What could be worse than cancer? It is a very common condition and affects millions of Americans and is growing at an alarming rate. Dr. Tom O’Bryan has said this disease is 19% more deadly than cancer. What is this deadly and mysterious disease? It’s called Diabesity. Diabesity is not something “new” but it is becoming more common. Dr. Mark Hyman called it “a deadly disease that one of every two of you have…but 90% of you don’t even know you have it.” Those are some pretty scary statistics.

What is Diabesity?

Diabesity is a combination of 2 words Diabetes + Obesity. You don’t have to be obese or have diabetes to suffer the negative effects of diabesity.

Diabesity is a disease that occurs when there is an imbalance and poor function of insulin and blood sugar. The problem really starts with insulin. Insulin is produced by your pancreas and it lets glucose (blood sugar) enter your cells. Poor diet, lifestyle, toxins and inflammation start the insulin problem. Over time, your cells become more resistant to the insulin being produced (called insulin resistance) and so the pancreas just starts making more and more of it. This is not a good solution because this just leads to more insulin resistance! If this continues long enough, blood sugar levels begin to rise. You may have an elevated fasting glucose or HbA1c (this test gives you an idea of what you blood sugar has been over the past 3 months). By the time your fasting glucose or HbA1c become elevated, the insulin problem has been going on for a long time. This can then lead to type 2 diabetes. Diabesity occurs along this whole spectrum starting with insulin resistance, elevated insulin and progressing to type 2 diabetes.

Do You Have Diabesity? 

The problem starts with insulin and it is rarely checked in routine blood tests. You can’t “feel” diabesity or elevated insulin. You must run appropriate lab tests to identify it. Ideally, you want to discover insulin problems as early as possible before the disease progresses. This is where the help of a functional medicine doctor can really make a difference. They can test your insulin, blood sugar and HbA1c and tell you what the ideal levels should be. The “acceptable” ranges for insulin according to most standard laboratory values are NOT acceptable for heathy body function. Many labs consider a fasting insulin level of 20 or more to be “normal.”  Here is what Dr. Mercola has to say about fasting insulin levels; “A normal fasting blood insulin level is below 5, but ideally you’ll want it below 3.”

I routinely test fasting insulin levels in my office most of my patients have elevated insulin levels. In addition to the tests listed above there are others that you should consider, such as inflammation tests like the hs-CRP as well looking at your blood lipids like triglycerides, cholesterol, LDL, HDL, etc. It is not just a matter of having these tests done, you need to have the results evaluated by a doctor who understand their significance, how they are related, what healthy levels actually are…and what do when they are not! Diabesity is a disease that occurs due to diet, toxins, lifestyle and to a lesser degree genetics. Functional medicine doctors are trained and to work with these issues, so they would be the type of doctor to consult, if you suffer with diabesity. According to Chris Kresser; “It’s almost impossible to overstate how serious and far-reaching the problem of diabesity is…it affects 100,000,000 Americans…recent statistics suggest that diabesity may already be the leading cause of chronic disease in the world.”

Signs, Symptoms and Risks 

  • Overweight
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Fatigue
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood sugar
  • Inflammation
  • Alzheimer’s
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • And more…

Dr. Tom O’Bryan has stated; “There are more than 70 diabetes drugs being prescribed in the U.S. alone — NONE that address the root causes or stops the progression of the disease.”

There is a health series called Diabesity that has been created by Jonathan Bailor and it was filmed at the Harvard Medical School. You may want to consider watching this.

The message I really want to get across to you,  is that diabesity, blood sugar, insulin, inflammation, heart disease, dementia and many other health issues are occurring in people, people just like you, but they don’t even know it is happening to them. You really need to find out if you are heading down the diabesity road and get the help of a functional medicine doctor who understands the condition and what to do about it. Traditional medicine is NOT looking for it and we don’t have drugs to cure it.

 

I wish you health and a better quality of life!

If you would like more information about functional medicine and integrative medicine or Dr. Sexton go to www.napervilleintegratedwellness.com

Do your own research, inform yourself and ask lots of questions. When collecting information, you MUST consider the source. There is no shortage of false, misleading, outdated, profit-driven and utterly biased information in healthcare today; even from the most respected sources and organizations.

This approach to healthcare is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent any disease. Why? The FDA enforces its position that these words can only be used with drugs. This approach does not use drugs.