Type 2 Diabetes
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What is diabetes2 and what causes it?
It is a chronic disease affecting the pancreas. The patient’s pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. This results in abnormal levels of blood sugar. The most common symptom is abnormally high levels of blood sugar. Maintaining a healthy diet, physical activities, and medications help to manage the condition.
Root causes of diabetes 2- Inflammation
There are several reasons I wanted to publish an article on Type 2 Diabetes. I once had a friend who was suffering from this disease, he was the kind of guy who loved beer, really did not maintain a proper diet, and had to be rushed to the hospital on several occasions.
The other reason was I was just looking at the statistics of people suffering from this disease, and they are staggering.
New Cases of Diabetes in Adults and Children. In 2015, an estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed among U.S. adults aged 18 years or older. This includes approximately 193,000 children and adolescents younger than age 20 years.
I was unable to find any data on the cases of diabetes in more recent years, but I am sure they have risen. That is sad.
The Root Cause of Diabetes:
It may be hard to believe, but when you prick your finger with a meter and see a blood sugar reading of let’s say 250, it’s NOT because you have diabetes! Some people can walk around with blood sugar as high as 300 without having diabetes. How is this possible? It all comes down to a single word: INFLAMMATION.
On an Empty Stomach: The Normal range for a person without diabetes is: 70–99 mg/dl (3.9–5.5 mmol/L)
For someone with diabetes: 80–130 mg/dl (4.4–7.2 mmol/L)
Two hours after meals the Normal range for a person without diabetes is less than 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L)
For someone with diabetes: Less than 180 mg/dl (10.0 mmol/L)
Do diabetics have higher rates of heart disease, heart attacks, cancer, high cholesterol, blindness, arthritis, and neuropathy? Inflammation.
Just recently; in February 2015, Scientists and researchers at the University of California San Diego proved that type 2 diabetes is caused by inflammation: they discovered that an inflammatory molecule called LTB4 causes insulin resistance. And what does insulin resistance lead to? high blood sugar and diabetes.
This is the reason why treating your blood sugar with drugs and injecting insulin to combat insulin sensitivity will never heal your diabetes; because you aren’t treating the root cause of diabetes, just the symptoms of it.
If we treat the symptoms of a condition, rather than the causes of the condition, we can be stuck treating them forever. Wouldn’t it be wiser to treat the causes of diabetes rather than the symptoms? The groundbreaking information you will receive targets the causes of diabetes, which is why people see results so quickly, get off their medication, and end the need for insulin.
Or another example. Let’s say you broke your leg. What are the symptoms? Bleeding and lots of pain. If you take painkillers and wrap your leg in a bandage to stop the bleeding, have you fixed your broken leg? No, you simply treated the symptoms. You still have a problem – the broken leg.
So how does this compare to diabetes? Exactly the same. What are the symptoms of diabetes? High blood sugar and insulin resistance. What do doctors prescribe? Pills to lower blood sugar and insulin to help with insulin resistance. Have you actually done anything to treat diabetes itself? No. You have simply treated the SYMPTOMS of it. So again, you are still sick, you still have a problem, but now you feel a little better.
When you get sick, your body shows symptoms. Should you treat the underlying disease and not the symptoms?
Imagine a car. Something is wrong with the engine. A red warning light turns on – a symptom of a faulty engine. What would you do? Treat the red warning light or the actual engine? Being an automotive technician, I have seen many people put black tape to cover that engine light.
Modern medical and pharmaceutical companies treat the red warning light. Type 2 diabetes is inflammation, which causes resistance to insulin and therefore raises your blood sugar levels. What happens if we treat the cause of the inflammation?
Diabetes Drugs Are Extremely Dangerous: Not only are diabetes drugs ineffective at attacking the root cause of your diabetes, but they are also extremely dangerous too. Over 100,000 people die every single year from drugs properly prescribed by their doctor. Not only could your diabetes kill you, but the drugs you are taking could take you down any day too.
Diabetes drugs artificially adjust your blood sugar, they don’t do anything to address the root cause of your disease. They are only made to ‘treat’ and ‘manage’. So you still live with the constant daily threat of heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure, limb amputations, dementia, hypertension, nerve system disease, high cholesterol, depression, coma, and blindness.
