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November is Diabetes Awareness Month – Three Simple Lifestyle Changes to Reverse Insulin Resistance

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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.

Cut Back

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

Michelle has been a part of the journey ever since Bigtime Daily started. As a strong learner and passionate writer, she contributes her editing skills for the news agency. She also jots down intellectual pieces from categories such as science and health.

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AgeRejuvenation: Your Partner in the Pursuit of Ageless Living

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In the age-old quest for longevity and vitality, physicians are now beginning to attack the signs of aging from multiple fronts. “At AgeRejuvenation Functional Medical Clinic, we offer cutting-edge treatments and strategies to promote cellular repair and mitigate DNA damage,” says Brett Markowitz, the clinic’s CEO and founder. “We also offer guidance on the lifestyle changes that will enable you to maintain your health, function, and appearance.”

Understanding the two types of aging

Two classifications distinguish aging and its impact on the human body. The first, primary aging, refers to the natural and inevitable changes that occur over time, regardless of external factors or lifestyle choices. 

Secondary aging, on the other hand, refers to the aging processes that occur due to lifestyle choices and environmental factors. Unlike primary aging, secondary aging is not inevitable, can vary significantly among individuals, and is influenced by factors such as diet, exercise, exposure to toxins, stress, and the development of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis.

“Our personalized plans for each patient combat both primary and secondary aging,” notes Markowitz. “This requires an integrative and proactive approach. By combining regular physical activity, a balanced diet, good sleep hygiene, stress management, and social involvement with healthcare’s preventative measures, you can now influence the pace of your own aging process. Primary aging factors are less within our control, but the synergy of these strategies buffers their impact. And secondary aging can be significantly slowed with lifestyle and environmental changes.” 

AgeRejuvenation Functional Medical Clinic recommends certain practices to slow the effects of primary aging, such as regular exercise to maintain muscle mass, reduce the risk of age-related diseases, and improve cognitive functions.

“A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains provides essential nutrients that protect against cellular damage and combat oxidative stress,” Markowitz says. “Additionally, consistent, quality sleep supports cellular repair processes, regulates metabolism, and reduces inflammation to mitigate the effects of aging.”

As Markowitz explains, relaxation practices can help combat chronic stress, which can accelerate cellular aging by shortening the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes called telomeres. Using sunscreen and protective clothing also reduces the aging effects brought on by UV radiation.

Unlike primary aging, the rate of secondary aging is influenced significantly by lifestyle choices. For example, quitting smoking and moderating alcohol intake can significantly reduce the risk of developing diseases that speed up the aging process.

“Certain nutritional supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids, resveratrol, and Coenzyme Q10, have been proposed to support cellular health,” says Markowitz. “Mental exercises like reading, puzzles, and games challenge the mind, which can help preserve cognitive function and may even delay the onset of conditions like dementia.”

Markowitz goes on to explain that a robust social network with family, friends, and community reduces stress and decreases the risk of conditions that promote secondary aging. Furthermore, air purifiers, water filters, and choosing to live in less polluted areas can minimize exposure to pollution and environmental toxins that contribute to non-genetic aging.

“Advances in genetic testing can offer deeper insights into one’s susceptibility to age-related diseases,” Markowitz notes. “The results of these tests allow clinics like ours to tailor health strategies to prevent or delay their onset.”

Hormone optimization holds the key to vitality

The broad field of anti-aging treatments incorporates everything from topical skincare products to sophisticated genetic interventions. In this rapidly evolving field, hormone optimization has become a cornerstone of personalized anti-aging strategies since hormones act as the body’s chemical messengers and regulate virtually every major system, from metabolism to mood.

“As people age, these hormones can become unbalanced, leading to a myriad of health issues,” says Markowitz. “Hormone optimization seeks to restore hormonal balance, improve overall well-being, and slow the aging process.”

Unlike synthetic hormones used in traditional hormone replacement therapies, bioidentical hormones are chemically identical to those produced by the human body, offering a more natural solution to restoring hormonal balance. This can be particularly transformative for battling menopause and andropause symptoms.

“As people age, many recognize the need for thyroid function optimization,” Markowitz says. “Our thyroid gland influences metabolism, energy levels, and body weight, so it’s no wonder that we contribute to a sense of vitality and well-being when we optimize its function.”

Markowitz also finds that many people find renewed vigor through testosterone and estrogen balancing. “For men and women alike, maintaining the right balance of testosterone and estrogen is crucial for health because these hormones impact everything from bone density to libido,” he says.

The synergy between anti-aging treatments, hormone optimization, and a healthy lifestyle

The intersection of targeted anti-aging treatments, hormone optimization, and lifestyle adjustments represents a synergistic approach to aging gracefully. Hormone optimization and a healthy lifestyle enhance the effectiveness of anti-aging treatments by ensuring the body is in its best possible state for repair and regeneration. For instance, balanced hormones can improve skin elasticity, making cosmetic treatments more effective. 

Combining these strategies allows for a holistic approach to aging and an increasing degree of personalization. Clinics like AgeRejuvenation tailor treatments to each individual’s unique hormonal profile and aging concerns, resulting in targeted and effective interventions.

“The pursuit of ageless living is a multifaceted journey that intertwines cutting-edge scientific discoveries with tried-and-true lifestyle practices,” Markowitz concludes. “The path to longevity and vitality is as much about embracing a holistic lifestyle as it is embracing the newest anti-aging treatments. These advancements can add years to your life, but more importantly, they can add life to your years, enabling you to age gracefully and with dignity.”

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