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Type II Diabetes 

 Diabetes, articles, classes, causes, diet, natural treatment, prevention.

There are three basic types of diabetes: 1)  Gestational diabetes which occurs when a woman who previously was not a diabetic experiences high blood sugar levels during pregnancy and, more often than not, returns to normal blood sugar levels after the delivery of her child; 2)  Type I -  also known as juvenile diabetes;  and 3) Type II -  usually known as adult onset diabetes (Note, although called adult onset diabetes, Type 2 diabetes is beginning to develop in children at an alarming rate). This article will focus on Type II diabetes.

Diet can be beneficial.  I attended a lecture given by a man who claims to have helped people normalize their blood sugar by a specific diet alone, eliminating the need for insulin.   I have not seen that happen personally, but I know for me (I am not a diabetic, but do experience an imbalance in sugar levels from time to time) and others I have suggested the diet to, there was noticed a dramatic improvement be they hypoglycemic or diabetic.

I give lectures periodically on this diet (see schedule) which consists of eating a diet rich in fiber and eating proportionally less high glycemic (raises blood sugar) foods. Click here to get an outline of the diet which lists foods which are both high and low glycemic indexed and why they fall in each category.

The diet above, I believe, is wise for anyone.

As far as I know, all Type I diabetes stems from a weak or inefficiently working pancreas.  I have not worked with any Type I diabetics who no longer needs insulin.  I wouldn't be totally discouraged however, there are those in the natural health field who claim to have done miracles with Type I diabetes.  So I encourage you to search on.

But let me suggest that you put into your protocol GTF Chromium and use Stevia for a sweetener.  There are a lot of people who use saccharin or nutra-sweet for their sweetener, and I believe that is unwise. There is a good book, Aspartame (NutraSweet): Is it Safe? by H. J. Roberts, MD.  He cited studies that show Nutrasweet can actually cause diabetes (among other health problems).

Stevia actually nourishes the pancreas and, I believe, is the best sweetener for anyone.

With Type II diabetes, I have had people report remarkable results.  Cases in which, before I was in the natural health field, I would have believed impossible to achieve such normal levels.

I have known many who had their doctors recommend that they take less and less insulin (because of their blood sugar reports), until they no longer needed insulin.  Of course, do not do this on your own.  When you take these herbs, strictly monitor your sugar levels because of possible blood sugar drop.

I have found that the vast majority of people with Adult Onset Diabetes notice a dramatic improvement when addressing the liver's health.

This would be consistent with the Syndrome X theory where people who carry extra weight around the midsection become more likely to develop the adult-type diabetes.  The liver often, when weak, turns simple sugars into fat and stores it around the belly. (click here for other symptoms of a weak liver)

Most people do not get diabetes overnight.  Often their blood sugar is very low (hypoglycemia below 50 mg/dl) or have pre-diabetes (blood sugar of 100 to 125 mg/dl), although these numbers change from time to time.

During a class, I once tested a few people who never had signs of blood sugar problems.  Their blood sugar registered between 80 - 90 mg/dl even though they were instructed not to eat past midnight the previous day. Skipping breakfast, their readings stayed within those limits.  For the sake of this experiment, they pigged out on carbs and sweets--even drinking soda (which most typically did not do) and we took the blood sugar levels right after lunch and 3 times within the next 3 hours.  Again their blood sugar varied very little.

There are 3 organs/glands that are responsible for keeping blood sugar within normal ranges:   Adrenals; pancreas; and liver.

When you eat, the body absorbs blood sugar from the intestines, which goes to the liver.  The liver should retain part of that sugar, allowing the correct amount to get into the blood stream. 

If the sugar is too high in the blood stream, the adrenals should notify the pancreas that there is a need for insulin.  The pancreas produces insulin.  The function of insulin is to push sugar into the cells, muscles, and brain, or back to the liver to be stored or turned into fat. 

Between meals, when the blood sugar starts to drop, the adrenals should alert the liver to release some of the stored sugar or to break up fat to convert it back into sugar to keep the blood sugar from dropping too low.  Any one of those 3 organs/glands, not working at peak perfection, can cause a blood sugar imbalance. 

Most people I know who had Type II diabetes and got off insulin have done so after nourishing their liver.

A strong indication of whether your diabetes is caused by the liver is if your blood sugar is above 80 when you wake up in the morning.  The pancreas had all night to produce insulin and your levels should be low.  But if the liver, while detoxifying, releases sugar during the night, then your blood sugar could be elevated first thing in the morning.  This surge in sugar being released often wakens people out of a sleep.

If this is the case, I suggest taking Liver Cleanse Formula in aggressive amounts (increasing until you sleep the whole night through).  I would also follow the diet above.  In addition, I would add Omega 3 Oil (taken with a protein) and GTF Chromium.

When I was 17, the doctor told me I already had blood sugar problems.  This wasn't surprising, it really ran in the family with many of my relatives either blind or having lost a leg due to diabetes.  I had gestational blood sugar problems at 19 and 21 years of age while pregnant with my two children.  I, however, have nourished my liver and in 2008 at the age of almost 51 my blood sugar levels are better than at 17 - 21 years of age!

I also get a chance to share in the excitement when people report to me that their doctor deemed them as no longer needing insulin shots.  What the body can overcome is truly amazing when given the right nutrients.

I deeply believe no matter what type of diabetes -- Gestational, Type I or Type II -- that diet, along with nutritionally supporting the liver, adrenals and pancreas, has to be beneficial.

Copyright © 2010 Dr. Mary Reed Gates, CNHP, MH, ND, Lancaster, PA