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1) What is
2) Types of Diabetes
3) Side effects of too much sugar
in the blood
4) Side effects of too much
5) Diabetic Symptoms
6) 12 Signs of Diabetes
7) Complementary Natural
Treatment for Diabetes
What is Diabetes?
Glucose is a simple sugar which serves as the
body's fuel to produce heat and energy. When food is eaten and digestion occurs,
the food is broken down into simple glucose molecules which then circulates in the blood to the cells where it
can be used. When it is found in the human bloodstream it is
referred to as "blood sugar"
Carbohydrates are long chains of glucose molecules
which are broken down to glucose.
How does this become the condition known as diabetes?
Glucose cannot penetrate the cell wall unless
it is attached to molecules of insulin. The sugars and starches you eat
are converted to glucose, which enters your
bloodstream to be transported to the cells..
where insulin comes in. It "unlocks" your
cell walls so the glucose can
enter. Insulin's job is to push the blood sugar
into the cells. In order for
this to work, your cells need to be sensitive to
insulin. Without this, the glucose
does not enter the cells but accumulates
in the blood and circulates helplessly, eventually entering the kidneys and then
the bladder for excretion in the urine.
When your cells aren't sensitive to insulin, your
body has to do something with the glucose. It converts
some of it into fat, and the rest can become AGEs
(advanced glycation end products) -- which can build
up in the tissues, and affect cellular function.
this excess sugar will react with oxygen to form
unstable molecules called free radicals which can cause havoc by stealing
electrons from your body's healthy molecules to balance themselves. This type of damage is thought to be associated with all the complications
bottom line is you want your cells to be sensitive to insulin.
genetics may make a person susceptible to diabetes, a diet high in refined,
processed foods is present in most cases of the disease. This
diet results in damage caused by chronic exposure to high levels
Diabetes is generally divided into two
Type I, called insulin-dependent or
juvenile diabetes, and
Type II, or non-insulin dependent
diabetes is associated with the
destruction of the beta cells of the pancreas, which manufacture
insulin. This type of diabetes occurs mostly in children and young
adults. Their bodies don't manufacture enough insulin.
There are two types of Type I Diabetes:
Diabetes Insipidus: This is a rare metabolic disorder caused
either by a deficiency of the pituitary hormone vasopressin or by the inability
of the kidneys to respond properly to this hormone. Failure to produce adequate
amounts of vasopressin is usually the result of damage to the pituitary
"honeyed" in Latin) This results from a defect in the production
of insulin by the pancreas. Without insulin, the body cannot use the
glucose (blood sugar). As a result, the level of glucose circulating in the
blood is high and the level of glucose absorbed by the body tissues is
low. The glucose can not get inside of the cells where it is needed.
is by far the more prevalent form.
In this type of the disorder,
the Type II diabetes, the
pancreas does produce insulin, but the insulin produced is ineffective as
constant inflow of high carbohydrate and sugary
foods, the body produces more insulin. When
this continues day after day and year after year,
the cells become insulin resistive - the doors to
the cells which are called cell receptors close up.
The body produces more insulin to get the glucose
into the cells. The body is then producing too
much insulin, the cells don't respond to the insulin anymore, so more and
more insulin is put into the blood stream which in turn creates more insulin
It appears that there are many reasons why
main reason is poor food selection; a diet high in
refined carbohydrates and sugars. Your
typical American diet.
Side effects of too
much Glucose in the blood:
If you have too much sugar in the blood,
it will lead to
increased thirst in the body's attempt to get rid of the extra sugar. This
leads to increased urination..
However, too much sugar causes narrowing of the small blood
vessels throughout the body. The higher the blood sugar level, the more
the small blood vessels narrow. The blood vessels thus carry less blood,
and circulation is impaired.
Poor circulation in turn results in the
complications: kidney disease, poor wound healing and foot and eye
This sugar imbalance also alters
fat metabolism, increasing the risk that cholesterol-laden plaque will build up
in the large blood vessels.
