DIABETES, A 21ST CENTURY EPIDEMIC
By Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© March 2017, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.
All information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.
Table of Contents
Other Related Conditions
Less common symptoms
Type 1 - Infection And Toxicity With Iron
Type 2 - Dehydration, Diet, And Mineral Deficiencies
The Diabetic Personality
Simple Blood And Urine Tests
The Glucose Tolerance Test
Hair Mineral Testing
Medical Approach Very Inadequate
Loss Of Limbs
Steps In The Energy Pathway
Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by a high blood sugar level. The most common types are:
Type 1 diabetes– often an infection or iron toxicity that affects the pancreas, the organ that produces insulin.
Type 2 diabetes– a result of an improper diet and often excessive weight.
Gestational diabetes – high blood sugar during pregnancy. According to some researchers, this is due to high xanthurenic acid, and can be corrected easily by taking vitamin B6.
Diabetes insipidus – a rare deficiency of the hormone vasopressin or anti-diuretic hormone, which is produced by the pituitary gland. We discuss it briefly at the end of this article.
Brain diabetes – this is an inability of the brain to properly metabolize glucose. It causes one type of dementia that responds very well to a supplement of medium chain triglycerides or about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil daily. For details, read Brain Diabetes.
This article is mainly about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, the most common types of diabetes. They are epidemic health conditions around the world. They cost millions of lives each year, and they cost the world’s nations billions of dollars in medical care and disability.
A recent study indicated that one in every four Americans age 60 or above has diabetes. Many go undiagnosed for years, which only makes correction more difficult when the disease is discovered.
Most of this is totally preventable, and usually correctable, as well.
Definition. The words mean the following: Diabetes means too much urine. Mellitus mean sweet-tasting or sugary.
However, diabetes mellitus is defined by the medical profession as elevated sugar in the blood - usually a fasting blood glucose level above 126 mg/dl. (We consider a blood sugar level over 100 mg/dl diabetes, but some doctors call this pre-diabetes.)
In reality, however, diabetes is a type of derangement of the glucose metabolism system that goes far beyond just the level of glucose in the blood or in the urine. The blood glucose can even be normal, in some cases.
Frequent urination with high volume of urine. A common symptom is increased volume of urine and more frequent urination, including the need to get up to urinate during the night. This occurs because as the blood sugar rises, the kidneys try to lower it by excreting more sugar in the urine. The sugar draws water with it, increasing the volume of urine.
Increased thirst. One may experience a lot of thirst, since there is a significant fluid loss.
Sweet craving. Another common symptom is a craving for sugar or carbohydrates in some cases. This occurs because the cells are not receiving enough glucose, so one begins to crave it.
Fatigue. Many diabetics are tired because their bodies cannot utilize glucose properly for fueling the body.
Tingling, numbness or burning feet. This is another common early symptom. This is called peripheral neuropathy, and has to do with the blockage of small capillaries. This reduces the blood supply in some areas of the body and causes some damage to the nerves.
It leads to the neurological symptoms of tingling, and perhaps numbness or a burning sensation. The nerves are not dead, and the symptom goes away when circulation is restored
LESS COMMON SYMPTOMS:
These can include:
Weight loss, wasting,
Watery appearance of the tissues.
Eye disease or blindness
Some of these are discussed in a later section of this article – Complications Of Diabetes.
CAUSES OF TYPE 1 DIABETES
This condition is usually due to an infection of the pancreas that stops or reduces insulin production. This infection cannot be detected on standard blood tests, but the rapid onset of Type 1 diabetes may suggest such a conclusion. A hair mineral analysis may also show an infection pattern, though often it does not, at first.
Usually, this type of diabetes starts after a mild cold or flu, or some other innocuous infection, and it can develop suddenly. It occurs more often in children or younger adults.
The amigos. The infection may be triggered or related to excessive BIOUNAVAILABLE iron, manganese or aluminum in the pancreas. To read about this abnormal condition, please read Iron, Manganese and Aluminum - The Amigos on this website.
