WORSE Than a Diabetes Diagnosis...
by Joseph Mercola: Russian
Invention Blasts Away Excess Belly Pounds Twice as Fast...
More than 25
million people in the U.S. suffer from diabetes. Most have type
2 diabetes, which usually develops later in life. But type 2 diabetes
can be reversed.
what some of us have known
for a long time now – by making changes such as adding exercise
and improving their diets, many type 2 diabetics can drop their
glucose or sugar numbers back to the normal range, reversing their
caused when your body isn't making enough insulin, or it can't properly
use the insulin it is producing. As a result of this, too much sugar
stays in the blood, which can cause serious problems.
who carry excess weight, especially in their midsection, are more
likely to develop type 2 diabetes because the fat in their tissues
causes an imbalance of insulin in the body. The condition is called
insulin resistance. If they can eliminate that fat by exercising
and limiting carbohydrates and alcohol, then many can drop their
glucose levels. And for some, they can drop them back into the normal
January 28, 2011
I've been educating
readers on how to reverse type 2 diabetes for years now, and conventional
media has finally caught up with this rare report. The conventional
drug treatment for this disease has done nothing but exacerbate
the problem, and a large portion of the standard diabetes recommendations
are downright disastrous. Together, drugs
and improper dietary advice has caused diabetics to die prematurely.
Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011 from the US Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), type 1 and 2 diabetes now affects 25.8
million people, or 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. That number
skyrockets in older age groups: nearly 27 percent of American seniors
had diabetes in 2010. If you add in pre-diabetics
(insulin resistance), the number jumps to more than 1 in 4 Americans
across age groups!
1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that shuts down your body's
insulin production, type 2 diabetes is directly caused by an unhealthy
lifestyle. Type 1 diabetics do need to inject insulin several
times a day to stay alive, but type 2 diabetics do NOT need drugs.
In fact, taking insulin if you're a type 2 diabetic is one of the
WORST things you can do. Any physician recommending insulin regularly
for type 2 diabetes suffers from profound ignorance of insulin physiology.
Will Make You or Break You, Especially if You're Diabetic
Type 2 diabetics
need to address the root of the problem, which is insulin
resistance – caused by faulty leptin and insulin signaling, which
is directly attributable to incorrect diet and lack of exercise.
This is one
of the very few conventional media reports I've seen that actually
gets it right, and doesn't advocate some sort of flawed dietary
advice. The subject of their story, Jonathan Lugg, did exactly what
needed to be done. He cut out most of the sugar and carbs from his
diet (including alcohol, which also equates to sugar), and increased
his protein intake, along with regular exercise.
Why does this
combination corrects and restores your body's insulin/leptin signaling.
For the last
50 years or so, Americans have followed the dietary recommendations
of a high complex carbohydrate, low saturated fat diet – the exact
opposite of what actually works! High complex carbohydrates
include legumes, potatoes, corn, rice and grain products. Aside
from legumes, you actually want to AVOID all the rest to prevent
wisdom" also states that table sugar
is okay for diabetics, as long as you readjust your medications
to compensate appropriately. And using toxic artificial
sweeteners like aspartame in lieu of sugar also gets the green
light, despite the evidence showing it rapidly stimulates the release
of insulin and leptin (which diabetics need to avoid), and actually
lead to greater weight gain than sugar...
industry lobbying and various conflicts of interest have a lot to
do with why diabetics have been given such flawed advice for so
the mechanics of insulin resistance and the role of leptin and insulin
before, but let's review it again.
is a hormone produced in your fat cells. One of leptin's
primary roles is regulating your appetite and body weight.
It tells your brain when to eat, how much to eat, and most importantly,
when to stop eating. And leptin tells your brain what to do with
the energy it has. Leptin is largely responsible for the accuracy
of insulin signaling and whether or not you become insulin resistant.
– Sugars and grains (complex carbs) raise your blood sugar. When
this happens, insulin is released to direct the extra energy into
storage. A small amount is stored as a starch called glycogen,
but the majority is stored as your main energy supply – fat. Insulin's
major role is not to lower your blood sugar, but rather
to store the extra energy for future times of need. Insulin’s
effect of lowering your blood sugar is merely a “side effect”
of this energy storage process.
As you can
see, these two hormones work in tandem, creating either a vicious
cycle or a health-promoting circle, depending on what you eat.
If you consume
loads of sugars and grains, your blood sugar spikes will lead to
increased insulin, which leads to increased fat storage. The extra
fat then produces more leptin. The problem arises when your leptin
levels become chronically elevated. At this point, you become leptin
resistant – your body can no longer "hear" the hormonal signals
telling your brain you're full and should stop eating.
As your fat
stores increase, your weight goes up, and insulin resistance sets
in. Now your body has become "deaf" to the signals from both hormones
(leptin and insulin), and disease follows; one of which is diabetes.
Diabetes Treatment is All Wrong
described above explains why diabetes treatments concentrating merely
on lowering blood sugar can actually worsen, rather than remedy
the actual problem of metabolic miscommunication. This is also why
taking insulin is one of the WORST things you can do for type 2
diabetes, since it will actually worsen your insulin and leptin
resistance over time.
