Blood Sugar Dysregulation: What is Dysglycemia?
Diabetologia, a monthly journal that publishes clinical and experimental research about diabetes, blood sugar metabolism and regulation. Dr. Hyman’s article entitled “New Research Finds Diabetes Can Be Reversed” highlighted the results of an experiment where eleven patients with type 2 diabetes were compared to a control group and monitored over the course of two months using the most modern technology and laboratory testing available (Hyman, 2011). The participants were tested after one, four, and eight weeks. Remarkably, these British and European scientists discovered that with a program of dietary intervention, even after only one week, diabetes was actually reversed by normalizing beta cell function, enhancing insulin sensitivity, and reducing the amount of fat accumulated in both the liver and the pancreas (Lim, 2011). After only one week, serum glucose levels returned to normal levels and triglyceride numbers were reduced in half!
So, what is dysglycemia? Dysglycemia can be defined as a disorder in the metabolism and regulation of serum (blood) glucose levels. When there is difficulty managing healthy blood glucose levels, the condition is called dysglycemia. Hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, Syndrome X or metabolic syndrome, and diabetes are progressively worsening conditions primarily caused by blood sugar dysregulation.
Unfortunately, dysglycemia has become epidemic in our culture. According to a press release issued by the International Diabetes Federation in November of last year, by the year 2030, one adult in ten, worldwide, will have diabetes, the most advanced stage of dysglycemia (IDF, 2011). The modern standard American diet, with its emphasis on highly refined, processed and denatured foods that are often high in sugar and simple carbohydrates along with poor quality, hydrogenated, transaturated, and rancid fats is the main instigator of this killing trend. When the modern sedentary lifestyle, the increasing prevalence of obesity, and the increasingly toxic environment are added into the equation, the body simply cannot adapt quickly enough to this torrent of abuses. Over time, what is typically a naturally managed process of blood sugar regulation goes awry and leads to life-threatening diseases.
The following series of articles on dysglycemia will help explain how dietary and lifestyle changes can effect normalization of blood glucose levels, even in the extreme condition of diabetes, as has now been scientifically proven by the study brought to light by Dr. Hyman.
Hyman, M. (2011). New research finds diabetes can be reversed. Huffington Post. Retrieved from Huffpost Healthy Living website.
IDF. (2011). Press Release: One adult in ten will have diabetes by 2030. Retrieved from International Diabetes Federation.
Lim, E. L., Hollingsworth, K. G., Aribisala, B. S., Chen, M. J., Mathers, J. C., Taylor, R. (2011). Reversal of type 2 diabetes: Normalisation of beta cell function in association with decreased pancrea and liver triacylglycerol. Diabetologia.