A Stunning Informative Look At Strong Link Among Top Lifestyle Diseases

Learning about heart disease was a pet project of mine growing up because my granddad died of a heart attack when he was in his 40’s.  As you can imagine, his death left quite an impact on my family. Similarly, researching Type 2 Diabetes became a pet project of mine as a result of me struggling with being prediabetic earlier in my adult life.

When I talk about Diabetes in this post, I’m referring to Type 2 (T2) Diabetes.  When I talk about eating, I’m referring to the Standard American Diet. pepperoni pizza pie

As we get older, our bodies become less efficient. Therefore, things we do in our day-to-day lives perpetuates this. 

Hyperinsulinemia is a term that means a person’s body has higher levels of insulin than normal. Despite having more insulin, the body does not respond any better to insulin’s directions. Consequently, this makes a human insulin resistant; Most American adults have hyperinsulinemia.

Did you know that T2 Diabetes, heart disease, and obesity typically have Insulin Resistance in common? It’s quite fascinating actually! 

Therefore, anyone who needs to lose weight is highly likely to have some degree of insulin resistance. Having insulin resistance for a while becomes T2 diabetes.  {ERLL p 37}

Fun fact for ya: when insulin is present, your body can’t burn fat.

Let me repeat that. When insulin is in your bloodstream, your body can’t burn fat. Therefore, the fat you eat is stored, and stays stored, as fat. {Michelle Dowker tweet} Consequently, Prediabetics and diabetics have major problems burning fat as fuel. {ERLL p. 39}. What I learned from Dr Jay is, if you’re doing keto or a low carb way of eating, and you have weight (fat) to lose, don’t add extra fat to your diet as recommended. Instead, let your body eat its own fat, AKA autophagy. For this reason, I followed this recommendation, was sure to eat my protein, and watched the fat melt away.

Eating all the time ~ three meals a day, plus snacks in between, means our body is releasing insulin frequently.

In addition, this is especially true if you are eating the Standard American Diet.  Let’s put this into perspective.  glorious morning muffin on a wooden serving tray with metal handles.

For example, you’re told to eat every three to four hours to keep your blood sugar stable, right?  Let’s pretend it’s Wednesday, and you finish breakfast @ 8:30 AM.  Normally, it takes 1-2 hours for your insulin and blood sugar to return to normal levels;  this takes us to 10:30 AM. Say you finish eating lunch at 1 PM.  This means your insulin and blood sugar levels would come back down to normal around 3 PM.  After that, did the 3 PM slump hit? You grab coffee and a sweet treat, finishing your snack by 3:30 PM  This means insulin is running around til nearly 5:30 PM. Before you know it, it’s dinner time. If you finish dinner @ 7 PM, by 9 PM your levels should be in the normal range.  

How many hours during the day did you actually go without insulin running around in your body? 

To sum up, from breakfast to lunch was 2 hours, lunch to dinner was 1.5 hours. In conclusion, this totals 3.5 hours during the day; 3.5 hours for your body to burn fat as fuel.  Typically, our longest daily fast comes from the time we finish dinner to the time we eat breakfast the next day.  If you eat dessert or a snack after dinner, this means your fast is even shorter.

Meanwhile, if you’re trying to lose weight, this might be one of the contributing factors. Any extra fat on your body can’t be used easily as fuel when you’re eating all day long. 

It’s okay to feel hungry. We’re so used to the dogma of grabbing food every time we get the notion of being hungry, not to mention eating from boredom or stress. Allow yourself to get good and hungry. Discover what that FEELS like. How does your body tell you it’s truly hungry? 

If you can stretch your night time fast from 12 hours to 14-18 hours most nights of the week, this could have great benefits to you. 

Plenty of folks, who are trying to lose weight or control blood sugar levels, are having great success with this.  If you are diabetic, it’s IMPORTANT to make this transition slowly.

Let me pause for a moment and check in with you.  How does this make you feel? Feel free to ask questions by texting me at 540-404-2692. If I feature your question in an episode of Life in the Treehouse Podcast, you will receive a free coaching session with me as a thank you gift.waterfall in the background behind a sign that says Life in the Treehouse a podcast series a SuzTrhives! Production with the SuzThrives! logo to the side

This brings us to one of the key takeaways.

Please have both your blood sugar and insulin levels checked. These simple tests can provide valuable information. This certainly allows us to make better choices, forward progress, and will help our bodies function better.  

While having our blood sugar levels in the acceptable range is good, having them on the low end of the spectrum is best for optimal health. For an A1C, 5.7 or lower is optimal while a 6 is considered prediabetic; Higher than 7 is deemed diabetic.  Why not be in the optimal range? How great would our quality of life be?  Measure what matters, right?!!

