MD, ScD, Professor Dušan Vešović in media
Diabetes mellitus is a very common disease nowadays. It is a disease which is characeterized by an increased blood sugar level. That is a fact that every patient knows well. However, in addition to that, diabetes mellitus is a disease which involves many other changes that take place within the human body destroying it slowly.
Sometimes diabetes is detected after the patient has sought help of a doctor because he or she has experienced certain symptoms. The most common symptoms are:
- dry mouth,
- increased urination frequency (both during the day and night),
- increased thirst,
- slower wound healing,
- increased frequency of infections of the urogenital region…
Diabetes may cause changes in blood vessels, namely:
changes in the small blood vessels of:
- eyes – poses a risk of blindness,
- kidneys - leads to impaired renal function (nephropathy)
- nervous system - leads to neuropathy (damaged nerve fibers that are poorly nourished; as a result, the patient feels pain or numbness in a particular region (usually the leg),
- penis - cause of erectile function decline (this is often the first sign of micro-circulation damage!).
changes in the large blood vessels of:
- the brain – an increased risk of stroke and memory loss, focus and attention disorders,
- the heart – an increased risk of a coronary heart disease and an acute heart attack,
- the extremities (especially the legs) – an increased risk of gangrene with the risk of amputation.
In some cases, the onset of diabetes is preceded by a condition called insulin resistance. What is it?
Insulin is a hormone that regulates the metabolism of macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins), but also minerals. When a person eats food rich in carbohydrates, insulin jump is expected in the blood. The task of insulin is to insert sugar (glucose) molecules into the liver and muscle cells. In these cells, glucose will be either used for the production of energy for work (muscles) or will be stored, either in the form of glycogen - in the liver and muscle cells, or in the form of fat - in fat cells. In order to do this, insulin acts on receptors on the surface of these cells. Through this action, it opens up certain "channels" through which sugar molecules enter the target cells. If these receptors are no longer as sensitive to the action of insulin as they should be, there is an increase in the concentration of insulin in the blood for better stimulation of existing receptors. And this condition is called insulin resistance. Insulin rises in the blood, blocks the breakdown of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Because of this, people who have insulin resistance often have increased body weight and body fat. High levels of insulin also stimulate the formation of atherosclerotic plaques in the blood vessels and thicken the blood vessel wall, promote the oxidation of bad LDL-cholesterol, stimulates nutrient loss by urine, increase blood pressure and triglycerides, but also increase the risk of blood clotting.
Because of all the aforementioned:
- persons diagnosed with diabetes are 2 to 4 times more likely to die of a heart attack or stroke in comparison to those who are free of diabetes;
- more than 2/3 of persons suffering from diabetes have an increased blood pressure;
- more than 1/3 of patients with diabetes suffer from a diabetic eye disease; these conditions include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema, cataracts and glaucoma. Over time, diabetes can cause damage to your eyes, which may result in poor vision or even blindness;
- kidney disease is much more frequent in patients diagnosed with diabetes;
- diabetes in pregnant women who are not supervised or treated by healthcare professionals may cause defects in newborns;
- more than 1/3 of diabetic patients suffer from heavy forms of teeth decay;
- diabetic patients are twice as likely to develop depression in relation to those who are diabetes-free.
The current treatment of patients with diabetes involves the use of oral antidiabetics (for type 2 diabetes mellitus) or the administration of insulin (for for 1 diabetes mellitus). Unfortunately, very little attention is paid to nutrition, which means that people taking blood sugar medications continue to have poor eating habits. This primarily involves the consumption of “fast” sugars - e.g. white flour, puff pastry, frequent meals and snacks (which constantly raise blood sugar levels and therefore insulin levels), excessive fruit intake (too rich in sugars !!!) etc…
During the use of The HEALTH FORMULA protocol, great attention is paid to nutrition. Practically, in people with impaired sugar metabolism, carbohydrate intake should be reduced. That is one of the basic prerequisites that will improve blood sugar regulation. Complex carbohydrates that gradually but not rapidly and significantly induce the raise of blood sugar levels are recommended. Additional help in blood sugar regulation is provided through personalized treatment with supplements that speed up the regulation of overall metabolism (including sugar metabolism), as well as with supplements that increase insulin receptor sensitivity.
Adherence to the instructions given in The HEALTH FORMULA protocol results in a fall of the value of morning sugar, average blood sugar over the last 3 months (HbA1c), as well as a daily glycemic profile (blood sugar value before each meal, 2 hours after each meal, at midnight and 3 A.M. in the morning).
In addition to the improvement of blood sugar regulation, you will also improve your quality of life by improving your overall health and increasing your energy!