Diabetes and Prediabetes

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 in Ailments/Diseases, Diet/Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Newsletters, Nutrition | 0 comments

The Next Epidemic is Here!

Your Best New Year’s Resolution:
Balance Your Blood Sugar

  • 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S. (8.3%) have diabetes
  • 79 million have prediabtes (1 out of 3 Americans)

Diabetes is a condition of having high blood sugar or hyperglycemia. Typical signs of diabetes are frequent urination, excessive thirst, and increased appetite.  Everyone needs to pay attention to their lifestyle habits and their diet in order to make sure blood sugar levels are normal. Having low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) does not negate the risk of having diabetes.

Types of Diabetes

  • Type 1 – the body does not produce insulin.
  • Type 1.5 – latent autoimmune diabetes with the presence of auto-antibodies in the blood and adult onset.
  • Type 2 – known as non-insulin-dependent, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the body’s cells cannot absorb and utilize the insulin (insulin resistance). Type 2 diabetes is the most common.
  • Type 3 – known as brain diabetes; protein plaque resulting from elevated blood sugar in the brain resulting in memory loss, Alzheimer, and dementia.
  • Gestational diabetes – occurs during pregnancy and usually returns to normal after delivery.

How to Determine if you are Diabetic or Prediabetic:

The Hemoglobin A1c test (blood test)
– at least 6.5% means diabetes
– between 5.7% and 5.99% means prediabetes
– less than 5.7% means normal

FPG (fasting plasma glucose) test
– at least 126 mg/dl means diabetes
– between 100 mg/dl and 125.99 mg/dl means prediabetes
– less than 100 mg/dl means normal

OGTT (oral glucose tolerance test)
– at least 200 mg/dl means diabetes
– between 140 and 199.9 mg/dl means prediabetes
– less than 140 mg/dl means normal

Causes of Diabetes

  • Eating too many carbohydrates (breads, pastas, crackers), fast food, sugary foods and beverages, especially those with high fructose corn syrup
  • Eating too many calories per day
  • Eating too little vegetables, fiber, and protein
  • Skipping meals
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Environmental toxins
  • Microbes such as viruses and yeast
  • Genetics

Symptoms and Complications of Diabetes:

  • Weight gain around the waistline
  • Diabetic neuropathy – nerve damage to arms, legs, and other parts of the body creating numbness, tingling, burning or sharp sensations
  • Candidiasis (yeast overgrowth)
  • Frozen shoulder and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Vision problems – blurry vision, double vision, glaucoma, cataracts, and blindness
  • Foot problems – hammertoes, bunions, claw-foot, corns
  • High blood pressure and heart problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetic stiff hand syndrome or limited mobility in the hands
  • Edema – fluid retention
  • Skin tags
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue, confusion, memory loss
  • Infections – slow healing of wounds, urinary tract infection, periodontal infections
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Hearing loss
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Insomnia

What Can I Do?

  • Omit fast food, refined carbohydrates, gluten, fruit juices and soda, alcohol, sugary snacks, and desserts from your diet.
  • Eat a diet high in vegetables (60%), protein (20%), gluten-free grains (15% or not at all until sugar levels are balanced), nuts/fruit/beans (5%, stay off all juices except fresh green vegetable).
  • Eat three smaller meals a day and snack in between.
  • Do my 90 day program as set forth in my book “The Candida Cure.”
  • Exercise at least 4 times a week – walking is a great place to start; you don’t need a gym membership.
  • Supplements such as Glysen and Protoglysen from Apex Energetics or Blood Sugar Support by Vitacost help with insulin resistance and high blood sugar. (To purchase Apex products, call 800-736-4381 and set up a patient account using code P2017. Glysen and Protoglysen are best taken together if you already have diabetes. Glysen is good for prediabetics and insulin resistance. Gluco abX is good for those with hypoglycemia.)
  • Take probiotics, vitamin E, vitamin C, multi vitamin/mineral without iron, and fish oil.
  • Take 1 tbsp. of ground flaxseed meal and put into  10 ounces of water, or into a smoothie, or sprinkle onto food.

Sources:
The USA’s National Diabetes Fact Sheet from January 2011
Well Being Journal, Diabetes: A Silent Epidemic Revealed, CJ Puotinen, Jan/Feb. 2013, Vol. 22 No. 1
Medical News Today.com

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