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Diabetes and Oxidative Stress

Diabetes&xidative Stress The diabetes epidemic is a growing problem. According to the World Health Organization, diabetes: Is expected to increase by Affects over 347. million people 50%"next in the 10 10 years Is projected to be the 5% 7th cause of the world's of death population by 2030 Diabetes is caused Insulin moves by problems with insulin, a protein hormone that helps our cells use the sugar the simple sugar glucose from the bloodstream into cells. Insulin hormones Without insulin, we experience high blood sugar (hyperglycemia.) we need for energy. There are two main types of diabetes: In type 1: the body does not make enough insulin. It is thought to be an autoimmune disease and In type 2: the body makes insulin, but can't use it properly. Roughly 90% of diabetics are currently there is no cure. type 2. Most cases of type 2 diabetes are connected to risk factors like obesity, poor diet, and lack of physical activity. Long Term Effects of Diabetes Poorly controlled high blood sugar puts stress on every organ system, and is implicated in many diseases, including: Alzheimer's disease and cognitive "Eye disease: Changes in the diabetic eye can cause blurred vision, poor night vision, and blindness. disorders: Diabetes is correlated to a 50% risk of Cardiovascular disease: being diagnosed with Alzheimer's At least or other 50% form of people with type 2 diabetes die of heart disease or stroke. of dementia. This correlation is so strong that some scientists have dubbed Alzheimer's “type 3 diabetes". -Kidney disease: Diabetes plays a major role in kidney disease and failure. Poor peripheral- circulation: Poor circulation can increase the risk of skin infections and ulceration, and may lead to amputation. Nerve disease: Nerve damage in the extremities caused by diabetes increases the possibility of infection and the need for amputation. Mitochondria and Diabetes Poorly functioning mitochondria have been connected to diabetes. Why? In a healthy body, mitochondria make free radicals but also make antioxidants that prevent these molecules from causing damage to cells. High blood sugar causes biochemical changes in mitochondria that lead to an excess of free radicals, a condition called oxidative stress. Oxidative stress plays a crucial role in diabetes complications, including: increasing inflammation, especially in blood vessels decrease in cel function and communication over the long term, organ damage cell death What Can We Do? taking supplements that support mitochondrial function and reduce oxidative stress and in-so doing promoting our long term health We can manage and sometimes prevent type 2 diabetes by: eating a healthy diet exercising keeping a normal body weight -H- We might be able to reduce complications of diabetes by: managing oxidative stress protecting organs from chronic taking medicines and supplements that increase our oxidative stress, especially the heart, nervous cells' ability to use insulin and promote normal blood sugar levels system, eyes, and kidneys MITOR Sources: Glucose tolerance status and risk of dementia in the community Oxidative stress and diabetic complications It's your powerful advantage The role of mitochondria in insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus The role of oxidative stress and antioxidants in For optimal mitochondrial support visit diabetic complications World Health Organization

Diabetes and Oxidative Stress

shared by gregmacpherson on May 14
Poorly controlled diabetes over the long term significantly increases the oxidative stress insult to our organs and overall health. Mitochondria, our cellular batteries, are a big part of the picture.




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