Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in America. Being overweight or obese increases your risk of diabetes.
According to the CDC:
- 26.9% of 20 and older are obese
- 35% of 20 and older have pre-diabetes
- 26.9% of 65 and older are obese
- 50% of 65 and older have pre-diabetes
- 75% of adults are overweight!
Diabetes is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease, as well as cancer. Don’t wait until you have diabetes to make changes in your health, pay attention to your blood work, and body and watch for pre-diabetes. You are heading towards pre-diabetes if your waist line is greater than 35 ” for a women and 40″ for a man, if your fasting glucose is between 100-125, and your A1c is between 5.7-6.4.
Here is my concern, clients walk into my clinic with bloodwork that shows a fasting glucose of 99 and an A1c of 5.6, and their doctor tells them they are fine come back in a year for repeat blood work! They are not yet in the range of a pre-diabetic status according to the lab work, BUT they are dangerously close to the cliff! If they don’t put their fork down immediately and make changes they will likely have full blown diabetes within the year.
What should be done:
- Eliminate all forms of sugar, current average consumption is 52 teaspoons a day.
- Eliminate all refined carbohydrates in the form of breads, crackers, cookies, etc., even gluten free products, and sugar free products
- Eliminate snacking between meals – this activates the hormone leptin and increases fat burning
- Eat pure meat proteins and vegetables with a minimal amount of whole grains
- Remove wheat based products – see my newsletter on the subject on my website
- Check your vitamin D status
Why Vitamin D? First of all the beta islet cells on the pancreas have a vitamin D receptor, secondly studies show that the higher the vitamin D score the lower the risk of diabetes. A study in Spain in 1996 reveled that 12.6% of 1226 individuals with low vitamin D (below 18.5) had type 2 Diabetes. These individuals were retested again in 2004, along with taking glucose tolerance tests. Those with vitamin D above 18.5 ng/ml had an 83% reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, however, no one in the study with a vitamin D score over 30 ng/ml developed type 2 diabetes.
It is an interesting study to look at from the perspective of the influence a single vitamin can have on the health of an organ. However, what was was not revealed was their overall health status in terms of weight and waist measurement.
Despite that I believe that supplementation with Vitamin D adds a protective benefit in preventing diabetes. My favorite form is Cod Liver Oil, it is a natural form and the most bio available. I am able to maintain a Vitamin D status of 65 by using GNLD Cod Liver OIl from November to May. http://bit.ly/xVHcwp