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Managing Diabetes for Health and Fertility

The biggest obstacle to managing diabetes or even prediabetes and insulin resistance is that we often don’t know what we don’t know.

Presented for people with diabetes, prediabetes and for any women with blood sugar regulation issues, metabolic syndrome or PCOS who is trying to conceive – in this series about effectively managing diabetes for long term health, longevity and quality of life we highlight the importance of:-

  • Lifestyle changes you need to make to improve your insulin sensitivity
  • Reasons why your sugar levels are skyrocketing despite the fact that you’re eating free or low carbohydrate food
  • Key food that will assist in slowing down the release of sugar from the food you eat,
  • Truth about protein and dairy and how much you need to have to ensure optimum glucose control
  • How meal timing can affect your weight, hunger hormones and insulin sensitivity and about timing your meals to optimize your blood glucose control

3 Types of Diabetes

When we talk about diabetes there are three types. Sometimes the lines between these can be a little blurred.

  1. The first type is Type I diabetes. This is the type I have and it occurs when the pancreas no longer produces any insulin. It’s often diagnosed in childhood, but it’s not always the case. The exact reason that it occurs is not known, but genetic and viral factors seem to be implicated. Type I accounts for about 10% of cases of diabetes and it does require insulin as treatment.
  2. Type II diabetes is the biggest class and you’re likely to hear most cases of diabetes being Type II, that’s what most people do refer to. It represents about 85 to 90% of all cases. And it occurs when the pancreas is placed under demands to pump out excessive insulin. So this can wear out the pancreas and also make blood cells resistant to insulin and hence there is the need for medication or insulin itself. Having PCOS, being overweight and having a family history of diabetes or being over 45 with high blood pressure and blood cholesterol will unfortunately increase the risk of you developing Type II diabetes.
  3. Third type is gestational diabetes and it’s a form of diabetes that occurs in pregnancy and it tends to disappear after birth. It’s found by having a blood test during pregnancy and up to 50% of women who do have gestational diabetes may develop Type II diabetes within five years.

There is no doubt that diabetes is a rapidly growing threat to human health. In Australia, diabetes is the fastest growing chronic disease. So let me share some numbers with you which put that into perspective.

  • One in four people in Australia has diabetes or impaired glucose metabolism
  • One person is being diagnosed every 5 minutes.
  • Around the world, there are more than 366 million people with diabetes…
  • 2 million people in Australia have diabetes and 3.6 million have diabetes or prediabetes.
  • The rate of increase is about 10% each year and the rate of Type I diabetes is also increasing at about 3% a year.

Something clearly needs to change.

Having any blood sugar imbalance will affect your fertility. It will increase the likelihood of pregnancy complications and tend to defeat our team mission of bringing healthy babies into this world.

So when we consider the complications associated with the disease, our mission becomes even more crystal clear, tackling this disease.

  • Diabetes is the sixth highest cause of death by disease in Australia
  • Close to 80% of people with diabetes will die from a heart attack or stroke
  • Having diabetes will double your risk of heart disease and stroke
  • About 30% of people with diabetes will develop kidney disease
  • Diabetes is the fastest growing cause of kidney failure and the leading cause of end stage renal disease.
  • More than 3 and a half thousand diabetic leg amputations occur each year and that’s over 55 per day.
  • Retinopathy, is a major long-term complication of diabetes. It affects about one in four people with the disease. Retinopathy is a scary complication. Consistently high blood sugar levels result in damage to the blood vessels of the retina causing vision loss and ultimately blindness.
  • What I will add here is that the body is quite amazing and given the opportunity to, can conceal and repair itself. I’ve seen damage to the retina disappear within four months with a focused effort on blood sugar control and using our natural therapeutic approach. But these complications need not occur in the first place. So what we’re here to do is to ensure that you’re not a statistic.

From a fertility perspective managing diabetes effectively is key to boosting your natural fertility.

We’ve helped couples to start eating using a measured carbohydrate approach, stop snacking and become diligent about exercise. In combination with practiced stress management techniques it doesn’t take too long before their insulin resistance dissipate, their hormones became balanced and they are successful in conceiving

The right guidance and a focused effort is a powerful means to achieving health, fertility and ultimately a perfect, happy, healthy baby. Taking control of your decisions and seeking the right guidance can help you establish the 20% effort that delivers 80% of your results.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to drawback, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would come his way.” ~ H. Murray on the Scottish Himalayan expedition

Decide now, commit to change and reclaim control. Start today, join us for the next Fertility Challenge.

 

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About Gabriela Rosa MScM, ND

We help couples struggling with fertility difficulties and recurrent miscarriages for over 2 years take home healthy babies, even when other treatments have failed. The Fertility Challenge online event is FREE and works to redefine fertility and empower couples through a proven, interactive and transformational 12-day journey on their path to parenthood. We have now successfully educated and inspired over 100,000 people in 100+ countries toward their dream of becoming a parent. Click Here to Register Today.