Always check with your Doctor.
The following are findings by Scientists and Researchers. Once again please be cautious, for what I am going to tell you are the natural sources provided by, “Mother Nature”.
1. Fig Leaves
Fig leaves are best known for treating diabetes, but there are many other uses for fig leaves. There are many homemade remedies from treating diabetes to treating bronchitis, genital warts, liver cirrhosis, high blood pressure, skin problems, and ulcers. Fig leaves are not used as much as they should be. Most of the remedies for the fig leaves use the sap or the milk of the sacred tree. Fig tinctures or poultices should be used immediately and fresh batches made daily.
The big news with the use of fig leaves is that they have anti-diabetic properties. A diabetic needs less insulin when on the treatment of using the fig leaf extract. The diabetic should take the extract with breakfast, first thing in the morning. An additional remedy is to boil the leaves of the fig in some freshly filtered water and drink this as tea. Read the whole article on fig leaves and diabetes:
2. Black Seed
Black seed, also known as Nigella Sativa is a cure for all diseases, except death, and is considered to be a miraculous cure. It has been used for everything from acne to pancreatic cancers and doctors are raving about the results. Read about this remedy that has been used for over 2000 years.
For seven days take 6 teaspoons of the oil. Take the oil three different times of the day. Then take 2 teaspoons in the morning and 2 in the evening for 4 days. Followed by taking 2 teaspoons of the oil for two days. Take plenty of water in the morning and rub the oil all over the body for 10 days. You must mix the oil with fruit juice. Repeat this treatment if you do not see any improvement.
Another remedy for the treatment of diabetes is to take a one-half cup of the seeds that have been heated a half cup of watercress seeds (mustard seeds can be substituted) and a 1/4 cup of ground pomegranate peel. Place these all in a blender and pulse well to a fine powder. Add in 1/8 cup of fumitory, ( Fumitory is a low shrub with gray pointed leaves, and from a distance, the plant can have the wispy appearance of smoke.
Because of this, it received the name “earth smoke.” The parts of the plant that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.) Each day take one teaspoon of the ground powder and one teaspoon of the oil, one hour before you eat. Do this for at least one month.
Take 5-30 grams with each meal or up to 90 grams once a day. Do not take more than 100 grams as it will cause an upset stomach and make a person nauseated. Fenugreek cannot be taken at the same time as other medicines. You must wait at least one hour and preferably two before taking fenugreek. Diarrhea and gas are common side effects of fenugreek.
Warnings about taking fenugreek:
If you notice these side effects stop taking fenugreek right away: difficulty in breathing, tightness in the chest, rash, swollen and itchy skin. Also, if you are pregnant, consult your physician before taking fenugreek.
Cinnamon has long been reported as a good source for the treatment of diabetes, due to a study done in 2003 by Khan and associates. 60 people were tested in the group and one-third of the group was given a placebo. The end results were very impressive and the overall health of the group was increased with glucose down 18 percent; LDL cholesterol and triglycerides also showed reduced levels. Everyone was excited and the word of using cinnamon spread.
According to Cancer Tutor.com, “At least 1/2 teaspoon a day, which is critical to “soften” the cell membranes. Cinnamon mimics insulin, thus it may lower your need for insulin immediately.”
5. Grapeseed Extract
A grape seed extract has been proven to improve the conditions associated with this disease. Grape seed performed greatly in studies conducted in 2006 in Toyama Japan, in 2009 in Romania, and also in Portsmouth UK. Grapeseed was successful in protecting the liver cells and setting up defense mechanisms against reactive oxygen species produced by hyperglycemic conditions.
The grape seed comes in capsules of 50-100mg. It is usually suggested to take 50mg per 50 lbs. of weight, not to exceed 300 mg per day. Whole grape seeds are the best alternative, which need to be ground and placed in vegetarian capsules. Taking 3 capsules a day is enough. The time of day does not matter.
6. Olive Oil
The Department of Health Sciences of the University of Jaen is researching the correlation between preventing diabetes, and the consumption of olive oil. Through research, they have found that an oil-rich diet may prevent diabetes. By using olive oil, you can reduce your blood levels including LDL and triglycerides.