Excess sugar also sticks to proteins, causing
their structural and functional properties to be changed and is a reason that
wounds don't heal, they have trouble making quality collagen, the connective
tissue that is the major structural protein in the body.
Stress results in the
adrenal glands putting adrenaline into the bloodstream which increases the free
fatty acids and shuts off the release of insulin. In obesity, less
and less insulin is able to reach the insulin-responsive muscles.
There is not enough supply of insulin to meet the demand.
Another complication is Diabetic Neuropathy (damage to nerves caused by diabetes, by the excess sugar in
the blood). This affects the peripheral nerves, such as those in the feet, hands and
legs. Symptoms include numbness, tingling and pain. This is
where it becomes nerve pain. See our
article on neuropathy.
It is for these
reasons that people who have diabetes are at
considerable risk of these "complications".
Side Effects of Too
"metabolism" is the food processing and
energy production system of your body. It is
made up of extremely fine-tuned internal processes.
Insulin is the master
hormone of your metabolism. When it is out
of balance and your insulin levels are consistently
elevated, a long list of deadly complications are
Hardening of the
Damage to Artery
Mechanism Turned Off
Storage of Fat
Causes Nutrient Deficiencies
Science has shown that
excess insulin also causes you body to become
deficient in many vitamins, minerals and other
Chromium is essential
to proper metabolism and maintaining safe sugar
levels. Excess insulin depletes your body's
chromium. Where does the "sweet
tooth" and sugar cravings come from, chromium
Calcium & Magnesium
are also depleted by excess insulin, which can cause
many problems, as they are critical to over 200
biochemical processes in your body.
Other very important
nutrients which excess insulin causes you to be
deficient, in are Zinc, Selenium, Vitamin E, Vitamin
C, Vanadium, B Complex Vitamins, essential fatty acids
and many more.
Symptoms of Diabetes
Symptoms of Type I diabetes include:
weight loss despite a normal (or even
increased) intake of food.
In children, frequent bedwetting - especially
by a child who did not previously wet the bed - is another common sign.
People with Type I diabetes are subject to
episodes in which blood glucose levels are very high (hyperglycemia) and very
low (hypoglycemia). Either of these conditions can lead to a serious
medical emergency. Episodes of low blood sugar, which strike
suddenly, can be caused by a missed meal, or a reaction to
too much insulin. The initial signs of hypoglycemia are:
If not treated the individual may go on to experience:
According to Richard Bernstein, M.D., author of Diabetes
Type 2, Including Dramatic New Approaches to the
Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes, other symptoms of
high blood sugar may include:
tingling in the fingers or
buzzing in the ears
a tight feeling in the throat or near
less ability to detect
sweetness in taste sensations
pounding the hands on
tables and walls
lack of physical coordination
sudden awakenings from sleep
shouting while asleep
rapid and shallow breathing
of unusual warmth
cold clammy skin
paleness of complexion
slurring of speech
a condition called
nystagmus in which the eyes involuntarily jerk when
sweeping from side to side.
For some, blood sugar is
elevated when the letters of the Arabic alphabet
begin to look like they're written in Russian or
Other people walk into walls when their
blood sugar is high. Some people become intensely
angry and upset for no apparent reason. According to
Dr. Bernstein, the symptoms of high blood sugar may
occur in clusters or appear alone without other
In contrast, high blood sugar can trigger an
episode over a period of several hours or even days. This risk is greatest
during illness, when insulin requirements rise. The blood sugar can creep up,
ultimately resulting in coma, a reaction also known as diabetic ketonacidosis.
Once of the warning signs of developing high blood sugar is the inability to
keep down fluids. Possible long-term complications include stroke,
blindness, heart disease, kidney failure, gangrene and nerve damage.
