Type II Diabetes is a disease of insulin resistance eventually leading to decreased insulin secretion.
Insulin resistance happens for a variety of reasons including age, genetics, obesity, especially visceral obesity, sedentary behavior, stress, poor sleep and of course poor nutrition.
Regardless of the cause, the effect is the same - initially the pancreas has to release more and more insulin to maintain blood sugars.
At some point, the pancreas can no longer keep up, insulin levels plateau and then decrease. When this happens, blood sugars begin to rise.
When blood sugars become mildly abnormal we call this pre-diabetes (5.5 mmol/l to 6.9 mmol/L). At this point, insulin levels are 2-3 times normal and 50% of pancreatic beta cells are dysfunctional.
With further progression of pancreatic dysfunction, insulin levels begin to fall and blood sugars rise.
Once fasting blood sugars reach 7.0 mmol/L we call this Type II Diabetes and an estimated 80% of pancreatic beta cells are no longer secreting insulin.
Insulin resistance takes place in multiple organ systems: muscle, fat, liver and pancreas.
The sequence and degree of progression in these organs determines the pattern of disease in each person.
The key to reversing Type II Diabetes lies in understanding how each of these 4 organ systems become insulin resistant and what simple actions you can take to reverse the conditions that lead to insulin resistance.
With insulin resistance the effect of stress and the importance of stress cannot be underestimated.
Both result in increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol and both increase appetite. Anything that chronically increases cortisol will worsen insulin resistance.
The Wellness Garage 4+2 Diabetes Reversal Strategy is an evidence-based approach that identifies the key behaviours that can reverse the underlying, tissue specific insulin resistance process.
In combination, changing these behaviours has been shown to improve insulin resistance and decrease or normalize blood sugars while decreasing weight and improving overall health.
If you are on diabetic medications, your dosing may need to be adjusted as you implement these strategies, and in some cases reduced before you start. For anyone on medications, we recommend consultation and close collaboration with a physician to ensure that you do not have any dangerous low blood sugar events.
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At Wellness Garage - we believe that each of us should take control of our own health.
Easy to say, but what does this mean?
Simply put - our lifestyle behaviours are the most powerful medicine there is.
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It is estimated that over 80% of health care costs are related to lifestyle related diseases and 80% of us have at least one modifiable risk factor for chronic disease.
But diseases and symptoms are only manifestations of more important interactions.
At Wellness Garage we believe in looking beneath the surface, beyond disease and symptoms to understand how the interplay of your behaviours, environment and genetics change the biological systems that ultimately thrive in good health or fail into disease.
This approach is backed by research that shows that the interaction of behaviours, environment and genetics determine most health outcomes.
While we cannot (yet) change our genes, we can change our environment and behaviours.
But where to start?
There is so much noise and conflicting information out there - fad diets and snake oil.
This is why we founded Wellness Garage:
Create a place where people can get the help they need, from trusted, evidence-based practitioners, to take control of their health.
At Wellness Garage, the first step to taking control of your health is to do a Precision Health Tune Up (PHTU)
A PHTU is comprehensive look at your health from your behaviours to your key biomarkers.
We also offer the most cutting edge, evidence-based advanced testing options that include:
As a team we compare your biomarkers to your current behaviours and develop a personalized set of actionable recommendations for you to make the necessary changes to improve your health.
With these recommendations as your action plan, we then can provide you with all the support that you need to make the changes required to reach your health goals.
Over the past year, we have helped hundred's of people take control of their health from:
The most inspiring realization that we have had since starting is that the human body is much more resilient than any of us can imagine. Treat it with the right behaviours and health improves, one habit at a time.
Dr. Brendan Byrne