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Diabetes


About
A disease that changes how a body will produce or use insulin. What is insulin? It is a hormone. Insulin acts as a control center and advises the cells in the body to open or close depending on the presence of glucose (sugar). If you don't have enough insulin in your body, the cells can't break down sugar. Diabetes is broken out into two types: Type 1 means your body does not produce any insulin. Type 2 diabetes means your body has some insulin but may not be able to use it properly.


Notes
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  • 7-keto DHEA could help stop diabetes from developing.
  • Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors can help reduce the risk of kidney disease in diabetics.
  • Blood fat levels and cholesterol levels are extremely important for those with diabetes. LDL (bad cholesterol) should be around 100, while HDL (good cholesterol) should remain around 45 or above. Triglycerides ought to stay under 200.
  • Consider magnet therapy to help with foot pain.
  • Diabetic women who wish to conceive, should get their blood sugar under control before becoming pregnant as elevated levels of blood sugar can hurt the fetus in the first five to eight weeks of pregnancy.
  • Diabetics need to take extra care of their feet. Sores may remain open if not properly treated.
  • Diet and exercise are the keys to controlling type 2 diabetes. Sometimes oral medication or insulin injections are needed.
  • Excessive amounts of niacin are not helpful, but niacinamide may help with type 1 diabetes.
  • Excessive weight gain (or lack of weight loss) in those with type 2 diabetes may be a result of not being able to taste sweets. Because their tastes are not accurate, they may eat sweet things without thinking about how it will affect them since they do not consider them sweet. The key for them is to learn which foods are healthy and incorporate those into their diet.
  • For type 2 diabetics, avoiding sweets is important for regulating weight. Knowing what foods increase blood sugar is important. Carrots, certain cereals, and baked potatoes are some of the foods that boost blood sugar. Be aware of how many simple and complex carbohydrates you are consuming.
  • High levels of blood glucose can eventually lead to coronary heart disease, especially in diabetic women.
  • Hypothyroidism can contribute to diabetes. Clogged arteries can hinder nutrient absorption and transfer of oxygen to the arteries. In turn, waste and debris are not eliminated from the arteries.
  • In order to avoid diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage), keep blood sugar levels balanced and consume a low-protein diet. Having kidneys checked regularly is also a good idea.
  • Kidney damage is more probable in diabetic smokers than it is in non-smokers.
  • Laser treatment is available to help with diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic people ought to get their eyes checked once a year to monitor their retinas.
  • Prescriptions and combination supplements for blood sugar control are available.
  • Quercetin and other flavonoids may help to control the formation of polyols in the eye lenses.
  • Research is ongoing to see if insulin inhalers could be effective.
  • Talk to your doctor about diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage). He will be able to help you decide if medication is right for you. Be aware of common symptoms such as pain, numbness, or tingling in hands, feet, or legs.
  • Those with type 1 diabetes have to inject themselves with insulin daily since their bodies cannot produce it naturally. Talk to your doctor about the right kind of insulin and the right dosage of insulin to meet your individual needs.
  • Vitamin C could help control glycosylation, in which glucose and other sugars attach to proteins in the blood, eye lenses, and nerve cells.


Advice
  • A diet that is low in fat and high in fiber is essential for someone with diabetes. Raw fruits and vegetables, fresh vegetable juices, legumes, root vegetables, and whole grains are good sources of fiber and nutrients. Maintain a healthy balance of complex carbohydrates.
  • Be cautious when exercising. Because exercise can make your body think it has more insulin, it is necessary to take a smaller dose of insulin or to eat a lot of carbohydrates before exercising in order to avoid an imbalance. You and your doctor should figure out what is best for you.
  • Because large doses of vitamins B1 (thiamine) and C can effect insulin negatively, these vitamins should be taken in moderation.
  • Cysteine inhibits insulin absorption and breaks it down. Avoid using supplements with cysteine.
  • Feet should be kept clean, warm, and dry. White cotton socks with shoes that fit well are recommended. Keep circulation going in feet and legs in order to prevent diabetic foot ulcers.
  • Good sources of protein are vegetables (grains, legumes), fish, and low-fat dairy products.
  • Hyperglycemia can be dangerous for diabetics. If you experience hyperglycemia, go to the emergency room as treatment may be required immediately.
  • Hypoglycemia can be treated quickly by consuming fruit juice, soda, or anything else with sugar in it. If you do not see results within 20 minutes, try the same thing again. If you still do not see results, get to a hospital right away or give yourself a glucagons' injection (which should be carried with you at all times).
  • Incorporate spirulina into your diet in order to control level of blood sugar. Berries, dairy products, egg yolks, fish, garlic, brewer's yeast, sauerkraut, kelp, vegetables, and soybeans also help.
  • Simple sugars should only be consumed to balance an insulin reaction. Stay away from saturated fat.
  • Stay away from all kinds of tobacco.
  • Stay away from salt, white flour, and fish oil capsules or supplements with a lot of para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) as these can raise blood sugar levels.
  • Teachers of children who have diabetes should know how to identify the beginning stages of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, and should know how to respond in each instance.
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) can be taken in moderation (50-100 mg daily).



