What Is It?
According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, diabetes is the
7th leading cause of death in our country. At its present rate of increase,
6% a year, the number of diabetics will double every 15 years. Diabetes is a
chronic disorder of carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism in which disturbances
in normal insulin mechanisms impair the body’s ability to use carbohydrates.
There are two main types of diabetes.Type I, called Insulin Dependent
Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM), most commonly occurs during childhood or adolescence.The
exact cause of Type I Diabetes is unknown. It is thought that it can occur
from a viral infection, food allergy, chemical toxicity or free radical damage
in individuals who have an inherited predisposition to injury of beta-cells
in the pancreas in addition to some defect in tissue regeneration capacity. IDDM
diabetics require life-long insulin to control blood sugar levels.
Type II diabetes, called Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM),
is much more common (about 90% of all diabetics are this type), and occurs
mostly in people over age 40. Type II is caused by the consumption of a “Western” diet,
high in fast foods, refined foods, high sugar and fat, excess caffeine and
alcohol and high stress levels. 85% of Type II diabetics are significantly
overweight. This causes the progressive development of insulin insensitivity
(also called insulin resistance), believed to be the underlying factor in the
development of NIDDM. Weight loss alone can reverse this condition in
almost all cases.
Type I diabetics will always need to be under a medical doctor’s care
although they can benefit tremendously by incorporating the suggestions given
below. The following information will have an emphasis on Type II diabetics,
as they can often reverse their condition with changes in lifestyle and diet.
If you are significantly overweight, eat too many processed, high-fat, high-sugar
foods and have a sedentary lifestyle, you are at risk for developing diabetes.
Diabetics are at risk for several other degenerative conditions. These
include Atherosclerosis, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and cataracts. Diabetic
retinopathy is a serious eye disease that can result in blindness. Diabetic
neuropathy is a condition in which peripheral nerves are damaged, resulting
in tingling sensations, numbness, loss of function, pain and/or muscle weakness
mostly occurring in the hands and feet. Foot ulcers are the result of
peripheral neuropathy and can result in gangrene. As people with diabetes
age, there is a progressive inability to heal from cuts and wounds.
- A high-complex carbohydrate, high-plant fiber diet is the diet of choice
in the treatment of diabetes. Fresh, simply cooked vegetables are high in
fiber, easily digested, low in calories and require very little insulin.
- Eliminate sugars, alcohol, fried, fatty and refined foods. Avoid
all full fat dairy products.
- Eat chromium-rich foods (critical for insulin function) such as whole grains,
string beans, cucumbers, soy foods, onions, garlic, fruits, and wheat germ.
- Dietary fiber improves glucose metabolism and insulin resistance. Water-soluble
fiber is the most beneficial. Good sources are legumes (beans), oat
bran, nuts, seeds, psyllium seed husks, pears, apples, and most vegetables.
- Protein sources should be mainly from seafood, grains and legumes. A
mostly vegetarian diet is ideal (65-70% complex carbohydrates – vegetables,
legumes and grains), 20% protein and 10-15% fats including monounsaturated
oils such as olive oil.
- Develop an appropriate exercise program to normalize weight, improve glucose
tolerance and enhance insulin sensitivity.
- Stop smoking
- Adopt a stress management program to lower blood sugar levels.
- GlucoSynergy – 1 - Three times daily with meals
- Vitamins Daily – C (with flavonoids): 2,000 mg daily, B vitamins
(daily): B-complex (100 mg) with 2,500 mcg of B-12; 500 mg of pantothenic
acid; 250 mg of niacin; Biotin: 9 mg daily
- Super Green Formula - at breakfast and lunch
- COQ10 – 60-120 mg
- Pancreatic enzymes – 1-2 with each meal
- Minerals (daily): 200-400 mcg of chromium; 50 mg of zinc; 200 mcg
of selenium; 300-500 mg of magnesium; 30 mg of manganese
- Green tea: two 120 ml cups daily or 200-300 mg of green tea polyphenols
- Gymnema sylvestre extract: 200 mg twice daily
The nutritional suggestions in this material are not offered to treat, mitigate
or cure disease, and should not be used as a substitute for sound medical advice.
This information is designed to be used in conjunction with the services of
a trained, licensed healthcare practitioner.