WHAT IS THE CAUSE AND
CURE FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES?
By Dr. James
How Safe Is Fructose?
High fructose corn syrup came into widespread use as a sugar substitute in the 1970’s because of its lower price. By 1990 the quantity of fructose consumed had gone up ten fold. This is now present in candy, soda, cereal, crackers, bread, packaged foods and hundreds of other foods.
Fructose was believed to be a safe sugar substitute because it has no adverse effects on either blood sugar values or insulin output. However, there are two serious problems from fructose usage.
When ingested, fructose is immediately shuttled directly to the liver. In the liver it is a key building block in the manufacture of triglycerides. These triglycerides are then transported to the bloodstream carried by LDL (bad) cholesterol to the arteries where they can deposit in the artery walls. Animal research has shown that feeding a high fructose diet to animals is one of the fastest ways to raise triglyceride levels in the blood. The amount of fructose eaten by Americans is comparable in quantity to that fed to these animals. Diabetics commonly have elevated blood triglyceride values which clearly contribute to the development of arteriosclerosis.
Fructose is commonly regarded as the sugar found in fruit. The important distinction is that in fruit the quantity of fructose is small and it is bound to complex plant fiber, nutrients and minerals. Because of this fructose contained in fruit is slowly released into the bloodstream and fruits are considered a valuable protection against cardiovascular disease and other health problems because of their powerful anti-oxidant qualities.
The second major problem with fructose is its ability to combine with amino acids to form advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs are believed to be permanent. They accumulate in body tissues where they accelerate aging and thus contribute to the formation of cataracts, narrowing of arteries and kidney disease.
High intake of fructose contributes to increased levels of glycation in the body. Reducing all sugar and fructose intake appears to be a wise health measure.
When you eat only food that spoils, avoid sugar and transfats and begin Omega 3 essential fatty acids you will start turning your health around.
How Can Type 2 Diabetics Recover From Their Illness?
Several features are common to most diabetics:
Processed food contains pesticides, additives, synthetic disease producing fats, sugar, and artificial sweeteners some of which are quite deleterious to health (Nutrasweet [aspartame}, Sucralose, Splenda etc). If the sugar substitute is made in a factory you can be certain it is dangerous to health. Many of these contain chlorine. The best safe sweetening substance appears to be the natural substance stevia. Several of the glycosides in stevia have blood sugar lowering capability.
To regain normal blood sugar values requires:
When my bout with Type 2 Diabetes occurred in 2000 Dr. Julian Whitaker’s book Reversing Diabetes was a valuable resource because it contained menus for 30 days of low fat meals. After terminating the use of transfats my appetite decreased and I was able to lose 50 pounds in 6 weeks. My food intake since then has been about 70 % of previous caloric intake.
Guidelines Toward Recovery From Type 2 Diabetes
Initially all sugar needs to be eliminated. This impedes the liver’s ability to transform sugar into fat. Remember, when blood sugar levels are returned to normal the insulin blood level is often still elevated. High blood insulin levels are implicated in damage to arteries Later when glucose control is well established you can add brown sugar for flavoring, dates, stevia and honey in small quantities. When sugar is added prematurely the blood sugars rise and the recovery is set back in time.
Obese patients take longer to recover blood sugar control possibly because they have larger fat reserves than thin persons. These large fat reserves contain more abnormal trans fats, which may still be used in building cell membranes. When these abnormal fats have been totally metabolized away the new forming cell membranes will be normal and sugar will again enter cells normally with return of blood sugar to normal. Continue to take flax oil and fish oil permanently.
A glucometer will be needed to monitor response to therapy. Blood sugar control can be assumed to have satisfactorily returned when blood sugar values are below 100 mg. on seven consecutive mornings. At this stage blood insulin levels are still probably elevated. .
To be successful in ridding yourself of Type 2 diabetes you must change what you eat. If you continue to believe that “I deserve a break today” you will have great difficulty curing this disease.
To summarize: Type 2 diabetes appears to be an illness caused by abnormal fat metabolism induced by absence of Essential Omega 3 fatty acids and the presence of dangerous artificial fats in the diet. Omega 3 fatty acids are responsible for the maintenance and repair of cellular membranes. When the body lacks Omega 3 fatty acids the omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids must be used. This results in a stiff and sticky cell membrane, instead of the usual slippery and smooth membrane. These abnormal membranes do not permit easy transport of glucose into the cell and the blood sugar stays high.
The disease is reversible with appropriate dietary changes in approximately 90 % of cases. Mr. Smith is uncertain why 10 % of cases fail to respond to these dietary changes. Some of these failures may be related to faulty compliance.
DHEA May Postpone Or Prevent Insulin Resistance
The adrenal gland hormone dihydroepiandosterone (DHEA) is the precursor hormone for the formation of both estrogen and testosterone in the human body. Levels of DHEA steadily fall from maximum levels at age 25 to 30 to about 50 % of normal by age 40 (200 mcg./dl.). Supplementation with DHEA in the elderly has slowed some of the effects of aging on estrogen and testosterone. Stress is counteracted, immune function is improved, protection against the appearance of cardiovascular disease may occur, increased insulin growth factor appears which preserves muscles and diminishes fat accumulation, excessive clotting of blood is slowed, improved survival is seen in population studies, depression is alleviated in 50 to 60 % of persons often beginning within 10 days and brain aging is stopped.
A recent research article sheds some interesting light on the problem of insulin resistance and central obesity seen in elderly patients. Fifty six patients with an average age of 71 were studied for glucose and insulin response to a standard sugar challenge. All 56 patients had a MRI evaluation of the extent of abdominal fat. One half these patients were given a placebo and the other half received 50 mg of DHEA for 6 months. When retested after 6 months those patients who were given DHEA showed significant decreases in abdominal fat. Those DHEA receiving patients also exhibited a decrease in insulin output with no change in blood sugar response. following glucose administration. This suggested their resistance to insulin had decreased.
These results showed that resistance to the effect of insulin can be reduced by DHEA therapy. Development of Type 2 Diabetes might be postponed or prevented in elderly patients by the use of DHEA therapy. The dosage of DHEA selected for this study (50 mg.) is a dosage that is known to cause pimples and less frequently increased hair growth in women. A lower dosage of DHEA in women of 10 to 25 mg. daily should avoid these effects. Monitoring DHEA, etiocholanolone, androsterone, estrogen in males and testosterone in females and will ensure that the DHEA dose is proper. The Meridian Valley Laboratory in Washington State offers a Comprehensive Steroid Analysis that can be ordered by individuals as well as health care providers. Taking DHEA after age 40 may improve general health as we age. DHEA is found in health food stores.
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