Type 1 diabetes is less common, fortunately, because correcting it takes more work using a nutritional balancing. It might take up to a few years, but it usually responds to a nutritional balancing program. It accounts for about 5% of all cases of diabetes.
High-iron or bronze diabetes. This variant of type 1 diabetes is less common, and is more of a pure iron toxicity problem. Iron replaces zinc and other metals in the pancreas and the blood sugar starts to rise. It can easily become over 400 mg/dl. This type can be a so-called brittle diabetes, in that the blood sugar can be more difficult to control.
This type is less common. It is more common in men than in women. Men tend to have more iron in their bodies, while women tend to have more copper in their bodies. The two minerals are somewhat antagonistic.
It is also more common in the African-American population. Those who have it are often slender, have a good build, and are often careful eaters. They often have cardiovascular disease, as well. Cardiovasular disease is strongly associated with iron toxicity. They usually have not overeaten on carbohydrates, although some have.
They may have eaten a lot of eggs or red meat or other sources of iron, although their problem is handling the iron they have, not necessarily eating too much iron. They are often diagnosed with diabetes because they start to lose weight.
Personality. Those with high-iron diabetes are often stubborn in nature, and strong, but really weak inside. This is a characteristic of biounavailable iron, as explained elsewhere on this site and in the textbook, Nutritional Balancing And Hair Mineral Analysis (2010, 2014 and 2016 editions). Anger and iron.
People who are angry appear to retain more iron. Iron settles in the amygdala area of the brain, an area associated with rage and anger.
This type of diabetes should respond well to a nutritional balancing program because this program is one of very few that can easily rid the body of excess iron. However, I have only limited experience with it because it is not a common health condition.
CAUSES OF TYPE 2 DIABETES
Type 2 diabetes is by far the most common type of diabetes mellitus. It accounts for about 90-95% of all cases of diabetes. It is also sometimes called adult-onset diabetes because it usually occurs in adults, and often later in life. Lately, however, more children are developing it, as well.
DIET AND MINERAL DEPLETION
Doctors know that this type of diabetes is closely related to a diet that is too high in sugars and starches.
Eating refined starches and refined sugar causes more secretion of insulin. Eating this way also depletes vital minerals that are involved in blood sugar regulation such as manganese, zinc and chromium. The reason is that these foods have been largely stripped of their vital minerals, yet the minerals are needed for the metabolism of these foods.
This type of diabetes is not due to an insulin deficiency. Indeed, there is often too much insulin present, at least early on. However, the insulin is unable to do its job of lowering the blood sugar in the blood. Doctors call this insulin resistance or resistance to insulin.
The reason for resistance to insulin, I find, is that these individuals are somewhat dehydrated. The reason for the dehydration is that diabetics often love sugar and caffeine. Some also drink alcohol. Eating and drinking this way I call the “dehydration diet” because it results in dehydration. For details about this, read Hydration on this site.
Diabetes results from dehydration in the following way:
1. Sugar tends to attract water to it by an osmotic mechanism. This is well known in science.
2. The body wants to prevent dehydration, which is a serious problem that can cause strokes, heart attacks, kidney stones and other catastrophes.
3. Therefore, the body keeps the sugar elevated in the blood because reducing the sugar in the blood would dehydrate the person even more, to a dangerous degree.
4. Doctors mistakenly call this situation insulin resistance. Really, it is just a compensatory mechanism to limit dehydration.
In summary, Type 2 diabetes is actually a compensation for a dehydrated state.
If this idea is correct, the medical treatment of type 2 diabetes is wrong. The answer is not to give drugs to lower blood sugar. The answer is to correct dehydration.
In practice, we find that correcting dehydration with a nutritional balancing program corrects this type of diabetes, often rapidly and easily.
THE YEAST CONNECTION
Yeast and carbohydrate cravings. There is a connection between excessive yeast in the body and diabetes. Eating sugar and carbohydrates promotes yeast problems in the body. Yeasts such as candida albicans produce alcohol in the body.
