Let me explain diabetes II in simple language. Once you understand what causes it, you will see why in most cases it can be reversed. As in many diseases, trace minerals play a key role in overcoming diabetes.
As you may know, Type One Diabetes is diagnosed when a person’s pancreas is unable to produce a normal amount of insulin.
Generally a person with Type 1 must take insulin to make up for this deficiency.
On this article we will cover:
1. The Cause of Type 2 Diabetes
2. The Progression of Type 2 Diabetes
3. Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
4. Quick Action Steps
In America, we love our carbs. We are addicted to soft drinks, sweet coffee, fruit juice, donuts, desserts, bread, potatoes, and pasta.
Every time we push excessive carbs on our body, our pancreas must produce a flood of insulin to prevent a dangerous spike in blood sugar.
Insulin is a hormone that takes this
excessive blood sugar and stores
it safely in fat cells.
The problem is, indulging in sweets and carbs becomes a lifestyle. Over and over again we force our pancreas to release high levels of insulin to reign in our blood sugar.
Our pancreas does this so well that we don’t even realize the danger that is knocking at the door.
You see, high levels of insulin are
harmful. Our body must do something to
protect against these repeated spikes in
How does the body protect itself against insulin spikes? It simply becomes more resistant to insulin.
To explain diabetes, we can liken it to a personal relationship. “If you hurt me, I put up a wall to protect myself from being hurt.”
Each time we gorge on sugars and starches, our insulin spikes. Each time our insulin spikes, our body puts up a wall of defense by becoming more resistant to insulin.
To explain diabetes, I ask: "So what’s wrong with our bodies becoming more resistant to insulin?" Everything!
With our body less sensitive to insulin, it takes a greater dose of insulin to bring our blood sugar back down from those carb binges.
Normally, your fasting blood insulin level should be less than 5, and preferably less than 3. As our body becomes more and more resistant to insulin, our fasting insulin level silently rises.
By the time we realize we have a blood
sugar problem, fasting insulin levels might be
90 or more. The body has become so resistant to
insulin that the pancreas is no longer producing
enough to handle our sugar spikes.
We go to the doctor for help. She tells us that we need to reduce our sugar and carb intake, lose weight, and exercise. This is great advice. Next, she puts us on drugs to help our pancreas excrete more insulin, or she actually prescribes that we take insulin.
Now we can’t lose weight because more insulin means storing more sugar in fat cells. The doctor goes on to explain diabetes as a progressive disease, and though we might slow it down, we can’t stop it.
Is this the right answer? Our disease is insulin resistance. We have this disease because we forced our body to produce copious amounts of insulin to counter our sugar and carb binges.
So now the answer is to take drugs to raise our insulin levels even more? This seems illogical. We are treating the symptom (high blood sugar) instead of the disease (insulin resistance).
Where does this course of treatment lead to? First, taking insulin medications seems to empower many diabetics to continue eating carbs and sugars. After all, "I can just take a little more insulin and control my sugar when I binge". This approach greatly accelerates the disease of insulin resistance.
Even if we do adopt a disciplined lifestyle, the disease continues to progress. Why? Because our medications are reinforcing the problem. They are elevating our insulin levels even more, and our body responds by becoming even more insulin resistant.
Yes, when we properly explain diabetes, the only answer is to address the actual disease, not the symptom.
The way to reverse type 2 diabetes is to lower insulin resistance. This is done primarily by changing one’s lifestyle. Here, a friend of mine shares her personal journey into controlling blood sugar naturally.
Before diabetes, your diet was high in carbs and sugars. Now, you must change your diet to vegetables, fats and protein. This greatly reduces your body’s need for insulin, and gradually your body will become less resistant to insulin. This diet also helps with weight loss.
But what is the best way to reverse Type 2 Diabetes? According to Dr. Mercola, intermittent fasting holds the greatest potential to totally reverse Type 2 Diabetes. Not only is intermittent fasting effective, it also has the potential to totally reverse Type 2 Diabetes in 1 to 3 months! Here is a video by Dr. Fung that explains this.
When we do strength training, we build muscle mass. The more muscle, the greater the capacity of our muscle to absorb sugar from the blood. This means we don’t need insulin to store as much!
Within weeks of beginning strength
training we start to develop more muscle mass,
noticeable decrease in insulin resistance.
Something magical is happening. Our diabetes
isn't as bad!
The sooner that a person finds the ones that work for him or her and is able to decrease or totally get off their medication, the more rapidly their insulin sensitivity can grow.
When I explain diabetes, my goal is to see people completely reverse their disease (insulin resistance), so that they no longer need medications! It has been estimated the 95% of Type 2 Diabetics can control their blood sugar by diet, exercise, and natural products.
The following is my formula for overcoming type 2 diabetes. Except for point 5, each of the following could prove very beneficial for us all, not just diabetics.
Our Goal in each of these steps: to minimize the need for insulin.
I enjoy doing all of the above, except of
course for #5. I do not have a blood sugar
problem, but all of these are excellent just for
general health. In fact, following these
guidelines may be beneficial for many health
Juicing nutrient dense vegetables can play a major role in overcoming Type 2 Diabetes. The best place to get these vegetables is in your own vegetable garden. Trace minerals are a key to growing vegetables that are full of nutrients and healing power!
My prayer is for each of us to be disciplined in our eating and exercise, and that through this those with Type 2 will be restored to health.