The second category of diabetes mellitus, often
referred to as maturity-onset diabetes, is most likely to occur in people with a
family history of diabetes. (But, then again, eating habits run in the
of large amounts of fluid
rapid weight loss
fatigue and marked weakness
slow wound healing
tingling or numbness of the
The onset of type II
diabetes typically occurs during adulthood and is linked to a poor diet.
Other signs that may be associated with diabetes include:
Important Note: If you are diagnosed
as having diabetes your doctor will give you instructions on what to do if
hypoglycemia occurs. If symptoms of hyperglycemia develop, go to the emergency
room of the nearest hospital. This is a potentially dangerous situation
and intravenous administration of proper fluids, electrolyte, and insulin may be
required to lower blood sugar.
12 Signs of
Recurring infection plus scratch/dry skin.
This sign of diabetes is the outcome of the poor blood
circulation and high blood glucose level.
(periodontal) disease. Experiencing pain
whenever chewing food is a sign of diabetes. For those
with more serious gum problems, this may even lead to
To treat gum disease, diabetics
must work on controlling the diabetic condition. Gum
disease is the result of too much glucose in the
blood, which damages oral health. There are
other reasons: read Periodontal
thinning or loss of hair. Because of the
diabetic condition, lost hair are not replaced
as readily as someone without the disease.
and numbness in hands and feet. This
condition is known as neuropathy.
Usually this condition surfaces only when the
increasing sugar in blood has damaged the nervous
system. This sign of diabetes usually surface at a
later time. This is nerve damage and is a major
complication of diabetes.
and sores around the genital area. Often,
this can be misdiagnosed as Vaginal thrush,
candidacies or yeast infection. However, this
sign of diabetes is due to too much sugar content in
urination. As the kidney cannot absorb the
sugar (glucose), the only way to remove the high sugar
content in blood is to purge them into the urine.
Since the urine is carrier for these glucose, more is
produced in order to cater for the increasing sugar
content. And therefore diabetes find themselves
visiting the toilet as high as once every 60 minutes.
This is usually the 1st sign of diabetes.
thirsty. Even during cool season, and
diabetics involving only in light activities, they
tend to get thirsty easily despite drinking plenty of
water. This is because of the large amount of fluid
loss through urine so as to flush out the
glucose. Dehydration as a result of frequent
urination causes diabetics to get thirsty often.
mouth. This is one of the more obvious sign
of diabetes. Again, this is closely linked to the loss
of fluid - the direct result of frequent urination.
Dehydration leading to insufficient saliva to moist
tired and weak all the time. No matter how
much diabetics rest, they are also lethargic. They are
always low in energy, because diabetics lose some of
the glucose (energy) during urination.
10) Gain or
lose weight unexpectedly. Unexpected weight
loss could be due to dehydration - a direct
consequence of frequent urination. Also it can be due
to breakdown of muscle as a result of high glucose
content. Either way, these are sign of diabetes. While
unexpected weight loss is not a good sign, so is weight gain. Resistance to insulin promotes fat
storage, and this means that glucose cannot be
absorbed by the body for use as energy.
vision. Pre-diabetics tend to overlook this.
Seldom do they suspect this as a sign of diabetes.
This can be a serious problem as unclear vision
untreated eyes problem (due to diabetes) can lead to
healing cuts and bruises. Diabetics take
longer to heal compare to non-diabetics. This is more
obvious for wounds and cuts on the feet due to poorer
What can you do
to help the Diabetic Condition?
Diabetes is now ranked as the fifth largest killer
in the United States, but this does not take into consideration many of the
heart attacks, strokes and deaths by other complications brought about by too
much sugar in the blood.
The discovery of insulin in the 1920s was thought to be a
miracle cure. It has saved countless lives and has extended the life spans of
childhood diabetics from months to decades for those who are insulin
dependent. This is different from
Type II Diabetes that can be helped with
What can be done?
The medical profession has many
different remedies to help lower blood sugar and
AC1. We don't need to repeat this here.
We always recommend you take the
approach of building health - and diabetes is no
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