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Vitamin A
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Antioxidant. Promotes healthy eyes. Emulsion form is recommended.


Chromium
Importance: Very High
Comments: Enhances effectiveness of insulin. Reduces blood sugar levels.


Brewer's yeast
Importance: Very High
Comments: Reduces blood sugar levels. Corrects lack of vitamins and minerals. Caution: Those with diabetes should ask their doctor about supplements containing chromium.


L-Carnitine
Importance: Very High
Comments: Fat-activator.


L-glutamine
Importance: N/A
Comments: Decreases sugar cravings.


Taurine
Importance: Very High
Comments: Helps release insulin.


Quercetin
Importance: Very High
Comments: Keeps the lens of the eyes free from accumulation of polyols which are caused by increased glucose levels.


Raw adrenal and Raw pancreas and thyroid glandulars
Importance: Very High
Comments: Builds up organs and provides necessary nourishment.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: B vitamins enhance each other.


Biotin
Importance: Very High
Comments: Enhances glucose metabolism.


Inositol
Importance: Very High
Comments: Beneficial for circulation. Helps protect from atheroscleorosis.


Vitamin B12
Importance: Very High
Comments: Protects from diabetic neuropathy. Injections under a physician's care are recommended. If injections are unavailable, sublingual or lozenge forms are good.


Zinc
Importance: Very High
Comments: Lack of zinc may contribute to diabetes. Zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc are recommended.


Coenzyme Q10
Importance: High
Comments: Enhances circulation. Controls blood sugar levels.


Magnesium
Importance: High
Comments: Controls enzyme systems and pH levels. Prevents coronary artery spasms associated with arteriosclerosis.


Manganese
Importance: High
Comments: Helps rebuild the pancreas. Helps with glucose metabolism. Lack of manganese can contribute to diabetes.


Psyllium
Importance: High
Comments: Provides fiber. Mobilizes fat.


Vitamin C
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Lack of vitamin C can cause vascular problems in diabetics.


Vitamin E
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances circulation. Antioxidant. Protects from complications.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Beanpod Tea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Beanpod tea is a delightful and pleasant tasting tea made up from a variety of beans including kidney, white, navy, lima, and northern beans. The Russians and the Europeans have used this tea for many centuries to lower blood sugar levels in diabetics. This tea is also recommended for ridding the pancreas of toxic poisons in our body.

Bitter Melon, Gudmar, & Gulvel
Type: Internal
Purposes: Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), Gudmar (Gymnema Sylvestre), and Gulvel (Tinospora cordifo) are very popular in Ayurvedic medicine and are used to balance the level of blood sugar in the body.

Cedar Berries
Type: Internal
Purposes: Cedar Berries can be a valuable aid in providing essential nutrition to the pancreas.

Dandelion
Type: Internal
Purposes: The liver has a vital responsibility for converting nutrients into glucose. Dandelion Root shields the liver from toxins that may detract the liver from doing this essential job.
Cautions: If your doctor has diagnosed you with gallbladder ailments, it is not recommended that you use a large quantity of dandelion root.

Fenugreek
Type: Internal
Purposes: Multiple reports have suggested that fenugreek seeds may be useful in reducing cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Ginseng Tea
Type: Internal
Purposes: There have been studies conducted that indicate that the American ginseng can lower a person's blood sugar level.
Cautions: Avoid taking ginseng if you have high blood pressure.

Huckleberry
Type: Internal
Purposes: Evergreen huckleberry also goes by California huckleberry and shot huckleberry. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, huckleberry extract can lower blood sugar levels shortly after taking it. Huckleberry can also stimulate the production of insulin.

Juniper berries
Type: Internal
Purposes: Animal studies have suggested that juniper berries may lower blood glucose levels.

Bilberry, Buchu, Dandelion Root, Goldenseal, & Uva Ursi
Type: Internal
Purposes: These herbs have been said to have possible benefits for diabetes.
Cautions: Do not use goldenseal for more than seven days, and don't take it if you are pregnant. Check with your doctor if you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma.