Facts About Diabetes
This article is written with the hope to help thousands of individuals with Diabetes because more and more people are developing the disease. Personally, I know people that have diabetes (Type 2 and pre-diabetic). We hear the disease often on television and people who got it. Diabetes has become an epidemic in the U.S. and other countries. Diabetes affects people of all ages, not only the older population but even children and teenagers due to more obesity. Young children and teenagers can get Type 1, also called juvenile diabetes. Below is how 3 types of diabetes differ from each other.
Type 1 – also called juvenile diabetes. A person with type 1 is insulin deficient and so insulin needs to be supplied into the body.
Type 2 – a person with type 2 is insulin resistant. The cells have too much glucose and will not take insulin, cells are desensitized to insulin or could not be processed by the body anymore.
Type 3 – is a combination of 1 & 2. According to a report, type 3 diabetes is a form of Alzheimer’s, therefore Alzheimer’s disease is a combination of type 1 and 2 diabetes.
A study stated that 95% of Americans are Type 2 diabetes and 100% reversible! Type 1 diabetes is only 5%. All 3 types of diabetes are caused by Neurotoxins such as packaged food, vaccines, and pesticides that are sprayed on plant food like vegetables and fruits. Food toxins would be chemicals like artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, Splenda), plus GMOs.
Type 1 Diabetes and Cause
Type 1 or Juvenile Diabetes is thought to be caused by an autoimmune reaction that attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas that make insulin. The process can go on for months or years before symptoms appear. The disease is not caused by a poor diet or an unhealthy lifestyle. A person who has Type 1 diabetes does not mean s/he ate all of the high carbs and fatty food to cause the disease and did nothing but watched shows and movies like a couch potato. Nothing could have done by the person to prevent the disease. Research is leaning towards more on environmental and genetic factors. The environmental cause can be viral infections and particular molecules within the environment and foods that might trigger the disease. Symptoms can be mitigated with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Type 2 Diabetes and Cause
A common cause of Type 2 diabetes’ is insulin resistance or when the pancreas is not able to produce enough insulin. Researchers found that genetics and lifestyle are important contributing factors causing Type 2 diabetes. A person who is overweight and inactive can develop the disease. Trauma, like chronic stress, can also cause diabetes. Physical and emotional stress cause diabetes. It is also hereditary but not necessarily guaranteed you will develop it but you have a greater chance of developing Type 2. Blood Pressure and cholesterol medications elevate blood sugar levels. Lifestyle listed below can contribute to insulin resistance:
- Lack of exercise – sitting a lot in front of a computer or television
- Unhealthy meal choices – eating high starchy processed food and high fructose corn syrup in deserts and juices.
- Obesity – frequent diet of high carbohydrates and sweets.
Children can develop Type 2 diabetes but it is so gradual the symptoms are hardly noticeable. The disease can only be diagnosed during a routine check-up. Children with diabetes might experience increased thirst and frequent urination.
Type 3 Diabetes – Cause and Treatment
While it’s known that the pancreas secretes insulin, the brain also secretes its own insulin. The brain uses 25% of the body’s glucose. Insulin’s primary function is to get it out of the bloodstream and get it into the cells. The brain has 2 metabolic functions. Since the brain and nervous system controls every function of the body, the brain can switch its metabolism response from glucose to fat metabolic function when the brain is damaged by too much glucose. Insulin resistance can also occur in the brain in non-diabetics and without any presence of hyperglycemia. Too much glucose in the body can actually damage the system. Glucose easily oxidizes DNA damage in the cells. Insulin cannot get glucose into the cells of the brain anymore due to too much glucose already. People with diabetes are 50% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease. Insulin resistance in the brain causes the formation of plaques and tangles in the neurons associated with cognitive impairment.
Common Symptoms of Diabetes
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst or hunger
- Tingling or numbness in the extremities
- Slow-healing wounds
- Blurred vision
A study stated that a person with diabetes may develop other health issues like heart disease, nerve damage, eye problems, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Obesity, high BP, heart disease, stroke, depression, and polycystic ovary syndrome can increase your risk of developing diabetes. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or looking at diabetes prevention strategies, or you’ve had the disease for a long time – there is hope to prevent diabetes, there is hope to reverse it. You just need self-confidence, will power to make a change in your life.
