- Diabetes is one of the fastest growing illnesses in the U.S.
- There are nearly 20 million confirmed cases, and nearly 40 million more people have one or more of the risk factors.
- There are 3 types of diabetes.
- Type I – Born with low or no beta cells or the immune system attacks the beta cells.
- Type II – Caused by diet and poor insulin absorption.
- Gestational – Occurs in 3rd trimester of pregnancy. Usually goes away after birth.
- Over 95% of all diabetes is Type II – Used to be adult onset after age 40, but now many cases start in teenagers.
- Poor diet and lack of exercise are the primary reasons.
- Diets high in sugar and simple carbohydrates (muffins, donuts, bread, etc.) cause pancreas to work overtime. Beta cells that produce insulin become exhausted and lose their ability to make insulin, which is needed to balance and transport sugar (glucose).
- Also, insulin receptors on cells become exhausted and desensitized, thus are unable to help the cells take in insulin and glucose.
- Glucose circulates in the arteries causing oxidative stress. This damages arterial walls, as well as nerves.
- Common medical treatment involves taking insulin or prescription drugs that help balance blood sugar.
- Diet changes and exercise are also usually recommended.
- Employees with diabetes cost employers $9,000/year on average more than non-diabetic employees.
- The medicines reduce immediate risks but often do not prevent long term problems, such as blindness, amputation, heart disease and cancer.
- The medicines used are also known to cause damage to the liver and the kidneys, thus causing other health problems.
- Diabetes may also be partially caused by people who have a smaller pancreas or less insulin producing beta cells.
- Most people who are pre-diabetic can avoid going to full diabetes with just diet and nutrition changes.
- Some people with full diabetes can even reverse it with diet and exercise.
- Several supplements have been scientifically proven to help diet and exercise with this reversal process. These include the following:
– Chromium – Alpha lipoic acid – Mulberry
– Vanadium – Fish oil – Cinnamon
– L-carnitine – Fenugreek – Eleotin tea
– Magnesium – Gymnena sylvestre Vitamin C
- Some key factors in preventing or reversing diabetes include:
- Eat whole foods, not processed foods.
- Eating 5-6 small meals per day, every 3 hours.
- Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates.
- Reduce weight according to your metabolic type.
- Eat a diet high in fiber and take fiber supplements to slow carbohydrate absorption.
- Each meal should include protein, carbs and good fats.
- Eat plenty of vegetables, but not more than 2-3 fruits per day.
- Fruit juices are too sweet.
- Sip water all day.
- Exercise all body parts every day to increase insulin receptors on cells and make them more sensitive.
- Get blood sugar tested regularly; use the glucose tolerance test because total glucose tests or the A1c test are not good enough. Also take our symptoms screening test because sugar levels can fluctuate.
- Diabetes can be prevented and reversed, but only with nutrition, not drugs.
Charles K. Bens, PhD.
Healthy at Work