Below are some of the very best articles
on what causes diabetes and how to
eliminate diabetes that I have found anywhere. Diabetes is not a mystery. Treating
it with insulin is a death sentence. Spend some time with this page and heed the
advice below to gain a better understanding of how you can beat this killer.
First two articles are by Dr Mercola - starts here
Second article is the Deadly Diabetes Deception - by Thomas Smith
Last article is by Jay Geary and gives specific herbs/supplements to take
diabetes is prevalent today and what you can do about it
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The United States has seen a rapid rise in pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes over the last decade. Nearly 80 million people—about one in four—now has diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Overwhelmingly, the evidence points to a faulty diet—indeed the entire culture of inappropriate, health-harming food—which is the topic of the fast-paced documentary, Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat,3 produced by Lathe Poland and Eric Carlsen.
Poland was himself diagnosed with diabetes in 2010, which led to the creation of this revealing film. In a press release, Poland notes:
"I wasn't overweight... To be honest, I was completely blown away when my doctor gave me the diagnosis. Why would a seemingly healthy 30 something man like myself get a disease like this?
My misconception like most people was that there were two scenarios where you get diabetes…Either it's hereditary and it's not your fault, or you eat junk food like it's going out of style and end up diabetic."
His doctor wanted him to take three different medications, and what alarmed Poland was what he calls "the rubber stamp approach." So he decided to look deeper, to find out what really causes diabetes, and whether the drug approach was really the only remedy.
For the last 50 years, Americans have been told to eat a high complex carbohydrate, low saturated fat diet. Even diabetics have been told to eat 50-60 percent of their daily calories in the form of processed carbs.
As the filmmakers note, "refined and processed foods, especially processed carbohydrates have become a staple of our culture, and we are reaping the consequences." Conventional wisdom states that whole grains are part of a heart-healthy diet, and cereal commercials abound making that same claim...
But make no mistake about it. This nutritional advice is exactly why diabetes rates are shooting skyward. (Even athletes would be well advised to reconsider carb-loading, as a high fat diet tends to improve performance to a greater degree. This too is briefly discussed in the film.)
Conventional advice also states that diabetics can safely use table sugar, as long as you readjust your medications to compensate appropriately (i.e. take more drugs to increase your fat cell storage capacity). Using toxic artificial sweeteners in lieu of sugar also gets the green light.
The sad truth is that these recommendations are not based on nutritional science. They're based on industry lobbying – just like the USDA's Food Pyramid, which is fraught with massive industry conflicts of interest.
As discussed in the film, there was NO science to back up these nutritional recommendations. In essence, it was an experiment, and we are now able to say the experiment was a horrible abject failure that has resulted in needless pain and suffering and the premature deaths of tens of millions.
We simply cannot follow the conventional food pyramid (or the updated version called MyPlate), and maintain optimal health. Why? Because grains turn into sugar in your body, which leads to insulin resistance and promotes chronic inflammation in your body—all of which is explained in the featured film.
The film also discusses the pernicious influence and sheer power of the processed food industry, and how they shape our food culture—and much of the "conventional wisdom" about food—through junk food advertising.
Conventional medicine has type 2 diabetes pegged as a problem rooted in "dysregulation of blood sugar control," which is typically explained as "an inability of your body to produce enough insulin."
With that view, it seems reasonable to conclude that in order to control diabetes, you need a prescription for insulin, or drugs that raise insulin to counteract the elevated blood sugar.
In reality, however, the underlying problem is improper insulin and leptin signaling. In type 2 diabetes, your pancreas is still producing some insulin—in fact, usually too much insulin is being produced on a chronic basis—but your pancreas is unable to recognize the insulin and use it properly.
This is an advanced stage of insulin resistance,4 which is typically caused by a diet that is too high in sugars and sugar-forming foods such as grains. Type 2 diabetes also involves malfunction of leptin signaling, which is caused by chronically elevated insulin and leptin levels—again due to a diet that is too high in sugar.
This is why drug treatment isn't getting us anywhere. Treating type 2 diabetes with insulin is actually one of the worst things you can do, as it will actually worsen your insulin and leptin resistance over time. You do not need more insulin. You need to restore the sensitivity of your insulin and leptin receptors, and the way to do this is by keeping your insulin and leptin levels low.
As Dr. Ron Rosedale wrote in 2005, doctors cause diabetics to D.I.E from their flawed prescriptions, which stem from a basic lack of insight into this root cause of diabetes. D.I.E., here, is a clever acronym for "Doctor Induced Exacerbation," which does indeed include early death.
It's important to understand what really happens when you simply add insulin without addressing the underlying insulin/leptin resistance. When your blood sugar becomes elevated, insulin is released to direct the extra energy (sugar) into storage. A small amount is stored as a starch called glycogen, but the majority is stored as fat.
