Diabetes and High Blood Pressure – Are You Falling Victim?

Diabetes and High Blood Pressure – Are You Falling Victim?

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Diabetes and High Blood Pressure are the end results of long term insulin resistance. Both conditions are associated with a group of other health problems that are caused by a metabolic disfunction. Taking a look at why this metabolic process goes wrong will help guard you against developing it, or what you need to do to reverse the problem.

The truth that diabetes and high blood pressure are by-products of bad eating habits is well sounded. But are you taking note of it? Could you be facing these serious health problems? What does your diet consist of?

Out of all people who suffer from diabetes, 75% have type 2, and then around 50% of them will further develop high blood pressure with far reaching implications.

Weight gain, elevated triglycerides, decreased HDL cholesterol, insulin resistance, usually occur before diabetes and high blood pressure are diagnosed. This group of symptoms are known as Metabolic Syndrome X. The cells of organs involved in this cluster of conditions, are affected by a metabolic processing that goes wrong through the habitual eating of high glycemic foods.

Glycemic foods make glucose. Those that cause a high level are white bread and rolls, sugar, chips, baked potatoes, white rice, broad beans, most breakfast cereals. These are just a selection, but they are common foods that people world wide consume regularly.

The Symptoms of Insulin Resistance

Even if we eat high glycemic food, the remarkable pancreas can function quite efficiently. It`s an amazing organ. The insulin hormone released from it`s beta cells, will stimulate “gateways” (cell receptors) to receive glucose (sugar). It all functions perfectly. Insulin will also stimulate your liver and muscle cells to store any excess glucose as glycogen when too much is produced, and that reserve will be used when the glucose levels dip, maintaining a regular level of 70-110 mg per dl.

If you habitually eat a diet of glycemic foods, that`s when problems will begin to surface. Glucose levels will be too high in the blood too often, and your beta cells will continue to supply extra insulin to off-set the load. The results are damaging to those liver, muscle, and fat cell receptors. When that occurs, then the beta cells will work even harder to produce more insulin, trying to force insulin into the cells. More cell receptors are destroyed and the cycle of destruction repeats.

Your cells at this phase, become insulin resistant, with Diabetes and high blood pressure looming as a real threat, along with the other metabolic syndrome X symptoms.

After the cell receptors become insulin resistant, it has an affect on the metabolic processes within those cells. Take the fat cells for example. When their receptors become insulin resistant, triglycerides break down and are released into the blood stream, raising the level of fat. What about the muscle cells? When they become insulin resistant, their contribution of taking up glucose is greatly reduced which elevates the amount in the blood further. And what is the effect of liver cells when they become insulin resistant? Only some of the excess glucose will be able to enter the cells to be stored as glycogen, adding even more to the saturation of glucose in the blood. Now your condition is diabetic. Blood pressure begins to rise due to the defective insulin metabolism, and if you do not already suffer from the following health problems, you are at high risk of developing them.

Hardened arteries
Damaged artery walls
Narrowed blood vessels
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Weight gain
Switched off fat burning mechanism
Kidney damage

Your pancreas, that was so efficient is now weakened by the over-production of insulin. It`s beta cells are rapidly burning out, and before long you will need to rely on insulin injections in addition to all the other problems you now have to cope with. But I hope all this hasn




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