Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sugar, A Reason For Being Dizy? by Dr. A. R. Scopelliti

Diabetes is becoming more prevalent and more of a medical issue than ever before. I am specifically referring to type 2 diabetes, which is perpetually brought on entirely by ones eating habits. This is why it has coined the name “adult onset diabetes”. The “juvenile” type, or type 1, occurs at an early age for different reasons entirely. So let’s discuss type 2, as that is the big issue and since it is entirely within your control to remedy. Quite simply, type 2 diabetes occurs associated with obesity. For each pound of “extra” weight one has, risk of diabetes goes up, exponentially. As an example, someone 30 pounds overweight has a 4000% increase risk in becoming diabetic. (This is not a typo).

Heart disease and peripheral artery disease are the biggest complications which people face with uncontrolled diabetes. Approximately 65% of death from diabetes is from heart disease and stroke. Peripheral artery damage or nerve damage, also from uncontrolled diabetes, can lead to foot problems that can lead to amputations. More than 60% of leg and foot amputations unrelated to an injury are from diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the US. Other problems include glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Studies show that regular eye exams and timely treatment of diabetes-related eye problems could prevent up to 90% of diabetes-related blindness. Recent studies correlate metabolic syndrome with marked rise in total fructose intake in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, beverage and table sugar. Metabolic syndrome is a name given to a group of risk factors including heart disease. If you learn to scrutinize labels, you will find that many products now include high fructose corn syrup.

Dizziness, a common problem in and of itself, is often associated with deregulation of sugar. Sugar levels, both too high, and too low, will cause dizziness. Your body does a delicate balancing act trying to maintain as steady a level of blood sugar as possible. You can help this situation by maintaining a healthy diet that does not cause blood sugar levels to abruptly rise extraordinarily, or conversely, waiting all day to eat causing them to drop excessively. More information on healthy eating tips can be found on my website, linked below. Much of the dizziness which I see clinically is ether caused by or complicated by extreme variations in blood sugar levels.

Of equal importance is exercise. Humans were not meant to be sedentary-couch potatoes, which unfortunately, is how many Americans spend their lives. Exercise should be undertaken at the highest level of your ability. If you are unsure of your ability, you should discuss it with your doctor.