Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Without Rx Drugs
A healthy diet and exercising appropriately is your single best weapon against Type II Diabetes.
(That’s easier said than done. The difficult part is …(keep reading).
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
At a very simple level, Type 2 Diabetes is an over abundance of glucose (sugar) in your blood. Your pancreas is the organ with the all-important task of managing your blood sugar by releasing insulin. Insulin reduces glucose in your blood stream. A normal pancreas is able to automatically respond to varying levels of glucose in your body by releasing an appropriate amount of insulin.
Now, for diabetics the balancing act between your pancreas, the cells of your body, and your blood sugar is broken. The two biggest risks Type 2 Diabetics face are starving their blood cells of vital nutrients and eventually harming their internal organs (including your brain) with excess blood sugar.
If you were just recently diagnosed, you are going to find that almost everyone is going to tell you to (1) eat a certain way, (2) exercise a certain amount, and (3) monitor your blood sugar closely. Knowing what to eat and how to exercise is the easy part; the hard part is overcoming what’s inside your head–emotions, attitude, habits, etc., etc. The information is painless, but putting it into practice against years of attitudes, habits, and emotions is often difficult for many.
- Weight – Being overweight is a primary risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. The more fatty tissue you have, the more resistant your cells become to insulin. However, you don’t have to be overweight to develop Type 2 diabetes.
Fat distribution – If your body stores fat primarily in your abdomen, your risk of Type 2 diabetes is greater than if your body stores fat elsewhere, such as your hips and thighs.
- Lack of exercise – The less active you are, the greater your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Physical activity helps you control your weight, uses up blood glucose as energy, and makes your cells more insulin sensitive.
Complex carbs – Potatoes, rice, bread, white flour, pasta, etc., are associated with Type 2 diabetes.
Simple carbs – Consumption of processed foods containing high amounts of sugars.
Transfats – Unhealthy fat consumption in fried foods, salad dressings, and unhealthy oils such as soybean, vegetable, corn, and cottonseed oils is associated with Type 2 diabetes. Use healthy oils, such as coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil.
Lack of sleep – Proper sleep is important for proper insulin function.
Stress – Both physical and mental, can send your blood sugar soaring.
Smoking – Smoking is especially risky. The nicotine in cigarettes makes blood vessels harden and narrow, curbing blood flow throughout your body.
Family history – The risk of Type 2 diabetes increases if a parent or sibling has diabetes.
Race – Certain races including Blacks, Hispanics, American Indians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.
Age – The risk of Type 2 diabetes increases as you age, especially after age 45. However, diabetes is also increasing dramatically among children, adolescents, and younger adults.
Prediabetes – A condition in which your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Left untreated or undiagnosed, prediabetes will likely progress to Type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes – If a woman develops gestational diabetes when pregnant, the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increases. If a woman gives birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds, there is an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Polycystic ovary syndrome – For women, having PCOS, (characterized by irregular menstrual periods, excess hair growth, and obesity) increases the risk for diabetes.
Cholesterol Meds (statins) – These drugs are known to cause diabetes.
High blood pressure drugs (hypertension) – Diabetes is commonly associated with heart disease. High blood pressure and hypertension drugs are an additional risk for diabetes.
If your glucose remains elevated, even after limiting carb intake,
Your Pancreas may not produce enough insulin.
Other Contributing Factors for Elevated Blood Sugars
- Vitamin and Mineral deficiency,
- Intense exercise, and for some,
- Protein consumption.
What if your glucose drops too low:
If you have hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, you’re dealing with that culprit glucose again. Only this time the levels are too low, around 60 to 70 mg/dl.
Low blood sugar is common in persons with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes using insulin therapy and drugs. Most cases are mild and not considered medical emergencies. Effects can range from feelings of unease, sweating, trembling, and increased appetite in mild cases. Hypoglycemia may also be caused by insufficient intake of food, or too much exercise or alcohol. Usually, the condition is manageable. Mild hypoglycemia is common among people with Type 2 diabetes, and severe episodes are rare, even among those taking insulin. Still, all patients who intensively control blood sugar levels with diabetic medications, should be conscious and aware of warning signs. Mild cases are self-treated by eating or drinking something high in sugar. And mild cases do not necessarily cause symptoms in all patients.