The only known
way to reestablish proper leptin (and insulin) signaling is through
a well-known risk factor for a number of other serious diseases,
including heart attack and stroke, for which additional drug therapy
is typically prescribed. However, four
different studies published last year concluded these drug therapies
are useless at best and dangerous at worst.
- Using antihypertensives
to lower systolic blood pressure does nothing to lower a diabetic's
risk of heart complications
get no health benefit from adding a drug to raise HDL "good" cholesterol
levels if they’re already taking a statin to lower their LDL cholesterol
- There were
no heart benefits associated with two different drugs given to
lower high blood sugar levels
accumulating that diabetics may actually be worse off when treated
with a number of diabetes medications. Again, the take-home message
is that those with diabetes need to address their lifestyle. Losing
excess weight, increasing activity levels, and improving nutrition
will lead to better control of diabetes and lower your risk of associated
diseases such as heart disease.
Top 10 Guidelines
for Preventing and Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
simple guidelines can help you do at least three things that are
essential for successfully treating diabetes: recover your insulin/leptin
sensitivity; help normalize your weight; and naturally
normalize your blood pressure:
limit or eliminate grains and sugar from your diet, especially
which is far more detrimental than any other type of sugar.
This is extremely important! Drinking just one sweetened
drink a day can raise your diabetes risk by 25 percent compared
to drinking one sugary drink per month, so you really need to
evaluate your diet and look for hidden sources of sugar.
most processed foods of all kinds as they are loaded with fructose.
You may even need to avoid
fruits until your blood sugar is under control.
nutritional type diet will help you do this without much fuss.
I now offer the entire online nutritional
typing test for free, which makes it even easier.
to realize that while nearly all type 2 diabetics need to swap
out their grains for other foods, some will benefit from using
protein for the substitution, while others will benefit from
using more vegetable-only carbohydrates. Therefore, along with
reducing grains and sugars, determining your nutritional type
will give you some insight into what foods you should use to
is an absolutely essential factor, without which you're highly
unlikely to get this devastating disease under control. It is
clearly one of the most potent ways to lower your insulin and
leptin resistance. Make sure to incorporate
high-intensity sprint-type exercises. These types of exercises
boost fat loss, promote muscle building, and make your body produce
human growth hormone (HGH) naturally. Typically, you'll need large
amounts of exercise until you get your blood sugar levels under
control. You may need up to an hour or two a day. Naturally, you'll
want to gradually work your way up to that amount, based on your
current level of fitness.
trans fats as they will actually worsen insulin resistance.
saturated fats, such as grass-fed organic meat, raw dairy
products, avocados, and coconut oil. These saturated fats provide
a concentrated source of energy along with the building blocks
for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like
substances. When you eat healthy fats as part of your meal, they
slow down absorption so that you can go longer without feeling
hungry. In addition, they act as carriers for important fat-soluble
vitamins A, D, E and K.
more than a dozen different types of saturated
fat, but you predominantly consume only three: stearic acid,
palmitic acid and lauric acid. It’s already been well established
that stearic acid (found in cocoa and animal fat) has no effect
on your cholesterol levels at all, and actually gets converted
in your liver into the monounsaturated fat called oleic acid.
two, palmitic and lauric acid, do raise total cholesterol.
However, since they raise “good” cholesterol as much or more
than “bad” cholesterol, you’re still actually lowering your
risk of heart disease.
- Get plenty
fats from a high-quality, animal-based source.
your fasting insulin level. This is every bit as important
as your fasting blood sugar. You'll want your fasting insulin
level to be between 2 to 4. The higher your level, the worse your
insulin receptor sensitivity is. The recommendations mentioned
above are the key steps you need to achieve this reduction.
- Get enough
sleep every night.
your vitamin D levels. Maintaining your vitamin D levels around
6080 ng/ml can significantly help control your blood sugar.
recent studies have revealed that getting enough vitamin
D can also have a powerful effect on normalizing your blood
pressure, and reduces your risk of heart disease.
optimal vitamin D levels can also prevent
type 1 diabetes in your children if you are pregnant. It's
also vital for infants to receive the appropriate amounts of
vitamin D in their early years for the same reasons. Ideally,
you'll want to do this by exposing a large amount of your skin
amounts of sunshine (or a safe
tanning bed) on a regular basis, year-round. Your body can
safely create up to 20,000 units of vitamin D a day this way.
If neither of these options are available, you can use an oral
vitamin D3 supplement. Just remember to get your levels
tested regularly by a proficient lab to make sure you're
staying within the therapeutic range.
any underlying emotional issues and/or stress. Non-invasive tools
like the Emotional
Freedom Technique/Meridian Tapping Technique can be extremely
helpful and effective.
that nearly 100 percent of type 2 diabetics can be successfully
treated – eliminating the symptoms of diabetes, or the high risk
of developing health complications – if you are willing to implement
the lifestyle changes discussed above. And if you want to avoid
becoming another statistic, these same steps will help you to stay
healthy and diabetes-free.
2011 Dr. Joseph Mercola
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