Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disorder of carbohydrate metabolism characterized by high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and excess glucose in the urine (glycosuria). Diabetes can occur either when the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin – or when the cells of the body become resistant to insulin, preventing blood sugar (glucose) from entering the cells – leading to serious complications, such as greatly increased risks for heart disease, stroke, gangrene, kidney disease, loss of sight (retinopathy), and loss of nerve function (neuropathy).
Classic symptoms of diabetes include excessive urination, excessive thirst, and excessive appetite. Other symptoms may also be present, such as boils and carbuncles, vascular changes, and a sweet (acetone) odour of the breath.
Diabetes is divided into two major types. Type I, or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM, has its onset before the age of 25 and is related to insulin deficiency. It is believed to be an autoimmune disorder that destroys the beta cells of the pancreas (those which secrete insulin). In other words, the body has become allergic to its own pancreas cells.
Type II, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) is much more common than type I. In type II the pancreas typically overproduces insulin but the cells of the body have become resistant to it. There are a number of factors contributing to cellular resistance to insulin, and one of them may sometimes be allergy to insulin itself. Most cases of type II diabetes can be controlled by diet and supplements.
Complications of diabetes include acidosis due to excess production of ketone bodies; low resistance to infections, especially those in the extremities; toxemia of pregnancy; cardiovascular and kidney disorders; disturbances in electrolyte balance. Diabetics are prone to develop retinopathy, glaucoma, and neuropathy. Cardiovascular disease is the major cause of death in diabetics. In addition, peripheral vascular disease may lead to ischemia (reduced blood flow) and gangrene of the lower limbs.
The ideal diet for both forms of diabetes is to eat as few processed foods as possible, to have frequent small meals throughout the day, to increase dietary fibre (e.g., vegetables, whole grains, fresh fruits), to restrict total fat intake, to use mono-unsaturates (e.g., olive oil) over other dietary fats, and to avoid all foods with a high glycemic index (i.e., the measure of a food to raise blood glucose).
A diet that is high in fats tends to obstruct the cell’s ability to receive glucose, but monounsaturated fats (in moderation) seem to have a protective and normalizing effect on cellular membranes. Thus it wise to consume two tablespoonsful of olive oil daily and to restrict as much as possible all other fats in the diet.
Insulin Resistance Formula: The following is an example of a nutritional support formula for reducing insulin resistance. Quantities suggested are for daily intake, to be taken in divided amounts with meals:
Magnesium 220 mg.
Trimethylglycine 330 mg.
Blueberry leaves 440 mg.
Zinc 33 mg.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid 220 mg
Chromium GTF 220 mcg.
Vanadium 300 mcg.
See also the chapter, “Diabetes”, in NUTRITIONAL SOLUTIONS FOR 88 CONDITIONS (available at Amazon.com)
Example of arterial cleansing formula: https://vitamost.club/products/rtre-cardiovascular-nutrition
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