Diabetes type 1 and 2 sufferers can benefit from making changes to their nutrition and supplementing it with vitamins and minerals to improve health and well-being.
What is diabetes?
The body breaks down food into glucose which is used to fuel all cells in the body. The glucose enters the blood stream
and the body produces insulin in the pancreas. The insulin is transported into the blood stream where it facilitates the movement of glucose to the muscle, fat, and liver cells. The hormone insulin acts with the assistance of other metabolic actions to open up the cell membrane so that glucose molecules enter the cell. The cell uses the glucose to produce energy.
In a diabetic state the glucose builds up in the blood because the body cannot use the glucose and body cells are starved for energy. The pancreas either produces a small amount or no insulin or the cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced.
The glucose remains in the blood. Symptoms are :
– sugar craving
– psychological changes
– weight loss
– very thirsty
– hungry all the time
– weight loss
– wounds do not heal.
High blood glucose levels are toxic to the body and it’s organs.
People with type 1 diabetes are totally dependent on insulin injections to live. People with type 2 diabetes are not totally dependent on insulin initially and the disease can be controlled with oral medication but unfortunately this leads to type 1 and the need for daily insulin injections in the long term.
The following people are at higher risk of developing diabetes :
– overweight or obese
– metabolic syndrome – high intake of sugar and processed food containing large amounts of sugar and white flour. A high carbohydrate diet. The body is overloaded with carbohydrates and experiences a continuous high level of blood sugar. There is a grouping of factors called the deadly 4 :
* high blood pressure
* insulin resistance
*excess body fat
*abnormal cholesterol levels.
– inactive. Do not walk or undertake any exercise.
This diabetes 2 may not be diagnosed for many years. It is sub clinical and only is diagnosed when it reaches a serious level. and the symptoms can no longer be ignored by the sufferer.
Many illnesses can exist at subclinical level and are not diagnosed until the disease advances to a point where the effects or symptoms are too serious to ignore.
Hypoglycemia is a warning sign that you are heading down the path to diabetes. It is a sudden drop in the level of sugar/glucose in your blood. Easily digestible simple carbohydrates like sugar and white flour are quickly digested and cause a spike upwards in the glucose level in your blood. This glucose then is used and the level in your blood goes down low very suddenly.
Eat complex and slowly digested carbs to avoid big highs and lows in glucose .
- Irritability or moodiness.
- Anxiety or nervousness.
Life style changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious illnesses.
Changes can reduce the negative symptoms and effects of existing illness.
Reduce blood pressure and fat in and around your belly to lower the risk of diabetes and if already a sufferer then still do so to allow your body to deal better with a current diabetes illness. Stop eating sugar and food made from white flour and with sugar added. Cakes, pizza, bread, pancakes and sodas all are sources of sugar and simple carbohydrates which will over load your body with glucose. They will be processed into fat and kill you. It is a slow and unpleasant death.
There is now growing research into food allergies as a cause of illness. This is certainly the case for some people who are allergic to gluten a protein found in wheat, oats and rye. It causes an allergic reaction whereby the body produces cells which attack the body – autoimmune disease.
It has been found to damage the pancreas and the digestive track in folks allergic to gluten. Another good reason to significantly reduce or stop eating foods that contain gluten from wheat and other grains.
Change you lifestyle in the context of what you eat. Some people are allergic to dairy and do not realize it.
A surefire way to check for foods that impact you negatively is selective fasting for those foods. Don’t eat them for a week and see if you feel better. Get allergy tests as well. You health will improve significantly when you no longer eat the food you are allergic to and your inflammation problems will decrease.
Get out of your safe place where you tell yourself it’s OK to be obese. Face reality and do a body mass check – get real and heal.
BMI – Body Mass Indicator – Your Reality Check
At my age I am never going to have a flat stomach again however my BMI is a really important indicator of my health status now and ongoing.
What does your BMI mean
Underweight = <18.5
- This result means that you may be underweight. Being underweight can be
associated with a range of health issues. If you’re concerned about your
weight, we recommend discussing your result with your MD, practice
nurse or dietitian.
Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
- This result means that you are a healthy body weight which is generally good for your health. Keep up the great work!
