More than 380 million people each year are affected by diabetes—and that number continues to increase. In the last decade, there was a 50% increase in cases of people living with diabetes. Today, diabetes takes more lives than AIDS and breast cancer combined, claiming the life of 1 American every 3 minutes. It is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness, amputations, heart failure and stroke.
The Role of Insulin in Your Body
After you eat, your body turns the food that you consume into sugars, or glucose. At this point, your pancreas is supposed to release insulin. Insulin helps your body to open your cells and allows the glucose to enter, which allows you to use glucose for energy. Glucose is important to your health because it’s a vital source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It’s also your brain’s main source of fuel! With diabetes, this system does not work, which is what causes the onset of diabetes.
Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are the most common forms of the disease. Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include prediabetes – which is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but are not high enough to be classified as diabetes – and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.
If you have diabetes – no matter which type you have – it means you have too much glucose in your blood, although the causes may vary. Too much glucose can lead to very serious health problems over time.
What Is Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic syndrome is the name for a cluster of the most dangerous heart attack risk factors, including diabetes, prediabetes, abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. “Metabolic” refers to the biochemical processes involved in the body’s normal functioning. Risk factors are habits, conditions or traits that increase your chance of developing a disease.
Up to 80% of the 200 million people who have diabetes around the world will die of cardiovascular disease. People who have metabolic syndrome have a five-fold greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This puts metabolic syndrome and diabetes way above HIV/AIDS in regards to the morbidity and mortality terms, yet the problem is not as highly acknowledged.
At Chicagoland Medical we treat thousands of patients each year with metabolic syndrome and diabetes. No matter what condition you have, Chicagoland Medical has a non-invasive treatment option for you! Call today to find out more.