Every 17 seconds, someone new is diagnosed with diabetes (Kumar, Anita). That means that while you read this article, more than 600 people will hear the news that they two must live with diabetes. November is American Diabetes Month, and according to the American Diabetes Association, 26 million children and adults in the United States (8% of the population) have diabetes.
Another 79 million of us are either undiagnosed, or have pre-diabetes – although this number will likely increase as physicians shift from the old method of testing for diabetes (testing blood sugars) to the newer, more sensitive method of determining a diabetes diagnosis by testing for insulin resistance.
While a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes is serious, this diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of the story. Many SlimGenics clients lose significant weight with the tools they learn going through the program, and this healthy lifestyle change can be a natural method of regulating insulin levels while simultaneously lowering cholesterol levels and increasing overall health and wellness.
As we know, diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, high blood pressure, neuropathy, along with a long list of other undesirable things. Currently, the focus of diabetic education is on blood sugars and keeping them “under control.” I invite you to shift into the future and begin to think of diabetes as a manageable and preventable disease that depends on the control of insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance is what determines how well your cells can use the insulin in order to reduce your blood sugar, and it is key for weight management. While the old model of calories-in versus calories-out (resulting in more “low-fat” and reduced calorie foods that are laden with processed sugars) got us to this point in weight loss, and partially for diabetes management, it is insulin resistance that will take us further into the future of managing our waistlines AND diabetes.
The SlimGenics STEP™ Weight Loss Program is so successful because it uses regular grocery store food, and one-on-one counseling for personalized support and guidance for effective weight loss and a reasonable weight management plan. Our program also maintains key tenets that naturally manage insulin resistance and blood sugar, while reducing extra storage fat – especially that stubborn belly fat that so often accompanies diabetes.
A Healthy Lifestyle Can Reduce Insulin Resistance!
Here’s how the SlimGenics Weight Loss Program can help you take control over your diabetes:
- Teaches and encourages proper meal timing and ratios. This supports appropriate insulin responses and reduces the stress hormone, cortisol, which is a contributor to insulin resistance and starchy cravings.
- Introduces proper meal frequency. Regularly skipping meals is another contributor to insulin resistance and to sugar/carb cravings, and can lead to binge eating later in the day.
- Ensures balanced nutrition. The individualized meal plans contain an appropriate balance of protein, vegetables, healthy fats and starches for optimal nutrition, glycemic control, increased thermogenesis and weight loss.
- Provides targeted nutritional supplementation. There are some vitamins and minerals that are hard to get, even on the strictest of meal plans. SlimGenics offers critical nutrient supplements for increasing thermogenesis, balancing blood sugars and supporting gut health – all of which reduce the hidden effects of inflammation and reduce insulin resistance. By taking into account your health history, the way your body reacts to weight loss, and your goal weight, your Program Advisors are able to recommend supplements that will target your individual needs, based on the the root causes of YOUR weight gain.
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