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Thyroid Warrior Podcast

Feb 6, 2020

I wanted to really dive deep into the topic of diabetes because it runs in my family and I definitely want to have more of a conversation ace you've actually swallowed and the food has gone down your esophagus into your stomach, and then goes into your digestive tract. After you've swallowed and things have gone down your esophagus and they go into your digestive tract.

During the digestion process, your body breaks down the food that you eat through your saliva. As the food travels from your esophagus to your stomach/digestive system, all of the basic building blocks that our body needs to function are broken down. A by product is also sugar, which after traveling through our bloodstream, it is also stored in the muscles.

The key with sugar; however, is that it needs an invitation into the cells of your muscles and this is where insulin comes in. When insulin attaches to a blood sugar molecule, a chemical reaction occurs and through this process, the door is opened to allow sugar to enter into your cells. When your body has issues with this process, this is what leads to diabetes in some cases. 

If you don't have insulin working properly. You can't really get that that sugar to enter your muscles in your system, effectively, and so you develop this abundance of blood sugar in your bloodstream, which ultimately what will happen is, with that buildup of blood sugar, it's going to start the process of actually damaging your internal organs.


Enter the types of diabetes…

Type One Diabetes is also considered an autoimmune disorder and during this process, the beta cells that are created by your pancreas that produce insulin, don’t work...they’re actually destroyed by your body. Because of this, your body doesn’t have a way to invite the sugar into your cells and and a person would need to take insulin to help their body process the sugar.

With Type Two Diabetes, what can put people at a risk for developing it is when you're overweight or obese and inactive.

There are ranges to consider for diabetes as well:

No diabetes: 126 mg/dl


Hemoglobin A1C

Normal: 6.5%

There are also risk factors related to diabetes as well:

  • When you are African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or Pacific Islander, you're also at a higher risk of developing diabetes
  • If you're 45 years of age or older
  • If you've had gestational diabetes or if you delivered a baby that was greater than nine pounds.
  •  If you're not active you're overweight or obese 
  •  If you have high blood pressure

Always consult with your doctor about these risk factors and think about some of the common symptoms: 

  • Frequent urination and it's not a urinary tract infection
  • When you're noticing that you're really thirsty or not really satisfied after eating
  • If you have fatigue which I know it's going to be difficult, because you have that thyroid condition but also issues with your vision being blurry
  • If you notice that your wounds are healing fast
  • If you're getting frequent infections or severe weight loss and especially in type one diabetes, you're going to experience a lot of nausea and vomiting, and honestly sometimes you might not even have symptoms