Type II Diabetes is self inflicted through diet and lifestyle. This means that you can treat it quite simply by improving your diet and lifestyle! LA Times Reports on Patients Eliminating Diabetes Meds Through Diet, Exercise
Diabetes is NOT a blood sugar disease like you may have been led to believe. It’s a disease caused by insulin resistance and faulty leptin signaling, both of which are regulated through your diet.
When your blood sugar becomes elevated it is a signal for insulin to be released to direct extra energy into storage. A small amount is stored as starch called glycogen in your body, but the majority is stored as your main energy supply – fat. Thus, in this regard insulin’s major role is not to lower sugar, but to take the extra energy and store it for future times of need.
Insulin lowers your blood sugar as a side effect of directing the extra energy into storage.
Treatments that concentrate merely on lowering blood sugar while raising insulin levels can actually worsen rather than remedy the actual problem of metabolic mis-communication. It just trades one evil for another. Loosing some extra pounds, on the other hand, is a sure step towards reversing diabetes.
Leptin, a relatively recently discovered hormone produced by fat, tells your body and brain how much energy it has, whether it needs more (saying “be hungry”), whether it should get rid of some (and stop being hungry) and importantly what to do with the energy it has (reproduce, regulate cellular repair, or not).
In fact, the two most important organs that may determine whether you become (type 2, insulin resistant) diabetic or not are your liver and your brain. It is their ability to listen to leptin that will determine this. This means that it is very important to detoxify to aid the liver.
In early stages of Type II Diabetes insulin is produced but the cells are unable to use it properly as they are resistant to the signaling of the insulin. Cause of insulin resistance is the breakdown in communication between insulin, which is a chemical messanger and the receiver of the signal called GLUT-4 transporters. GLUT-4 transport glucose inside the cell. If there’s no message, sugar doesn’t go into the cell and stays in the blood. This means that pancreas has to produce more insulin and thus “knock louder” on the cell walls. Normally, insulin production is about 31 units per day. In insulin resistant diabetes the pancreas produces about 114 units of insulin a day, which makes it overworked. As pancreas wears out, Type II Diabetes becomes advanced. Eventually, when beta cells in the pancreas is burned out, it can no longer produce insulin thus leading to a Type I Diabetes (Insulin Dependent Diabetes)
High glycemic foods
High GI foods: sugar, flour, white rice, honey, maple syrup, alcohol, potatoes, cooked root vegetables (carrot, squash, pumpkin, yam, parsnip, sweed), most fruits (bananas, apricots, peaches, grapes, mangoes, pineapples, kiwi, pear, papaya, dates, figs, dried fruit)
Eliminate High Glycemic Index foods that your body will react to by creating insulin, which includes all types of sugars and refined carbohydrates. This means avoiding all breads, pasta, cereals, rice, potatoes, and corn. You may even need to avoid fruits high in sugar such as bananas until your blood sugar is under control.
High in Fibre: Nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables, pulses, whole grains.
Fibre is part of the plant that can’t be digested.
Water soluble fibre delays the pace at which food is passed through the stomach and therefore slows down the rate of glucose absorption into the blood stream.
Diets rich in fat block utilisation of insulin. High fat diets cause liver stagnation. This causes spleen-pancreas imbalance and makes insulin secretion less effective.
Exercise acts like taking an insulin shot as by burning up energy it lowers blood sugar level. It also improves circulation, which tends to be poor in diabetics.
Diabetes often involves acidic blood and general toxicity. This is why it is important to avoid highly acidic foods such as coffee, sugar, alcohol, too much red meat, refined grains, dairy.
High in Chlorophyll: green vegetables, especially raw leafy greens like spinach, wheat grass juice, spirulina, chlorella
Chlorophyll has an alkalising, detoxifying as well as anti-inflammatory effect. It will also maximise utilisation of chromium, zinc, magnesium and other minerals.
Good Source: evening primrose oil, spirulina
Gamma Linoleic Acid regulates insulin. Delta 6, which is necessary to convert linoleic acid into GLA is inhibited in diabetics.
Experiencing stress is associated with the release of hormones that lead to energy mobilization – known as the ‘fight or flight’ response. Key to this energy mobilization is the transport of glucose into the bloodstream, resulting in elevated glucose levels, which is a health threat for people with diabetes.
Jerusalem artichoke –high in inulin
Cabbage– lowers blood glucose level
Cucumber –helps pancreas to produce insulin
Celery– calms nervous system, balances Ph
Garlic– anti-diabetic, antibiotic
|Vegetables (especially green leafy veg)||Flour (breads, pasta, cakes, biscuits)|
|Water (2L a day)||White rice|
|Flax Seed Oil||Potato|
|Nuts and seeds||High GI Fruit|
|Low GI Fruits (apples, berries, pomegranate, grapefruit, lemons, lime)||Saturated Fat|
|Whole grains (quinoa, millet, brown rice)||Margarine|
|Small, frequent meals||Alcohol|
|Late night eating|