Insulin's primary role is not to lower your blood sugar, but rather to store this extra energy as fat for future needs when food may not be available. The fact that insulin lowers your blood sugar is merely a "side effect" of this energy storage process. So taking more insulin just makes you fatter!
As Dr Rosedale has previously stated; "Type 2 diabetes is brought on by constantly having too much insulin and leptin circulating secondary to the same diet that has been recommended to treat diabetes and heart disease, a high carbohydrate, low-fat diet. Then giving these diabetics more insulin is adding gasoline to the fire. Doctors couldn't be doing more harm if they tried."
Since type 2 diabetes involves loss of insulin and leptin sensitivity, it's easily preventable and nearly 100 percent reversible without drugs. One of the primary driving forces behind type 2 diabetes is eating excessive amounts of grains, refined sugar, and processed fructose in particular—the latter of which has adverse effects on all of metabolic hormones, including insulin and leptin.
According to statistics in the film, after World War II, Americans consumed an estimated 16-24 grams of fructose per day. By the mid-70s, that average had risen to 37 grams per day, and 20 years later, Americans were averaging nearly 55 grams of fructose per day. Other statistics found in Dr. Richard Johnson's book, The Sugar Fix,5 suggest about 50 percent of Americans consume as much as half a pound, more than 225 grams, per day!
There is really no question in my mind that regularly consuming more than 25 grams of fructose per day will dramatically increase your risk of insulin/leptin resistance, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. It's important to realize that even though fructose is relatively "low glycemic" on the front end, it actually reduces the receptor's affinity for insulin, leading to chronic insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar on the back end.
So, while you may not notice a steep increase in blood sugar immediately following fructose consumption, it is likely changing your entire endocrine system's ability to function properly behind the scenes. A quick note on testing: Be sure to monitor your fasting insulin level in addition to monitoring your fasting blood sugar. You'll want your fasting insulin level to be between 2 and 4. The higher your level, the greater your insulin resistance and the more aggressive you need to be in your treatment plan, especially when it comes to altering your diet.
So how do you reverse diabetes? The following nutrition and lifestyle modifications are foundational for any diabetes prevention and treatment plan.
Swap out processed foods, all forms of sugar—particularly fructose—as well as all grains, for REAL FOOD (whole, fresh food). A primary reason for the failure of conventional diabetes treatment has to do with seriously flawed dietary recommendations. Fructose, grains, and other sugar forming starchy carbohydrates are largely responsible for your body's adverse insulin reactions, and all sugars and grains—even "healthy" grains such as whole, organic ones—need to be drastically reduced.
If you're insulin/leptin resistant, have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or are overweight, you'd be wise to limit your total fructose intake to 15 grams per day until your insulin/leptin resistance has resolved. This includes the majority of Americans. For all others, I recommend limiting your daily fructose consumption to 25 grams or less, to maintain optimal health.
The easiest way to accomplish this is by swapping processed foods for whole, ideally organic foods. This means cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients. Processed foods are the main source of all the primary culprits, including high fructose corn syrup and other sugars, processed grains, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, and other synthetic additives that may aggravate metabolic dysfunction.
Besides fructose, trans fat (NOT saturated fat) increases your risk for diabetes6 by interfering with your insulin receptors. Healthy saturated fats do not do this. Since you're cutting out a lot of energy (carbs) from your diet when you reduce sugars and grains, you need to replace them with something. The ideal replacement is a combination of:
Low-to-moderate amount of high quality protein. Substantial amounts of protein can be found in meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, legumes, and nuts. When selecting animal-based protein, be sure to opt for organically raised, grass-fed or pastured meats, eggs, and dairy, to avoid potential health complications caused by genetically engineered animal feed and pesticides.
Most Americans eat far too much protein, so be mindful of the amount! I believe it is the rare person who really needs more than one-half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass. Those that are aggressively exercising or competing and pregnant women should have about 25 percent more, but most people rarely need more than 40-70 grams of protein a day.
To determine your lean body mass, find out your percent body fat and subtract from 100. This means that if you have 20 percent body fat, you have 80 percent lean body mass. Just multiply that by your current weight to get your lean body mass in pounds or kilos. To determine whether you're getting too much protein, simply calculate your lean body mass as described above, then write down everything you're eating for a few days, and calculate the amount of daily protein from all sources.
Again, you're aiming for one-half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass, which would place most people in the range of 40 to 70 grams of protein per day. If you're currently averaging a lot more than that, adjust downward accordingly. You could use the chart below or simply Google the food you want to know and you will quickly find the grams of protein in the food.
Red meat, pork, poultry and seafood average 6-9 grams of protein per ounce.
An ideal amount for most people would be a 3 ounce serving of meat or seafood (not 9 or 12 ounce steaks!), which will provide about 18-27 grams of protein
Eggs contain about 6-8 grams of protein per egg. So an omelet made from two eggs would give you about 12-16 grams of protein.
