Diabetes: What is it?

The following information is for educational purposes only and is meant to

complement any medical treatment, not to prescribe or diagnose any condition.

Please consult with your doctor before starting any medical or nutritional program.

With the invention of all our modern and refined processing for foods we have seen

an increase in diabetes in our world. Some of the races that have diabetes in large

numbers are the Hawaiians and the Native American Indians. Their bodies have a

hard time adapting to the modern foods. More than any other disease, diabetes can

be managed quite well with nutrition.

There are two types of diabetes: the first, diabetes insipidus, is more rare and has to

do with a deficiency in the pituitary hormone called vasopressin. The other

possibility is that the kidneys have an inability to respond properly to that hormone.

People with this form of diabetes have several symptoms that make it stand out:

they have tremendous thirst and they urinate large amounts regardless of how

much they drink, and this shows us the weakness in the kidneys.

Diabetes Mellitus Type I is often called insulin-dependent diabetes It occurs at a

young age and is sometimes called “Juvenile Diabetes.” It is often caused by a viral

attack on the system, but most experts are of the opinion that the body’s immune

system is weak when this occurs. With the destruction of the beta cells in the

pancreas which manufactures the insulin, the body is unable to utilize glucose, the

main food for the body. Consequently, the level of glucose is high in the blood since

the body can’t absorb it. This is often called “insulin resistance.” The diabetic’s

blood becomes “too thick” or “sticky” and this causes blood clots or thromboses that

damage blood vessels.

This can lead to the creation of excessive levels of free radicals (oxidants which

break down the body faster) and makes the person more susceptible to the

following problems: Diabetics have a larger risk of kidney disease, arteriosclerosis,

blindness, heart disease or nerve diseases, as well as being more prone to

infections. This is because of their body’s resistance to insulin, which is the

hormone that actually drives the glucose into the tissue and cells as a nutrient.

When this does not happen the body becomes metabolically weak. The glucose

molecules engage in an abnormal coupling with body proteins, a step called

“glycosylation.” Consequently, this disrupts the protein’s ability to function

biochemically and further weakens the immune system.

Some of the more common symptoms are abnormal thirst, again; irritability;

weakness; fatigue; excessive urination; extreme loss of appetite or excessive

hunger, and in the worst cases, vomiting and nausea. Some of these diabetics can

have hyperglycemia type symptoms, which is too much glucose in their blood or at

other times hypoglycemia when there is too low blood sugar. Both conditions can be

serious. The worst of all these conditions is hypoglycemia, which can come from

just missing a meal, or too much exertion or an insulin overdose. The symptoms

could be dizziness, confusion, excessive sweating, and if not treated may lead to a

coma. With hyperglycemia it could look the same as far as the symptoms, with not

being able to keep down fluids as one of the danger signs. This means there is too

much blood sugar in the system. It is more common during an illness and could also

result in a coma. These two can be serious medical emergencies with life and death

consequences.

A poor diet may be one of the biggest factors leading to diabetes. It often occurs

with people who are overweight or who eat a diet high in refined sugar, highly

processed foods, low in fiber, with too many complex carbohydrates and with too

much meat, and who don’t exercise.

The second category is Type II or non-insulin dependent diabetes, and more often

occurs when people are older, and usually with people whose family may have a

history of diabetes. This disorder is a little different in that the pancreas does

produce insulin, but for some reason the insulin is not effective. Some of the

common symptoms are poor vision; fatigue; frequent urination; skin infections, and

slow healing of wounds as well as unusual thirst, drowsiness, and tingling or

numbness in the feet. This disease is also linked to a poor diet. The National

Institute of Health says that there are twenty to twenty-five million people with

diabetes type problems, many have undetected Type II (some five million). Diabetes

is the third leading cause of death in America. It can be detected with a simple urine

test.

Nutrition

There is lots of controversy about nutrition but most experts agree that if there is

excessive weight, a weight loss program is essential. Consult with a doctor who

specializes in nutrition. As with other health challenges, each individual is different

and I believe we need to treat the whole person. Many will recommend a high

complex carbohydrate, low fat and high-fiber diet with lots of fresh vegetables,

moderate fruits and green vegetable juices.

Excess fat cells create chemical messengers that block the body’s ability to actually

respond to the insulin. As the fat comes off the diabetic’s own insulin works better

and the blood sugar level can improve. Garlic and onion are always great for healing

the body. Add some capsaicin, a natural derivative of hot peppers to spice it up and

it is also very healthy.

Eat more steamed and raw vegetables, complex carbohydrates moderately, low fat

foods (cut down on animal fats), and increase grains and whole foods. Avoid white

flour, salt and white sugar as they elevate blood sugar levels. Eat more legumes,

root vegetables, brown rice, and nut butters. Vegetable sources from protein are

much better because high fiber helps reduce blood sugar urges. Eat proteins such

as beans and tofu, salmon, and tuna two or three times a week. These fish have the

Omega 3, great for the immune system. Eat lots of raw olive oil for your dressings

or spread it on breads instead of butter; never use margarine.

