Many people with diabetes are extremely health-conscious, for this reason, they are constantly searching for ways to manage their diabetes more efficiently. How can they make a difference, though, if they don’t even know they are suffering from a condition they’ve never heard of? There is a multitude of conditions that affect diabetes. Some things are thought to cause it, and others are known to make it worse.
Leaky gut is one of those conditions; some theorize that you can’t even have type 2 diabetes without also having a leaky gut. Moreover, not only could it cause diabetes, it can also perpetually make it worse.
A leaky gut can be described as “intestinal hyperpermeability”. In simpler terms, it means that certain toxins in your gut can pass through your intestines and leak into your body. As can be expected, this causes several health problems.
Essentially, a leaky gut happens when your digestive tract is weak from a poor diet, among other factors. The intestines are thinning and worn down. The “good bacteria” that assist you in breaking down your food and getting rid of toxins are not flourishing.
A leaky gut allows toxins to reside in the body which should have been expelled rather quickly, causing symptoms such as these:
- Inflammation (sometimes severe)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Food allergies
- Chronic fatigue
- Joint pain
- Skin rash
With such a long list of conditions related to a leaky gut, you might start to think it’s a super-disease or something. Don’t worry, it’s not. Although it contributes to or causes some really messed up stuff in your body, it’s avoidable and even reversible. Some professionals even believe you could reverse serious and chronic diseases (like diabetes) by plugging that leaky gut.
You won’t hear much about leaky gut from mainstream doctors. Surprisingly, most doctors don’t even test for a leaky gut yet. It’s actually somewhat of a mystery to most medical professionals. Linda A. Lee, MD, a gastroenterologist at John Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center says “We don’t know a lot, but we know it exists.” She continues. “In the absence of evidence, we don’t know… what therapies can directly address it.”
Other professionals, like Donald Kirby, MD, refer to a leaky gut as a “very gray area”. Since leaky gut itself isn’t really a diagnosis of a disease, it means that more research needs to be done, and an individualized diagnosis still needs to be made. What does that mean? It means that the causes of a leaky gut can be any number of things, so you need to find the cause on a personal level. On that note, let’s take a look at some of these causes.