Diabetes...Evil of life
As the days go by, diabetes will become a widespread disease with more patients each year. Most importantly, diabetes patients tend to be younger. More small children in school have diabetes. This shows that diabetes is not a matter of older people like most people understand.
According to the information from many institutions, it confirms “why we must care and understand diabetes”
According to the Diabetes Association of Thailand, it was found that 1 out of 11 Thai people are sick with diabetes. Information in June 2018 from the meter of Thailand reported that the Thai population was 66 million people. Therefore, we have about 6 million people with diabetes and that number will gradually increase.
50% of diabetic patients in Thailand had chronic kidney disease. The information from the Kidney Disease Association found that diabetes is a cause of kidney failure at the end stage.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes can be divided into 2 main types, which are:
Type 1: Diabetes that comes from chronic pancreatitis from autoimmune disease. This type of diabetes can be found in about 5-10 percent of all diabetes, which comes from the lack of insulin to control the blood sugar level. Therefore, the blood sugar level becomes abnormally high. The lack of insulin comes from the destruction and deterioration of the immunity of patients that return to destroy its own pancreas cells. This type of patient needs insulin replacement injections to control the blood sugar to normal.
Type 2: Diabetes from body cells that are resistant to insulin. The most common type of diabetes often comes from this cause. Normally, every body cell uses insulin to burn sugar to synthesize energy. However, in this group of diabetic patients, it is found that the response or function of the response mechanism of the insulin receptor at the cell wall is decreased, which causes the cells to poorly burn the sugar into energy. We call this condition “Insulin Resistance”. Because of this condition, the metabolism in the cells decrease, which leads to higher blood sugar and a harder working pancreas that produces more insulin in order to control the blood sugar level to normal condition.
Therefore, in the first phase of this type of diabetes, the blood sugar and insulin will be high. When the pancreas works harder until it is fatigued or deteriorates and produces less insulin, the blood sugar will be very high and the insulin level will become lower. This is the phase when the diabetic patient must receive insulin injections as well.
Diabetes destroys the cells
Diabetes is the severe catalyst that causes more heart and blood vessel disease and is the main cause for kidney failure, blindness, and amputation in adults. In fact, diabetes is premature aging, because the process that makes you look old and the process of diabetes destroying cells are the same. The common things for both old age and diabetes are Glycation or the condition where sugar binds to cells. Moreover, a higher sugar level can create more free radicals (Oxidative Stress), which can destroy the cells and deteriorate them faster.
Glycation is a condition that refers to the reaction between glucose molecules that can stick to protein and fat, which make the molecules of such protein to deteriorate and lose its function. For example: Glycation that occurs with the nerves will cause diabetic patients to have peripheral neuropathy or what some people call, diabetes on the nerve endings. Glycation that occurs with the cardiac muscles will make the cardiac muscle cells weak. If it happens with the blood vessels, the blood vessels will degenerate and cause acute heart attack, kidney failure, artery obstruction, and blindness.
How to measure the sugar level to diagnose diabetes
Take your blood and measure the blood sugar level. According to the standard, the blood will be drawn at the vein. The sugar level after fasting for more than 8 hours should not exceed 100 mg/dL. If the value is between 100-125 mg/dL, it is considered to be pre-diabetes. If it exceeds 126 mg/dL more than 2 consecutive times, it is diagnosed as diabetes. The target sugar level in diabetic patients is not exceeding 90-130 mg/dL.
The measurement of blood sugar level might be the only one aspect that allows us to see the value of sugar levels on the date of blood testing. In medical terms, there is another type of sugar testing, which is Glycated Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C), which shows the accumulation of sugar or the true Glycation level in the red blood cells and allows us to better assess the diabetes and see the sugar level for the past three months according to the life span of red blood cells.
However, there are many limitations from measuring HbA1c because it is only a value for the accumulation of sugar or the average of sugar only. At present, there is a new technology for blood testing, which is called Glycomark to assess fluctuating sugar levels because Glycomark can tell the level of blood sugar in the past two weeks without having to wait 2-3 months like HbA1C. The examples of symptoms of diabetic patients are polyuria and urinary frequency, often feeling thirsty and hungry, blurry eyes, chronic wounds that heal slowly, and feeling pain and numbness at the hands and feet.
American Diabetes Association has found that diabetes is connected with heredity and environment. However, it cannot prove that diabetes is correlated with heredity and environment because there any many times that it cannot clearly distinguish between the heredity factor and the environment factor. Upbringing influences eating habits. If a father or mother likes to eat flour, bread, snacks, or fast food, the children will be raised the same. On the other hand, if the parents mainly eat healthy food, the children will learn the process of choosing the proper amounts of food. These things will determine if the “gene” for diabetes will show itself or not and if it will be passed on to the next generation.
Approach for comprehensive treatment
When being sick with diabetes, it can be said that diabetes comes from consumption. It is a disease that comes from poor lifestyle habits. Therefore, it cannot only depend on “medication”. A proper holistic practice can improve the disease. Integrative diabetes treatment is a good alternative to providing the answer to diabetes treatment. The treatment guidelines are adjusting the metabolism of the body, detoxifying toxin residue, using vaccinations from oneself, and taking care of the specific foods of the specific person, including peptide and stem cells for a holistic treatment.
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Dr. Chatchai Sribundit