Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Cured?

There is increasing evidence that type 2 diabetes, in many patients, can actually be reversed.  Newcastle University (UK) Professor of medicine and metabolism, Roy Taylor believes that fat surrounding the liver and pancreas is responsible for the decreased insulin production and reduced regulation of blood sugar levels found in type 2 diabetes.  In a 2011 study, Dr. Taylor put 11 participants on an 500 calorie per day diet which consisted of soups, salads and weight loss shakes for up to eight weeks. At the end of the study, all 11 participants had normal blood sugar levels and apparently normal pancreas function.  Three months later, seven of the 11 were still diabetes free and at 18 months, four of the patients were still free of the disease.

It makes sense of course that if weight gain is a major risk factor for diabetes, weight loss should and is considered to be a major component of diabetes management.  But how does this particular diet not just control, but eliminate diabetes? The theory is that a radical diet, such as the hcg diet, sends the body into starvation mode.  In starvation mode, the body begins to burn stores of fat, and the fat surrounding the organs is the first to go.  A larger study, involving 280 participants will be conducted this year.  The results could make an important contribution to the way diabetes is treated.

Obesity Causes and Facts

Simeons understood that an important part of studying weight loss was to research what causes weight gain and overall obesity. He knew that the only way in which to burn fat was to first see where it comes from. Throughout his 10 years of research and observations, Simeons narrowed it down to three main reasons. These are the psychological aspects, compulsive eating and reluctance to lose weight. With psychological aspects, he believed that emotional eating is an instinct gratification tactic by a part of the brain that is having difficulty finding emotional comfort. From Simeons experience, he only believes that compulsive eating constitutes about 1-2% of obese people, but still concludes that it can be a factor. He also believes that most obese people are truly hungry and not susceptible to sudden hunger attacks and compulsive consumption. Simeons final point is about the reluctance to lose weight. Simeons points out that some patients become deeply attached to their fat and do not like the idea of losing it. He makes many points about the psychology behind this reluctance and highlights factors such as an attachment to their obese childhood’s, fear of people liking them after weight loss, or the inability to see the reality of the situation they are in. In this instance, it is important to understand that your self image could be inhibiting your ability to lose weight.

While studying the psychological rather than the physiological aspects behind obesity, Simeons began to study the diencephalon or hypothalamus, a part of the brain that we have in common with all vertebrate animals. A very primitive part of the brain, the diencephalon directs the central nervous system and controls functions of the body, such as breathing, digestion, sex and sleep. It was through this discovery, that Simeons started to connect the diencephalon with the storing and burning of fuel in the body. He believed that the aspect of the brain that controlled so much of our body, must also contribute to how we store fat. With the various “storage banks” of fat around the human body, Simeons thought that if he could tap into the “control center” of the human brain that operated this fat movement, he could discover ways of weight loss not yet examined.

 

Science Behind the hcg

When Simeons first began using the hormone, underdeveloped boys were given several hundred international units, delivered twice a week. A few discoveries were made by Dr. Simeons as a result of these injections. The first being that small, daily doses were just as effective as much larger ones given twice a week.

Patients began to lose their large appetite, without being on a restrictive diet.

Simeons also noticed that the boy’s body shapes began to change. Simeons believed that this was due to abnormal deposits of fat moving away from the hips and becoming available to the body to burn off. This new source of fuel could then be used in replace of food, which answered the question of why the boys were not as hungry, even when their diets became restricted.

Simeons points out that the addition of the HCG injections seemed to have no harmful effects. Patients were able to go about their normal days on only 500 calories per day and began to lose an average of a pound per day. This made it clear to Simeons that the body was transitioning to using up abnormal fat instead of the usual normal fat reserves.

Types of Body Fat

Structural fat

Fills in the gaps between organs, and acts as a packing material. It helps protect our arteries, provides bedding for the kidneys and keeps the skin smooth and taut. Structural fat also provides the springy cushion underneath the bones in our feet.

Normal fat

Our normal reserves of fuel that can be drawn on by the body for energy. Fat packs a high amount of calories in a small amount of space and is used for muscular activity and the overall maintenance of the body, including its temperature.

Abnormal fat

These fats are created by the high consumption of starch and sugar in the modern diet, and over time, continues to build up in the body. This is the fat that causes obesity, and is found most often around the hips, stomach, buttocks and thighs.