A craving for sugar and carbohydrates is often due to subtle alcohol withdrawal that occurs if one stops eating sugar and carbohydrates. The symptoms – anxiety, shakiness, confusion and even tremors, are the same as a mild case of delirium tremens, or alcohol withdrawal.
Fungal infections. Also, diabetics often develop fungal infections on the skin and nails. Skin tags, a hallmark of diabetes, can be a type of fungal or yeast infection.
A YIN DISEASE
Type 2 diabetes is a more yin condition in macrobiotic terminology. This means cold and expanded. Sugar is a very yin substance, and people with diabetes usually eat too much of it. Yeast is also a yin condition, and often present in diabetics. Diabetes is also associated with excessive weight, which is an expanded condition of the body which is also yin.
INFLAMMATION AND DIABETES
Diabetes is also associated with inflammation in the body. Often, C-reactive protein levels are too high, and this is an inflammation indicator.
Elevated sugar – like fire in the body - is also an inflammatory condition. The body is generally missing anti-inflammatory nutrients such as zinc, calcium, and magnesium.
Also, many people with Type 2 diabetes are fast oxidizers, which is an inflammatory state of body chemistry.
THE DIABETIC PERSONALITY TYPE
A deeper cause of type 2 diabetes can be a personality tendency. Many illnesses are related to a personality trait. A problem we encounter is that many diabetics like to push or drive themselves. To do this, they often use coffee or other caffeine-containing beverages such as diet soda. They may also use sugar or carbohydrates in the diet.
This lifestyle adds a lot of stress. This personality type also does not like to care for themselves in many cases. This is a deadly combination, as follows.
When under more stress, the adrenal glands secrete more sugar into the blood and this requires more insulin to move it out of the blood and into the body cells. This pattern of “flooring the accelerator” day in and day out, particularly with the addition of coffee or soda pop usage to further stimulate the adrenals, eventually weakens the entire body and further depletes the body of vital nutrients.
The car analogy. I think of an analogy with the driver of an automobile who like to “floor the accelerator”. These people like to move fast! They whip themselves.
Pushing the gas pedal of the car to the floor floods the engine with fuel This is like flooding the bloodstream with glucose, which occurs when one uses adrenal stimulants such as caffeine.
Medical detection. Early detection of diabetes is not easy for doctors. The easiest test is a fasting serum glucose test. However, it can be normal with diabetes because at first, the blood sugar level varies and is not high all the time. The same is true of random urine tests or fasting urine tests for glucose.
A better medical test is a 5-hour glucose tolerance test. However, this test is time-consuming and can be unpleasant, so it is not always used. Also, even this test can give confusing results. Some doctors also measure insulin levels during this test, and this will make the test more accurate, although doctors still may disagree on the exact criteria to diagnose diabetes.
Doctors also measure hemoglobin H1A.
I do not use these tests much. Instead, I use the hair mineral test to indicate a diabetic trend and correct it. Also, in accordance with the statistics, and the work of Robert Atkins, MD and others, I must assume that most people are headed for diabetes these days.
HAIR ANALYSIS INDICATORS OF DIABETES
Dr. Paul Eck, with whom I studied for 14 years, found that certain hair mineral ratios are associated with an increased tendency for diabetes. This is not a diagnosis, but it is equally useful in most cases. Hair must not be washed at the laboratory for accurate readings. Here are some of the useful trends or indicators:
1. A sodium/potassium ratio less than 2.5:1. A low ratio is associated with chronic stress on the liver, pancreas, kidney and cardiovascular system. A ratio less than 1:1 is even more indicative of a diabetic trend.
2. Imbalanced oxidation rate. Type 2 diabetics are often fast oxidizers, but not necessarily. Type 1 diabetics are usually slow oxidizers. High-iron diabetics may be fast or slow oxidizers, and often their tests reveal elevated tissue iron (above 2 mg%) or hidden iron toxicity. For more on this, read Acquired Iron Toxicity on this website.
