Hormones play an integral role in the way your body functions overall. The endocrine system is basically an intricate messenger system that is responsible for maintaining homeostasis within your hormones. Hormones control almost every aspect of your body, from sleep to weight, and moods. However, there are different factors that can shift the way these hormones function and will result in something called hormonal imbalance. This imbalance can impact your body in many different ways and result in the development of health conditions, like diabetes.
Diabetes is a disease where there is too much sugar, or glucose, present in the bloodstream. Diabetes is directly linked to the endocrine system. The connection between the two lies in the pancreas. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas, a gland behind your stomach, does not produce enough of the hormone insulin, or can not use insulin properly. Insulin is responsible for carrying sugar from the bloodstream into the cells. Once the sugar is inside the cells, the sugar is converted into energy for immediate use or stored for later. This energy is used for most of our bodily functions.
There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. While both have a lot in common, there are differences in the way the condition is developed, how it affects a person, and how to treat it. The main difference between the two is type 1 diabetes usually shows up early on in life and is a genetic condition. Whereas, type 2 diabetes develops over time and is mainly lifestyle-related.
When diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it means your body attacks the cells in your pancreas, which results in not being able to produce any insulin. While people with type 1 diabetes are not able to make enough insulin or the insulin that is produced does not work properly.
The main way to treat type 1 diabetes is by taking insulin daily to control your blood sugar. However, type 2 diabetes can be managed through exercise, diet, and medications.
While the mainstream approach to treating diabetes is medications, the best approach is adopting healthier habits. Going this route can help you identify the source of your condition and explore holistic treatment options. Ultimately, this method is where you will see the best results. And this is exactly how I helped many people over the years improve their condition and help them adopt healthier habits. To learn more, click here.