Will Power and Self- determination Is Key To Reversing Diabetes
Personally, I know people with diabetes who are unable to make a significant change in their diet and lifestyle. I feel so sorry when they experience a complication. Self-determination is important for healing. I watched an interview with a doctor who was diagnosed with Type 2 and became depressed about it because here he is . . . a medical doctor, diagnosed with diabetes. He stated that in medical school, doctors were not trained in nutrition. Determined to reverse his diabetes, he switched to a ketogenic diet and eliminated all of the high carbs, starchy food, and exercise as well. He ate very lean meat, green vegetables, and whole fruits. Three months into the regimen, he had a blood test done. His blood sugar went down, LDL and HDL cholesterol were at almost near-normal levels. He also lost weight. He did not take diabetes medications, he said, but just determined to drastically alter his diet to reverse the disease. He continued the Keto diet and closely monitored his numbers every 3 months until all his numbers became within normal levels. He was successful and shared his experience through interviews in order to educate others with diabetes.
Healthy Eating and Exercise Is Important
Low glycemic index foods will help lower the risk of diabetes. Food higher in fiber such as nutrient-dense green vegetables like leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and other green vegetables are the most important foods to focus on for diabetes prevention and reversal. Examples of cruciferous greens are arugula, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and collard greens. High green consumption will lower HbA1c levels. Non-green vegetables like mushrooms, onions, garlic, eggplant, peppers, are essential foods for diabetes – prevention or reversal. Almost nonexistent effects on blood glucose and have tons of fiber and phytochemicals. High protein and healthy fat like fish, turkey, chicken, legumes. Whole fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairies, and nuts should be added to the diet. A study reported that MCT oil or medium-chain triglycerides fat like coconut oil can be beneficial to improve one’s brain function.
Moderate exercises like walking, Qi Gong, or low impact exercise at a gym will heal and prevent diabetes. Exercise helps circulate the blood, makes cells more insulin sensitive, pulling glucose out of the blood, brings down blood sugar and gives you better energy as the glucose is being transferred into the cells. The benefits of exercise on blood sugar last about 48-72 hours, so it is important to be physically active almost daily.
Nuts, Seeds, and Green Tea are Low Glycemic
Nuts and seeds are a low glycemic load that promotes weight loss and has anti-inflammatory effects that may prevent the development of insulin resistance. Whole fresh fruits are rich in fiber, nutrient-dense, and antioxidants. Eating 3 servings of fresh fruit daily is linked with an 18% decrease in the risk of diabetes. Low sugar fruits like blueberries, kiwi, oranges, and melon to reduce glycemic effects.
Green tea’s polyphenols and polysaccharides properties are effective in lowering blood sugar. A study showed that green tea extract reduces the normal elevation of glucose and insulin when 50 grams of starch were ingested. It reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Drinking 3 – 5 cups of green tea per day seems to be optimal to reap the most health benefits. I drink green tea and matcha green tea daily with a cinnamon stick in the cup about 2 -3 cups a day. It helps me think better and my thoughts flow freely when writing articles. My sugar level has been below normal for the past 2 years of drinking green tea with a cinnamon stick in the tea. My husband’s blood sugar used to be on borderline. For more than a year now, his blood sugar has been within normal. If you are near diabetic or have diabetes, try to use cinnamon sticks daily in your favorite tea or coffee.
Foods That Raise Blood Sugar
The high glycemic index is high volume processed packaged foods high in carbohydrates, has vegetable oil extracted by heat, or animal fat, desserts high in sugar or high fructose corn syrup, cakes, and pastries, bread, pretzels, chips, all kinds of crackers, pasta, rice, potatoes are all high glycemic loads, should be avoided. Also, sugar-sweetened beverages has no fiber to slow the absorption of glucose in the blood. Carbohydrates such as refined white rice, pasta, and bread are missing the fiber from the original grain, therefore, raise blood glucose higher and faster than unprocessed counterparts. Also, many diabetics have come to believe that eating more animal protein will keep their blood glucose levels in check. Not true. Studies confirmed that high consumption of meat increases the risk of diabetes. A meta-analysis of 12 studies concluded that high total meat intake increases the chance of Type 2 risk 17% above the low intake, high red meat intake increased risk 21% and high processed meat intake increased risk 41%.
Starchy foods contain AGEs (Advanced Glycation End-products), which promote aging and diabetes complications. Fried foods contain AGEs. Trans fats in margarine, shortening, fast food, processed baked goods should be avoided as diabetes accelerates cardiovascular disease and can cause death down the road. Trans fat is a strong dietary risk factor for heart disease.
Diabetes is Preventable and Reversible
Learning how to eat to prevent diabetes and how to eat if you have diabetes or prediabetes can help you take control of your health. A recent study on type 2 diabetics following the suggested diet in the above paragraphs, found that 90% of participants were able to come off all diabetic medications, and the mean HbA1c after one year was 5.8, which is in the non-diabetic (normal) range. You have to have the will power to make your life free from diabetes. You will be happier and full of energy! If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and plan on healing yourself naturally, please make sure you are monitored by your doctor periodically.
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