Hormones and Diabetes: It’s Not So Sweet

Diabetes Basics

Did you know that the medical term for diabetes is actually “Diabetes Mellitus”?  (Although you probably never hear it called that.) Diabetes affects approximately 30.3 million people (9.4% of the population) in the United States, (Tom Hanks, Nick Jonas and Halle Berry to name a few) while another estimated 84.1 million people have prediabetes and don’t know it. What you probably know is that it has something to do with sugar. To put it simply, diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin, resulting in high levels of the sugar “glucose” in the bloodstream.

Every Type is Pretty Terrible

There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Both types of diabetes are lifelong diseases that affect the way your body regulates blood sugar, or glucose. Glucose is the fuel that feeds your body’s cells, but to enter your cells it needs a key. Insulin is that key. People with type 1 diabetes  (often known as juvenile diabetes) don’t produce insulin. You can think of it as not having a key. People with type 2 diabetes don’t respond to insulin as well as they should and later in the disease often don’t make enough insulin. You can think of this as having a broken key. Of the two, type 1 is the most severe.

When Hormones Have Their Way

Hormone imbalances definitely influence blood sugar levels. To better understand how hormones affect diabetes, it is important to identify which hormones can impact those levels in the blood. Insulin is the hormone that affects blood sugar levels the most, but it’s not the only one. Glucagon, Amylin, Epinephrine, Cortisol and Growth Hormone are others that are best left to medical minds. Let’s just say when it comes to diabetes, unbalanced, they’re “bad”.  This, we can all understand.

Some Serious Stuff Here

Many people with diabetes often “poo-poo” it, not believing it can really do that much damage. But consider just some of the symptoms and health-related problems:

  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Nerve pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Hunger
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth 
  • Depression
  • Slow-healing wounds, cuts, or sores 
  • Itching skin
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Kidney disease

Still think controlling it isn’t something to think seriously about?

Eat This Up

The first thing people think about when it comes to diabetes and diet, is deprivation. No this, no that, and absolutely, positively, never-ever anything sweet. Not so. It’s just all about portion. That box of Valentine candy? Have a small piece or two, just don’t devour the whole thing or dig into a 5-lb chocolate heart. (Cupid won’t die if you don’t). A diet for diabetics is a sensible, healthy diet for anyone; fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and heart-healthy fats. It’s about cutting back on sodium and processed foods. And really cutting back on carbs which are most easily broken down into sugar.  What are a few examples of things you should you totally try to avoid?

  • Frosting (Sorry, but you can ‘t get caught up in the cupcake craze)
  • Bagels
  • Soda (sugar-free is fine)
  • Sugary cereals- (Fruit Loops can really send your blood sugar in loops)
  • Stick margarine
  • Jarred tomato sauce- (Sure, it’s easy, but…Prego is a no-go)
  • Bacon (No more “Bs” in your BLTs)
  • Maraschino cherries (And the sugar-laden cocktails you love them in)
  • Soy sauce
  • Smoothies (Just being green, doesn’t make them healthy)
  • Vanilla cappuccino with whipped cream and hazelnut drizzle (Or any other Starbucks specialty where tons of sugar make them so special.)
  • The devilish duos of anything breaded and fried (bye-bye chicken McNuggets)
  • Fatty red meat (liverwurst’s the worst)
  • Hot dogs

It’s All in the Balance

Before you go bonkers over diabetes, you have to remember that it can be all about hormone imbalances. And imbalances, if treated correctly, by the right medical specialists, can be balanced. The place to start, is getting a good and accurate measure of your hormones, especially those that can contribute to diabetes. And in the Denver area, there’s no better place to do that than at Denver Hormone Health. Every one of the doctors that are at Denver Hormone Health are hormone specialists that know everything there is to know about hormones and getting them back in balance. Simple tests can tell them how they can help you if they determine you’re pre-diabetic or diabetic. Even if it turns out you’re not, they can see if something isn’t in balance with all the other hormones floating through your bloodstream. In any case, all they care about is getting you back to feeling your best. Call the experts at Denver Hormone Health now.

Diabetes doesn’t have to get you down.

Hormones and Health – Hormone Happy New Year

Hormone Health in 2019

Oh Boy, Here It Goes Again

New Year’s resolutions. You know, those well-intended promises to yourself that make you feel righteous when you make them. One problem, is that most people makes lists that are longer than the list of our President’s Twitter rants. Resolutions that rarely last until February, if at all.

You’re not alone.