If you add cheese, you need to calculate that protein in as well (check the label of your cheese)
Seeds and nuts contain on average 4-8 grams of protein per quarter cup Cooked beans average about 7-8 grams per half cup Cooked grains average 5-7 grams per cup Most vegetables contain about 1-2 grams of protein per ounce As much high quality healthy fat as you want (saturated7 and monounsaturated). For optimal health, most people need upwards of 50-85 percent of their daily calories in the form of healthy fats. Good sources include coconut and coconut oil, avocados, butter, nuts, and animal fats. (Remember, fat is high in calories while being small in terms of volume. So when you look at your plate, the largest portion would be vegetables.) As many non-starchy vegetables as you want Exercise regularly and intensely. Studies have shown that exercise, even without weight loss, increases insulin sensitivity.8 High intensity interval training (HIIT), which is a central component of my Peak Fitness program, has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity by as much as 24 percent in just four weeks. Improve your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio. Today's Western diet has far too many processed and damaged omega-6 fats, and has far too little omega-3 fats.9 The main sources of omega-6 fats are corn, soy, canola, safflower, peanut, and sunflower oil (the first two of which are typically genetically engineered as well, which further complicates matters). Our bodies evolved for an optimal 1:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3. However, our ratio has deteriorated to between 20:1 and 50:1 in favor of omega-6. This lopsided ratio has seriously adverse health consequences.
To remedy this, reduce your consumption of vegetable oils (this means not cooking with them, and avoiding processed foods), and increase your intake of animal-based omega-3, such as krill oil. Vegetable-based omega-3 is also found in flaxseed oil and walnut oil, and it's good to include these in your diet as well. Just know they cannot take the place of animal-based omega-3s.
Maintain optimal vitamin D levels year-round. Evidence strongly supports the notion that vitamin D is highly beneficial not only for type 1 diabetes as mentioned before, but also in type 2 diabetes. The ideal way to optimize your vitamin D level is by getting regular sun exposure, or by using a tanning bed. As a last resort, consider oral supplementation with regular vitamin D monitoring, to confirm that you are taking enough vitamin D to get your blood levels into the therapeutic range of 50-70 ng/ml. Also please note that if you take supplemental vitamin D, you create an increased demand for vitamin K2 and magnesium. Get enough high-quality sleep every night, usually 8 hours. Insufficient sleep appears to raise stress and blood sugar, encouraging insulin and leptin resistance and weight gain. In one 10-year long study10 of 70,000 diabetes-free women, researchers found that women who slept less than five hours or more than nine hours each night were 34 percent more likely to develop diabetes symptoms than women who slept seven to eight hours each night. If you are having problems with your sleep, try the suggestions in my article 33 Secrets to a Good Night's Sleep. Maintain a healthy body weight. If you incorporate the diet and lifestyle changes suggested above you will greatly improve your insulin and leptin sensitivity, and a healthy body weight will follow in time. Determining your ideal body weight depends on a variety of factors, including frame size, age, general activity level, and genetics. As a general guideline, you might find a hip-to-waist size index chart helpful. This is far better than BMI for evaluating whether or not you may have a weight problem, as BMI fails to factor in both how muscular you are, and your intra-abdominal fat mass (the dangerous visceral fat that accumulates around your inner organs), which is a potent indicator of leptin sensitivity and associated health problems. Incorporate intermittent fasting. If you have carefully followed the diet and exercise guidelines and still aren't making sufficient progress with your weight or overall health, I strongly recommend incorporating intermittent fasting. This effectively mimics the eating habits of our ancestors, who would cycle through periods of feast and famine. Modern research shows this cycling produces a number of biochemical benefits, including improved insulin/leptin sensitivity, lowered triglycerides and other biomarkers for health, and weight loss.
Intermittent fasting is by far the most effective way I know of to shed unwanted fat and eliminate your sugar cravings. Keep up your intermittent fasting schedule until your insulin/leptin resistance improves (or your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol ratios, or diabetes normalizes). After that, you only need to do it "as needed" to maintain your healthy state.
Optimize your gut health. Your gut is a living ecosystem, full of both good bacteria and bad. Multiple studies have shown that obese people have different intestinal bacteria than lean people. Recent research also suggests your microbiome can influence your risk of diabetes. As a general rule, the more good bacteria you have, the stronger your immune system will be and the better your body will function overall. Fortunately, optimizing your gut flora is relatively easy. You can reseed your body with good bacteria by regularly eating fermented foods (like fermented vegetables, especially fermented with starter culture that has strains that produce vitamin K2, natto, raw organic cheese, and miso) or by taking a high-quality probiotic supplement.