3. The presence of toxic metals such as cadmium, copper, lead, arsenic, aluminum or iron. All can interfere with the vital minerals such as zinc, chromium, selenium and others.
4. Possibly a hair calcium/magnesium ratio greater than 9.5 to 10, or so. Dr. Eck believed that a calcium/magnesium ratio greater than 12:1 or less than 3:1 were diabetic indicators. However, I have not been able to confirm these latter indicators, so I do not use them.
I have found that a calcium/magnesium ratio greater than about 9.5 often indicates overeating on carbohydrate foods. This does not necessarily produce diabetes, but it could. It is not so much a diabetic indicator, but rather a dietary indicator related to how much carbohydrate one eats.
5. A zinc level less than about 12 mg%. Zinc is needed to manufacture insulin, secrete insulin and extend the action of insulin. Low zinc can predispose one to iron, copper and other toxic metal poisoning that can affect the pancreas and other organs.
6. Low levels of chromium, manganese and/or selenium. These occasionally show up. These minerals are essential for proper glucose metabolism.
These indicators are trends only. It may take years for a trend to develop into the full blown illness. Also, in some individuals the trend may be masked by other factors so that it is not revealed on the first hair analysis.
Metabolic Syndrome is the name given to a set of risk factors for diabetes. They include abdominal obesity, elevated cholesterol and/or triglycerides, other lipid abnormalities, high blood pressure, and perhaps other serum abnormalities such as a high C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation. Metabolic syndrome is very common, and usually due simply to overeating on carbohydrates, and especially simple carbohydrates and sugars. It is discussed in a separate article entitled Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X.
Hypoglycemia. This is usually taken to mean low sugar in the blood. In fact, it is much more complex and can be of different types. To read about it, see the article entitled Hypoglycemia on this website.
THE MEDICAL APPROACH AND ITS SHORTCOMINGS
The standard medical approach to diabetes is the use of insulin shots or glucose-lowering oral medications. Diet is also part of the program, but usually it not nearly strictly enough.
The American diabetic Association diet. The American Diabetic Association diet for diabetes is seriously flawed, in my view. It allows 25% starch, plus a fruit. This is too much carbohydrate for most people.
It is also a low-fat diet, which is horrible for fast oxidizers. In my experience, many Type 2 diabetics are fast oxidizers.
At least it recommends 50% non-starchy vegetables. However, this is not nearly enough vegetables, in my experience.
Weight loss is also part of the medical approach to diabetes, but again the recommended diets will not reduce weight by enough to make much of a difference, in most cases.
Stress reduction and rest are usually not even mentioned, but they should be.
Nutritional supplements are usually not recommended, and this is also horrible, in my view. Those with diabetes always need supplemental zinc and chromium, plus other nutrients, in my experience.
Let us discuss the medical methods in more detail.
Oral anti-diabetic drugs. This class of drugs I do not think ever need to be used. They include drugs such as Glucophage or Metformin, Precose or acarbose, Glycoset or miglitol, Avandia, Actos or thiazolidinediones, and an older class of drugs that are sulfonylureas with names like Diabinase, Tlinase, Tolamide, Glucotrol, Glucamide, Micronase and many others.
In my view, these are dangerous drugs. Some are associated with heart attacks and other fatal ‘side effects’. They are also purely temporary fixes and do not address the cause of diabetes at all.
Some stimulate the insulin-producing cells until the cells ‘burnout’ nutritionally. Then the drugs stop working and one must take insulin. This does not heal the person’s health at all.
For example, Metformin or glucophage, a common anti-diabetic drug, inhibits gluconeogenesis. This is the process whereby the body converts some protein, starch or fats to glucose in the liver. It is a normal process of the body. By reducing it, the sugar level of a Type 2 diabetic may drop somewhat. However, the drug does nothing for one’s underlying health condition.
