Diabetes, Part I

Diabetes mellitus comes from the Greek words which translates to “siphon” and “sweet”. Many years ago, before the development of blood glucose tests, physicians would taste the urine of symptomatic patients to diagnose diabetes. If diabetic, the patient’s body would spill glucose into the urine giving it the signature sweet taste from which its name comes.

There are two types of diabetes: type I diabetes, also known as insulin dependant diabetes and type II diabetes which is also called non-insulin dependant diabetes. Because it is now common practice to place type II diabetics on insulin the “insulin dependant” and “non-insulin dependant” terminology has become outdated and should not be used. In this section we will discuss type II diabetes, the current medications for its treatment and the natural alternatives to these medications.

The most common symptoms that diabetics will first present with include increased hunger, increased thirst and increased urination. All of these symptoms occur because the glucose that floats through the blood is not being taken into the cells of the body where it can be properly used for metabolism. This excess glucose then causes various symptoms such as those described above.

Although type II diabetes can run in families, genetics only comes into play when someone has a poor lifestyle. If you have close family members who have been diagnosed with diabetes, this does not mean that you will absolutely develop diabetes. Research into a group of Mexican natives called the Pima Indians has shed some light on this issue. Pima people who live in a rustic manner, planting and gathering their own food while keeping active in everyday chores live almost entirely free of diabetes and obesity. The Pimas who move to Arizona and adopt the Standard American Diet have an extremely high incidence of obesity and almost 70% are diabetic. See our article on the Pimas in our Learning Center for more details. In the majority of the population, diabetes is related to lifesyle, while genetics only play a supportive role.

So, what makes diabetes such a dangerous condition? Diabetes is a condition that magnifies and potentiates every other condition from heart disease to aging. This means that when you develop diabetes, you age at an alarming rate which speeds the rate at which you develop heart disease, nerve damage, obesity, eye degeneration, etc. Pre-diabetes and diabetes are the leading cause of elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. If we could erradicated pre-diabetes and diabetes, we would likely put many drug companies out of business who sell blood pressure and cholesterol medications.

So what is the secret to curing diabetes? To understand this, not so magical secret, let’s take a step over to our common sense corner. Diabetes is diagnosed when blood sugar is elevated to a certain point for a period of time. Although diabetes is a complicated condition that is characterized by a severe imbalance in a number of hormones and enzymes, when all is said and done it comes down to too much sugar in the blood. Thus, it doesn’t take much thinking effort to realize that we need to decrease the amount of sugar that enters or stays in the blood. There are two ways to achieve this: first, decrease the amount of sugar that enters our system through carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, rice, cake, candy, etc. Cut the carbs! Second, by burning up the sugar that is stored in our system through activity and exercise. If we do this, eighty percent of the battle is won.

Notice that medications did not make the list for a diabetes cure. Not only do medications not cure diabetes, they may actually speed your path to the grave. Unfortunately, I can not explain why this is the case without first giving you a little scientific background about sugar metabolism. Insulin is a hormone produced by the body which carries sugar into the cells. Without insulin, sugar could not enter the cell and the cells would die from lack of fuel. Insulin is designed to be produced in small amounts within the body and is quickly cleared from the blood as sugar levels go back to normal. In an ideal world, we would eat a little bit of sugar and a little bit of insulin would be produced in response. This happens naturally when we eat “natural” foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Nobody ever developed diabetes by eating fruits and vegetables? Whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and ture whole grains are mostly fiber and water and naturally low in carbohydrates. When a grain is refined, the fiber is removed leaving the calorie dense material. This calorie dense material is then ground into a fine powder and baked with sugar and oil to produce baked goods, cereals and breads. This process leaves a tasty product that contains tons of calories and is nearly devoid of nutrients. diabetes occurs when sugar enters your blood at a rate that is higher than your body can handle. When sugar spikes in the blood, a hormone called insulin spikes as well and carries the sugar into the cell. After a certain point, the cell can not handle the sugar load and then causes

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