With type 2 diabetics, who eat a lot of carbs, blood sugar can go up like the space shuttle, at which time the pancreas sometimes cranks out too much insulin and overshoots its mark by trying to bring down high glucose levels. The high dose of insulin can often result in hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
If you feel your blood sugar dropping too quickly, consume 15 to 20 grams of simple carbohydrates. Recheck your glucose level after 15 minutes. If it’s still low, eat another 15 to 20 g of simple carbs. Good sources of carbohydrate to treat hypoglycemia include:
- Glucose tablets
- Glucose gel
- Fruit juices
- Sugar, honey, or corn syrup
- Hard candies, jelly beans, or gumdrops
The goal of treatment for hypoglycemia is to get your blood sugar level back up to the normal range. If hypoglycemia isn’t promptly treated, it may result in life-threatening complications such as seizures or coma, or even death.
What to EAT Every Day: Keep It Simple
Apart from incorporating regular exercise into your daily life, you need to take a hard look at what you are eating, and make the necessary changes to prevent diabetes taking hold of your life. Sadly, the Grim Reaper is never far away when you’re diabetic and continue with your old lifestyle habit of eating whatever you like. You can no longer afford to eat the way you used to before you were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Until your blood sugar stabilizes:
- Organic meats,
- Organic Eggs,
- Organic Leafy green vegetables,
- Repeat: Lots of Non-starchy, green vegetables,
- Butter, Olive Oil, and
- Coconut oil.
What NOT to Eat Every Day
to Control Blood Sugar
Sugars – soft drinks, fruit juices, cookies, cakes, fruit roll ups, sweet tea.
Starches – potatoes, beans and rice are high in starches—
one potato or 1 cup of rice exceeds 30 grams of carbs.
Grains – especially wheat (gluten) in ANY form!
Flour, pasta, breads, crackers, cakes, cookies, cereals, corn, rice, etc., etc.
Trans Fats, Hydrogenated Oils – including corn and all vegetable oils.
Milk – AVOID ALL MILK. Raw, pasteurized, low fat, full fat… Most milk is in high in carbs.
Legumes – including beans, but especially peanuts–they are high in carbs and toxic because of fungal contamination.
High Carb Fruits – avoid grapes, bananas, pineapple, pears, apples and other sweet fruits.
High Carb Vegetables – avoid yams, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, beans and parsnips.
Diet: Fat or Carbs?
The prevailing dietary advice from modern medicine over the past few decades has been to reduce fat intake and replace calories with carbohydrates without recognizing that carbohydrates turn to sugar in the body.
“Bread is a form of concentrated sugar with a higher glycemic index than sugar itself.” RH
Results for diabetics who adopt a high-fat diet, published in the journal of Practical Diabetes, were called “astonishing” – with average weight loss of almost 20 lbs., and only 2 of 19 patients had an abnormal hemoglobin A1c, a measure of long-term blood sugar control. Simultaneously, blood pressure improved. Elevated liver enzymes fell dramatically, total cholesterol on average fell from 212 to 181, and more remarkably, 7 of 19 patients no longer needed medication.
“Carbohydrates are the single biggest factors in blood sugar levels and need for medications.” RH
If you follow current GOVERNMENT dietary guidelines “you are essentially eating exactly what’s causing the problem.” RH
- Even a modest reduction in carbohydrate intake (from 53% to 33%) has been shown to reduce weight and insulin levels. [Journal Diabetes Complications Sept 2015]
- Carbohydrate reduction accounts for 71% of the reduction in blood glucose achieved by short-time fasting. [Metabolism Feb 2015]
Vitamins, Minerals, & Supplements
The problem with Type 2 diabetes and elevated blood sugar, it has a strong diuretic action (frequent urination) which results in loss of nutrients. Yet replacement of lost nutrients is often not considered with traditional blood sugar or diabetic therapy. The best way for you to get important minerals is by eating a healthy diet that is rich in dark green, leafy vegetables. But sometimes that may not be enough.
While there are many herbal supplements that may help control blood sugar (among them cinnamon, and resveratrol), it is important to first supplement with lost essential nutrients–vitamins and minerals. Start with a good multi-mineral and vitamin supplement, with extra magnesium, because over 68% of the U.S. population and 80% of type 2 diabetics are magnesium deficient!!
- MAGNESIUM: A diabetic’s ability to control blood sugar levels is closely tied to their magnesium levels, as the mineral plays an important role in insulin receptor cells. A study published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism found that taking oral magnesium supplements helps individuals who have become insulin resistant avoid developing type 2 diabetes. Magnesium can have a strong laxative effect, you may want to try using transdermal magnesium therapy by Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion. Use transdermal magnesium oil (1-2 oz on the skin) or magnesium flakes in a daily bath or foot bath for 2-3 months—unless you have reduced kidney function, then precautions must be taken to prevent too much accumulation in your system. In one study, 51% percent of patients improved their blood glucose levels taking just 382 mg of supplemental magnesium (over 4-months), compared to just 7% taking a placebo [Diabetic Metabolism June 2015].
