Diabetes cases are growing at a very alarming rate, all over the world. According to a study done in 2011, in Malaysia alone more than 15% of the population above 30 years old, reported to have diabetes. It is the number one country in Asean in terms of number of diabetic patients. The figures keep growing rapidly every year and the worse part is that it is so easily preventable. Such simple and easy changes in our diet and lifestyle are able to prevent most of the diabetic cases.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. I will try to explain this in a simplest way possible as previously I didn’t really understand how this disease works, but it is rather easy to understand. When our pancreas is working properly, beta cells produce adequate amount of insulin. Our bodies convert food into glucose and it is used as energy for our cells. Insulin then acts as a ‘key’ to open up our cells and let the glucose enter the cells. Then the cells use the glucose as energy source and therefore we get healthy organs.
However, in diabetes patients not enough insulin is being produced which means glucose is unable to enter the cells. This leaves a lot of glucose in the blood stream unable to be utilized. Without insulin, there is no “key.” So, the sugar stays — and builds up– in the blood. The result: the body’s cells starve from the lack of glucose. And, if left untreated, the high level of “blood sugar” can damage eyes, kidneys, nerves, and the heart, and can also lead to coma and death.
Why does diabetes happen?
- Beta cells can’t produce enough insulin
- Beta cells can’t produce any insulin
- Cells become insulin resistant
Type 1 Diabetes (5-10%)
With type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks part of its own pancreas. Scientists are not sure why. But the immune system mistakenly sees the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas as foreign, and destroys them. This attack is known as “autoimmune” disease.
- Patients are usually insulin dependent (injections)
- Could be genetic
- Due to virus attack
- Auto immune problem
- The challenge with this treatment is that it’s often not possible to know precisely how much insulin to take
Type 2 Diabetes (90-95%)
This is also called “adult onset” diabetes, since it typically develops after age 35. People with type 2 are able to produce some of their own insulin. Often, it’s not enough. And sometimes, the insulin will try to serve as the “key” to open the body’s cells, to allow the glucose to enter. But the key won’t work. The cells won’t open. This is called insulin resistance.
- Non-insulin dependent
- Due to lifestyle
- Usually in overweight people – metabolic disorder
- Dependent on medications to bring the glucose to cells
- Unless the pancreas stops functioning, then they have to start taking insulin injections
Gestational Diabetes (3-5%)
Happens in some pregnancies; hormones affect sensitivity of the body to glucose. However, untreated or poorly controlled gestational diabetes can hurt your baby. When you have gestational diabetes, your pancreas works overtime to produce insulin, but the insulin does not lower your blood glucose levels. Although insulin does not cross the placenta, glucose and other nutrients do. So extra blood glucose goes through the placenta, giving the baby high blood glucose levels.
- Hungry often (cells are starving)
- Frequent Urination
- Tired and lethargic easily
- Weight Loss
- Vaginal Infections
- Wounds take longer to heal
- Blurry vision
Complications linked to badly controlled diabetes:
Below is a list of possible complications that can be caused by badly controlled diabetes:
- Eye complications – glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and some others.
- Foot complications – neuropathy, ulcers, and sometimes gangrene which may require that the foot be amputated
- Skin complications – people with diabetes are more susceptible to skin infections and skin disorders
- Heart problems – such as ischemic heart disease, when the blood supply to the heart muscle is diminished
- Hypertension – common in people with diabetes, which can raise the risk of kidney disease, eye problems, heart attack and stroke
- Mental health – uncontrolled diabetes raises the risk of suffering from depression, anxiety and some other mental disorders
- Hearing loss – diabetes patients have a higher risk of developing hearing problems
- Gum disease – there is a much higher prevalence of gum disease among diabetes patients
- Gastroparesis – the muscles of the stomach stop working properly
- Ketoacidosis – a combination of ketosis and acidosis; accumulation of ketone bodies and acidity in the blood.
- Neuropathy – diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage which can lead to several different problems.
- HHNS (Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome) – blood glucose levels shoot up too high, and there are no ketones present in the blood or urine. It is an emergency condition.
- Nephropathy – uncontrolled blood pressure can lead to kidney disease
- PAD (peripheral arterial disease) – symptoms may include pain in the leg, tingling and sometimes problems walking properly
- Stroke – if blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood glucose levels are not controlled, the risk of stroke increases significantly
- Erectile dysfunction – male impotence.
- Infections – people with badly controlled diabetes are much more susceptible to infections
- Healing of wounds – cuts and lesions take much longer to heal
Once diagnosed it is usually a lifelong illness, but it can be controlled through different lifestyle and diet adjustments. Besides taking medications there are few simple steps we can take in managing as well as preventing further complications.
- Regular Check ups
- Maintaining Healthy Weight / Loose weight if overweight
- Consuming Complex Carbs
- Consuming food with Glycemic Index which is lower than 70
Simple carbs when consumes spike up the glucose in the blood very quickly and our pancreas has to work over time to produce a lot of insulin.
How can Shuang Hor products help?
- Yung Kien Lingzhi
- Polysaccharides protect the pancreas cells. Beta cells can live longer and reduce their death rate.
- Eliminates free radicals (therefore protects the cells)
- Increases liver detox function (removes fat, cholesterol, glucose, chemicals, etc)
- Reduces blood glucose
- Increases the metabolism of glucose
- Enhances SOD enzyme – protects pancreas and kidney cells
- Strengthens and Regulates Immune system
- Dosage: 8-12 capsules/day
- Yung Kien Pollen
- Balances nutrients
- Increases energy levels
- Helps pancreas to produce more insulin
- Reduces insulin resistance
- Regulates hormones
- Dosage: 2-4 sachets/day
- Jia Hor Fibre
- Fibre slows down the release of glucose after eating
- Stabilizes sugar levels
- Absorbs fat, cholesterol and glucose
- Dosage: 2-3 sachets/day
- Lactoberry – probiotics
- Ensure proper absorption of nutrients through the colon
- Dosage: 3 sachets/day
- Jia Hor Instant Soya Protein Powder
- Provides body with energy
- Lecithin cleans up the arteries
- Dosage: 2-3 sachets/day
After 3-6 months of consuming Shuang Hor products in proper dosage sugar levels will decrease.
If you or any of your family members has been diagnosed with diabetes please inform them about the seriousness of this disease. So many people die from this disease every year and it is not so difficult to manage and prevent. Do regular check ups and keep your sugar/glucose levels healthy.