By olive oil reducing cholesterol levels, you can prevent such diseases as cardiovascular, atherosclerosis, and diabetes. Prevention of diabetes begins with weight management and proper diet. The Mediterranean diet has been shown beneficial in the treatment of diabetes by using olive oil, which is monounsaturated instead of saturated fats.
Before sleeping drink 1/4 cup of olive oil. If you prefer to use lecithin, mix one tablespoon of lecithin with one tablespoon of olive oil. Keep in mind that one cup of olive oil has 2000 calories. Just because it is healthy does not mean a person can ignore the calorie intake.
To learn how olive oil cures over 60 diseases, read this article:
7. Bitter Melon
Researchers have proven that bitter melon works great in the treatment of diabetes. It contains insulin-like properties that help in the lowering of blood and urine levels. It is suggested to be used frequently.
The bitter melon should be juiced and then taken on an empty stomach before eating first thing in the morning. The seeds may be ground to a powder and eaten as well. You can also, make tea from the bitter melon.
Researchers have found that using 100-600 mg of vitamin C daily can cause you to normalize your sugar levels, in as little as one month. Diabetics have a complication of too much sugar, sorbitol, in the body, which eventually leads to eye and nerve damage.
Home Made Remedies
It should be noted that there are no case studies about these home remedies, only people testifying to their personal success.
Take one avocado seed and grill the seed. Slice the seed into several chunks. Add this to a pot of water and bring to a boil, wait till the water turns brown. Strain the water mixture and drink when cool. Expect to see results within two weeks.
Take one apple and cut it into chunks. Place the apple in a pan with 4 cups of water bring it to a boil and cook until the water is reduced in half. Drink this morning and night. It is expected to show relief within two months.
Diabetes does not have to be a life-threatening disease. It is possible and probable with natural remedies to allow the patient to live a normal and healthy life.
Cunningham JJ et al. Vitamin C: an aldose reductase inhibitor that normalizes erythrocyte sorbitol in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. J Am Coll Nutr. 1994 Aug. 13; 4: 344-5.
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Diabetes is a life-long disease that affects the way your body handles glucose, a kind of sugar, in your blood.
Most people with the condition have type 2. There are about 27 million people in the U.S. with it. Another 86 million have prediabetes: Their blood glucose is not normal, but not high enough to be diabetes yet.
What Causes Diabetes?
Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin. It’s what lets your cells turn glucose from the food you eat into energy. People with type 2 diabetes make insulin, but their cells don’t use it as well as they should. Doctors call this insulin resistance.
At first, the pancreas makes more insulin to try to get glucose into the cells. But eventually, it can’t keep up, and the sugar builds up in your blood instead.
Usually, a combination of things causes type 2 diabetes, including:
Genes. Scientists have found different bits of DNA that affect how your body makes insulin.
Extra weight. Being overweight or obese can cause insulin resistance, especially if you carry your extra pounds around the middle. Now type 2 diabetes affects kids and teens as well as adults, mainly because of childhood obesity.
No doubt: Water is the perfect drink. It doesn’t have calories, sugar, or carbs, and it’s as close as a tap. If you’re after something tastier, though, you’ve got options.
1. Chocolate Milk
This treat may remind you of the school lunchroom, but it’s a good calcium-rich choice for grown-ups as well. Low-fat chocolate milk can be a good post-workout recovery drink. The bad news: Ready-made brands come packed with sugar. Try this at home: Mix 1% milk, 3 teaspoons of cocoa powder, and 2 tablespoons of the zero-calorie sweetener of your choice. It saves you 70 calories, 16 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of fat compared to 1 cup of store-bought, reduced-fat chocolate milk.
2. Sweet Tea:
A 16-ounce fast-food version might have up to 36 grams of carbs. That’s a lot of sugar, especially when there are carb-free choices, like sugar-free iced tea or iced tea crystals, that are just as satisfying. But you can also easily make your own: Steep tea with your favorite crushed fruit (raspberries are a good choice). Strain, chill, and then sweeten with your choice of no-calorie sugar substitute. That’s a tall glass of refreshment.
