Diabetes mellitus type 2 (formerly called diabetes mellitus type II, non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM), obesity related diabetes, or adult-onset diabetes) is a metabolic disorder that is mainly characterized by insulin resistance, insulin deficiency, and hyperglycemia. It is rapidly rising in the developed world, and there is some evidence that this pattern will be followed in much of the rest of the world in coming years. The CDC has characterized the rise as an epidemic.
Unlike Type 1 diabetes, there is little tendency toward ketoacidosis in Type 2 diabetics, though it is not unknown. Complex and multifactorial metabolic changes lead to damage and operating impairment of many organs, most importantly the cardiovascular system in both Types. This leads to substantially increased morbidity and mortality in both Type 1 and Type 2 patients, but the two have quite different origins and treatments despite the similarity in complications, which often confuse even diabetics.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common kind, affecting more than 90 percent of diabetics. This type generally hits around age 50 to 55 as people get older and fatter. In contrast to juvenile diabetics, most type II diabetics, when diagnosed, have plenty of insulin in their bodies. However, something blocks the insulin so it cannot do its job properly.
To understand how to reverse type II diabetes, you have to know what causes it.
Studies demonstrate a strong relationship to fat – both fat in the diet and fat on the body. The disease is rare in areas of the world where fat intake is low and obesity uncommon.
Normally insulin, a pancreatic hormone, enables body cells to use glucose and controls blood sugar levels. But, most of the time the problem in adult-onset diabetes is not a defective pancreas unable to produce sufficient insulin, but a lack of sensitivity to insulin. The resistance of the cells to insulin appears to relate directly to obesity and to excess fat in the diet and possibly in the liver.
Causes of Diabetes
James Anderson, M.D., professor of medicine and clinical nutrition at the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine and a widely respected authority on diabetes, evaluated the effect of diet on blood sugar levels. Just as others have done before him, Dr Anderson was able to turn lean healthy young men into mild diabetics in less than two weeks by feeding them a rich 65 percent fat diet. A similar group, fed a lean 10 percent fat diet plus one pound of sugar a day, did not produce even one diabetic after 11 weeks when the experiment was terminated.
Several treatment centers have convincingly demonstrated that most type II diabetics can normalize their blood sugar levels, often within weeks, by following a simple diet, very low in fat and high in fiber, coupled with daily exercise.
Lowering the amount of fat, oil and grease in the diet plays the crucial role. When less fat is eaten, less fat reaches the bloodstream and the liver. This begins a complicated process that gradually restores the sensitivity to insulin, which can then facilitate the entry of sugar from the bloodstream into the body cells. The effect is often dramatic. A type II diabetic who lowers daily fat intake to about 10 percent of total calories can often bring blood sugar levels to normal ranges in less than eight weeks. Many are eventually able to get off diabetic medication entirely – Both pills and injections.
Beginning Signs Of Diabetes
- The classical symptoms are polydipsia (excessive thirst), polyphagia (excessive appetite), and polyuria (excessive passage of urine). Early in the disease however, few symptoms show up — perhaps some increase in urinary frequency and thirst. Of the 16 million diabetics in America it is estimated that 7 million don’t know they have it. As the disease progresses, its effects are devastating, affecting all organs of the body and gradually destroying them. Consider the risks of unrecognized or poorly controlled diabetes:
- Eight out of ten diabetics develop eye problems. Diabetes is the leading cause of new blindness in developed countries.
- Diabetics are 18 times more likely to experience serious kidney damage than are nondiabetics. Some 25 percent of kidney dialysis patients are diabetics. Diabetes is a potent promoter of atherosclerosis (plugging of the arteries). The result is that diabetes more than doubles the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It can also lead to sexual impotence, hearing impairment, intermittent claudication (disabling leg cramps) and gangrene (half of all foot and leg amputations in adults are from this cause).
Natural Diabetes Cure
Diabetes is a leading cause of new blindness, foot and leg amputations, and hearing impairment. The worst part is that many people suffer needlessly. Here is the formula that can help beat this disease and reverse it.
Eat more natural fiber-rich foods, simply prepared, low in fat, grease, and sugar. Freely use whole-grain products, tubers and legumes, Salads and vegetables. Eat a substantial breakfast daily—a hot multi grain cereal will curb your appetite for hours and stabilize your blood sugar.