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A low carb diet includes many vegetables, but not many fruits (because of sugar content). Juice Plus+ provides your body with these important phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals without the sugar! Experts now recommend MORE than five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. To be honest, that’s not always easy, but Juice Plus+ makes it easier to supplement your diet with the most important active ingredients in fruits and vegetables without the high sugar content. Whole fruits and vegetables, fresh from the fields, provide the basis for numerous Juice Plus+ scientific studies (click here). For a complete list of Juice Plus+ products click here.
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- ZINC: Low blood levels of zinc are associated with higher blood sugar (glucose) and greater insulin resistance. [Diabetes Metabolism April 20, 2015]
- THIAMIN (Vitamin B1): Diabetics are typically thiamin deficient. [International Journal Clinical Practice June 2011] In one study 100 milligrams of thiamin taken 3 times a day resulted in a significant decrease in blood sugar (glucose).
- VITAMIN C: Diabetics have at least a 30% lower circulating vitamin C blood concentration than healthy adults. [Nutrition Reviews July 1996] Supplemental vitamin C helps to reduce fasting blood sugar levels and long-term blood sugar levels (hemoglobin A1c) and normalizes vitamin C levels which are typically low among diabetics.
- VITAMIN D: In a 6-month study, 4000 units of vitamin D given to 30 diabetic patients significantly reduced their insulin levels and long-term blood sugar control (hemoglobin A1c).
In summary, whole food supplements and minerals are absolutely essential to blood sugar health and insulin sensitivity. In addition to Juice Plus+, rather than taking single minerals, you may want to take a single supplement with various minerals in it. There are several high quality formulas available: Dr. Dave’s Magic Minerals and Jarrow Formula’s Mineral Balance.
While many herbals supplements may help control diabetic blood sugar,
4 Stand Out and Should be Considered:
- RESVERATROL: In a study of adults with diabetes and fatty liver disease, resveratrol supplementation reduced insulin resistance, blood sugar (glucose) and lowered abnormally elevated liver enzymes. [Digestion Liver Disease March 2015] However, regular resveratrol has a very low rate of absorption in the body—75% of it leaves through urine and feces. Whatever does get absorbed only stays around in your body for a few minutes. Some of the better brands are:
- Resveratrol 100 by Jarrow is 100 percent trans resveratrol.
- Juice Plus+ Vineyard Blend is a whole food supplement.
- PolyResveratrol by Thorne Research contains pure resveratrol, along with ingredients that sweep away free radicals.
- NOW Foods Natural Resveratrol (GMP) Good Manufacturing Practice regulations promulgated facility.
- CINNAMON: Dosage may control effectiveness. A 40-day study of adult diabetics showed that 1000 mg, 3000 mg or 6000 mg of cinnamon reduced fasting serum glucose 18-29%, triglycerides 23-30% and LDL cholesterol 7-27% and total cholesterol 12-26% (effective as statin drugs). [Diabetes Care Dec 2003]
- BOSWELLIA: A dose as low as 400 mg has been found to be effective in humans. [Jundishapur Journal Natural Pharmaceutical Products 2012]
- GYMNEMA SYLVESTRE: A 400 mg dose of Gymnema was shown to reduce blood sugar readings and 5 of 22 subjects were able to discontinue using their drugs. [Journal Ethnopharmacology Oct 1990]
The above supplement regimen works very well for most Type 2 diabetics. But please, if you are working with a doctor or another health care provider, let them know what you are doing. It’s best to have their support and supervision.
That’s because the supplements might reduce your blood sugar levels too quickly. Although reducing your blood sugar levels is exactly what you want to do, reducing it too quickly or by too much will cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or unsafe blood sugar swings. And we don’t want that. Work closely with your doctor and keep track of your blood glucose levels.
If you are on medication, the goal one day is to get off them and just rely on a healthy diet and exercise (and supplements if they are appropriate for you).
Let me remind you again, as you eat better, take healthy supplements, and exercise, your blood sugar will come down naturally. But this also means it could come down even further if you take medication, including insulin. So be careful, because drugs and supplements both lower blood sugar.
A sensible approach to using supplements is to try one new supplement every few weeks. That way, you can see what kind of effect it has on your blood sugar and your general health. If you do well with it, bring in a new supplement at that point. Pace yourself. Another reason not to hurry is that if you add two or three supplements at once and begin to experience a side effect, such as stomach upset, you won’t know which supplement to blame. Also, bringing in two or three supplements at once could cause a dangerous hypoglycemic reaction.
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