Once upon a time “type 2 diabetes” was known as “adult onset diabetes”. Then, sometime around the early 1980s, a four-year-old little boy was diagnosed with “type 2 diabetes”. This threw the health community into a frenzy when it was realized the old definition no longer applied across the board.
So, what is type 2 diabetes? Where did it come from? Can we get rid of it once we have it?
Consider this: In 1900 folks ate a lot of roots and berries, spent their days mowing hay, and their nights sleeping. These days, in 2012, children are suspicious of foods with seeds, nuts, and berries. They eat what is provided which is usually what is cheap, readily available, and packed with flavor enhancing fat. Somewhere along this continuum our waist bands expanded and our brains went on vacation.
What is type 2 diabetes? A condition whereby our pancreas fails to produce enough of the hormone insulin to carry available energy into the cell where it is intended to be burned as fuel to power the engine of the body.
Where did it come from? In the vast majority of cases, type 2 diabetes arises because, with weight gain, more cells are present that require insulin. The insulin level remains essentially the same, but the cells requirement for insulin is increased due to the increased number of cells demanding it. The failure of insulin to transmit energy through the cellwall is known as type 2 diabetes.
Can we get rid of type 2 diabetes? In most cases, yes. A few simple steps can direct you to solutions that are relatively easy, painless, and healthy. You don’t have much will power? Not a problem, this is a journey to be relished, not a task master seeking to destroy your few pleasures in life.
Stay tuned for the next articles where you will learn how easy it is to overcome your fears and take the first steps toward improved health, happiness, and productivity.