Lucky to have diabetes?

 

So I’ve been reading a book that a friend of mine wrote about losing weight and getting fit. This friend is a fitness trainer and a very good one. And her book has been a hit. It is hilarious. It also is chock full of some quite salty language which as a physician I don’t normally use in my professional life, but it fits for her. In personal conversations, I’m a little more PG-13 - but that’s a topic for another day.

I got into the second part of the book where she is discussing her eating plan. She also does not like to use the word diet which I can totally get on board with. Diets are something that you get off of, not sustainable ways of eating. She outlined the plan in broad strokes and I thought yea that all sounds reasonable. But then as she began to elaborate on why her plan works and others don’t, I realized that we didn’t see eye to eye on everything. Don’t get me wrong - she has had amazing client success with her method and it...

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How Do I Know If I Have Insulin Resistance?

 

If you are one of the 34 million people in the US who have type 2 diabetes, you may be wondering how you got here. You have something called insulin resistance and it is the root cause of diabetes. But for the rest of you out there, how do you know if you also may have insulin resistance? Wouldn’t it be useful to know if you have developed some insulin resistance before you are actually diagnosed with diabetes - so that maybe you can do something about it before you get full blown diabetes.

 

Well, it would be nice if there were a simple test that your doc could do like checking your blood counts or your cholesterol, but there just isn’t a test that is available for your doc. There are tests that are used for research but nothing has made its way to the clinic yet. But there are ways that you can figure out whether or not you may have insulin resistance. 

 

First of all, your doctor regularly checks your blood sugar and your HbA1c test. If those are...

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How the Heck Did I Get Type 2 Diabetes?

Were you shocked the last time you visited your doctor? 

I mean, you don’t have any kind of x-ray vision into your blood to know what’s going on in there.

So maybe you had a surprise or two with your lab results. You are not alone. 

If one of those surprises was an elevated blood sugar, then you can join millions of other clueless compadres. In fact, about 1 in 4 people living with diabetes today have no idea they have it. And when you are talking about pre-diabetes, that number is only 1 in 10. So yep, plenty of other people have some raised eyebrows when they get that phone call about their labs.

I’ve got what?

How did this happen to YOU? 

Type 2 Diabetes does sneak up on you. I’m saying “type 2” because that is by far the most common. The other kind, type 1, is an autoimmune disease that destroys the cells that make the hormone insulin which controls your blood sugar. You most likely have type 2. So how did that happen?

According...

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