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Hey, guys, how’s it going? Yuri here. Welcome to another episode of the Super Nutrition Academy Health Class. I hope you’ve been enjoying the last few episodes, where we’ve had some really awesome interviews. We’re going to change it up this episode by going back into the news, into the research, and bringing you up to speed with some of the latest and greatest and funniest and most useless stuff that comes out on a daily basis.
This one we’re going to be talking about seven unusual disabilities linked to diabetes. This was published in a July 23 edition of The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal. Essentially what they found here was they looked at people with diabetes, very simply, and they found that people with diabetes have a more than 50 percent higher risk of disability than people without blood sugar disease. These disabilities include trouble walking, using a telephone, managing finances, shopping, and even bathing, dressing, and eating.
Those are seven very unusual complications of diabetes. We’ve all hopefully have heard of some of the more serious side effects of diabetes, especially as it progresses. Things like diabetic neuropathy, where you lose feeling in your feet and eventually can lead to amputation. Or we’ve got diabetic retinopathy, where the same thing happens in the eyes, the retina, that happen in the feet, essentially, where glucose, sugar, corrodes and erodes, just kind of wears down the integrity of the nerves supplying the extremities of the body. That’s a very big problem. Losing eyesight, losing your feet, these are big issues.
This study didn’t necessarily say people with diabetes have trouble walking because they get their feet amputated, but I think the implication is there. If you think about what diabetes does, let’s think about what diabetes is, first of all.
Before we go any further, actually, I should direct you to an amazing report I have called “The Diabetes Debacle.” If you go to TheDiabetesDebacle.com, you can download a free copy of it and learn why the medical approach to diabetes is so broken—and I’m not just making this stuff up. In the past three decades, the incidents of diabetes has more than doubled. We’re getting a doubling of diabetes in 30 years.
If our medical approach was working, we would not see that. Obviously, it’s not the medical system’s fault necessarily when we’re exposed and have at our disposal a plethora of fast-food restaurants, high-sugar foods. You just go to Starbucks and you get a latte. I was at Starbucks the other day, doing some work. I saw a guy in front of me. He was putting his sugar into his coffee. He must’ve had four packets of sugar in a tall coffee. That’s a small coffee; that’s not a big one. Four packets of sugar.
Now, just so you understand, your blood sugar, the amount of sugar in your blood, is roughly about one pack of sugar. That’s basically how much sugar you have in your entire five liters of blood in your body. Just imagine what four packets of sugar would do to your blood sugar.
I’ve had questions on Facebook. People ask me: Okay, Yuri, how long does it take to see a spike in blood sugar after we eat something? It really depends; it depends on what you eat. Obviously, the more refined the carbohydrate, so white, packaged sugar would be a very, very good example of a white, refined simple sugar. Put four of those in your coffee, I guarantee you’re going to spike your blood sugar within about 10 to 15 minutes.
Obviously, sugar can be buffered by the incorporation of protein, fat, and fiber. That’s why some more complex meals are often recommended just in terms of stabilizing blood sugar, especially for those who have blood sugar issues.
Let’s just go back to this study for a second and talk about disabilities. Let’s look at things like walking. Again, they don’t really go into specifics as to is it a physical. I’m thinking, I’ve worked with diabetics in the past, and from my experience having worked out with people with diabetes, a lot of times they actually can’t feel their feet as well as they’d like to. If you can’t feel your feet, you can’t move them very well.
This is before the whole full-blown diabetic neuropathy has set in. If your feet are not getting the blood flow, they’re not getting the feeling and sensation that they should, then you have very little feedback to your nervous system, to your brain. And that’s going to really cause an issue for locomotion, for movement, and you end up using a walker, a wheelchair, becoming dependent on other people, all because of years of blood sugar mismanagement.
It’s sad that we have to get to this stage. The problem is that diabetes is very easily reversible. I don’t want to sound condescending, but out of all the lifestyle diseases that we’re suffering from, diabetes is probably the easiest one and the fastest one to completely reverse. Completely.
If you’ve got full-blown diabetes with A1C levels that are through the roof or high blood sugar levels that are through the roof, you can completely and utterly reverse diabetes back to a normal, healthy state where you’re no longer diagnosed with insulin insensitivity or insulin resistance. That’s part of what I show you how to do “The Diabetes Debacle” report, so if you want to go to TheDiabetesDebacle.com, you can download it for free and get started with that.
Anyways, let’s move on to some of the other stuff that they talk about in this study. The researchers kind of speculated as to why these disabilities came out. They said maybe it’s the inflammation associated with high blood sugar levels that may contribute to disability or it’s the possibility that diabetes complications like what we just talked about—the neuropathy and the retinopathy, heart disease, kidney problems, eventual limb amputations—may add to the disability risk. Obviously, those are pretty big issues.
As I mentioned, the complications of diabetes include heart disease, vision problems, kidney disease, blood vessel disease in the extremities, which would be the stuff we just talked about, and some other stuff. With respect to walking, they found that people with diabetes were at a 71 percent higher risk of having trouble walking than for someone without diabetes. With respect to eating, dressing, and bathing, 82 percent higher risk of not being able to do those properly according to this review.
