What is Diabetes?
July 2nd, 2018
Diabetes is a health condition that develops when the body fails to process foods properly to create energy. Nearly all the food you ingest is converted into glucose, or sugar, for use as energizing fuel by the body. In close proximity to your stomach, the pancreas produces the hormone of insulin to help support glucose to enter the cellular tissues of your body. If you have diabetes, your system either fails to produce adequate supplies of insulin or is not able to use the insulin it generates to the extent that it should.
The result is the accumulation of sugars in your blood. For this reason, many people refer to this health condition as “sugar diabetes.” Development of diabetes can result in other serious health conditions and complications such as heart disease, kidney malfunction or failure, blindness and eventual amputations of the lower extremities. Currently, diabetes is the seventh major cause of deaths throughout the U.S.
Primary Symptoms of Diabetes
Major indications that an individual may have diabetes include the following primary symptoms:
• Excessive thirst and/or frequent urination;
• Extreme hunger or unexplained weight loss;
• Rapid vision changes;
• Numb or tingling sensations in feet and hands;
• Persistent feelings of fatigue;
• Extremely dry skin or slow-healing skin sores;
• Ongoing susceptibility to infections.
Primary Types of Diabetes
There are two major types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2, and their different causes and effects are as follows:
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is diagnosed in 5 to 10 percent of identified cases of diabetes today. Formerly known as insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) or as juvenile-onset diabetes, type 1 diabetes has less clearly defined risk factors than does Type 2. However, genetic, autoimmune and environmental factors affect the development of this form of the disease. Individuals who have type 1 diabetes have no natural production of insulin within their bodies.
This is because their immune systems actually attack and eliminate the pancreatic cells that normally generate this insulin. Although type 1 diabetes can occur in patients of any age, it is most frequently found in children and young adults. These patients with type 1 diabetes must have daily insulin doses in order to stay alive and be able to perform normal studies, work or activities. If the onset of type 1 diabetes is sudden, some patients experience nausea, vomiting and stomach aches and pains along with the other common symptoms of diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes was formerly called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or adult-onset diabetes. Its occurrence equals approximately 90 to 95 percent of all diabetes cases currently diagnosed. Major risk factors for type 2 in adults are most often obesity, limited glucose tolerance, an inactive lifestyle and a prior medical history that includes gestational diabetes.
Individuals who are in the high risk group for developing type 2 diabetes are African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans and American Indians. Fairly high occurrences of this type of the disease have also occurred in Asian Americans and in people from the Pacific Islands. Patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have systems that do not produce or utilize insulin properly. This variety of the disease is the most commonly occurring type.
Gestational diabetes occurs in from 2 to 5 percent of all pregnancies. However, it often subsides, with symptoms vanishing after the pregnancy. Family history of the disease and obesity can put pregnant women at higher risk for developing this type of diabetes. Women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes are at higher risk of development of type 2 diabetes later in life. Some study groups have reported that almost 40 percent of women having a history of gestational diabetes had future onset of diabetes. Some women are also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes while they are pregnant.
Other Types of Diabetes
From 1 to 2 percent of all occurrences of diabetes that are diagnosed are other types of the disease. These additional forms of diabetes may be caused by genetic syndromes, drugs, surgery, infections, other maladies and malnutrition. Two types of rarely occurring diabetes are monogenic diabetes and cystic fibrosis-related diabetes. Patients with the monogenic variety usually inherit a predisposition for developing this form of the disease.
The form of diabetes that is related to cystic fibrosis (CFRD) scars the pancreas, which keeps this organ from generating normal levels of insulin. These patients develop an insulin deficiency, just as patients with type 1 diabetes do. Like patients with type 2 diabetes, CFRD patients often do not have normal bodily responses to insulin and become “insulin resistant.”
Treatments for Diabetes
Common medical treatments for the different forms of diabetes today include the following:
• Type 1 Diabetes. – The accepted essential medical treatment for type 1 diabetes is regular doses of insulin.
• Type 2 Diabetes. – Type 2 diabetes is generally treated with a combination methods, including exercise, dietary regulation, home-based glucose blood testing, and sometimes doses of a prescribed oral medication or treatment with insulin. About 40 percent of patients who have type 2 diabetes need regular insulin injections.
• Gestational Diabetes. – Treatment of this form of diabetes that occurs during young women’s pregnancies combines specialized meal plans and moderate to mild, but regular, physical activity. This treatment is designed to help balance glucose levels and use by the body.
• Monogenic Diabetes. – This type of diabetes is most often treated with use of a diet that helps regulate bodily glucose levels, limiting or eliminating commercial sugar products and foods with high glucose or glucose conversion levels. Regular exercise is an important part of the treatment, and some oral medications may also be prescribed.
• Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes. – CFRD treatment typically involves careful monitoring of glucose levels, engaging in regular moderate to mild aerobic exercise and eating a diet high in proteins, carbohydrates and fats to maintain a healthy body weight.