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This is a previous article by DR Mercola and includes some things
the above one doesn't
Diabetes by Dr Mercola - cause and cures The vast majority of diabetics are clueless
about how to reverse it, and many don’t even realize that they can. They
believe their fate has been sealed and all they can do now is “control”
it. More than 50 percent of type 2 diabetics are also not even aware they
have diabetes. Diabetes rates for both adults and children
are climbing out of control and one in four Americans either have diabetes
or pre-diabetes. Unfortunately, by following conventional medical advise,
you could be putting yourself on the path toward life-threatening health
problems—and even premature death. The
latest statistics indicate the U.S. now has up to 24 million people with
diagnosed diabetes, which is 8 percent of our total population. However, the
picture is even grimmer when it comes to the prevalence of pre-diabetes
(impaired fasting glucose). Almost 26 percent of U.S. adults over the age
of 20 and more than 35 percent of seniors (age 60 and older) are
pre-diabetics. In total, that’s 57 million Americans walking around with
pre-diabetes, in addition to the 24 million who have already crossed the
line. That means more than one in four Americans
has either pre-diabetes or the full-blown disease! Not only is type 2 diabetes completely
preventable, it is usually curable if you are willing to make some simple,
inexpensive lifestyle adjustments that will restore your insulin and leptin
sensitivity. Diabetes (also known as diabetes mellitus) is
a chronic condition traditionally marked by high levels of glucose in your
blood (high blood sugar). Type 1 is called insulin-dependent diabetes
(also known as juvenile onset diabetes), and Type 2 is called
non-insulin-dependent diabetes (or adult onset diabetes). In Type 1 diabetes, your body’s own immune
system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, resulting in a complete
deficiency of the hormone insulin. This deficiency of insulin
is why Type 1 is called “insulin-dependent”—because more often than
not, Type 1 Diabetics must give themselves supplemental insulin. Type 1 is relatively uncommon, affecting only
about 1 in 250 Americans. It usually occurs in people before the age of 20.
There is no known cure. However, recent research has shown that our
preoccupation with sun avoidance may play a major role in the development of
type 1 diabetes. The further you move away from the equator, the greater
your risk for this disease. Women can help reduce
their children’s risk of type 1 diabetes by optimizing their vitamin D
levels prior to, and during their pregnancy as vitamin D has been shown
to suppress certain cells of the immune system that may play a role in the
development of the disorder. Type 2 diabetes is by far the more common
form of the disease, affecting 90 to 95 percent of diabetics, and is
completely preventable and nearly 100 percent curable. If you have type 2, your body is producing
some insulin but is unable to recognize insulin and use it properly.
This is an advanced stage of insulin-resistance. Since your insulin is inadequate, sugar
can’t get into your cells and instead builds up in your blood, causing a
variety of problems. This is why diabetics have elevated blood sugar levels. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:
Much of what you have probably heard about diabetes from your health care provider may be incorrect. There is an enormous amount of misinformation circulating from seemingly knowledgeable sources about this epidemic disease.
We are in the Midst of a Diabetes Epidemic
Diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2: What’s the Difference?
Type 1: “Insulin Dependent” Diabetes
Type 2: “Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes”
Diabetes by Dr Mercola - cause and cures
The vast majority of diabetics are clueless about how to reverse it, and many don’t even realize that they can. They believe their fate has been sealed and all they can do now is “control” it. More than 50 percent of type 2 diabetics are also not even aware they have diabetes.
Diabetes rates for both adults and children are climbing out of control and one in four Americans either have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Unfortunately, by following conventional medical advise, you could be putting yourself on the path toward life-threatening health problems—and even premature death.
The latest statistics indicate the U.S. now has up to 24 million people with diagnosed diabetes, which is 8 percent of our total population. However, the picture is even grimmer when it comes to the prevalence of pre-diabetes (impaired fasting glucose).
Almost 26 percent of U.S. adults over the age of 20 and more than 35 percent of seniors (age 60 and older) are pre-diabetics. In total, that’s 57 million Americans walking around with pre-diabetes, in addition to the 24 million who have already crossed the line.
That means more than one in four Americans has either pre-diabetes or the full-blown disease!
Not only is type 2 diabetes completely preventable, it is usually curable if you are willing to make some simple, inexpensive lifestyle adjustments that will restore your insulin and leptin sensitivity.
Diabetes (also known as diabetes mellitus) is a chronic condition traditionally marked by high levels of glucose in your blood (high blood sugar).
Type 1 is called insulin-dependent diabetes (also known as juvenile onset diabetes), and Type 2 is called non-insulin-dependent diabetes (or adult onset diabetes).
In Type 1 diabetes, your body’s own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas, resulting in a complete deficiency of the hormone insulin. This deficiency of insulin is why Type 1 is called “insulin-dependent”—because more often than not, Type 1 Diabetics must give themselves supplemental insulin.