If you think about it, it’s like what does this have to do with anything? What does bathing have to do with diabetes? If we back up a little bit and look at if you can’t use your limbs because of the destruction of your blood vessels due to sugar, that’s going to affect everything, right? You can’t lift your leg properly to get into your pants; you can’t raise your arms; you can’t use your, the manual dexterity in your fingers is compromised; you can’t see properly, so you can’t even dial the phone properly or you can’t walk down the street without possibly getting hit by a car.
It’s very problematic and that’s why I’m so passionate about getting people with diabetes to realize that it’s completely reversible. My own dad has type 2 diabetes, and he reversed it when he was serious about improving his diet and making better lifestyle choices in his mid-40s. Now he’s in his early 60s; he’s kind of given up on life a little bit, which is pretty sad. He’s almost at the point now where it’s just like, what’s the point?
He had type 2 diabetes, overcame it within a few short months, and was diabetes-free for at least a decade and a half, and then obviously it’s come back again as kind of wherever he’s at in this stage in life and mental state and stuff. It’s kind of taken him down a little bit of a different path.
Having said that, I was just spending some time with him, he lives in Montréal, so I was spending some time with him a couple months ago. For breakfast he had a muffin and orange juice, which is the absolute worst breakfast you could have as a diabetic. As much as I try to inform him and educate him about this stuff, coming from your son or coming from people—it’s very tough for me to give information to people that I care about the most because those are the people that usually take it the least in terms of being able to apply it.
That’s why a lot of times I don’t even give away free advice anymore. Obviously, I’m giving free advice in the sense of this podcast but you’re different, right? You’re listening to this because you’re searching for these kinds of answers, and I’m happy to help you. But if I have friends that come up to me or family members, and they say, “Hey, I’m looking for a workout program. I want to get back in shape,” I don’t even offer to give them one of my programs anymore. I’ll say, “Hey, here’s the Web site. You can go buy it.” Because unless you pay, you don’t pay attention.
That’s what I’ve realized, especially with family members and especially with those who need it. They will go to the doctor, they will spend all sorts of money and painstakingly hit their heads against the wall, trying to figure stuff out. Meanwhile, I’m trying to help them out, and they just refuse to take it, just because they don’t…obviously they respect their doctors maybe more than they respect me just because they see me as part of their family.
Anyways, that’s why it’s very tough to convince people of how to get healthier. A lot of people ask me: “Yuri, I’m healthy, I’m fit, but my husband is the complete opposite. How do I get him to change?” I tell them, “Honestly, you don’t. There’s nothing you can do. There’s nothing you can do to motivate somebody else.” All you can do is inspire somebody by living the way you want to live, and hopefully that rubs off on them. I found in my time having worked with tens of thousands of people that you cannot motivate somebody.
Even in sports, we talk about this coach is a great motivational coach. You can’t motivate your players. You can inspire your players to action, but the motivation can only come from within.
There’s a difference between motivation and inspiration. Inspire basically means that you are giving a fire, some type of light to another person. Motivation comes from within. It cannot come from without.
That’s why a lot of these coaches have the ability to inspire their team, but they don’t motivate them. The motivation must come from the athlete themselves, and that motivation comes from reasons why. Having a powerful reason why is what is going to give you the motivation.
Let’s say you’ve got blood sugar issues or you’re diabetic. Why is it important, why is it a must, why is it imperative that you change now? Why is it imperative that you get this thing under control? If you don’t know why that is, then I guarantee you’ve probably been struggling with this for quite some time. And if your reason why isn’t strong enough, then this is something that’s going to continue to go on for a long time to come.
If you are suffering from diabetes or blood sugar problems, I really encourage you after you finish listening to this—and we’re just about done—I want you really ask yourself: Why have I let this slide? Why have I let this get out of control? Is this what I stand for? Is this what I deserve? Is this all I’m worthy of?
I really want you to raise the bar. I want you to raise your level of expectation of yourself. Don’t settle for mediocre; don’t settle for having your feet amputated. You have to get mad, you have to get angry, and with that emotion comes change. All it takes is a decision. It takes a decision to say, “You know what, that’s it. Starting today, this is all going to change.”
And with that decision comes more positive actions in helping you reverse this, because like with anything, cancer can be reversed—obviously, it’s more challenging—heart disease can be reversed, obesity can be reversed. All those are a little bit more complicated and they take a little bit more time, but diabetes, I’ve seen it time and time again, and the research continues to come out showing that through simple lifestyle modifications, diet and exercise, and even using support groups, you can completely reverse it within the space of a few very short weeks.
A recent study—I can’t remember the name of the journal that it was out in—showed that between, there was a number of diabetics, and they showed that in as little as one week, they were showing signs of complete reversal of type 2 diabetes. One week. Crazy.
With that said, we’re going to end today’s podcast. It’s been a pleasure inspiring you, hopefully, with this information. I want you to join me over at the blog at SuperNutritionAcademy.com/blog. Leave a comment in the comments section below this, Episode 77, about diabetes and its related disabilities.
And if you have diabetes or if you know somebody who does, then I encourage you to go over to DiabetesDebacle.com and download the free report so that you can get started on this diabetes-reversal path. Cool?
Thanks again for tuning in. It’s been a pleasure and I look forward to seeing you in the next episode.
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