Overweight = 25–29.9
- This result means that you may be overweight. Carrying extra weight is
associated with a range of health concerns, including being at an
increased risk of heart disease. If you’re concerned about your weight,
we recommend discussing your result with your MD, practice nurse
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
- This result means that you may be obese. Obesity is associated with a range
of health concerns, including being at an increased risk of heart
disease. If you’re concerned about your weight, we recommend
discussing your result with your GP, practice nurse or dietitian.
Although BMI is not a perfect measure, it is generally agreed to be the most
useful and valid for adults (18 years and over). However, there are
limitations. For instance:
- It is less accurate as an indicator of overweight in adults with higher than normal levels of lean
body tissue (muscle mass). This is because muscle weighs more than fat
and the BMI does not take this into consideration. For super fit, ripped and large muscles.
- It is less accurate as an indicator of overweight in ethnic groups with smaller body stature (i.e. Asian ethnic groups).
Along with BMI, measuring your waist circumference can help you to determine
whether you are carrying excess weight around your middle and your risk
of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Because children are still growing, the BMI calculator should not be used for children. If you’re under 18 years of age, seek advice from your MD about what a healthy weight is.
This your heads up for the kind of changes to make your lifestyle – especially what you eat. Face reality and if you are overweight or obese change your nutrition to significantly improve your health and avoid the segue from type 2 to type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes
There is no cure as yet for type 1 diabetes. The treatment consists of managing the glucose level in the blood so it remains at a consistent level and insulin injections make possible the transfer of glucose from the blood to where it is needed in the body cells.
A key part of the management program is nutrition. A nutrition regime that will not overload the digestive system with sugar and simple carbohydrates.
Help manage your symptoms by consuming slow release carbohydrates or complex carbohydrates which digest slowly, release glucose slowly and do not cause huge spikes in the blood’s glucose level or big dips or lows.
High blood sugar levels are toxic and this is the factor that damages the bodies of type 1 diabetics.
The one big thing that can be done is to eat well and avoid processed foods containing white flour and sugar. Eat slow release/complex carbs. For example brown
rice ( not white rice) , root vegetables such as potatoes, yams and buckwheat. Quinoa is a good one. There is lots of good information about slow release complex carbohydrates on the net.
Pizza is not one of them but for a treat you could make one using a non flour base – there’re recipes out there.
So nutrition is key to living with type 1 and making your body as healthy as possible to minimize the effects on your body.
See the sections below about supplementation with vitamins and more about nutrition. For your life’s sake lose weight, eat well to minimize glucose spikes and reduce the effects of toxicity to your body from high blood glucose levels. Avoid sugar and processed food containing sugar and or white flour.
I like chocolate and the problem is sugar. There are low sugar and naturally sweetened ( non sugar but natural sweeteners – do not take artificial sweeteners because they have very toxic side effects) chocolate out there.
Type 2 Diabetes
For type two diabetes sufferers there is still a chance to heal or at the very least reduce the intake of medication for glucose processing in your body. The focus is totally on improving your health with good nutrition and supplementation with vitamins.
Avoid sugar and products containing sugar and or white flour. Most fruit juices contain added sugar and all sodas do so.
These products overload you body with sugar and your pancreas cannot supply enough effective insulin, your blood level of glucose spikes, a blood glucose overload state occurs and this is toxic for your body. You are poisoning yourself with excessive glucose from your nutrition.
You will become more ill and end up totally dependent on insulin injections to remain alive however your body will deteriorate and further loss of function will occur. Eyesight, blood circulation and organ malfunction will be the result. Cardiovascular disease will set in.
This does not need to happen. Change your nutrition, lose wight to the right BMI for your height and supplement with vitamins and minerals. People with type two diabetes have regained their health, and either greatly reduced their medicine intake or got their blood sugar under control to the point that they no longer need medication.
How Safe Are Vitamins?
Vitamins are very safe to use to improve your nutrition and health in conjunction with proper hydration and a good diet free of sugar and processed foods containing sugar and or white flour.
See this excerpt below.
This excerpt is from the publication :
Niacin The Real Story, A.Hoffer M.D., Ph. D, A. W> Saul Ph. D, H.D. Foster Ph.D. Basic Health, 2012
If anyone says that vitamins are dangerous to your health and cause death it is a lie.