3. Orange Juice:
OJ tastes good, but with 26 grams of carbs in one cup, you’re a lot better off eating a whole orange instead. The fiber will help keep you full. If you really want to drink it, try an orange-flavored light fruit drink. Look for a brand with 3 grams of carbs, 15 calories, and 100% of your daily vitamin C.
4. Chai Latte:
It’s sweet, spicy, fragrant, and creamy. What’s not to love? The typical coffeehouse version packs a whopping 33 grams of carbs. But you can easily make one that’s a lot lighter. Steep one or two chai tea bags in a cup of unsweetened almond milk, and spice it up with cinnamon and black pepper for an extra flavor kick. That’s a warm treat with less than 1 gram of carbs.
Nothing says summer like this drink. But 16 ounces of a popular brand served at restaurants give you 60 grams of carbs. Your best bet is to make lemonade at home. Mix water, fresh-squeezed lemons, zero-calorie sweetener, and ice for a truly refreshing beverage without a single carb or calorie insight.
6. Hot Chocolate:
It’s the ultimate in decadent drinks. Coffeehouse-style versions of this classic are packed with carbs. A typical medium hot chocolate made with low-fat milk has 60 grams. Good news: You can make your own satisfying mug for less than half that. Mix 1 cup of low-fat milk with 2 squares of 70% dark chocolate, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and a little cinnamon. Melt in a saucepan, and enjoy it for only 23 grams of carbs.
7. Apple Cider:
Few things beat a hot, fragrant cup of this when there’s a chill in the air and the leaves are turning colors. And though it may be farm-fresh, the cider packs the same amount of carbs per serving as plain-old apple juice — 26 grams per cup. Instead, choose a light apple juice cocktail, and you’ll cut the carbs and calories in half.
8. Energy Drinks:
These pack plenty of caffeine per ounce, so depending on how much you drink, you could be guzzling way more than you realize. That’s a problem since caffeine can raise your blood pressure and heart rate. Still, want a jolt? Pick a sugar-free drink, and limit your total caffeine to no more than 400 milligrams over the course of a day.
9. Fruit Smoothie:
It seems like a healthy choice, but store-bought versions almost always include a lot of carbs and sugar. One 12-ounce mango-flavored smoothie from a popular chain, for example, has 58.5 grams of carbs. That’s equal to an apple and a sandwich combined. Substitute a homemade berry smoothie, with half a cup each of blueberries, strawberries, and banana. Blend with some ice and enjoy for about half the amount of carbs.
10. Ginger Ale:
A 20-ounce bottle can have 60 grams of carbs. You can have more of the zesty flavor with none of the sugar or carbs by adding a spoonful of finely grated ginger to a glass of seltzer water. Add a bit of your favorite zero-calorie sugar substitute, and enjoy it.
11. Café Mocha:
Chocolate and coffee are a great pairing. The bittersweet flavor combo makes it a popular coffeehouse drink. But some have more than 300 calories and 40 grams of carbs, so it’s not your best choice. Instead, make your mocha by mixing 1 cup of brewed coffee with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of low-fat milk, and a little of your favorite zero-calorie sugar substitute. You’ll save more than 300 calories, 40 grams of carbs, and 14 grams of fat.
There comes a time when I have to take into consideration, and like myself, if all these medications that have been prescribed to me by a Doctor are actually working. I take medication for depression and anxiety disorder. I have been on several combinations for over twenty years. It is only recently that I have decided to research these medications. The side effects are so out of this world, it is pretty darn scary. My anti-depression medication may cause suicidal thoughts, well that’s not so good. My anxiety medications may cause, yes, unfortunately, loss of sex drive, it could cause depression, blood disorders, enlarged liver and so much more.
There is a slight problem if you decide to stop taking these medications. Seizures, trembling, heart attack. Oh my gosh, “Houston, I have a problem”. I have to taper these drugs down. Wean me off them.
Please ask your Pharmacist, or go on the Internet and find out what it is you are taking. I also ask you to please see a Doctor first and then decide on your plan of action. Thank you and take care of yourselves.
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