1.2 million people in the Netherlands suffer type 2 diabetes. Scientists and doctors around the world are looking for a cure for the disease. On Wednesday is World Diabetes Day. A pleasant time to see how things are doing for this.
"Possible new remedy for diabetes," titled by Volkskrant Three weeks ago, and other media reported "good news for patients with type 2 diabetes." The reason for this was European research led by Annieke van Baar, a doctor-researcher for gastrointestinal and intestinal diseases at Amsterdam UMC.
Burning the mucous layer in the duodenum can lead to better signals for the pancreas, which makes the body become sensitive to the insulin hormone. Some diabetic patients will no longer have to inject insulin.
It is the latest research in diabetic diabetes research. Since the discovery of insulin in 1922, there have been many discoveries about the disease. Wednesday November 14 is World Diabetes Day. Every year care is given to patients with diabetes and diabetes on this day.
Type 2 diabetes has been an illness of old age
It used to be called old sugar when someone had type 2 diabetes. According to the endocrinologist and internist Hanno Pijl, who undertook research on diabetes at the Medical Center of the University of Leiden (LUMC), this reality has been trapped with us for a long time. More and more children are among patients.
What goes wrong with type 2 diabetes is the action of insulin hormone. Usually our body causes the hormone to transport blood glucose to the tissues. Glucose serves as a food for, among other things, the muscles. In diabetes 2 does it, but the hormone does not work properly. The result: glucose can not stop its blood circulation and so the level of glucose in the blood becomes too high.
This high level of glucose is harmful according to Arrow; Your body wants to balance the level of sugar that is too high. Because this does not work on the normal road, a chronically low-grade inflammatory process occurs. These inflammations cause blood vessel damage. This is harmful in the long run; Diabetes increases the risk of aging diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, strokes, cancer, eye and kidney problems and dementia.
To make the body more sensitive to insulin, the home practitioner almost always prescribes pills. Then follow other medications to increase insulin. Many diabetic patients therefore have to inject insulin. That often works well.
However, Professor Pijl has doubts. High insulin concentrations have many side effects, increase blood pressure. In addition, there are indications that they promote the growth of cancer cells.
Many diabetic patients have to inject insulin to increase insulin.
The drugs do not address the main problem
With medications, according to him, you usually end up with dripping rain. In addition, they do not address the core of the problem: "You indirectly reduce blood sugar levels by increasing insulin, but do nothing about inflammation."
Good news that you are working on new remedies such as Amsterdam UMC? Yes and no, says Arrow. The research in Amsterdam seems to suggest that the intervention may postpone the use of insulin in people who should really take the medication.
After one year, 90 percent of the nineteen individuals in the study did not need insulin. It could be, therefore, a way to paralyze the progression of diabetes, thinks Arrow. But there are still no long-term results. In addition, the intervention does not improve the health of the subjects.
Type 2 diabetes should be reduced and reversed
That's why the teacher asks for more advice about the general practitioner's lifestyle. Improving health is possible. Type 2 diabetes has always been seen as a chronic disease that never got rid of it once it had. But that is not true. According to Pijl, it is one of the biggest discoveries in recent years; Diabetes should be reduced and even reversed. With good nutrition, plenty of exercise, stress management and healthy sleep, many patients can lower their sugar levels.
How is it possible? According to Pijl, lifestyle is one of the main reasons why the number of patients with type 2 diabetes has grown so dramatically in recent decades. We came to live in a very different way to our ancestors from which we inherit the genes. We eat much more unhealthy and we are much fatter.
Address the problem in the roots
Overweight works with type 2 diabetes in hand. According to scientists, it is probably because the immune system that causes the inflammatory process focuses on the fat tissue, especially on the abdomen. In addition, fat cells like glands also produce hormones that counteract the effect of insulin.
Losing weight often helps enormously, according to Pijl. Because less fat cells, the less inflammatory reaction, the better the insulin works. The possibility of diabetes is immediately reduced if you lose weight. Even with a few pounds.
Then eat many good vegetables and fats and leave products with lots of salt, sugar and bad fats. Next, avoid low-grade inflammation. The movement also helps. Sometimes it is also necessary to treat stress better, and normal sleep also helps.
Several studies give you the same; Patients with type 2 diabetes that change a healthy lifestyle do not have to pulverize glucose anymore or more. According to Pijl, the remedy to fight type 2 diabetes, because with the intervention of the lifestyle he faces the problem in the roots.
What is the difference between type 1 diabetes and 2 diabetes?
- In type 2, the body produces less insulin and the body does not respond well to insulin due to insensitivity to insulin.
- Type 1 diabetes is an immune disease: it often happens in a short time in people less than thirty years of age. The immune system comes out of the balance and attacks cells that produce insulin.
- One in ten patients with diabetes has type 1 diabetes, the other nine have type 2 diabetes.