Meanwhile, most anti-diabetic drugs upset the digestion and may deplete other minerals such as zinc. This effectively makes the underlying health of the patient worse.
Interestingly, a “landmark” study of Metformin in 2002 showed that Metformin lowered blood glucose in 38% of those studied. However, what was not reported is that lifestyle and dietary changes alone lowered blood sugar in 58% of those studied. In other words, lifestyle changes alone were about 60% better at lowering blood sugar than one of the leading drugs used today!
Insulin. Insulin replacement therapy will lower blood sugar, and can save one’s life. However, it is not natural to take insulin from outside the body. It slowly damages the body and does not prevent all the complications of diabetes. In contrast, if a person works with a nutritional balancing program, I have seen diabetic complications reverse themselves quite easily.
The medical treatment of diabetics is therefore of very poor quality in my view, and we can do much better at very low cost and with almost no inconvenience to the client.
NUTRITIONAL BALANCING FOR DIABETES
GENERAL CORRECTIVE MEASURES
Diet. The diet must be extremely healthful to restore many nutrients to the body. It should consist of mainly cooked vegetables, with some animal protein daily, especially raw dairy products, lamb, chicken, turkey and eggs. A little natural beef is fine. Pork and all pig products should be avoided, as many contain hidden trichina worm ova or eggs.
Avoid or eliminate completely all wheat products, all soy products, and most gluten-containing products (wheat, oats, barley and rye). A little brown rice, millet or quinoa seem to be okay, but not more than two or three times weekly. Blue corn chips once in a while are fine. Also, eliminate all fruits, fruit juices and natural and refined sugars.
Supplements. Diabetics all need food supplements! This is best determined by a properly performed and correctly interpreted hair mineral analysis, in my view.
The most common supplements I use are some B-complex vitamins, vitamins A and D (5000 iu daily), and omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil or other sources (about 1000 mg daily). All need some extra calcium and magnesium, kelp, and a digestive enzyme. All need extra zinc and chromium, and often selenium.
The above is a basic nutrition program. A much better idea is to embark on a complete nutritional balancing program. This means having a hair mineral analysis that is properly interpreted by the method pioneered by Dr. Paul Eck. Read the articles on this website, however, because just following a program of recommendations from the laboratory is not enough in most cases, as newer research has shown us how to improve the programs. I can only recommend the Approved Practitioners that I train who are listed on this website at the following link: Approved Practitioners.
The hair test will assess the oxidation rate, toxic metal levels, tendencies for over 50 conditions, and much more. Based upon it, a simple but very powerful program of supplementation, detoxification, rest and more can be set up that will significantly enhance one’s progress.
IMPORTANT LIFESTYLE FACETS OF NUTRITIONAL BALANCING PROGRAMS
Hydration. Many diabetics become dehydrated, and this wrecks havoc with their blood sugar. Dehydration may not be revealed on a physical exam. Dehydration may be due to:
1. Drinking more than one cup of coffee daily. Many diabetics love coffee.
2. Drinking other caffeinated beverages such as soda pop, more than one cup of tea daily, or other foods and beverages containing caffeine.
3. Not drinking enough water. Adults need about 3 quarts daily of spring water or carbon-only filtered tap water and NOT other beverages.
4. Drinking water that does not hydrate the body. The worst culprit is reverse osmosis water, also often called “purified water” or “drinking water”. Sometimes other types of drinking water do not hydrate well, either.
5. Consuming any alcohol at all, or any sugars at all, including fruits and fruit juices. Alcohol, caffeine and sugars all contribute to dehydration.
The dehydration sequence. Here is a common sequence of events with diabetics:
1. A diabetic drinks coffee, tea or other caffeine-containing beverages because he or she is tired.
2. This results in dehydration, in every case. This is one action of consuming caffeine, sugar or alcohol.
3. The body needs to retain water in the blood. Otherwise, the person could become very ill. Dehydration can cause sludgy blood, blood clots, strokes and heart attacks.
