By Dr. Rita Louise
When we eat, our bodies
break down the proteins, carbohydrates and fats we consume to
be used as the building blocks of our bodies. Carbohydrates, such
as those found in bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and cereals are
first digested and converted into simple sugars in the intestines
and then move from the intestines into the bloodstream. These
simple sugars are our body’s first choice for energy production.
Glucose, a form of
simple sugar is the basic fuel the body uses for energy. In order
for our bodies to utilize this sugar however, it must be transported
across the cell membrane where it can be used to feed and fuel
our cells. Insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas, and more
specifically by the islets of Langerhans, which are scattered
throughout the pancreas, stimulates our body’s cells to
absorb sugar, thus removing it from the blood stream.
When our bodies cannot
properly utilize glucose, thus causing it to stay in the blood,
we are diagnosed as having diabetes. Diabetes is a disorder which
disrupts the mechanism by which the body controls blood sugar.
The build-up of sugar in the blood, characterized by diabetes,
can cause the cells of our bodies to be starved for glucose and
can, if left unchecked, lead to damage of the eyes, kidneys, nerves
There are two types
of diabetes: insulin dependent or Type 1 diabetes and non-insulin
dependent or Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, is often referred
to as juvenile or childhood-onset diabetes. Here, the pancreas
cannot make the insulin needed by the body to process glucose.
For individuals with Type 1 diabetes, while natural therapies
may help the body be more receptive to insulin, they require regular
injections of insulin to maintain health.
On the other hand,
individuals with Type 2 or Adult-onset diabetes, their bodies
produce varying amounts of insulin, but more often then not, the
ability of their body’s cells to absorb sugar is diminished.
While there are "classic" warning signs that often accompany
diabetes, i.e., excessive thirst, excessive hunger, excessive
urination, excessive tiredness, and unexplained weight loss, many
people with type 2 diabetes do not have these symptoms. Individuals
who are at a greater risk include people who are: over age 40,
are overweight, have a family history of diabetes, have had diabetes
during pregnancy, have high blood pressure or high blood fats,
have the stress of an illness or injury, are a member of a high-risk
ethnic group such as African-American, Hispanic, American Indian
and Asian. For these individuals, natural therapies tend to work
Reduce your consumption
of starchy foods that are high in carbohydrates such as bread,
potatoes, processed cereals, rice or that have a high glycemic
index rating. The Glycemic Index is a system that ranks foods
based on how they affect your levels of blood sugar.
Consume a high fiber,
whole foods diet and work to eliminate preprocessed junk foods
from your eating regimen.
Start an exercise program!
In most cases, weight reduction can help those with type 2 diabetes.
In addition to decreasing body fat, has been show to improve insulin
Dietary fiber, such
as psyllium, LOCLO
High Fiber Supp and Nature's Three
has been show to improve glucose tolerance in some studies.
yeast or a chromium supplement
into your health program. Chromium helps improve glucose tolerance
by increasing our body’s sensitivity to insulin.
Supplement with vitamins
and minerals such as vitamin B,
vitamin C, vitamin
E, magnesium and zinc.
Individuals with diabetes tend to have low levels of these important
nutrients in their blood. In addition, these supplements have
been shown to help to reduce damage to the eyes, nerves and kidneys
- health problems that are often experienced by people with advanced
or long term diabetes.
Lipoic Acid has also been show to improve insulin sensitivity.
Evidence suggests that
supplementation with vitamin D
can increase insulin levels in some people.
The herb Nopal
can help to strengthen the liver and the pancreas thereby improving
our body’s ability to utilize insulin.
Some sources recommend
that you avoid the amino acid cysteine which has been reported
to break down insulin and interfere with sugar absorption.
such as Ayurvedic Blood Sugar Formula
and HY-A and Pro-Pancreas
can help to normalize blood sugar levels.
a naturally sweet plant makes an excellent sugar substitute without
the drawbacks of sugar. Stevia can be used in cooking as well.
Visit your local health food store or look online for cookbooks
that utilize stevia in place of sugar.
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Mind & SoulHealer 2004. All rights reserved.
Dr. Rita Louise, Ph.D.
is a Naturopathic Physician and a 20-year veteran in the Human
Potential Field, but it is her unique gift as a medical intuitive
and clairvoyant that illuminates and enlivens her work. Author
of the book “Avoiding the Cosmic 2x4”, her unique
insights bridge the worlds of science, spirit and culture and
are changing the way the world views physical, mental and emotional
health. To schedule a session and experience Dr. Louise in action,
visit http://www.soulhealer.com or call 972-475-3393.
note: The information contained here is for educational purposes
only and is not meant to diagnose, treat, or prevent any illnesses.
We recommend that you contact a health care practitioner if you
have any immediate health care concerns.