We can lower our insulin levels by changing the way we eat.

Most importantly, the goal is to keep our insulin low. 

Fun fact: Did you know that the nutritional requirement for carbohydrates is zero? Fat and protein are essential, but carbs are not.  Scientifically, you will not become ill from not eating carbs. {ERLL p. 20}  

Fun fact:  You can’t out-run a bad diet.  What you eat matters!

Above all, I’m super curious to know how things would be if they doled out blood sugar tests like they do flu shots?

Key take away number two is the fact that the Big Three Health Factors affecting most Americans: obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are considered lifestyle diseases.yoga matt with candles overlooking a forest

These diseases can be attributed to one: choices we make, and two: our government pushing us to eat what they are selling, which is not good for our health. We’ve discussed diabetes and obesity, so let’s take a quick peek at heart disease.

Heart disease is often considered something that comes on quickly. In reality, it is often slow to develop as a result of our lifestyle. Likewise, it links back, in most cases, to elevated insulin levels, just like T2 Diabetes and obesity.  Let’s dive in, shall we?  

The elevated insulin levels we’ve talked about today leads to Coronary Artery Disease.

As a result, our goal, then, is to ensure that we are the exact opposite of diabetic, which is to be insulin sensitive.  {ERLL P. 227} 

Atherosclerosis causes most heart attacks. This is those scab-like webs I talked about in the immune episode. They are a result of the inflammation, brought on by the progression of our body not being able to follow the instructions insulin gives.

This inflammation, which leads to atherosclerosis, which leads to heart disease, then boom! 

Consequently, most folks experience a heart attack or the effects of heart disease long before they ever find out they are diabetic. Typically, the cause of heart disease is diabetes.  {ERLL P 263}  

Doctors, if you’re treating folks for heart disease, please check their blood glucose and insulin levels.  Similarly, readers, if you are being treated for heart disease, have your insulin levels checked. Above all, if your score comes back elevated, thus making heart disease a real concern, get a CAC scan.

Let’s explore how we do things in the Treehouse…

Prevention is a high priority for me, personally, because I refuse to become T2 Diabetic without a fight! It is preventable.  How I live my life is the root cause of this disease.  What I eat matters!lady in red summer dress and sandals walks along the aisles of a farmers market

In the same vein, giving money to our local farmers and NOT giving it to Big Pharma is my preference! A contributing factor to this is my desire to live longer than either of my bio parents, who never celebrated their 68th birthday.

The running joke in the Treehouse is that I am going to outlive everyone. They feel I am the most healthy person in the family, and the kids think I’m immortal. For instance, I constantly tweak how I do things, N=1, right?!!

My Top 10 Tips 

  1. limit processed and packaged foods (sugar, flour)
  2. no vegetable/seed oils, 
  3. only healthy fats, 
  4. adequate protein, 
  5. eat less often (skip breakfast or dinner), 
  6. stress management ~ exercise, journaling, breathing techniques
  7. sleep, 
  8. be out in nature, 
  9. minimize medications, even pain relievers
  10. meditation   

Bonus: I put salt, 1/4 lemon, and a pinch of cream of tartar in my water each morning, 

Fun fact:  when we eat carbs + fat together (think ice cream cone, a muffin, or toast with butter and jelly) the reward center in our brain lights up, causing us to crave and eat more of these foods than if we ate either the carb or the fat on its own.

As a matter of fact, if most Americans are overweight, and are either prediabetic or T2 diabetic, why aren’t doctors testing for diabetes regularly? Many doctors are not well-read on treating diabetes by having the patient changetrail in the woods with sunshine peaking through their eating habits and lifestyle. Likewise, most doctors follow the protocol of handing out prescriptions and watching their patients condition get worse.  Further, the medication treats the symptoms.  It doesn’t cure the disease.  However, the people cutting out processed foods, using healthy fats, and managing their stress have seen their diabetes reverse.  They have come off medications, and are living a healthy, energetic life. 

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Whether you are looking to up level your personal growth, want to improve your health, or live abundantly, helping you reach your goals is what I do.  Feel free to text me at 540-404-2692 if you have any questions or want to set up a time to chat.

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To find out your level of insulin resistance, have your fasting glucose and fasting insulin and plug them into this calculator www.thebloodcode.com/homa-ir-calculator for your result.  If it’s below 1.0, you have low insulin resistance.  Between 1-1.5, is marginal, and the closer you get to 2.0 and higher, indicates significant levels of insulin resistance requiring corrective action. {ERLL p. 39}

















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