4. The body retains water by raising the blood sugar level. More sugar in the blood holds on to water by an osmotic action, at the level of the kidneys.
5. This results in high blood sugar.
6. At times, the body may also raise the insulin level. This is an attempt to lower the blood sugar by sending the sugar to the cells. However, this does not work well because the body needs to hold on to sugar in the blood to prevent further dehydration of the blood. This is a possible reason for insulin resistance.
7. Lowering the blood sugar with insulin or oral anti-diabetic drugs worsens dehydration, and does nothing to solve the underlying problems. In fact, one’s health just worsens.
Mineral deficiencies and diabetes.
1. Chromium deficiency may play a role in insulin resistance. Bioavailable chromium seems to be required for the effectiveness of insulin.
2. Zinc deficiency may give rise to poorer quality insulin, since zinc is required for insulin production, release and to extend the duration of action of insulin.
3. Manganese and mitochondrial problems. Manganese is required for thyroid activity and for mitochondrial function, as well. Manganese deficiency can contribute to low energy and sweet cravings.
Diet and mineral deficiencies. Not moving enough sugar into the cells from the blood can contribute to cravings for sweets and carbohydrates. However, eating them tends to further deplete zinc, manganese and chromium.
Eating fat may raise the blood sugar in some cases. Oddly, this occurs because it temporarily decreases insulin secretion, which then causes an increase in blood sugar temporarily.
Rest and Sleep. Lots of rest and sleep are a key for healing diabetes. One should get at least 10 hours of rest each and every evening. If this is not possible, then get as close to this as you can. Also, going to bed early, ideally before 9 PM, is most helpful to get the most rest from your sleep.
Detoxification. This often is essential for full recovery from diabetes. We find the most powerful, safest and least costly methods are the daily coffee enema or even two daily, and the daily or twice daily use of a near infrared lamp sauna. If this is not possible, less effective alternatives are the use of a far infrared or conventional sauna each day for at least 30 minutes.
Begin with a shorter time such as 15 to 20 minutes, and check blood sugar and other parameters if needed until they are sure they tolerate the sauna well.
The worst aspect of diabetes is that many people end up losing toes, feet, legs or even a whole extremity. Blindness is common later on, as are diabetic neuropathy, kidney failure, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and other problems.
In my limited experience with diabetics, these complications will never occur if the disease is handled with a nutritional approach.
GLYCATION AND CELL MEMBRANES
Late-stage diabetics may have problems with their cell membranes. Omega-3 fatty acids in the diet, and perhaps chromium and manganese supplements, can help prevent and correct this. Balancing the oxidation rate and eliminating what is called metastatic or biounavailable calcium is also extremely helpful for the cell membranes.
Restoring the cell membranes is a tricky process that I do not think can be done easily by means other than a properly designed nutritional balancing program. For example, chelation could make the cell membrane problem worse by depleting some vital nutrients.
Glycation. To add to the cell membrane problem, high levels of glucose in the blood hardens the cell membranes. The technical name for this is glycation. It is a slow process of sclerosis that occurs in the bodies of almost everyone who lives on sweets and sugars of all kinds, even including too many complex carbohydrates such as bread, (usually sweetened), rice, potatoes and other starches.
This is not only a subtle cause of diabetes. It also slows or eventually can prevent the correction process because regenerating the cell membranes takes months to a few years.
One reason for success with diabetes with nutritional balancing, as compared with other nutrient regimens, is that a goal of nutritional balancing is to restore the body’s entire energy producing system. This means restoring every step in the production of adaptive or cellular energy from digestion of food to nutrient transport into the cells, and final energy production inside each cell. (For example, see the article entitled The Electron Transport System and the work of WF Koch.)
The body’s energy-producing system requires hundreds of nutrients. Fixing it also requires removing many metal and chemical toxins that can inhibit normal enzymatic activity.
No herb or vitamin can do this by itself, although many can help. The process takes a few years in every case. This does not mean that symptomatic improvement is always slow, however. Restoring the entire energy-producing system of the body is a wonderful aspect of nutritional balancing that goes far beyond the use of remedies such as minerals, vitamins, homeopathy, herbs and other natural or medical methods.
