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Health System No 4: Carbohydrate metabolism

We get up in the morning and eat our breakfast. Our sober blood sugar level is usually between 4 and 5 mmol. As soon as we eat, our food contains carbohydrates, our blood sugar level starts to rise.

After about 1 hour begins, in normal cases, our pancreas with the production of the hormone insulin. Insulin ensures that glucose (from sugars/carbohydrates) can enter our cells.

As soon as insulin reaches the outside of the cell wall, a signal goes through the cell wall via a receptor/(receiver) to a kind of "gate" through which glucose can enter our cell and be burned to produce energy and heat. Heat to keep us warm, energy to live.

Since the Second World War, the food industry has been producing more and more 'empty' sugars. As a result, our diet now has two kinds of sugars. So-called 'fast' sugars such as white sugar, white flour, white bread, white noodles, white spaghetti, white macaroni, white pizza base, etc. are also used in the food industry. These sugars quickly enter our blood, but also cause high insulin production. This brings a lot of glucose into our cells and if it is not burned by sufficient movement, it is converted into fat. This often leads to obesity.

Good sugars are the so-called 'slow' sugars, such as wholemeal bread, wholemeal noodles, wholemeal spaghetti, muesli, etc.

To now convert fast, empty sugars (without vitamins and/or minerals) into glucose, the body consumes its Vitamin C, Vitamin B3/B5, Manganese, Zinc and Chromium reserves. These sources may eventually become depleted. However, our pancreas also needs these vitamins, minerals and trace elements for the correct production of insulin. If there is a shortage of these substances, the pancreas first reacts as it were 'allergic' and often starts producing insulin too soon (half an hour after eating instead of after an hour).

Insulin is therefore released too much and too early and glucose is coupled too quickly in our cells, which in turn leads to a decrease in blood sugar levels.

As a result, our brains get too little glucose and symptoms arise such as 'dips' after meals (on the couch for a while), or during the day shakiness with the urge to eat (sweet or savoury). This phenomenon is called 'Hypoglycemia' and is 'measurable' by means of a Glucose Tolerance Test. This test also gives you insight into the risk of getting the dreaded Diabetes Type 2 (old age diabetes) later on. You can even see if you are in a 'Burn-Out' situation.

Part of the cause is often a wrong ratio in the dietary intake of the Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. This ratio should also be adjusted in terms of nutrition.

In the long run, the islands of Langerhans (Insulin 'factories') in the pancreas slowly become depleted and our sober blood sugar levels rise. We get more thirsty, urinate more often, get more and more tired and our weight is more and more difficult to control. We often become inexplicably thicker. The fact that we are getting thicker has to do with the 'dips' after meals. Due to the blood sugar dropping too fast, there is often an irresistible craving for sweet/sometimes savoury, you admit that, due to the fatigue, you move less and the circle is complete. Hypoglycemia then gives rise to the next phase, called Syndrome-X or Metabolic Syndrome. Overweight is often a fact. The blood pressure slowly increases, you see the cholesterol rise and also the blood stickiness increases with an increased risk of blood clots.

Ultimately, Syndrome-X can lead to Ageing Diabetes Type 2. What is striking is that more and more young children are developing Diabetes Type 2!

The number of people with diabetes continues to increase.

Because of the growth and ageing of the population and the expected further increase in overweight people in the future, RIVM expects a further increase in the number of people with diabetes. Based on demographic developments alone, the number of diabetics will increase by about 30% over the next 20 years.

Take a moment to complete the questionnaire and send it to Dr. Doterra. Your degree of disturbed carbohydrate metabolism is calculated for you and indicated in numbers from 1 to +50. You will also receive advice on how to deal with your sugar metabolism.

Finally, it is important that you indicate in the questionnaire what your complaint(s) are, so that doctor Doterra can be of even better service to you.

Questionnaire form Carbohydrate metabolism: