What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a characterized by "high blood sugar levels" in the body, which is often referred to as hyperglycemia, as opposed to hypoglycemia which is consistently "low blood sugar levels". There are two types of diabetes: diabetes insipidus and diabetes mellitus.
Diabetes insipidus is a rare disorder caused by a deficiency of the pituitary hormone, which is usually the result of damage.
Diabetes mellitus results from the production of insufficient amounts of insulin by the pancreas. Without insulin the body cannot utilize glucose, thus creating a high level of glucose in the blood, and a low level of glucose absorption by the tissues. Diabetes mellitus is generally divided into two categories: Type I, called insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes, and Type II in which the onset of the diabetes occurs during adult-hood.
This article will concentrate on Type II diabetes, often referred to the maturity-onset diabetes. It is caused by either inadequate pancreas function or the inability of the body to use insulin efficiently.
Sometimes, a shortage of insulin-receptor cells (sites throughout the body where the interaction of glucose and insulin occurs) allows the insulin to be present in the bloodstream without working properly, which is also called "insulin resistance". This results in high blood sugar levels which places a great strain on other organs in the body.
It may evolve from a gradual slowing of insulin production with the pancreas and other disorders of the endocrine system which may cause hormonal imbalances that disturb glucose regulation.
Symptoms of Type I diabetes are excessive thirst and urination, fatigue, altered vision, fainting, irritability, and slow healing of cuts and bruises. The same symptoms may signal Type II diabetes, or no symptoms may appear at all. Type II is characterized by blurred vision, itching, unusual thirst, drowsiness, fatigue, skin infections, slow healing, and tingling or numbness in the feet. Onset of the symptoms is usually later in life.
Diet often controls Type II diabetes and insulin is not usually required. Studies indicate that it is due to impaired glucose tolerance that may lead to full-blown diabetes.
Other signs of diabetes include lingering flu-like symptoms, loss of hair on the legs, increased facial hair, small yellow bumps anywhere on the body (known as xanthomas-cholesterol, which are raised, waxy-appearing skin lesions), and inflammation of the penile skin.
If the Type II diabetic exercises greater care in food choices and carefully reads food labels, he will be able to control the problem and avoid drugs or insulin. Diabetes and hypoglycemia are basically related to insulin problems, and they both respond to the same kind of dietary guidelines.
Diabetic Symptoms are Your Body’s Attempt to Heal Itself
What happens if you dam a stream and create a pond? Some days you’ve got larvae and algae (fungi) growing. If the stream is moving, you are fine.
You need a constant stream of mucus to get rid of and prevent an infection. In almost all cases if you treat a symptom you are going to make the disease worse because the symptom is there as your body’s attempt to heal itself.
Now, the medical profession is continuously segregating more and more symptoms into diseases, they call the symptoms diseases. So they treat what they think is the disease which is just a symptom of poor health.
The problem is that medicine really isn’t a science, it is a business.
What is the Purpose of Insulin?
If you ask your doctor, they will say that it is to lower blood sugar, but that is a trivial side effect. Insulin’s evolutionary purpose, among others known right now, is to "store excess nutrients".
When your body notices that the sugar is elevated, it is a sign that you’ve got more than you need right now, so it is accumulating in your blood. So insulin will be released to take that sugar and store it. How does it store it?
How Insulin Stores Nutrients
Insulin stores nutrients in the form of glycogen, which is the principal carbohydrate storage material in animals, which occurs mainly in the liver, in muscles, and in fungi and yeasts.
But you have very little in your body at any one time. All the glycogen stored in your liver and muscles, etc. wouldn’t last you a day if you were active. Once you fill up your glycogen stores, the excess sugars and carbohydrates are stored as a particular kind of triglyceride, or fatty acid, which consists of palmitic acid and saturated fat.
So the idea by the medical profession of going on a high complex carb, low saturated-fat diet is an absolute oxymoron (self-contradictory effect), because those high complex carb diets are nothing but a high glucose diet, or high sugar diet, and your body is just going to store it as saturated fat, which is body fat.
Insulin doesn’t just store carbs. It is an anabolic* hormone, which increases the storage of glucose, fatty acids and amino acids in cells and tissues. Body builders are injecting themselves with insulin now, because it is legal, and because it builds muscle and it stores protein too.
*anabolic means occurring inside the body, where it builds more complex substances from simpler ones.
A lesser known fact is that insulin also stores magnesium. It also plays a role in vitamin C and it stores all sorts of nutrients. But what happens if your cells become resistant to insulin? First of all you can’t store magnesium so you lose it, and you lose it out the urine.
Magnesium’s Major Roles
Intracellular magnesium relaxes muscles. When you can’t store magnesium because the cell is resistant you lose magnesium and your blood vessels constrict. This increases blood pressure, and reduces energy since intracellular magnesium is required for all energy producing reactions that take place in the cell. But magnesium is also necessary for the action of insulin and for the manufacture of insulin.
So when your insulin is raised you lose magnesium and the cells become even more insulin resistant. Blood vessels constrict, glucose and insulin can’t get to the tissues, and that makes them more insulin resistant, so the insulin levels go up and you lose more magnesium. It is a vicious cycle.
What’s more this starts before you were born. Insulin sensitivity is going to start from the moment the sperm combines with the egg. If your mother while you were in the womb was eating a high carb diet, which is turning into sugar, it follows that you will be born with insulin resistance.
Does that mean it is genetic? No, you can be born with something and it doesn’t mean it is genetic. Diabetes is not a genetic disease as such. It is caused by diet.
Insulin also causes retention of sodium, which causes water retention, which causes high blood pressure which causes congestive heart failure. One of the strongest stimulants of the sympathetic nervous system is high levels of insulin.
The immediate effects of raising blood sugar from a high carb meal, is to raise insulin and that immediately triggers the sympathetic nervous system which will cause spasms and constriction of the arteries.
How Cells become Insulin Resistant>
Cells become insulin resistant because they are trying to protect themselves from the toxic effects of high insulin. They down regulate their receptor activity and the number of their receptors so they don’t have to listen to that noxious stimuli all the time.
So the pancreas puts out more insulin, but the cells are not responding no matter how much it produces. But the pancreas cannot keep that up forever without breaking down.
What Cells Become Insulin Resistant First?
If all of the cells were resistant to excess insulin we wouldn’t have a problem, but not all cells become resistant.
The liver becomes resistant first, then the muscle tissue, then the fat [body]. When the liver becomes resistant it responds by suppressing the production of sugar. Sugar comes from two areas. What you have eaten and from your liver.
If your liver is listening to insulin properly it won’t make much sugar. If your liver is resistant, those brakes are lifted and your liver starts making a bunch of sugar.
What is the action of insulin in muscles? It allows your muscles to burn sugar for one thing. If your muscles become resistant to insulin it can’t burn the sugar just manufactured by the liver. The liver is producing too much, which the muscles can’t burn, and it raises your blood sugar.
It takes fat cells a lot longer to become insulin resistant. What is the action of insulin on your fat cells? It is to store that fat. It takes sugar and it stores it as fat, so until your fat cells become resistant you get fat, and that is what you see.
As people become more and more insulin resistant, they get fat and their weight goes up. They will plateau at a certain weight. For some it is 300 pounds, for others it is one hundred and fifty pounds. Eventually they plateau as the fat cells protect themselves and become insulin resistant.
All the while your pancreas is putting out more insulin to compensate.
Some Tissues Don’t Become Insulin Resistant
However, the lining of the arteries do not become resistant very readily. All of that insulin is affecting the lining of your arteries, which are loading up with plaque. Insulin floating around in the blood causes a plaque build-up.
There are many studies that prove this is happening so it is hard to understand why the blame is put on cholesterol and saturated fats.
Insulin also causes blood to clot, affects the bones, and it controls growth hormones.
How to Stop or Control the Rate of Insulin Resistance
The rate at which our cells become insulin resistant can be controlled by diet. It starts by eliminating certain carbs which act just like sugar in the body, i.e. starches, grains, and by eliminating sugars, including fruit.
Therefore it stands to reason that a low-carb diet will create less insulin resistance by the cells.
It is obvious by the above information that curing diabetes is related to insulin resistance and that insulin production and resistance can be controlled by diet.
Therefore reversing starts with a healthy diet, which consists of protein from meats and eggs, high natural fats and low carbs, as well as no starches or sugars.
Also, the elimination of toxins in the diet and the environment are important for overall body health. This means eliminating unnatural fats and oils, processed foods, and all of the other toxic sources discussed in How to Successfully Overcome Candida.
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Diabetics Should Follow These Recommendations
- Consume a diet that is high in “good” fats such as butter, coconut oil, lard and other natural occurring animal fats as discussed in Fats & Oils from The Skinny on Fats By Mary Enig, PhD, and Sally Fallon.
A high fats diet is also recommended by Dr. Jan Kwasniewski, in Poland, who has been curing people of diabetes and other serious illnesses with his Optimal Diet for over 30 years.
- Go on a low-carb diet. Carbs are defined as all foods that are not classified as protein or fat. That includes eliminating all sugars (including fruits), grains, nuts, starches and high-carb foods, i.e. cereal, bread, pastries, donuts, cakes, cookies, pasta, carrots, potatoes, beets, etc. – see this Candida Diet Food List, that improves everyone’s health and it is also very important for diabetics.
Did you know that you can be perfectly healthy not eating carbs of any kind? That is because 58% of protein and 10% of “good” fats can be changed into glucose by the liver in order to maintain blood sugar levels.
- Eat a plenty of healthy protein from meats and eggs.
- Eliminate as many sources of toxins as possible, including drugs, processed foods, and toxins in the environment, personal care products, cleaning products, etc., see Toxins-Environmental, Household, Personal Care, Etc.; Vegetable Oils’ Toxic Effects; Food Facts & Information [includes toxic & damaging foods] and Sugar, Fruit, Sugar Substitutes & Artificial Sweeteners.
- Take Supplements that together with the diet will provide all of the nutrients your body requires. The body can heal itself when it is given the correct combination of nutrients to do its job!
- Eat Enough Food! Inadequate food intake over an extended time will cause many problems – including fatigue, weakness, depression, irritability, sleep disturbance, headaches, muscle aches and pains, numbness and tingling, frequent urination and water retention. Many of these symptoms also resemble Type II diabetes. Not eating enough food can in fact lead to medical problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and weight problems, including obesity.
- Eating small meals may make the problem worse. Consistently eating less than you need to make you feel full can stimulate your body’s natural starvation defenses – and you feel hungry, crave sweets, and become tired, irritable, depressed, etc. In addition, eating small meals can inhibit insulin production, causing more blood sugar problems.
- Eat until you feel full at least twice a day. You can eat more often, but at least two times a day you should eat until you feel full.