality shows. We are addicted to fast internet connections, successful pursuits and our families. We have also become addicted to sugar. Whether you know it or not, you have an addiction. Perhaps you unknowingly fell into the abysmal sugar crater without purposeful intent, but corporate America saw to it that you had little say in the matter. The unfortunate truth is that it takes a monumental effort in terms of time, education and cost to avoid unwanted sugar in our diets. That is not only sad, but it should be criminal. We can talk about how the food industry got us all hooked 30+ years ago and hasn’t looked back. Or, we can acknowledge the problem, understand the consequences and then try to find a realistic way to reverse the trend. To coin an appropriate phrase from our men and women in uniform, we must “adapt, improvise and overcome.”
Before we look at solutions, we need to first understand the problem at its core. If you have read any of our other blogs, or listened to any recent news broadcast, you know the statistics. Two-thirds of Amercians are overweight or obese. Tens of millions have type 2 diabetes and tens of millions more are pre-diabetic. Shockingly, 9 out of 10 of those with pre-diabetes do not even know they have it! Genetix Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Tim Church is one of the top researchers in the world when it comes to type 2 diabetes, obesity and exercise. He states that, “Our food supply has been flooded with sugar, which has exposed a latent metabolic vulnerability in an awful lot of people.” The implication is that our metabolic processes simply cannot handle the amount of continually flowing sugar in our diets. The pancreas is in redline mode working non-stop producing enough insulin to remove sugar from the bloodstream. As insulin levels rise, so does the visceral fat around the abdominal region. Initially, this fat envelops the organs and muscle tissue producing an inflammatory hormone response that not only leads to diabetes, but heart disease and stroke. The latter stages of this fat accumulation are then visible on the scale and your pant waist size.
The circumference of your waist is only one of the markers for metabolic syndrome, which serves as a lightning rod for diabetes. Many doctors overlook pre-diabetic symptoms because they are not looking in the right place, or at the right signs. Metabolic syndrome encompasses increased waist circumference, elevated blood pressure, decreased fasting serum HDL cholesterol, elevated fasting serum triglyceride level (VLDL triglyceride), impaired fasting glucose and insulin resistance as potential markers for pre-diabetes. You do not need to have all of the pieces to qualify. In fact, your fasting glucose levels could even come back normal and yet you could still be wallowing around in a pre-diabetic state waiting for the next shoe to drop. Dr. Church has maintained that, “Those with metabolic syndrome have a seven times greater risk of developing diabetes. And if one of the bad numbers in your metabolic syndrome diagnosis is high blood sugar, that risk jumps to 21 times greater.”
Educate yourself. Take ownership in your health. Know the signs. At Genetix Health Institute, we not only evaluate the triggers for metabolic syndrome, we also examine a host of other blood panels, including hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), which provides the most sophisticated reading of sugar levels. Ideally, you want a score of 5.5 or below. A range of 5.7 to 6.4 means you’re prediabetic. Any reading above 6.4 means you are in full-blown diabetes.
So what do you do if you are one of the tens of millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes, or if you are pre-diabetic and looking for a way out? To begin, at Genetix Health institute, Dr. Church has helped to craft the most comprehensive Weight Management concierge platform available. We can reverse type 2 diabetes. Our program works with each individual’s DNA to understand you at the cellular level. We craft the perfect individualized program complete with meal replacements, behavioral modification, nutritional counseling, recipes and targeted nutraceuticals to help overcome nature’s hurdles.
For simplicity sake in this article, Dr. Church suggests starting with the diet and attack it hard. “Go low carb, all-in.” This process will immediately help you lose weight, but then you need to get smart about the next phase. You must significantly reduce sugar intake in all facets of your diet. Simple carbs alone are not the enemy. Start reading labels and realize that if it comes in a can, jar or box, it likely has added sugar or refined simple carbs. Try to migrate toward more fiber rich foods, plant protein and lean protein such as grilled chicken or fish. Starch-free vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and kale are filled with phytonutrients to help build the immune response. Then, you should start to realize that good fats are instrumental in converting to a healthy diet. Cook with olive oil, eat tree nuts and avocados. There are scores of diets that count calories, carbs and fat grams. Don’t get me wrong, those are important factors in a healthy eating plan, but sugar reduction should always be the primary focus of any sustainable program.
Now that I have made you aware of the problem, the next step is yours to take. Our Genetix team of medical experts are ready, willing and able to help you begin the journey.