Treat Cholesterol: High cholesterol increases the diabetic’s risk for heart disease

and stroke. Treat High Blood Pressure: Even modest blood pressure elevations

greatly increase the risk of diabetes complications. Most diabetics should be

compulsive about maintaining blood pressure control.

Plant fiber concentrates like psyllium (Metamucil, etc.) do more than just help with

constipation problems. They can also help with absorption of sugar and starches.

Some of these more common fibers have modest blood sugar lowering effects:

glucomannan, guar gum, legume fiber, oat gum, pea fiber, apple pectin, and

psyllium. Of course, the best way to get fiber is from increasing the fresh fruit and

vegetables and legumes you eat so you get the fiber directly.

Avoid tobacco since it constricts your blood vessels and can be much more harmful

to your condition. Eat more carbohydrates or reduce your insulin before exercise as

it produces more insulin-like effect on the body. Exercise can cause low blood sugar

(hypoglycemia) requiring a reduction in dose of insulin or diabetes pills. Diabetics

with unrecognized heart disease are less likely than non-diabetics to feel chest pain

(angina) as a warning sign that they are exercising too vigorously. (Consult with

your doctor).

Most diabetics could cut down and eventually cut out their insulin or diabetes pills

through a holistic program centered on nutrition. They could probably all benefit,

reducing their risk of long term complications; however, you need to work with a

medical doctor that uses nutrition in his or her practice.

Caution:

Many carbohydrates that people think of as being good for a diabetic can actually

raise the glucose level of blood dramatically, e.g., whole wheat bread, many

breakfast cereals, a baked potato, raisins, prunes or most dried fruit and carrot

juice. Carrot juice is far too sweet. Better to juice a few little carrots and put in more

greens such as kale, spinach, celery or wheat grass. Find a good green drink with

many of the greens, which is also a great source of chlorophyll. Think: alkaline

balance. Other carbohydrates such as pasta, pita bread, unleavened bread or bible

bread, boiled potatoes, grapes, oranges, lemons or honeydew raise blood sugar

only modestly.

Reduce the use of honey, molasses, etc. They do raise blood sugar, but most

diabetics can tolerate them in small amounts, e.g., 1-2 tsp. a day if they are careful;

however, it is better to try and do without. Replace those with fructose (fruit sugar)

and lactose (milk sugar) as they do not raise blood sugar much and can be used in

moderate amounts. A small percent of diabetics do not do well on a high

carbohydrate diet, even one that is low in simple sugars and high in complex

carbohydrates. Their blood sugar rises as do their triglycerides and cholesterol, so

just increase the greens and legumes along with proteins.

Avoid fish oil capsules containing large amounts of para-amiobenzoic acid (PABA)

as well as salt and white flour as they tend to raise blood sugar levels. Also, avoid

taking large amounts of the amino acid cysteine because it can break down the

bonds of the insulin hormone.

Mental Training

Mental calmness is critical for all health. Stress increases the adrenal glands’ output

of adrenaline and cortisone, two hormones which act to increase blood sugar.

Relaxation training and stress management techniques help improve blood sugar

control. Sometimes bio-feedback training could be very valuable — see a

professional.

Vitamins and Minerals

I recommend close medical supervision, for any treatment using vitamins or

nutrition.

Chromium Picolinate, 400-600 mcg daily (Combination of chromium picolinate,

vanadyl sulfate, and other vitamins and minerals that work together to regulate

blood sugar levels), or

Diabetic Nutrition RX from Progressive Research Labs

Brewers yeast with added chromium can work too.

Biotin, 3-16 mg doses, but over 3 mg requires close medical supervision

Vitamin B-6, 50 mg. Take the B’s together

Vitamin B1, 50-100 mg, Inositol, 50 mg daily

B-12 injection or lozenges- or sublingual for best results

Vitamin C, 1000-6000 mg

Calcium, 1000-1500 mg daily

Coenzyme Q10, 60-120 mg

L-Carnitine, L-Glutamine and Taurine, 500 mg of each (twice daily on empty

stomach). Take with some Vitamin C for absorption, which mobilizes fat, reduces

the craving for sugar, and aids in the release of insulin.

Manganese, 5-10 mg daily, do not take with calcium.

Magnesium, 600-700 mg

Quercetin, 100 mg 3 times per day

Vitamin E, 400-900 units

Zinc, 50-80 mg

In conclusion, regarding the emotions or how diabetics are living their lives from

The Wisdom of the Body:

Diabetes people are living their life in an attitude of UNACCEPTABILITY of life at the

most basic level (Sugars). They are never SATISFIED, never FULFILLED, and never

CONTENT, they are always a work in progress.

Sources: Dr. James F. Balch, M.D., Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., and Dr. Richard Podell,

M.D.

The last sentence taken from Wisdom of the Body by Roger Cotting, Dr. Diane

Mistler (Misty), and Connie Smith, RN, about their work and teachings.

see http://www.molinamassage.com for more information and other articles.



Source by Othon Molina Ph.D.

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