When You’re Stressed

What Happens To Your Body When You’re Stressed?

Neuroscience NewsAugust 7, 2017

Summary: A new report examines the effect stress can have on our bodies and general health.

Source: The Conversation.

We all feel stressed from time to time – it’s all part of the emotional ups and downs of life. Stress has many sources, it can come from our environment, from our bodies, or our own thoughts and how we view the world around us. It is very natural to feel stressed around moments of pressure such as exam time – but we are physiologically designed to deal with stress, and react to it.

When we feel under pressure the nervous system instructs our bodies to release stress hormones including adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol. These produce physiological changes to help us cope with the threat or danger we see to be upon us. This is called the “stress response” or the “fight-or-flight” response.

Stress can actually be positive, as the stress response help us stay alert, motivated and focused on the task at hand. Usually, when the pressure subsides, the body rebalances and we start to feel calm again. But when we experience stress too often or for too long, or when the negative feelings overwhelm our ability to cope, then problems will arise. Continuous activation of the nervous system – experiencing the “stress response” – causes wear and tear on the body.

When we are stressed, the respiratory system is immediately affected. We tend to breathe harder and more quickly in an effort to quickly distribute oxygen-rich blood around our body. Although this is not an issue for most of us, it could be a problem for people with asthma who may feel short of breath and struggle to take in enough oxygen. It can also cause quick and shallow breathing, where minimal air is taken in, which can lead to hyperventilation. This is more likely if someone is prone to anxiety and panic attacks.

Stress wreaks havoc on our immune systems. Cortisol released in our bodies suppresses the immune system and inflammatory pathways, and we become more susceptible to infections and chronic inflammatory conditions. Our ability to fight off illness is reduced.

The musculoskeletal system is also affected. Our muscles tense up, which is the body’s natural way of protecting ourselves from injury and pain. Repeated muscle tension can cause bodily aches and pains, and when it occurs in the shoulders, neck and head it may result in tension headaches and migraines.

There are cardiovascular effects. When stress is acute (in the moment), heart rate and blood pressure increase, but they return to normal once the acute stress has passed. If acute stress is repeatedly experienced, or if stress becomes chronic (over a long period of time) it can cause damage to blood vessels and arteries. This increases the risk for hypertension, heart attack or stroke.

The endocrine system also suffers. This system plays an important role in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism and reproductive processes. Our metabolism is affected. The hypothalamus is located in the brain and it plays a key role in connecting the endocrine system with the nervous system. Stress signals coming from the hypothalamus trigger the release of stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine, and then blood sugar (glucose) is produced by the liver to provide you with energy to deal with the stressful situation. Most people reabsorb the extra blood sugar when the stress subsides, but for some people there is an increased risk of diabetes.

Stress can have some unpleasant gastrointestinal effects. We might experience heartburn and acid reflux especially if we have changed our eating habits to eat more or less, or increased our consumption of fatty and sugary foods. The ability of our intestines to absorb nutrients from our food may be reduced. We may experience stomach pain, bloating and nausea, diarrhoea or constipation.

Repeated muscle tension can cause bodily aches and pains, and when it occurs in the shoulders, neck and head it may result in tension headaches and migraines. NeuroscienceNews.com image is adapted The Conversation news release.

There can be problems with our reproductive systems too. For men, chronic stress may affect the production of testosterone and sperm. It may even lead to erectile dysfunction or impotence. Women can experience changes to their menstrual cycles and increased premenstrual symptoms.

Stress and your mind

Stress has marked effects on our emotional well-being. It is normal to experience high and low moods in our daily lives, but when we are stressed we may feel more tired, have mood swings or feel more irritable than usual. Stress causes hyperarousal, which means we may have difficulty falling or staying asleep and experience restless nights. This impairs concentration, attention, learning and memory, all of which are particularly important around exam time. Researchers have linked poor sleep to chronic health problems, depression and even obesity .

The way that we cope with stress has an additional, indirect effect on our health. Under pressure, people may adopt more harmful habits such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs to relieve stress. But these behaviours are inappropriate ways to adapt and only lead to more health problems and risks to our personal safety and well-being.

So learn to manage your stress, before it manages you. It’s all about keeping it in check. Some stress in life is normal – and a little stress can help us to feel alert, motivated, focused, energetic and even excited. Take positive actions to channel this energy effectively and you may find yourself performing better, achieving more and feeling good.

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