Type 1 is relatively uncommon, affecting only about 1 in 250 Americans. It usually occurs in people before the age of 20. There is no known cure.
However, recent research has shown that our preoccupation with sun avoidance may play a major role in the development of type 1 diabetes. The further you move away from the equator, the greater your risk for this disease.
Women can help reduce their children’s risk of type 1 diabetes by optimizing their vitamin D levels prior to, and during their pregnancy as vitamin D has been shown to suppress certain cells of the immune system that may play a role in the development of the disorder.
Type 2 diabetes is by far the more common form of the disease, affecting 90 to 95 percent of diabetics, and is completely preventable and nearly 100 percent curable.
If you have type 2, your body is producing some insulin but is unable to recognize insulin and use it properly. This is an advanced stage of insulin-resistance.
Since your insulin is inadequate, sugar can’t get into your cells and instead builds up in your blood, causing a variety of problems. This is why diabetics have elevated blood sugar levels.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes include:
|Excessive thirst||Extreme hunger (even after eating)|
|Nausea and possible vomiting||Unusual weight gain or loss|
|Blurred vision||Slow healing of wounds|
|Frequent infections (skin, urinary, vaginal)||Numbness or tingling in hands and/or feet|
Medications and supplements are NOT the answer for type 2 diabetes; restoring your sensitivity to insulin and leptin is what’s needed.
Diabetes is NOT a Disease of Blood Sugar
Diabetes is a disease of insulin and leptin signaling, not a disease of blood sugar, which is why the medical community’s approach to its treatment is not getting us anywhere.
In addition to diabetes, elevated insulin levels are associated with a number of diseases, including:
|Peripheral vascular disease
Diabetes, like all chronic disease, results from cellular miscommunication.
Leptin is a hormone produced in your fat cells.
One of leptin's primary roles is regulating your appetite and body weight. It tells your brain when to eat, how much to eat, and most importantly, when to stop eating. And leptin tells your brain what to do with the energy it has. Leptin is largely responsible for the accuracy of insulin signaling and whether or not you become insulin resistant.
The only known way to reestablish proper leptin (and insulin) signaling is through proper diet.
When your blood sugar becomes elevated, insulin is released to direct the extra energy into storage. A small amount is stored as a starch called glycogen, but the majority is stored as your main energy supply—fat.
Therefore, insulin's major role is not to lower your blood sugar, but rather to store the extra energy for future times of need. Insulin’s effect of lowering your blood sugar is merely a “side effect” of this energy storage process.
This is why diabetes treatments concentrating merely on lowering blood sugar can actually worsen, rather than remedy the actual problem of metabolic miscommunication.
Taking insulin is one of the WORST things you can do for type 2 diabetes, since it will actually worsen your insulin and leptin resistance over time.
The presence of massive amounts of fructose in today’s Western diet is a driving force behind our diabetes epidemic.
Regular table sugar is 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose, and the two are metabolized very differently. Nearly every cell in your body was designed to use glucose for energy—especially your brain cells—but fructose breaks down into a variety of toxins that can have devastating effects on your health.
Fructose has the following adverse metabolic effects:
|Fructose does not stimulate a rise in
leptin, so your satiety signals are suppressed.
||Fructose raises your insulin and your
triglycerides, which effectively reduces the amount of leptin crossing
your blood-brain barrier. This interferes with the communication between
leptin and your hypothalamus. Your brain senses starvation and prompts
you to eat more.
||Fructose does not suppress ghrelin
like glucose does. Ghrelin is the “hunger hormone,” making you want
All of this also sets the stage for overindulgence and hence overweight, placing you on the path toward diabetes.
I strongly advise keeping your total fructose consumption below 25 grams per day.
However, it would be wise for most people to limit fructose to 15 grams or less as it is virtually guaranteed you will be getting “hidden” sources of fructose from just about any processed food you eat.
This includes fruits, which also need to be carefully measured to make certain that you’re not inadvertently going over the fructose limit. For a helpful chart listing the fructose content of several common fruits, please see this previous article.
Regardless of what you may have heard, you cannot successfully treat the underlying cause of diabetes with drugs.
For example, consider Avandia.
Avandia works by making diabetes patients more sensitive to their own insulin, helping to control blood sugar levels. In fact, most conventional treatments for type 2 diabetes utilize drugs that either raise insulin or lower blood sugar. Avandia, for example, reduces your blood sugar by increasing the sensitivity of your liver, fat and muscle cells to insulin.
The problem is, diabetes is not a blood sugar disease, as I have already explained. So, drugs that focus on the symptom of elevated blood sugar, rather than addressing the underlying cause, are doomed to fail in most cases.
Not only that, but drugs like Avandia have dangerous side effects, including causing extensive heart problems that have killed literally thousands of people. In fact, Avandia has been linked to a 43 percent increased risk of heart attack and a 64 percent higher risk of cardiovascular death compared to patients treated with other methods!
