What is Diabetes?

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I’d like to start by saying that, when we understand more it, creates a space of, thoughts allowing you to improve your questions, resulting in more knowledge obtained. This cycle continues and, forms empowering habits that serves your ultimate, goal. a purpose! And now, an into to diabetes and it’s types.


Think of, communication systems or language, and imagine receiving a signal from the source (your body) in a language that can be understood, depending on how well versed you are. Catching these messages and decoding them early is paramount towards reversing type 2 diabetes and mastering the balancing act of type 1. What I can say for sure is, achieving success requires more of our attention.

So, what is diabetes? To answer that question, is to understand the role of insulin in your body! When eating, the body turns food into sugars, or glucose. At that point, the pancreas is supposed to release insulin. Insulin serves as a “key” to open your cells, to allow the glucose to enter -- and allow the usage of glucose for energy.

But with diabetes, this system either works inefficiently, or does not work at all. In the last decade people living with diabetes has jumped 50%; and currently diabetes is affecting nearly half a billion people worldwide! The majority of those affected are type 2 diabetics, and the majority of type 2 diabetics can reverse and drastically improve their situation very easily! Only if action is taken, of course. You can, that’s right, reach a point where you hand back the responsibility of insulin to, your subconscious completely. By which you will be continuously moving towards that point. A schedule and regime will be developed that assures improvement of your health in all aspects.

If action is not taken, several things can go wrong – causing the onset of diabetes. There are two main types of diabetes, type 1(juvenile) that usually affects children but can strike at any age, and type 2 (adult onset) that usually affects adults above the age of 35 but nowadays can affect the youth as activity levels, eating habits and lifestyles have changed drastically in the past quarter of a century.

Type 2 Diabetes

The most common form of diabetes is type 2, or non-insulin dependent diabetes.

This is also called “adult onset” diabetes, typically developing in adults after the age of 35. However, a growing number of younger people are now prone to type 2 diabetes.

People with type 2 are able to produce some of their own insulin. Often, it’s not enough. Also, the insulin will try to serve as the “key” to open the body’s cells so glucose can enter. But like a door on a hot day, it won’t budge. The cells barely open up; this is called insulin resistance. Often, type 2 is linked to overworking, stress, lack of movement, genetics, and obesity.


Treatment focuses on diet and exercise. If blood sugar levels are still high, oral medications are used to help the body use its own insulin more efficiently. In some cases, insulin injections are necessary.

Medications commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes

Other than insulin therapy (read below) used to treat type 2 diabetics, Biguanides also known as Metformin or Glucophage are commonly used early in diagnosis, helping do two things for the body.

1. Opens up the cells and decreases insulin resistance

2. Helps control the leaky liver.
- The liver produces sugars when it thinks you are in need of energy or have no current quick energy source (food). This in turn raises bloodsugar. This part of the medication works most while asleep.

There are also injectables used to treat type two diabetes other than insulin.
image Some common ones include:

  • Albiglutide (Tanzeum)
  • Dulaglutide (Trulicity)
  • Exenatide (Byetta)
  • Exenatide Extended Release (Bydureon)
  • Liraglutide (Victoza)

Consult your doctor and always remember to ask about what you can do naturally to gain more health before enrolling yourself in a program. Coachbetics helps you discover the more natural path; all we require is your investment in, yourself and you will see results! If you’d like to know more you can, give us a call now and book a consultation today!

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

The more severe form of diabetes is type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes, aka “juvenile” diabetes, because as mentioned earlier, type 1 diabetes mostly develops in children and teenagers, though it can develop at any age.

How does someone become type 1?
Immune System Attacks

With type 1 diabetes, scientists are still unsure as to why the body’s immune system attacks part of its own pancreas. The immune system somehow perceives the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas as foreign, and destroys them. This attack is known as "autoimmune" disease.

These cells are the ones that sense glucose in the blood and, in response, produce the necessary amount of insulin to normalize blood sugars.

Insulin serves as a “key” to open your cells, which allows the glucose to enter -- letting you use the glucose for energy. Without insulin, there is no “key.” With no key, the sugar stays and accumulates in the blood. The result: the body’s cells suffer from the lack of glucose. When treated with insulin and hydration, the blood glucose levels will begin to stabilize; If left untreated, the high levels of blood sugar can damage nerves and vital organs, and can also lead to coma and death.

Insulin Therapy

So, a person with type 1 treats the dis-ease by taking insulin injections. This outside source of insulin now serves as the “key” -- bringing glucose to the body’s cells.


The challenge with this treatment is that it’s often not possible to know precisely how much insulin to take, and over how much time. The amount is based on many factors, including but not limited to:

  • Blood glucose levels (ketones)
  • Food
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Emotions and general health

Balancing Act

The factors can differ greatly throughout every day, so deciding on what dose of insulin to take is a complicated balancing act. If you take too much, your body burns too much glucose -- and your blood sugar levels can drop dangerously low. This is a condition called hypoglycemia, which, if untreated, can very quickly be potentially life-threatening.

If you take too little insulin, your body can again be starved of the energy it needs, and your blood sugar can rise to a dangerously high level -- a condition called hyperglycemia; increasing the chance of long-term complications.