The numbers of people aged 20 and over who are diagnosed with Type II Diabetes is rising at a staggering rate. Nearly 1/3 of all americans over the age of 60 have Type II Diabetes (DM II). A recent article in the April issue of Diabetes Care, by Ki-Chul Sung MD, PhD, identified three independent risk factors for developing adult onset diabetes or DM II
- Insulin Resistance – your body requires increasing amounts of insulin to keep blood glucose levels from rising
- Being over-weight or obese
- Fatty Liver – also called Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatosis; the liver has increasing amounts of fatty cells. This impairs the liver’s ability to process glucose appropriately
Each of these will increase your risk of having DM II independent of the other risk factors. If you have all three of them, your risk is much greater.
Each of these risk factors is preventable. Furthermore, insulin resistance, obesity and fatty liver are all treatable. Unfortunately, none of these factors can easily resolve without treatment. Doing nothing isn’t really an option.
Can you test for it?
Blood tests such as fasting glucose, glucose tolerance tests, hemoglobin A1C, and liver function tests can shed some light on developing problems. Talk to your physician as soon as possible.
An Ounce of Prevention is… Priceless
It is far easier to prevent Type II Diabetes than it is to treat it once the pancreas loses its ability to secrete insulin. If you or members of your family are overweight, obese or have a history of Type II Diabetes, start today on the path to prevention and better health.
If You Have Type II Diabetes
There are a number of things we can do here at the University Health Clinic with nutrition, herbs and micronutrients to lower blood glucose levels and potentially eliminate the need for stronger interventions such as insulin or other prescription medications.
About the Writer
Dr. Jana Hagen brings more than a decade of knowledge and experience in Naturopathic Medicine and Clinical Laboratory Medicine to her family medicine practice. Dr. Hagen is not seeing patients at this time.
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