With roughly 15 million diabetics in the United States alone, many people are looking for ways to maintain a normal blood sugar level or reduce their dependence on insulin. Even those who are not diabetic need to beat the damage caused by stress, which often includes disturbances in glucose tolerance or insulin tolerance.
Diabetes is divided into two major categories: Type I and Type II.
Type I, or Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM), occurs most often in children and adolescents.
Ninety percent of diabetics are Type II and are not dependent upon insulin (NIDDM).
Although genetic factors appear important in susceptibility to diabetes, environmental factors are required to trigger diabetes.
Obesity is another significant environmental factor, as ninety percent of diabetics are obese.
Exposure to a protein in cow's milk (bovine albumin peptide) in infancy may trigger the autoimmune process and subsequent Type I diabetes.
The trace mineral chromium plays a major role in the sensitivity of cells to insulin.
To reduce the risk of developing the complications of diabetes, it is important to control against elevations in blood sugar by careful monitoring.
Dietary modification and treatment is fundamental to the successful treatment of diabetes, whether it is Type I or II.
The treatment of diabetes requires nutritional supplementation, as diabetics have a greatly increased need for many nutrients.
Since the transport of vitamin C into cells is facilitated by insulin,th ly diabetics do not have enough intracellular vitamin C.
Some newly diagnosed Type I diabetics have experienced complete reversal of their diabetes with niacinamide supplementation.
Vitamin B6 supplementation appears to offer significant protection against the development of diabetic nerve disease.
Diabetics appear to have an increased requirement for vitamin E, and benefit from high-dose supplementation.
Onions and garlic have demonstrated blood-sugar-lowering action in several studies and help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
a. Trace mineral deficiency.
b. Genetic pre-disposition.
c. Obesity and/or lack of exercise.
d. Pancreatic, pituitary, thyroid, adrenal and/or liver dysfunction.
e. Elevated blood fats (Type IV Hyperlipoproteinemia).
f. Carbohydrate sensitivity (Syndrome-X, dysinsulinism).
g. AND PROBABLY THE # 1 CAUSE OF TYPE II DIABETES IS: The overconsumption of VEGETABLE OILS. The exception is a little extra virgin olive oil in the diet.
Effective treatment of diabetes usually requires the careful integration of a wide range of therapies and a willingness on the part of patients to substantially improve their diet lifestyles. Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM) usually results from many years of chronic metabolic insult; although it can be treated with the natural metabolic approach presented here, its ultimate resolution will take persistence. Although much of the information presented in this chapter has focused on Non-Insulin-Dependant Diabetes Mellitus it is equally appropriate for the Insulin-Dependent Diabetic Mellitus(IDDM) patient, with the exception that, according to current information, the Type I diabetic will always require insulin.
Blood sugar levels must be monitored carefully, particularly if the diabetic is on insulin or has poorly controlled diabetes. Home glucose monitoring and the HgbA1c test are, at this time, the best way to monitor progress. It is important to recognize that, as these natural therapies take effect, insulin requirements and drug dosages will have to be altered. It is helpful to develop a good working relationship with one's doctor.
All simple, processed, and concentrated carbohydrates must be avoided. Complex-carbohydrate, high-fiber foods with low glycemic indices should be stressed, and the hydrogenated fats should be eliminated entirely as much as possible. Legumes, onions, and garlic are particularly useful.
a. Eliminate all refined carbohydrates, alcohol and caffeine containing foods such as coffee, tea, cola and chocolate.
b. Eliminate fruit juices and if you are obese, limit total carbohydrates to 60 gram per day.
c. Eliminate all dairy products and gluten containing grains.
d. Increase raw vegetables and protein (raw nuts and seeds and sea vegetables).
e. Eliminate all hydrogenated fats and oils. Eat extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and fish oils as your only sources of dietary oil.
f. Drink 1 mouthful of pure distilled or filtered water every 30 minutes while awake.
g. Choose carbohydrate foods with low Glycemic Index.
h. Eat small and more frequent meals.
i. Eat moderate amounts of heavy, concentrated proteins; a semi-vegetarian-type diet.
1.BIO-GLYCOZYME FORTE - 1 tablet, 3 times daily after meals. SEE NOTE BELOW.