New Research Results and Technologies to Benefit Diabetics
There are some very innovative and unique research results, techniques and technologies available today to benefit diabetics and enhance their daily lives. These innovations are the result of extensive clinical and practical research and include the following:
• Stem Cell-Based Implants that Produce Insulin. – Initial clinical trials were begun last year to test the effectiveness of ViaCyte’s PEC-Direct device, which is an implant the size of a credit card that contains cells made from stem cells that produce insulin. In January of this year, a group of volunteers accepted these implants to insure that the implanted devices can grow and function inside the human body to help treat people who have type 1 diabetes.
• Immature Beta Cells. – The onset of type 1 diabetes initiates when the patient’s immune system eliminates beta cells that produce insulin in the pancreas. However, scientists and clinicians have located another kind of growing beta cell inside the pancreas that may be able to help reinstate normal functions of the pancreas, resulting in healthy production and regulation of insulin in the body.
• Experimental Transplants. – Clinicians have discovered how to implant insulin-generating cells inside fatty membrane tissue in the stomach. The success of this new transplant is leading toward additional patients benefiting from artificial pancreas.
• Contact Lenses that Monitor Glucose. – Scientists and researchers are now working toward finalizing designs of “smart contact lenses” that monitor tears for glucose levels.
• Extreme Dietary Plan. – A clinical trial that was conducted last year involving nearly 300 volunteers in the UK revealed that with use of a stringent weight managing regime, patients with type 2 diabetes who lost a significant number of pounds actually experienced diabetes remission.¹
How Different Types of Sugar Are Processed by the Body
All forms of sugar contain a simple carbohydrate that can be digested and absorbed by the body for energy. The sugar content in both a piece of fruit and in processed sugar is composed of fructose and glucose. In your body, your system processes fructose in the liver where it will not trigger any insulin response, but glucose is processed in the stomach where it can be released into the bloodstream by insulin. Once in the bloodstream, it promotes fast metabolism.
When examined by themselves, neither fructose nor glucose is higher in quality than the other. However, natural sugar in a piece of fruit is combined with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and many phytonutrients that improve and fortify all areas of the body. Natural sugar (lactose) is also found in cheese and other milk products.
Refined, or processed, sugar is extracted from processed sugar beets or sugar cane and sold as a mixture of glucose and fructose known as sucrose. Processed sugar provides no nutritional content to the body since it contains no healthy fiber and nutrients like those found in natural sugar. For this reason, refined sugar is often called “empty calories” and can cause harm to the body when consumed in large amounts.
Eating refined sugar can lead to the onset of inflammation, various maladies and obesity. The American Heart Association advises men to consume no more than 150 calories of added sugar in their daily diets and women, 100 calories. Natural nutritionists often advise consuming less, or eating only the sugars naturally contained in pure foods.
By choosing to consume natural sugar in fruits and other pure foods, you will have more energy while helping to strengthen your body for overall better health. Many people use pure fructose as sugar. Along with glucose and galactose, fructose is one of the three dietary monosaccharides that can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream when digested for rapidly increased body energy.
Many health-enhancing Kapai Puku products and recipes contain Monk Fruit, which supplies the body with well-balanced, moderate amounts of healthy, natural sweetness. The sweet flavor in Monk Fruit comes from its contents of mogrosides, which are natural compounds, and this fruit is safe for diabetics to eat and enjoy.
How Kapai Puku Offers Healthy Benefits to People Who Have Diabetes
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Everyone can gain health benefits and build a strong, healthier, more resilient and capable body with regular use of the nutrient-rich Kapai Puku products and recipes. People who have diabetes can also experience many health-enhancing advantages from adopting the pure, empowering food products we offer, especially because they contain only small amounts of pure, naturally sweet foods.
Kapai Puku is currently endorsed and prescribed by many Chinese Doctors, Nutritionists, Dieticians, Naturopaths, Pharmacists and Personal Trainers. These nutritional experts understand the constant levels of health empowerment provided by the ingredients of our pure foods formulas.
Kapai Puku Ingredients That Are Safe and Healthy for People with Diabetes
The Kapai Puku “No. 1 LIVER HEALTH” product is recommended for diabetics since it contains no sugar. This “Diabetic Friendly” blend contains the highly nutritional ingredients of Buckwheat, Sunflower Kernels, Linseed, Sesame Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Soy Lecithin, Chia Seed, Poppyseeds, Chlorella, Spirulina and Dandelion Root.
The Organic Soy Lecithin content helps dissolve both fats and cholesterol, and all ingredients combine to support the liver’s vital regulation of bodily fat levels, digestive activity, metabolic rates and natural hormone production. As a pure, naturally enriched and empowering, health-enhancing choice, Kapai Puku, “The Seed of Life” is an excellent dietary plan for everyone, including individuals diagnosed with diabetes.
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