Over 100,000 people die every year from the effects of drugs properly prescribed by M.Ds. Vitamins do not cause deaths and illness – they give health and wellness. You will learn below how ans epdiemic of a seroius illness plagued the USA in the 1920ies and 1930ies until in the early 1940ies it was cured by adding vitamins to processed foods – namely bread.
Humans are one of the few mammals who do not make their own vitamin C. It vitamin C was not safe and healthy then almost all the mammals on the planet would die from the vitamin C they make in their bodies. Mice make huge amounts of vitamin C to remain healthy.
Supplements To Improve Nutrition
Dr. Ian Brighthope M.D. has a long medical career and much experience in treating and helping people with the diabetes disease. He has written about his experience in a great publication :
The Vitamin Cure For Diabetes, Ian E Brighthope, M.D., Basic Health Publications,2012
This is must read for anyone suffering from the disease of diabetes and who wishes to improve their health and cope well with the disease.
He recommends a nutrition based approach in conjunction with traditional insulin and other medicines prescribed to control the symptoms of diabetes. I quote a section of his book, page 57 :
” Supplements confer huge benefits to the present and long-term health of people suffering from diabetes and the other conditions mentioned above. Attempts to correct these deficiencies and imbalances with diet alone is at best unscientific and at worst gross medical negligence. It is about time that doctors were properly trained in Nutritional Medicine before they are ever unleashed onto the public.”
Below is a list of his recommendations.
|Vitamin C – ascorbate acid||Diabetes creates an increased need for ascorbate that cannot be met by diet alone. Most people with diabetes do not get sufficient vitamin c. Take 2000mg per day in divided doses over the day.|
|B Complex vitamins||Take two B complex tablets per day|
|Vitamin D||Take a least one 400iu tablet per day. 2 tablets is good for people who do not get enough exposure to sunlight. Up to 1000 iu per day for folk over 50|
|Vitamin E Natural||For the heart and circulatory system which is place under huge stress by diabetes. Between 1000 and 3000iu per day. If taking blood thinners such as aspirin or warfarin check with your MD. Take at least 400iu per day.|
|Minerals and Trace Elements||Can be found in multivitamin tablets or separately|
|Chromium – trace element||Minute amounts in micro grams. For adults 500 mcg daily|
|Magnesium||For proper nerve and muscle function
400 mg per day.
|Zinc||Take on empty stomach. Up to 60 mg per day.|
|Vanadium||Needed in small amounts up to 10 mcg per day|
|Potassium||Up to 3000 mg per day. Reduces blood pressure. Start with 400mg per day and reduce if nausea occurs.|
|Calcium||400 mg per day as a chelate form.|
|Manganese||5 to 15 mg per day|
|Selenium||Up to 20 mg per day|
|Omega 3 oils||Fish oils|
|Inositol||500mg twice daily|
|Carnitine||500 mg twice daily|
|Alpha lipoic acid||600 mg per day|
|Evening primrose oil||1000g per day. For men helps overcome impotence – a diabetes side effect.|
|Curcumin from Turmeric|
The other main recommendation is having a good diet free or sugar and white flour and diary with the exception of yoghurt.
Losing weight to get to your BMI.
Exercise by walking every day. The goal is 10,000 steps per day.
The other really critical factor is being properly hydrated. Drink a minimum of 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Two before breakfast, one mid morning, two before lunch, one mid afternoon and two before dinner.
Tea and coffee make you pee more liquid than you drink – you will become more and more dehydrated. Sodas are toxic due to high sugar content and or artifical sweeteners.
Improve your overall health through good nutrition, exercise and hydration .
The Vitamin Cure For Diabetes, Ian E Brighthope, M.D., Basic Health Publications,2012
Niacin The Real Story, A Hoffer M.D., A Saul Ph.D,H Foster Ph.D, Basic Health, 2012
Vitamin C The Real Story, S Hickey Ph.D, A. Saul Ph.D, Basic Health,2008
Your Body’s Many Cries For Water – You’re Not Sick; You’re Thirsty, F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.GHS Inc, 1992
Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone. A Hoffer,M.D., A.W.Saul Ph.D, Health Basics, 2008
Journal Of Orthomolecular Medicine, various publications