Diabetes is a degenerative, chronic disease that is caused by the body not producing enough insulin and thereby causing insulin deficiencies. You can also be insulin resistant, this condition is where the cells resist the insulin’s attempts to regulate blood sugar levels. The insulin hormone is produced by the pancreas and its job is to metabolize glucose, one of the primary sources of the cells’ energy supply. So, regardless of whether the cause is a lack of insulin or a resistance to insulin, the result in the body is the same: it is unable to transport enough glucose to the cells from the bloodstream. It can be even worse after meals; this is when the blood sugar levels rise as a process of digestion. The body normally self-regulates the sugar levels, a process known as homeostasis this process is activated when there is a rise in blood glucose after eating, this then releases the insulin hormone in the pancreas and when functioning properly it keeps the blood sugar levels within a safe range. When this is not functioning correctly the glucose levels remain too high. And if this continues and becomes chronic then you are ripe for an occurrence of diabetes. Many people who have diabetes are unaware of the condition. Diabetes is a cause of death, blindness and amputations; it is also the leading cause of kidney and heart disease.
Measuring the glucose levels in the bloodstream tests for diabetes. The main test that is used is a recurring elevated blood sugar level after an overnight fast. A fasting blood sugar value that is over 126 mg/dl on no less than 2 occasions is an indicator of diabetes. The normal values are between 64 and 110 mg/dl.
You will often need at least a 4 to 5 hour Glucose Tolerance Test to check both glucose and insulin levels. Diabetic treatment is an effort to restore blood sugar levels to as close to a normal range as possible.
Effective treatment does require diabetics to be actively involved in the management of their diet and lifestyle. While Type 1 diabetics have to be more diligent and require insulin, you can be successful with stress management, diet, exercise, nutrition, detoxification and herbs in close to 95% of all cases.
The two main types of diabetes are: non-insulin, known as Type II diabetes, and insulin dependent diabetes known as Type I. Chronic high blood sugar levels, along with disturbances in fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism, characterize both.
The most common form is Type II diabetes and is responsible for between 90% and 95% of all cases in the US. Due to beta cell failure, Type I diabetes do not produce enough insulin or sometimes none at all in the pancreatic islet cells. Type I usually begins in childhood, however it can occur later in life especially if the pancreas is damaged. Type I is treated (not cured) with traditional medicine by administering injections of insulin with each meal to regulate the blood sugar.
Type II diabetes is the far more common type of diabetes. It is sometimes called “insulin resistance.” With Type II the body continues to produce insulin, but it is produced in such a way that it does not properly connect with muscles and fat to permit the glucose inside the cells to produce energy.
Gestational Diabetes is a 3rd type and it is triggered hormonally, and is usually a temporary condition that will occur in women who are pregnant. It is a mild condition and very manageable with diet and exercise. It very rarely requires insulin injections. Although this is temporary and mild it should be addressed because blood sugar levels that are too high can be damaging to the fetus and can impair the immune defenses of the baby.
The symptoms of Type I are excessive urination, hunger, weight loss, excessive thirst, dehydration and fatigue. If not treated or managed properly it can result in hyperosmolar coma and ketoacidosis. Ketoacidosis is a chronic state of acidity in the body and is very dangerous. This can be life-threatening and should be taken care of as a medical emergency.
Also life-threatening, and is fatal 50% of the time is a Hyperosmolar coma which also requires hospitalization. This occurs from dehydration high blood sugar levels, and/or infection or stress. So for the most part the symptoms of Type II are the same as Type I diabetes, with the exception of excessive and un-healthy weight loss or gain.
Some of the warning signs for the onset of Type II will include moments of dizziness, weight gain, carbohydrate cravings rise in cholesterol levels, and an increase in blood pressure, fatigue, fainting (as an allergic reaction to a meal) and frequent fungal infections. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms go now and get medical attention. Chronic high levels of glucose that can cause diabetes can lead to a whole host of other very serious health conditions.
According to a holistic health practitioner at the Clear Clinic in Mill Valley, CA microorganisms and/or energetic imbalances that is not detected by conventional means can often cause both Type II and Type I diabetes. Dr. Hulda Clark also agrees with that. And what Dr. Clark suggests is zapping and cleansing. The cleansing includes the bowel, parasite, kidney, liver and metal cleanses. Also you will want to use a Zapper MHz or LCD or a Rife machine to make sure you have killed all the possible microorganisms and parasites.
Type I diabetes can be due to hereditary factors, so it is difficult to take preventive measures, but Type II which is the more prevalent can be prevented. You can through lifestyle changes that encompass an organic, natural diet, exercise, stress reduction, and use some high quality nutritional supplements for prevention and as part of treatment. Once the diet has improved then you can start some cleansing and detoxification for regaining your health.
If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, then it is the controlling of your glucose levels that is primary to avoid any further complications or the disease getting worse. High blood pressure also needs to be controlled along with high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Also seek alternative professional care for finding problems in your heart, feet, eyes and kidneys.
The essential oils of juniper, cedar and olive can help to relieve the symptoms when massaged into the lower left side of the body, this is the location of the pancreas and spleen.
For the diet, eliminate sugar, reduce your fat intake, and reduce simple carbohydrates and your protein intake. This will help to avoid any kidney damage. Herbal medicine, exercise and cleansing are essential for an Ayurvedic approach. An example of one approach of the Ayurvedic method involves herbal massages and herbal steam saunas, followed by cleansing and fasting. Colonics and herbal enemas are also used sometimes.
One of the herbs used by Ayurvedic physicians is Gymnema sylvestre. It is used to stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin and block sugar absorption. Other herbs that are used are: neem and bitter melon (these lower the blood sugar and stimulate the pancreas), and it also acts as a liver tonic that will help to prevent gallstones.
Chelation therapy is also useful for preventing complications that can be caused by diabetes. This creates fewer cases of kidney dialysis and blindness and reduced amputations. Also shown to be effective in reducing adult-onset diabetes is deferoamine chelation therapy. This chelates excess iron from the bloodstream. It has been shown that women who have very high levels of iron triple their risk for diabetes.
The proper diet to prevent and treat diabetes is to eliminate all sugar products (refined sugar) and these include corn syrup, dextrose, glucose, cornstarch, dextrin, fruit juice concentrates, fructose, malt, lactose, maltodextrin, mannitol, maltose, sorghum, sucrose, sorbitol and xylitol. Also eliminate honey, Agaves or Chicory syrup, maple syrup, caffeine and alcohol. Eliminate all junk foods, fried foods, foods that contain white flour and eliminate sodas.
Good quality protein snacks are fresh vegetables, vegetable juice and soaked nuts. Replace the simple carbohydrates with complex carbs. Use whole flours, grains, legumes, and beans and fiber-rich vegetables.
And instead of eating 3 large meals everyday eat 5 to 6 smaller meals throughout the day. This will help balance the blood sugar levels and will help to prevent insulin spikes after eating. A diet high in organic vegetables, small intakes of organic fruit that contains pits or seeds, and whole grains has been found to be helpful for many suffering from Type II diabetes. Another food that will help control blood sugar levels is Jerusalem artichokes. Eating healthy fats, like avocados, seeds, extra virgin olive oil, nuts, coconut butter and high lignin flax seed oil will also support and help to maintain stable blood sugar levels.
Many Type II patients do very well on a diet that consists of 55% to 60% complex carbohydrates, 20 to 25 percent healthy fats and 15 to 20 percent protein with a minimum of 45 grams of protein per day.
Also increase your fiber intake to 40 to 50 grams of fiber daily, with 10 to 15 grams of soluble fiber. And increase your pure, filtered water intake also.
The foods that cause the greatest spikes in insulin levels are those that have a high glycemic rating. The foods on the low glycemic index are much better choices for those with diabetes. You can help the body to maintain low insulin and blood sugar levels by eating meals that contain an abundance of low-glycemic foods and those foods include: fruits that contain pits or seeds, raw, organic leafy green vegetables, yams, organic whole-grains, sweet potatoes, most legumes and nuts, poultry, buttermilk, whole grain breads, yogurt, wild caught fish, lean cuts of beef, lamb or bison.
Generally cooked foods have a higher glycemic rating than do the raw foods. Those that have a higher glycemic rating include: English muffins, cookies, white breads and bagels, commercially packaged cereals, pastries, most desserts, dried fruits including raisins, whole milk and cheese, white potatoes, peanut butter, peanuts and all processed flesh foods such as lunch meats and hot dogs.
There are a lot of herbs that have blood sugar regulating properties and can be helpful in managing the glucose levels of non-insulin dependent diabetics. Those herbs are Gymmena sylvestre, gymnesyl, fenugreek seeds, huereque, bitter melon, Jerusalem artichoke, bilberry, garlic, mulberry leaves, ginseng and olive leaves. Also useful are tonics made from ginkgo biloba and hawthorn berry.
NOTE: It is of primary importance to monitor your urine and blood sugar levels when taking herbs that lower blood sugar. Best to find an alternative health care professional to help you with this.
According to some the huerque cactus can so significantly help lower elevated blood sugar levels that Type II diabetes patients were eventually able to stop taking insulin. The only thing with this is after a while the body builds up a tolerance to it, so it is suggested that you stop for a month and then start back up to keep it effective. Continue to repeat this process; 4 to 6 months on and one month off. You can substitute the huerque with nopal during the month off of the huerque. The nopal is another cactus supplement.
The juice combinations that will help to stabilize blood sugar levels includes: a combination of cucumber, string beans, parsley and watercress. Another good combo is celery, spinach and parsley, romaine lettuce, 2 carrots and spinach; cucumber, chard and celery. Drink any of the combinations once to twice a day.
The supplements that will help in managing glucose and insulin levels include vitamins, B-complex, C, E, B6,biotin, magnesium, potassium, chromium, essential fatty acids, vanadium or vanadyl sulfate, flaxseed oil and minerals chromium, zinc, and magnesium. Still other supplements that will help are alphalipoic acid, CoQ10, amino acid complex, digestive enzymes such as lipase, protease, amylase and pancreatic enzymes. And recently it has been shown that stabilized rice bran provides significant benefits for managing diabetes due to its ability to reduce blood sugar levels.