Here Are A Few Goodies

There are always the standards:” I’ll eat right. I’ll lose weight. I’ll exercise more. I’ll be a better person.” Always a good start. But maybe you should start the New Year with an overall inventory of your general health. Listen to what your body is telling you. You can’t depend on a Fitbit to get the whole picture.

Forget Trying to Google “Good Resolutions”

Try these instead; determine to get yearly physicals, check your blood pressure and cholesterol. And don’t forgo those Flu shots. Above all, if something is going on with the way you feel, don’t ignore it hoping it will go away. Don’t self-diagnose (or Google your symptoms).

Spend Time with Things Furry And 4-Legged

It never hurts to make some resolutions that wouldn’t make it to many lists:

  • Stop self-bullying
  • Take out your earbuds and listen
  • Spend less than half your day on devices
  • Sleep more
  • Say “no” more often
  • Call friends. Frequently.
  • Don’t become a life potato
  • Travel, if only to another side of town
  • Leave your bed unmade with guilting over it
  • Give envy a break
  • Treat yourself like #1

Get Out of Hormone Hell

Now this is a resolution everyone should make. Hormones? Yep. Those chemical messengers that tear through your body calling the shots as to what’s working and what’s not.

Those headaches?
Maybe just hormones.

That fatigue?
Hormones.

Depression. Unexplained weight gain. Brain fog?
Ditto.

Unbalanced hormones can have a heyday with your entire body.

A visit to Denver Hormone Health can tell you if your hormones are out of balance. Every doctor at Denver Hormone Health is a specialist in everything that has to do with hormones, so you couldn’t put yourself in better hands. Whatever your resolutions, make making an appointment at Denver Hormone Health a must.

New year? New you.

May All Your Stress Hormones be Bright

Stress

Stress is at the Top of Your Christmas List

Santa’s coming, and it makes you want to run. (Hold the guilt, just for a minute). Yes, it’s a wonderful time of the year. But it’s also a time when you’re plagued by the ghosts of Christmases past. A time when you end up tangled in tinsel and lights. A time of what to give whom. A time of relatives coming out of the woodwork and coming for what they have come to expect is a spectacular meal. Made entirely by you, of course. Hmmm…if you remember right, it seems everything was done entirely by you. The cards, the gifts, the wrapping, the planning…The one thing you didn’t plan on was the toll chronic stress can take on your body. You can probably blame it all on unbalanced hormones. The link between stress and hormones is well documented. Unless you do something to correct a hormone imbalance, it can do you in.

Helplessly Elf-less

Christmas stress is definitely naughty, never nice. Every day borders on “Bah Humbug”. Your inner Scrooge is screaming to get out. You want to dump baking cookies for Santa, thinking he’s fat enough as is. Labors of love can seem just like labor. You feel like “bad mom”, “bad friend”, “bad, well…just bad.  Endless hours of online shopping can weigh you down with endless strain. Amazon Prime isn’t the kind of help you really need.  When you end up doing everything yourself, your batteries can start to lose their juice. Your Christmas high can turn into a body crash. Unrelenting stress, can topple your tree. Why? Good chance it’s hormones.  Because unrelenting stress can cause your adrenal glands to go into overdrive, causing your hormones to get overworked and out of balance.

Who Put Your Head in a Nutcracker?

Peace might be on earth, but it’s not in your house. It gets to a point where all you want for Christmas is Tylenol, Advil or Prilosec. Your head throbs. You feel aches and pains all over. You have trouble sleeping. (Forget sex.) Your heart races. Your gut is getting to you. You can’t fake how rotten you feel. (Aren’t you supposed to be feeling happiness and joy?) What’s really happened is that hormones caused by stress take hostage of your body. Excess stress can have both physical and mental effects. (if you’re like 7 out of 10 people, you have both.) The longer the stress lasts, the longer the list of health issues, and the longer those health issues can linger. Christmas can sometimes feel like a headache, but how you feel isn’t all in your head.

Find Some Real Holiday Cheer

The most dangerous thing about stress, is how easily it can creep up on you. And how hard it can hit you. But there is a gift you can give yourself. Put a visit to Denver Hormone Health at the very, very top of your list. Forget about sitting on Santa’s lap, and take a seat with one of the experienced and skilled doctors at Denver Hormone Health who are specialized in everything that has to do with hormones and how to get them back in balance. With simple tests they can tell which hormones are having a holiday heyday with your body and then develop a unique treatment plan you can plan on getting you back to feeling the Christmas spirit, and feeling your best. So before you string another strand of popcorn, make an appointment at Denver Hormone Health now.

Nothing will get you caroling quicker.