For more on this topic, read How To Increase Your Energy.
If you hope to avoid diabetes, here are simple steps you can take today:
Stop eating sweets of all kinds. Do not argue about it, and do not discuss which sweets are better than others. None are helpful in the slightest. This includes natural dark chocolate, Rice Dream, real maple syrup, raw honey and many other so-called health food products.
I would go one step further and stop eating all fruit and fruit juices. This is not only due to their sugar content. For all the reasons to avoid fruit today, read Fruit-Eating on this website.
Strictly avoid refined starches such as white flour products, and strictly limit all starches to a moderate or small portion of one type per meal and absolutely no more. The best starches are often those found in cooked vegetables such as carrots, rutabaga, turnips, parsnips and other starchy roots.
Eat a large portion of cooked, not raw vegetables three times daily, except do not eat the nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and all peppers).
This means eating a lot of cooked vegetables, which provide hundreds of phytonutrients, minerals, vitamins and much more.
Limit coffee to one cup or less daily of regular coffee, and avoid all cappuccinos or lattes. Instead, drink 3 quarts of spring water or carbon-filtered tap water daily. Juices, coffee, and even teas are not a substitute for pure water.
Go to bed early and get at least 9 or 10 hours of sleep each night.
Take some basic supplements of kelp (3 capsules daily), vitamin D 5000 iu daily, calcium/magnesium 750/450 mg daily, a powerful digestive aid and some extra zinc, manganese, chromium and selenium.
These simple steps will enable most people to prevent the scourge of diabetes.
This is often an early stage of blood sugar imbalance, and a precursor for diabetes. It, too, is intimately related to mineral deficiencies, improper diet, and a body chemistry out of balance. For details, read Hypoglycemia on this site.
METABOLIC SYNDROME OR SYNDROME X
This is a set of risk factors that often results in diabetes, sooner or later. It includes elevated weight, elevated serum cholesterol, elevated serum triglycerides, elevated blood pressure, older age, and often a slightly elevated blood pressure. Often people also have a large belly. For much more on this extremely common dietary and lifestyle condition, read Metabolic Syndrome on this website.
This is elevated blood sugar that only develops in women who are pregnant. As soon as pregnancy ends, the blood sugar usually returns to normal.
This is just a type of poor health, in my view. Pregnancy adds stress to the body, and more weight. The combination pushes the person into high blood sugar, which goes away when the stress of pregnancy is over. A nutritional balancing program can help eliminate this condition.
This is often defined as a fasting blood sugar level between 99 and 125 mg/dl. It may also be assessed by a 5-hour glucose tolerance test.
I would call this condition early diabetes. It is very common today.
IS DIABETES EVER JUST LOW INSULIN?
Some health authorities still cling to the notion that diabetes is just due to low insulin. In fact, insulin deficiency is a much too simplistic explanation for ANY case of diabetes.
If the problem were just a lack of insulin, then insulin replacement therapy, which is a standard medical treatment, would entirely cure the condition. However, it does no such thing.
People who take insulin are still prone to a serious complications of diabetes such as peripheral neuropathy, kidney failure, ulcers that won’t heal, blindness, artery disease and more.
I am not sure these pathologies are complications. They are part of the deeper pathology of diabetes that simple insulin therapy will not entirely stop.
The deeper pathology of diabetes always includes low levels of chromium, manganese, zinc, and perhaps vanadium. It may also include the accumulation of toxic metals in the pancreas and elsewhere, and possibly other imbalances and infections.
AVOID THE STANDARD DIABETIC DIET
The American Diabetic Association diet also allows
1. Coffee or tea.
3. Chemically processed foods including soft drinks
4. Artificial sweeteners.
5. Refined carbohydrates in the form of cake, cookies and ice cream as long as they do not contain sugar.
This is inexcusable, in my opinion. The diabetic needs the highest quality and most nutrient-dense foods to rebuild and replenish a depleted body.
