Diabetes

By Bill Shuttic

Jan 05

Diabetes

Diabetes can be complicated, but in simple terms, diabetes is basically a problem with too much sugar in the blood caused by the failure of one’s pancreas to release enough insulin for sugar metabolism.  There is insulin resistance, insulin sensitivity, and insulin deficiency.  There is Type I (Juvenile) diabetes and Type II  (Adult-Onset) diabetes.  Some naturopaths have theorized that the excess sugar in the blood is acidic and scars the arterial walls which, in turn, causes the body’s immune system to produce cholesterol.  The cholesterol hardens and clogs the arteries, leading to heart disease.  Type II diabetes can be caused by excessive weight, poor diet, lack of exercise, and possibly food allergies.  People with diabetes have a 5-7 times greater chance of having a heart attack or stroke.  Seventy-five percent of all diabetic deaths is due to heart disease from cardiovascular disease.  Diabetes also affects microvascular vessels, particularly the vessels of your eyes, kidneys, and peripheral nerves.

Diabetes may be reversible with a healthy diet, supplements, and exercise.  Your diet is very important when dealing with diabetes.  Complex carbohydrates are beneficial, since they go through a long digestive process and release sugar into the bloodstream slowly.  Sometimes, diabetics are told to eat a high-protein diet, but too much protein can lead to kidney issues, so be cautious about a high-protein diet.  An organic vegetarian diet with high-fiber vegetables is good, as well as bran and other forms of fiber.

Since insulin response is related to carbs, a diabetic may want to reduce consumption of food such as:  pasta, bread, potatoes, rice, corn, bananas, raisins, and sweet fruit.  Protein is beneficial, but a lot of protein from beef comes with a lot of bad fat, you may want to get your protein from turkey, chicken, egg whites, and tofu.    People will differ on the carb:protein:fat ratio, but some naturopaths will suggest a 40:30:30 ratio.  Of course, that only applies to good carbs and good fats.

Exercise helps with diabetes by heightening your body’s sensitivity to insulin.  Exercise helps to lower your triglycerides and cholesterol.  Your insulin requirements will probably be lower while you are exercising.  A 10-20 minute walk after a meal may also keep your insulin under control.  (If you have heart disease, you may not want to walk after a meal.)

You may also want to get checked for food allergies.  A doctor can monitor your blood sugar levels after eating various foods.  If you’re allergic, remove those foods from your diet.

Some supplements that are beneficial for diabetics are:  chromium, vandium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, alpha-lipoic acid, acetyl-L-carnitine, CoQ10, conjugated linoleic acid, N-acetyl-cysteine, DHEA, sylimarin (from milk thistle), vitamin C, essential fatty acids (GLA (from borage oil, evening primrose oil), EPA, DHA (from herring, mackerel, tuna, walnuts), vitamin E, vitamin K, biotin, fiber (cantaloupe, grapefruit, papaya, sweet potato, oat bran, oatmeal).

Herbs that may be beneficial include:  huckleberry (blueberry), ginkgo biloba, pau d’arco, cedar berries, aloe, ginger, burdock, evening primrose, onion, juniper berries, cranberry, fenugreek, goldenseal, alfalfa, ginseng, and kelp.

 

More recently, gut bacteria has been linked to the development of Type II Diabetes.  In one study, “The scientists concluded that one possible cause and effect between intestinal bacteria and diabetes is that certain bacteria incite an immune response. Within the intestinal bacteria population, there are microbes that form toxins that enter the gut and then cause inflammation throughout the body, including liver and fat cells that can affect overall metabolism and insulin sensitivity.”  Another study showed that people with Type II Diabetes have different gut bacteria than people without diabetes.

Read the full story here.  http://www.naturalhealth365.com/gut-bacteria-type-2-diabetes-1694.html