The good news?
Nearly 100 percent of type 2 diabetics can be successfully cured without medications.
Here are my top six actions to take for increasing your insulin and leptin sensitivity, thus reducing your chances for developing diabetes—or reversing it if you already have the disease:
Exercise is an absolutely essential factor, and without it, you’re unlikely to get this devastating disease under control. It is one of the fastest and most powerful ways to lower your insulin and leptin resistance.
- Eliminate Grains and Sugars, Especially Fructose
A large reason for the failure of conventional diabetes treatment over the last 50 years has to do with seriously flawed dietary recommendations. Fructose and grains are largely responsible for your body’s adverse insulin reactions.
You will want to eliminate ALL sugars and grains—even “healthful” grains such as whole, organic or sprouted ones. This means avoiding all breads, pasta, cereals, rice, potatoes, and corn (which is in fact a grain).
You might even need to avoid fruits until your blood sugar is under control.
- Eat Right for Your Nutritional Type
Exercising and avoiding grains and sugars might not be enough unless you balance your protein, carbohydrate and fat ratios for your specific genetic biochemistry. The first step is finding out your nutritional type, which then gives you information about your optimal protein/carbohydrate/fat ratio. I now offer the full nutritional typing program for FREE, so you can get started today!
- Monitor Your Fasting Insulin Level
This is every bit as important as your fasting blood sugar. You’ll want your fasting insulin level to be between 2 and 4. The higher your level, the worse your insulin sensitivity is.
- Optimize Your Vitamin D
Interestingly, optimizing your vitamin D levels not only treats type 2 diabetes but as already mentioned, can virtually eliminate your children's risk for type 1 diabetes if you are pregnant. It’s also vital for infants to receive the appropriate amounts of vitamin D in their early years for the same reason.
Ideally, you’ll want to do this by exposing a large amount of your skin to appropriate amounts of sunshine (or a safe tanning bed) on a regular basis, year-round. Your body can safely create up to 20,000 units of vitamin D a day by direct UV exposure. If you are not getting regular sun exposure on large amounts of your skin you may need anywhere from 5 to 20,000 units of oral vitamin D3 per day.
However, if neither of these options is available, you may want to use an oral vitamin D3 supplement. But remember, if you choose to take an oral supplement, it’s essential that you get your level tested regularly by a proficient lab to make sure it’s in the therapeutic range, which is 60 to 80 ng/ml.
Your gut is a living ecosystem, full of both good bacteria and bad.
Multiple studies have shown that obese people have different intestinal bacteria than lean people. The more good bacteria you have, the stronger your immune system will be and the better your body will function overall.
Fortunately, optimizing your gut flora is relatively easy. You can reseed your body with good bacteria by eating fermented foods (like natto, raw organic cheese, miso, and cultured vegetables) or by taking a high quality probiotic supplement.
Greed and dishonest science have promoted a lucrative worldwide epidemic of diabetes that honesty and good science can quickly reverse by naturally restoring the body's blood-sugar control mechanism.
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Diabetes (diabetes mellitus)
is a chronic, degenerative disease caused by insulin deficiencies due to
the body being incapable of producing normal insulin levels, or insulin
resistance, a condition in which the cells of the body resist insulin's
attempts at regulating blood sugar levels. Insulin is a hormone produced
by the pancreas to metabolize glucose, a form of sugar that is one of
the primary sources of our cells energy supply. Whether diabetes is
caused by insulin resistance or a lack of insulin, the end result is
equally as adverse. The result is the body can't transport enough
glucose from the bloodstream into the cells, especially after meals,
when blood sugar levels rise as a natural consequence of digestion.
Normally, blood sugar levels in the body
are maintained by the bodies self regulating mechanisms, known as
homeostasis. A rise in blood glucose after eating is supposed to
stimulate production of the hormone insulin in the pancreas, and the
insulin released into the bloodstream should keep blood sugar levels
within a safe and usable range. But when the insulin producing cells of
the pancreas are not functioning normally, glucose levels remain high.
If this situation becomes chronic, the stage is set for the
manifestation of diabetes.
Diabetes affects tens of
millions of Americans, and it is estimated that a third of all people who
have diabetes are unaware that they even have it. Twenty three million
people or eight percent of the population are documented as having
diabetes. Diabetes causes nearly ten percent of all U.S. deaths for people
25 and older. It is also the main cause of new cases of blindness among
adults 20 to 74 years old, and it is the leading cause of end-stage renal
(kidney) disease. In addition, diabetes is the primary reason for
amputations of the limb, and is a leading cause of heart disease.
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 or insulin
dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) occurs when the pancreas fails
to make enough insulin. It usually occurs in childhood or adolescence but
can develop at any age. These patients need insulin everyday.
