by Cellular Health Specialist, Dr. Bill Cole
If you or a loved one has type-2 diabetes, chances are pretty good you’ve heard the term “insulin resistance” bandied about from time-to-time. But this Diabetes Awareness Month, according to Dr. Bill Cole, founder of the Cellular Health Accelerator Program, it’s time to get educated on these phrases and how they tie into your cellular health – and how this knowledge can empower you to take control of your health and your body’s needs.
Insulin resistance – one of the hallmarks of type-2 diabetes – occurs when cells in your muscles, body fat, and liver start resisting or ignoring the signal that the insulin hormone is attempting to put out. As a result, your muscles and organs stop grabbing glucose, the body’s main source of fuel, out of the bloodstream and feeding into the cells.
Sounds grim, right? It doesn’t have to be. There are ways to retrain your cells to respond to insulin as they should – but it all begins with what you eat and how you live. Here are some simple lifestyle and diet changes you can implement to begin countering – and even reversing – the negative impacts insulin resistance can have on your body.
Negative Impacts of Insulin Resistance
While diets primarily consisting of carb-heavy, processed food are largely to blame for insulin resistance, toxins also play a big role. Researchers estimate that 30 percent of type-2 diabetics are suffering from the disease because of exposure to toxic chemicals: BPAs, insecticides, and pesticides chief among them. These toxins settle into our bodies and inflame our cells, leaving them too damaged to function the way they were designed to.
When cells stop responding to insulin as they should, bodies lose the ability to effectively use glucose. That glucose buildup in the blood leads to issues like obesity, high blood pressure, and cholesterol – which are often referred to as “metabolic syndrome.” This resistance isn’t unique to insulin as well; thyroid hormones can often cause similar symptoms for similar reasons.
The good news is that this resistance is treatable, often with diet and lifestyle changes. Reducing inflammation is key to restoring cell membrane health, and by doing this sooner rather than later, you can elevate your quality of life and ensure that these habits will help you manage your condition for years to come.
It’s a refrain you’ve probably heard countless times, but cutting back on sugars and refined carbs will go a long way in encouraging and maintaining cellular health. Processed food does a lot of harm to your body’s cellular function, and you’d be surprised at what switching to a nutrient-dense, whole food diet can do.
Additionally, be mindful of when you’re eating, in addition to what. Intermittent fasting – and fasting in general – has been found to increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin. Try restricting your eating to an eight-hour window as early in the day as you can, and try to avoid nighttime eating and snacking. As always, be sure to consult with healthcare professionals before making any diet changes.
Reduce Your Toxic Load
Remember all those toxins I discussed a while ago? They’re more prevalent in your everyday life than you might think. From beauty and cleaning products to water bottles and cookware, these toxins can leak into your food, drink, and skin faster and more often than you realize.
Invest in BPA-free cookware and food storage, and be sure not to store any hot foods in plastic containers. Same goes for microwaving; plastic can seep into your food if the food or the plastic gets hot, so if you want to microwave something, transfer it into a glass or microwave-safe ceramic bowl or plate before you do.
Water bottles are another common source of BPAs and other toxins. If you use a reusable water bottle, chances are pretty good you’re not cleaning it as often as you should. Mold can grow quickly on damp, dark surfaces, so be sure you’re handwashing your bottles frequently.
Also keep in mind that, while plastic and silicone water bottles are the most popular, they’re not the best for your health; stainless steel water bottles, while darker than their plastic counterparts, are a much better option when it comes to toxins. Plus, if you enjoy cold water, those stainless steel water bottles are better insulated than plastic. Just make sure you wash them frequently!
Stay Active, Always
Again, you’ve probably heard this many times before, but it bears repeating: Whether you’re focused on building muscle, toning up, or reducing fat, staying active every day is an important part of ensuring cellular health and rejuvenation. Exercising at least 30 minutes a day every day – or as much as your energy levels will allow – will go a long way in improving not just your cellular health, but your overall health from top to bottom.
Reversing insulin resistance can be as simple as making small, sustainable lifestyle changes that will drastically improve your physical health and overall wellbeing. This Diabetes Awareness Month, pay close attention to the areas of your life where you can invest in your cellular health. Your insulin levels, body, mind, and spirit will thank you!
About Dr. Bill Cole
Dr. Bill Cole, the founder of the largest functional medicine group of its kind, has created the Cellular Health Accelerator Program that helps people to be well, feel well, and age well. He has already helped to transform the lives of thousands and has spoken on stages across the nation. For more information, visit http://drbillcole.com
The Role of Technology in Driving Affordable Healthcare
Brillio CTO Chander Damodaran Shares Some Promising Trends in Healthcare Market Dynamics
If any event could cause a massive upheaval within the healthcare industry, it would be a global pandemic. COVID-19 forced institutions and practitioners to reevaluate their methods and internal systems from top to bottom. Technology, telecommunications, and consumer industries pivoted their attention towards the healthcare industry looking to address new challenges and disruptions caused and revealed by the pandemic. Telehealth, in particular, saw a massive increase in interest and funding from these sectors as the global pandemic accelerated the need for digital solutions.
At digital tech companies like Brillio, team members search for solutions to the challenges faced by patients and practitioners alike. Their team is focused on developing forward-thinking, real-world tech to meet the growing public demand for better, more efficient healthcare. According to Brillio’s data, the global healthcare IT market is projected to grow 29.3% within the next 8 years reaching a value of $135.6 billion. The telehealth revenue share in the global healthcare IT alone is anticipated to grow at a rate of 41%, the fastest growth rate ever recorded.
According to the CTO of Brillio Chander Damodaran, the market is becoming vastly more patient-centric. For digital tech companies, the time is opportune to develop technology solutions that can benefit the average patient. Most of us are pretty comfortable with wearable technology- think Apple Watch or Fitbit for example- but there is massive potential to digitize all of the different systems including wearables to create a truly connected digital experience. Tech that monitors and shares health parameters is nothing new, and it could be just the beginning. Telehealth is poised to bring patients and providers closer than ever before, if not physically, then certainly virtually. Damodaran predicts a swift increase in the utilization of telehealth services of 38% post-pandemic as health systems weave digital solutions into their institutional systems.
In his opinion, there is a massive demand for telehealth solutions that benefit consumers by making pricing and procedural information more transparent. One way this is manifesting is through the emergence of mandates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of National Statistics. These mandates, including the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule published in May 2020 and the CMS Price Transparency Final Rule published in July 2022, would allow patients to make an informed decision on their providers and services thus offering greater control over their healthcare plans and spending.
Damodaran is optimistic about where the industry is headed in relation to digital tech. From venture capital to private investment, investment in telehealth is booming. Increased interest in tech solutions for the healthcare industry is driving up investment rates, allowing for more development. This could result in better immersive and wearable technologies, the acceleration of solutions like digital twins, and the development of new tech solutions.
While many are still trying to understand the extent of their healthcare costs, increased accessibility and transparency remain at the forefront of the conversation. All these trends are not only exciting developments for the tech world and interesting opportunities for investors, but they are also potentially life-changing developments for each one of us leading to affordable healthcare and access to globally renowned experts and practitioners.
For more information about the role of technology in healthcare, visit www.brillio.com.
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