2. BIO-C-PLUS 1000 – 1 tablet, 3 times daily after meals.
3. M S M POWDER - 1/2 teaspoonful 2 to 4 times daily depending on the severity of symptoms. NOTE: Try to take MSM with your Vitamin C.
4. MIXED EFAS -- 1 tablespoonful once daily with BIOMEGA-3 – 3 capsules once daily.
Specific Nutrients: When symptoms or condition begins to subside, gradually, as needed, wean yourself from the Specific Nutrients & stay on the Primary Nutrients. Resume any of the Specific Nutrients if you are having trouble controlling your blood sugar
5. HYDROZYME – 3 - 5 tablets WITH each meal.
6. E-MULSION 200 – 2 capsules, once daily after a meal.
7. CO Q-ZYME 30 – 2 tablets, once daily after a meal.
8. LIPOIC ACID – 2 capsules, 3 times daily after a meal.
ALSO, TO PREVENT AND TREAT DIABETIC COMPLICATIONS
9. L-CARNITINE – 2 capsules, 3 times daily after meals (neuropathy).
10. B12 2000 LOZENGES – 1 tablet, once daily after a meal (neuropathy & retinopathy).
11. B6 PHOSPHATE – 3 tablets, 3 times daily after meals (macular edema).
12. TAURINE – 1 capsule, 3 times daily after meals (micro- and macroangiopathy & platelet hyperaggregation).
13. PURIFIED CHONDROITIN SULFATE – 4 tablets, once daily after a meal (atherosclerosis and angiopathy).
14. BIO-FCTS - 1 capsule, 3 times daily after meals (retinopathy and capillary fragility).
ADDITIONAL DIABETES NUTRIENTS:
1. CINNAMON BARK – 1 gram of cinnamon bark daily can help maintain normal blood sugar levels. Cinnamon contains a plant antioxidant polyphenol called methyl-hydroxy chalcone polymer (MHCP) which helps activate insulin receptors on your cell wall – so the sugar can get into the cell. Usual dose 1 gram daily.
2. GYMNEMA SYLVESTRE LEAF – This is a herb from India whose leaves contain gymnemic acids which helps to slow the transport of sugar from the intestines into the bloodstream. Usual dose is 400mg of the extract daily.
3. VANADIUM – a highly bioactive trace mineral found in vegetables and shellfish. It promotes healthy blood sugar levels and normal insulin sensitivity. The usual dose is 60 mcg daily.
4. CHROMIUM – is another trace mineral necessary for normal insulin function. It helps increase the number of binding sites on the cells for insulin to enter. It is also a part of GTF or Glucose Tolerance Factor. The usual dose is 200mc daily.
5. LIPOIC ACID – Is an antioxidant that prevents the formation of AGEs (advanced glycation end-products). AGEs are formed from the sugar that is not burned as energy or stored. AGEs are considered to be the primary aging proteins formed in the body. 200 to 300mg daily.
6. BANABA LEAF – is another herb whose leaves contain corosolic acid which promotes the transfer of sugar into the cell by activating the glucose transporter on the cell surface. Usual dose is about 50mg daily.
7. MAGNESIUM – is important for many enzymatic reactions in the body, especially in heart health and for blood sugar control. The usual dose is 200mg to 400mg daily.
The minerals and Lipoic Acid are available from this web site and the herbs can be purchased at a health food store.
NOTE: Insure that you have a glucometer to monitor blood sugar levels before beginning this program and monitor your blood sugar throughout this program until your blood glucose is stable.
ALSO, since diabetics are very prone to atherosclerosis and circulatory problems care is also directed at protecting the arteries and capillaries.
FINALLY, the extent you follow the above-noted supplements depends on how difficult it is to control your blood glucose levels, the length of time you have been a diabetic and the number of other symptoms, if any, you are experiencing.
WARNING: As a diabetic you should never suddenly stop your prescribed medications (diabetic drugs), especially insulin. According to current information, an IDDM patient will probably never be able to completely stop taking insulin.
This program should help you stabilize your blood sugar levels, reduce your daily insulin doses and make you feel better and live a longer, healthier life without the accompanying complications that diabetes can bring.
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