A Better Diabetic Diet. The proper diet should be built around cooked vegetables in large quantities, especially steamed ones to get the most minerals from them. Salads do not provide enough minerals and should preferably be avoided or eaten only minimally. Also, eat free range meats, wild game and other meats that are not fed corn, if possible.
HYDRATION, RO WATER, AND WATER FILTERS
The best water for hydrating the body is either spring water, or carbon-only filtered tap water. Water filtered only with a sand filter is also okay.
Water To Avoid. Reverse osmosis or RO-treated water – also called purified water or drinking water in the markets, does not hydrate the body well. Please avoid it! RO water is also used to make soft drinks, soda pop and prepared teas.
Also, many under-the-sink and other water filters damage the water and make it less suitable for hydrating the body.
KDF filters, fluoride filters and other types are not good at all and should not be used. Read more bout this in the article called Water For Drinking on this site.
GENETIC VERSUS CONGENITAL FACTORS
Doctors often stress the genetic or inherited aspect of diabetes. However, this cannot account for the epidemic rise of diabetes this century.
Congenital more than genetic. If one’s mother was deficient in specific trace minerals such as zinc or chromium, her children are often born deficient in those nutrients. This will make them more prone to illnesses such as diabetes.
This situation is not genetic, but is congenital. This word means present at birth, but not inherited in the genes. In other words, it is something that is passed on from the mother during pregnancy due to nutritional imbalances in the mother.
The evidence from the current diabetes epidemic around the world basically argues against the genetic argument and favors congenital, environmental and nutritional causes for diabetes.
Also, if you grew up in a family that ate a lot of sugar, you are more likely to do so, as well. Once again, this is not genetic, but related to one’s cultural influences, such as lifestyle and diet.
THE ROLE OF OSTEOCALCIN IN DIABETES
This is newer research. A recent article in the journal Cell by lead author Dr. Gerard Karsenty indicates that this hormone regulates blood sugar levels by stimulating insulin production. This is important because it points to a link between calcium, bone remodeling, and diabetes.
It is one reason that in all nutritional balancing programs, calcium is supplemented and we strongly recommend excellent sources of calcium such as that found in raw dairy products, Bone Broth, sardines, carrot juice and toasted almond butter.
WHY IS AGE A FACTOR IN DIABETES?
Many people develop diabetes as they age. However, I do not think it is fair to say that aging alone is a cause of diabetes. However, as one ages, in almost all cases digestive enzyme secretion decreases, chewing is worse, and often dietary habits worsen.
This leads to more nutritional deficiencies and more toxic metal accumulation. The result is more disease.
Today, people are developing diabetes at younger ages. This is probably due to more severe mineral deficiencies developing at an earlier age. It may also be due to consuming even worse diets than in the past.
This rather rare type of diabetes (excessive urination). It is an inability of the body to concentrate the urine sufficiently. This results in clear, watery urine and too much urination.
Causes. This condition is caused by either:
1. A deficiency of anti-diuretic hormone or ADH, also called vasopressin. This hormone is produced in the pituitary gland.
2. A kidney problem in which the kidney does not respond properly to vasopressin.
This type of excessive urination has nothing to do with blood sugar. It can be due to a pituitary tumor, a stroke, a brain injury due to surgery, toxic metals in the brain or kidneys, or some other damage to the pituitary gland.
Therapies. The medical approach is to identify which of the two causes above are responsible for the problem. Then one gives a synthetic anti-diuretic hormone if the cause is the pituitary gland, or perhaps other therapy if the cause is in the kidneys.
Nutritional balancing. The goal of this therapy is to restore the pituitary gland or the kidneys to full functioning to reverse the condition. The ability to do this depends upon the type of damage to these organs.
I don’t have experience with this type of diabetes in regard to a nutritional balancing program because we have not been presented with cases of it. Perhaps in the future cases may present themselves.