Type 2 Diabetes
By: Richard W. Walker, Jr., M.D.
Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood sugar resulting from defects in insulin production, insulin action, or both. The most common form, Type 2 diabetes, is the fastest growing disease in the world in number of new cases. It is a major contributor to mortality and morbidity and is a direct result of the pandemic rise of obesity. However, Type 2 diabetes, through life style changes, can be avoided; and for those of you with Type 2 diabetes, you can take steps to control the disease and lower the risk of complications.
It’s essential to manage your weight and eat a healthy diet with plenty of low fat protein and complex carbohydrates. Get rid of the sugary, hi-calorie, hi-carb foods and - get your body moving!
Additionally, we now have some very supportive nutraceuticals you can add to your healthy blood sugar regimen.
Also, make sure to have a simple hemoglobin A1C blood test. This will give you and your doctor get a clearer picture of your blood sugar status. When you have an elevated above normal levels it’s a long term indicator of abnormal blood sugars. Remember, left unchecked diabetes leads to cardiovascular disease and many other severe and life threatening conditions.
And I always alert my African-American patients and listeners to the fact that on average, African-Americans are 1.8 times more likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites of similar age. In addition to life style risk factors, this may be due in part to unique vitamin D3 deficiencies.
Comments from Jerry Hickey, R.Ph.
I have worked long enough and hard enough in my field to say that I have earned my stripes. My good friend Richard Walker, MD, truly has earned more stripes than almost anyone; initially an obstetrician, a gynecologist, Dr Walker has evolved into a leader in integrative medicine and life extension, I am proud to be in his company.