What causes type 2 diabetes?
In type 2, adult-onset diabetes, the problem isn’t too little insulin, but the failure of cells to respond to insulin. It tends to go hand in hand with people’s tendency to put on weight as they age.
With enough fat stored away already, our fat cells become full, and so any more fat offerings cause the cells to become distended and resistant to more.
Our insulin, which is the agent for glucose and fat uptake in the cells is now given short shrift by our fat cells. There is no more room at the inn for it!
As insulin resistance increases, less and less of the circulating glucose and fat can find a home, and all this floating debris ends up causing serious mischief in other areas of the body, most notably in our blood vessels.
Other tissues and organs are also instructed not to take up these nutrient refugees and as time goes on more and more of our body becomes insulin resistant. The pancreas responds by trying to release more insulin to make amends but this simply causes our cells to become even more resistant, and so the vicious cycle continues.
Eventually, the insulin-secreting cells in our pancreas burn out, and you find yourself having graduated to type 1 diabetes.
And stress is a major contributor to the problem.
Firstly, when we are stressed, we mobilise our stored glucose and fats into the bloodstream, exacerbating the problem of floating debris in the arterial channels and blocking them up.
Secondly, our stress hormones increase the insulin resistance of our cells and, the more this occurs, the more likely we are to cross the threshold into overtly diabetic status.
An estimated three million people in the UK now suffer from this disease, and it is something that is set to continue rising at a worryingly dramatic rate unless we find ways to cope. Managing type 2 diabetes ultimately means managing your stress levels.
To a degree, we can manage the condition with a better diet, but fundamentally, if we don’t manage our stress, then we are always going to be prone to the volatility created by increased insulin resistance, and we will find it harder to regulate our diet whenever we are stressed.
If we want an effective way of managing type 2 diabetes, the smartest and most efficient approach is to manage our stress. We will then find it much easier to moderate our diet if and when required.
How can Vedic meditation help with treating type 2 diabetes?
There is much evidence to suggest Vedic meditation not only helps in managing type 2 diabetes by making us feel less stressed and stay more balanced, but it also reduces all the symptoms of diabetes, and in some cases, has resulted in a complete recovery.
Our cells can function more naturally, and there is a reduction in our cravings for fatty, sugary foods. Studies show a decrease in the level of insulin resistance of people who do this practice.
Vedic meditation also reduces the number of free radicals in our system, and this is an important factor in lots of health conditions, most notably in diabetes. There are few more comprehensive and effective forms of treatment for type 2 diabetes.
One testament to this is that back in the day, as well as suffering from insomnia, Will was also diagnosed as being pre-diabetic just before he learned to meditate. He was informed he had a year before he would have full-blown type 2 diabetes. After learning to meditate, the tell-tale pre-diabetic signs faded away and six years on Will is happily free of any signs of compromised health.