Type 2 or non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus occurs when body cells become resistant to insulin. This is more common among adults, especially those who are overweight and over age 40. These people are able to control their blood sugar levels through weight control, regular exercise and a well balanced diet. Some people require oral medications or insulin injections to lower blood sugar.
Symptoms of Diabetes
Increased thirst, increased urination, and increased appetite are the initial symptoms of diabetes. In type 1 diabetes weight loss is prominent, and in type 2 obesity is common. Other possible symptoms are blurred vision, skin irritation or infection, weakness or loss of strength, and decreased healing capacity. If diabetes is not diagnosed at the right time, symptoms like fluid and electrolyte imbalance, acidosis, and even coma can develop.
Diabetes can be a major factor in the result of so many health problems, and is also capable of causing death. Fortunately it is possible to be overcome, and can be completely eliminated through holistic treatments, the first and foremost being by proper diet. Use of the elemental miracle has been seen to produce unbelievably rapid responses in regard to curing diabetes. In the book The Elemental Miracle there are several case histories of persons who were extremely diabetic, who became cured of diabetes just by activating and ingesting this one mineral, without changing anything else about their life. Several had type one diabetes all of their lives, yet were able to go off their insulin in a less than a week. This was not some fanatical or emotional response on their part, as blood test and their doctors confirmed it was no longer necessary. Of course there are several other very beneficial natural remedies for diabetes which are briefly covered here. I can't imagine why anyone would not want to take advantage of several of them simultaneously, as they are totally safe when followed according to the standard recommendations.
Natural Cures For Diabetes (don't rely on any one remedy alone)
I received this natural cure for diabetes from an Ayurvedic doctor who swears that anyone who follows it will be permanently cured of diabetes within two months. I know it sounds too good to be true, but it does deserve serious consideration, as she is a respected member in her field.
Take 50 gm. of colocynth 50 gm. of acacia speciosa 50 gm of acacia arabica.
Take these ingredients and crush and mix them up equally into a powder. Put into capsules, and take enough to equal two grams of the powder, once a day.
Apple Cider Vinegar And Cinnamon: A very effective natural remedy for diabetes is to use apple cider vinegar and cinnamon. Take two tablespoons of raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar, mixed with four to six ounces of liquid and one teaspoon of cinnamon. (why not use green tea?)I take apple cider vinegar at least twice a day with a teaspoon of baking soda. The baking soda keeps the vinegar from hurting my teeth, and it's great for raising the bodies alkalinity. It's also fun to watch the vinegar fizz up. Either apple cider vinegar or cinnamon by themselves, are both reputed to be very effective natural cures for diabetes, but together? Well all I can say is, welcome to the wonderful world of holistic health and healing.
Green Beans: Green beans are traditionally known to lower blood sugar levels in even those with type 1 diabetes. Eat them fresh and often.
Fenugreek: The seeds of fenugreek have been found effective in the treatment of diabetes. Fenugreek seeds, when given in varying doses daily, diminish reactive hyperglycaemia in diabetic patients. Levels of glucose, serum cholesterol, and triglycerides are significantly reduced in diabetes patients after consuming fenugreek seeds. Soak 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in 1 cup of water at night. Drink the water in the morning on an empty stomach and eat the seeds. Very good for diabetes because it works like insulin.
Fresh Ginger Juice: Drinking fresh ginger juice has worked wonders for persons with diabetes. You have to be careful not to drink too much as it can lower your blood sugar levels too severely. Results have been reported to be all but instantaneous. Juice a very small amount, and mix with water.
Gymnema Sylvestre: A very well known Ayurvedic medicine. Gymnema sylvestre is well documented to be a powerful natural remedy for diabetes.
Scientific name Lagerstoemia Speciosa, banaba extract is commonly
known as “plant insulin” as well as “botanical insulin.” It is
usually taken as a tea or in extract form. It is a particularly well known
cure for diabetes in the Philippines as well as in Japan. It is mainly
used in the U.S. as a safe herb for weight control.
Milk Thistle, (silymarin): The herbal medicine extracted from seeds of the Milk Thistle, Silybum marianum (silymarin) is known to have antioxidant properties. Research shows that this extract can help people significantly lower the amount of sugar bound to haemoglobin in blood, as well as reducing fasting blood sugar levels. Silymarin contains a number of active constituents called flavolignans which are also used to help protect the liver from poisoning.
Zinc: is essential for the pancreas to produce insulin and makes insulin work effectively. It also helps in fortifying the insulin receptor cells. When zinc is low, the pancreas does not create sufficient insulin, thus high glucose levels
Ginko Biloba: An extremely effective herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and derived from one of the oldest trees on earth. Studies indicate that ginkgo biloba has a beneficial effect on peripheral and cerebral circulation, and can therefore help to prevent the tissue damage and poor circulation associated with diabetes. It is also suggested that ginkgo biloba can increase blood flow to the optic fibers of the eyes, and therefore help to treat diabetes related eye disease.
Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd: A very well known Ayurvedic herb, provides perhaps the most reliable immediate relief for diabetics. It has been established that bitter gourd contains a hypoglycaemic or insulin like principle, designated as plantinsulin, which has been found valuable in lowering the blood and urine sugar levels. It should, therefore, be included liberally in the diet of the diabetic. For best results, the diabetic should take the juice of about four or five bitter gourds every morning on an empty stomach. The seeds can be added to food in a powdered form. Diabetics can also use bitter gourd in the form of a decoction by boiling the pieces in water, or in the form of dry powder. It is readily available fresh at most Asian or Indian markets, or as a powder from health food stores or Ayurvedic medicine websites.
Indian Gooseberry: with its high vitamin C content, is considered valuable in diabetes. A tablespoon of its juice, mixed with a cup of bitter gourd juice, taken daily for two months, will stimulate the islets of Langerhans, that is, the isolated group of cells that secrete the hormone insulin in the pancreas. This mixture reduces the blood sugar in diabetes
Parslane: The seeds of parslane are useful in diabetes. A teaspoon of the seeds should be taken every day with half a cup of water . They increase the body's own insulin and help in curing diabetes.
Flaxseed Oil: Take two tablespoons of high quality flaxseed oil daily. You will notice within a few weeks that your blood sugar levels will drop. I highly suggest you read Thomas Smith's book, "Insulin our Silent Killer". This book gives very detailed instructions for curing diabetes, as he himself was diagnosed with the disease, and cured himself. Read up on the "bad" oils, and stop using them as they cause high blood sugar. In this regard I would also like to mention the Budwig diet. Click here and read about it.
The Budwig diet is phenomenal at curing all types of diseases and has been very well documented at doing so.
Sage Tea: is a very old and well known herb to help lower and maintain a stable blood sugar level by diabetics. Simply use tea bags or steep the leaves.
Chromium: is an excellent supplement to take for helping the body use sugar more efficiently. Chromium helps cells to respond better to naturally producing insulin. Some rich sources of chromium are seeds and whole grains. Also mushrooms.
R-Lipoic Acid: helps to reduce the bodies blood sugars. It allows the cells to utilize energy more efficiently which is very beneficial for diabetics, and has been seen to lower their blood sugar count by more than 30, single handedly.
Noni Juice: is very helpful for diabetes and many former diabetics have credited it for curing their diabetes.
Ordering Ayurvedic Remedies:
Many of the herbs in this section are Ayurvedic and can be ordered at the following website. http://www.india-herbs.com
Marine Phytoplankton: promotes and maintains optimum health by boosting and supporting all systems within the body. When the body is missing critical components, it is unable to maintain the balance of these systems, and malfunctions producing diseases such as diabetes. Phytoplankton contains a unique combination of life sustaining nutrients including; Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EPA and DHA), protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Green food supplements such as blue green algae, barley and wheat grass, alfalfa, etc. have also been shown to be very helpful in healing all manner of disease. Marine phytoplankton leads the pack and is well worth adopting into your diabetes conquering arsenal.
Curing Diabetes Through Diet: I'm going to be brutally honest in regard to diabetes and diet. Of course as I've already mentioned the elemental miracle has been seen to miraculously reverse even the most severe and chronic diabetes, yet why not heal your diabetes through diet, and make sure your body is re-energized as well? For life! Diet is so important and for certain diabetes 2 is most definitely, one hundred percent caused, and maintained by improper diet and lifestyle. I could lay out the do's and do not's of diabetes and diet, but why not make a major life altering change? Besides I'm sure you've already heard them all, but what I'm about to recommend is something considerably different. Why fool around with such a serious disease, when it can be so easily and rapidly cured? Therefore I've decided it best to refer you to this wonderful website on diabetes & diet, hosted by two world class health authorities. If you stay focused and follow their program, you can forget about diabetes forever! Good luck and best wishes.
If a total dietary change
doesn't seem practical for you, then you might want to take a look at the
information on these two websites. Click here:
In closing I would just like to mention that I don't see why anyone couldn't try several of these remedies at the same time. Why not all of them? Use your head, devise a program and stay with it. Be a little patient and don't over do it. And be sure to stick to your diet! These things become easier with time. The more you do, the faster the results. The more results you receive, the more enthusiastic you'll become. This temporary health crisis your experiencing, might very well prove to become a springboard into a whole new life, so be very optimistic and stay positive. Natural cures for all diseases are very reliable and effective. I want to commend you for at least making the effort, and for taking charge of your own health. If you think there is anything I might be able to do in assisting you, don't hesitate to let me know. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery from diabetes, and all of your health concerns.
Your friend, Jay Geary http://www.theelementalmiracle.com/
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