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Diabesity is a relatively new term to most people. Understanding diabesity and recognizing its symptoms can significantly improve your quality of life. Many people suffer needlessly for years while their doctors simply ignore all the signs and symptoms. These patient’s health care needs are completely ignored, leading to further degeneration and later resulting in end-stage diabetes. Become familiar with the signs and symptoms and you will start to recognize that diabesity is all around us. In fact there are over 100 million Americans that are affected by Diabesity. Diabesity covers the range of mild insulin resistance to full-blown diabetes. It is during this time that most of the damage is taking place. When a condition such as diabesity is ignored, millions suffer at the cost of billions of dollars and lost productivity.

Defining Diabesity

Before a person becomes a diabetic, they go through a stage called insulin resistance. This means that their cells require more insulin than usual to force sugar into the cells. This problem is promoted by lifestyle factors such as physical inactivity, overeating, high sugar and high starch snacks and meals, and a lack of fiber. People in the insulin resistance stage usually complain of getting tired after meals, cravings for sweets, and trouble losing weight. When the insulin receptor becomes over-saturated (due to inflammation or insulin resistance) sugar cannot get into the cells. This excess sugar is converted into circulating fats called triglycerides. High triglycerides on a blood test are one of the first signs of insulin resistance and seen before diabetes is full-blown.

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Insulin Resistance – A Common Thread Between Diabetes and Diabesity

Insulin resistance ALWAYS comes before diabetes is officially diagnosed.  A person may be severely insulin resistant and still present with normal blood sugars.  This high demand of insulin results in pancreatic burn-out, ultimately resulting in insulin dependence (medication).  High circulating insulin does not only affect blood sugar; insulin is at the root of virtually all chronic disease and therefore affects various other systems in the body.  This is why diabetes is so much more than blood sugars.

Remember, insulin resistance is occurring in those who have diabesity and also those suffering from full-blown diabetes.  You see, most people think that diabetes is a blood sugar problem, well it’s not, it is purely an insulin problem.

Why Didn’t My Doctor Tell Me About Diabesity?

Unfortunately, most doctors are trained to diagnose a condition in its late stages, not during the developmental stages.  This is why millions of people go and see their doctor, only for their doctor to tell them everything is normal.

What are the signs and symptoms of Diabesity?

  • increased weight in the mid-section
  • decreased mental clarity
  • high blood pressure
  • high hemoglobin A1C (higher than 5.5)practice-policies-300x257
  • joint aches and pain
  • cravings for junk food
  • excessive stress
  • poor sleep
  • poor digestion
  • mood swings
  • energy swings
  • fatigue after eating
  • inability to lose weight
  • low libido
  • erectile dysfunction
  • hair growth in women
  • PCOS
  • difficulty losing weight
  • numbness and tingling in the extremities

As you can see, insulin affects many metabolic and critical systems in the body.  If you are experiencing any of these issues, please see your family doctor and get evaluated for Diabesity or insulin resistance.

 

Below is an example of a blood test that we do in our office to determine what stage of diabesity you are in.

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The Premier Health of Summit Approach to Diabesity

At our office our goal is to listen to your specific needs and help you uncover why you don’t feel well and teach you what you can do about it.  Diabesity and insulin resistance are a huge problem to several systems in your body and are ignored by most practitioners.  Call us today to schedule a personal health consultation to find out if you are suffering from Diabesity and learn about all your available options.