Use fresh whole fruits, but not more than three servings a day (if you have diabetes).
Avoid refined and processed foods. They are usually high in fat and sugar, and low in fiber.
Markedly reduce fats, oils, and grease. If you use animal products, use them lean and very sparingly, more like a condiment. And avoid oily and creamy dressings and sauces.
Walk briskly each day. Two 30 minute walks everyday are ideal to help burn up extra sugar in your blood. One hour of walking is equivalent to 5 units of insulin.
Work with a physician experienced in the effects of dietary therapy to monitor and adjust your insulin need.
Diabetes Healing Foods
Legumes – They help regulate the level of glucose in the blood because of their fiber content, legumes are a fundamental food food for diabetics.
Vegetables – Vegetables are great for diabetics because of their low calorie content. The best are: broccoli, cauliflower, all types of cabbage, endive, lettuce, green beans, peas, and cucumber.
Whole Grains – They help prevent diabetes, particularly barley, oats, and wheat.
Fruit – The idea that diabetics should not eat fruit because of its sugar content is a serious error. Fruit is necessary in cases of diabetes, since it contains antioxidant vitamins that mitigate the course of the disease and protect against the cardiovascular complications that tend to accompany it. Do not eat dried fruits (raisins, dates, etc.) Mangos and bananas are best tolerated.
Nuts – Oil-bearing nuts, as well as sunflower and squash seeds, supply energy in the form of easily assimilated fatty acids, vitamins B and E, and minerals.
Artichoke – The artichoke’s active ingredient, cynarin, is mildly hypoglycemic (lowers the level of sugar in the blood). It also contains inulin, a carbohydrate beneficial to diabetics.
Celery – It helps regulate blood glucose levels, reduces cholesterol, and neutralizes excess acids that may be produced in the body because of diabetes.
Avocado – It helps maintain an adequate blood sugar level, reduces cholesterol, and balances the fat composition in the blood.
Onion – It helps reduce blood glucose levels in cases of diabetes. They are also blood alkalizers and protect against arteriosclerosis, which is beneficial to the diabetic.
Potato – It provides complex carbohydrates and fiber, which causes them to release glucose slowly during digestion.
Wheat Germ – The combined action of the vitamins B1 and E present in wheat germ explains its anti-diabetic effect: 4 or 5 spoonfuls can reduce the glucose level and the need for insulin.
Antioxidants – These protect the cells from the harm occasioned by excess sugar in the extracellular media (outside the cell), and its lack in the intracellular space (within the cells).
B group vitamins – Vitamins B1, B2, and B6 are essential for glucose metabolism, transforming it to energy. Wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, legumes, and nuts are good sources of these vitamins.
Magnesium – Adult diabetics run the risk of a lack of this mineral involved in insulin production in the pancreas. Wheat bran, nuts, seeds, and legumes are good sources of magnesium.
Trace Elements – Chromium, copper, and manganese are involved in insulin production.
Fructose – It is a monosaccharide sweeter than saccharose or common sugar. It is found naturally in fruits, together with glucose and saccharose. It requires less insulin for metabolism, so diabetics assimilate it more easily than glucose.
Natural Herbs For Diabetes
Gymnema – This remedy is one of the most widespread used herbs to treat diabetes. A component of the herb called gymnemic acid, blocks the tongues ability to sense things that are sweet. This may be helpful for people with a sweet tooth. This herb also stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin and to enhance the activity of insulin. Both type one and type 2 diabetes can benefit from this herb.
Fenugreek – the Greek and Romans to treat diabetes used this spice. Modern researchers have discovered that fenugreek seeds lower blood glucose; reduce insulin levels, and total cholesterol. Nutritionists agree that anyone with diabetes should make fenugreek seeds a part of their diets.
Bitter Mellon – This fruit contains several phytochemicals that mimic sulfonyurea drugs, without the side effects. Bitter melons also contain compounds that are a close chemical relative of insulin.
Bilberry – Bilberry is a rich source of anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins, two of the many types of flavonoids. These flavonoids are well known for their beneficial effects on capillaries. One of the main complications of diabetes is damage to the small blood vessels of the eye, the kidneys, and the tips of the toes and fingers.
Grapeseed extract – Grapeseed has the same benefits for diabetes sufferers as bilberry.