Conventional treatment for diabetes produce no sustaining results, only treat the symptoms. But the ideal treatment is within your reach
UNDERSTAND TYPE II DIABETES
Diabetes can be more than simply managed. If you’re looking for answers and results, you’ve found the right page. The information you’ll find here is practical, science based, free of charge and produce results for those struggling with diabetes. Carefully read this article and control your diabetes naturally, with sustainability and at home. Slow down, this article is long and with lot’s of useful information, if you don’t have time make a bookmark and come back later.
Working with diabetics every day I see how it progresses reaching irreversible levels. Patients suffering from various harmful clinical conditions end up perishing after years of suffering. As diabetes progresses – amputations, blindness, pressure ulcers, dialysis, and nerve pain are not uncommon.
I get distressed noting how insulin use and other medications such as sulfonylureas, biguanides, Ainibidores alpha-glucosidase commonly prescribed by doctors, only mask the symptoms and do not prevent the progression of diabetes. The good news is that the best way to treat diabetes this at your fingertips.
There is a way to end the diabetes. Just use the right foods and eliminate the wrong ones; at the same time understand how the body produces energy from foods. What I’m trying to bring to your attention requires your full participation. It is also important to understand how a person become diabetic. Once you understand that, it is easy to get results, but it will depend on your persistence and seriousness in following some simple rules.
Diabetes needs daily attention, and it does not happen with our current medical system because spending time with patients is not profitable. Doctors prescribe pills or insulin, talk about diet and exercise for 3 minutes and leave patients with a thousand questions.
This is unacceptable in face of how serious diabetes is. Unfortunately, the drug industry wants to remain making lavish profits, while selling the public drugs that may not work on the long run.
What draws my attention too, is how diabetes prevention is lame. The typical pamphlet anti diabetes is like this: a full explanation of the evils of diabetes and its symptoms. This is not much of a help, because diabetics already know all of that.
At the end of a typical pamphlet (the smallest part) where it says “how to prevent”, only tells you to change your diet for a healthier diet and exercise. But that is not much of a help either. You can have the healthiest diet in the world and continue to be diabetic. The diet need to be healthy; but must also exclude some types of food.
First step: change your attitude about diabetes
Stop thinking about diabetes as a disease
Unfortunately medicine coined the idea that diabetes is a disease. This only creates anxiety and stress, worsening your diabetes. Diabetes is considered a disease only in advanced stages when the kidneys and liver are compromised. Most people with diabetes are in the pre diabetic state and that can be easily reversed.
Diabetes in the beginning can be compared to an allergy or an inflammatory process. You can easily avoid this. Just stop ingesting the substance causing you allergy or inflammation: in the case of diabetes: carbohydrates and sugar.
What is diabetes type II?
The main characteristics of diabetes are cell insulin resistance, and accumulation of sugar in the blood. Another important factor is damage to the pancreas and the subsequent decrease in insulin production.
When you eat carbohydrates like bread, pasta, or rice (and there are many other carbohydrates) these foods are immediately transformed into glucose (or as many say – blood sugar). Think of glucose as if it were the fuel of the body. It is a powerful substance with a high energy content and can have corrosive properties as if it was gasoline.
Your body prefers to draw energy from glucose because it is easier. Glucose is easily transformed into ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is the final product required by the cells, muscle and brain. (hence people difficulty thinking when sugar is low, no sugar for the brain!).
We eat and drink excessive amounts of carbohydrate, and we do it every day, 24/7. Excessive blood glucose causes problems because there is more glucose available than we can use. The accumulated blood glucose cause inflammation and also compromises the red blood cells oxygen transport, a condition called glycation. But how this process gets out of hand?
The liver sends a signal to the pancreas to increase insulin secretion. However with increased production of insulin other problems occur in a cascade effect: The main one being that the cells of certain individuals become insulin resistant, i.e. no longer respond to chemical signals to convert glucose into energy ATP.
This mainly occurs with people with genetic propensity to diabetes. But this also happens to those who do not have this propensity. They might not become diabetic but end up suffering from obesity, we’ll talk about that in a minute.
But this genetic inheritance is a quality and not a defect. This genetic trait in the past belonged to those who had had more skills to survive in times of famine. Our ancestors had little access to carbohydrates.
Understand how insulin works
Insulin is a powerful hormone. What many do not know is that insulin is also the hunger hormone. The main functions of insulin are
- Works like a key opening the cells to receive glucose: The problems is that we can’t use this excess glucose because we are basically sedentary people and are usually seating down in front of a computer rather then doing physical work
- stores fats: Initially insulin stores fat in the liver and viscera and later in adipose tissues (belly, legs). But why insulin stores fat? Because fat is the most efficient form of energy we have. Our fat reserves in the body can keep us alive for months provided we have water to drink. We are pre-programmed to survive without food, and that means – having fat storage. Our body is better able to tolerate hunger, than have excess food. The body also stores fat because fat is the most powerful form of energy supply. One gram of fat contains nine calories while carbohydrate and protein contains only four.
- Insulin works as an appetite regulator: with the presence of carbohydrates, insulin activates leptin that produces the feeling of hunger making us eat more carbohydrates. (Ever noticed that after you eat a plate of pasta how quickly you become hungry)
Our problems begin because today there is never shortage of food, and the fat storage in the body is never used. This causes problems because we are constantly working from carbohydrates; a temporary form of energy production if you will.
In the past there wasn’t an abundance of food like today. People spent many hours without eating (which can be duplicated today by fasting). There used to be food shortages, and carbohydrates were not as common as they are today (especially fast foods ). People also ate more fats because in the past there was no such nonsense as fats are bad for you.
Not everyone who has insulin resistance end up diabetic. Obese individuals that cannot lose weight even practicing exercise may be suffering from insulin resistance too. They simply do not reach the diabetic stage but remain obese.
They say that obese individuals are more likely to become diabetic. But is not because obesity causes diabetes. Much to the contrary – diabetes is what causes obesity. So obesity can be viewed as a symptom of a diabetes in progress for some people.
Likewise, the accumulation of fat contributes to the diabetic process because of the risk of fatty liver. The liver is an important regulator of absorption and distribution of the energy from foods. Since the liver is ill due to excess fat, the diabetes process accelerates considerably.
Diabetes begins with excess production of insulin
The problem is that people only think of high blood sugar when it comes to diabetes. But the problem starts with excess insulin. To end diabetes you must first find a way to live without producing too insulin, or at least producing very little. The more diabetic you are the less insulin you should have in your system. Treating blood sugar is like treating a symptom and not the cause.
You ingested large amounts of carbohydrates, which are converted into glucose. Your cells no longer respond to insulin, so what’s the problem? Two things happen and none of them are good:
- Your blood sugar is high and over time causes countless damage to nerves, tissues and organs.
- Something else is also true: the excess glucose is converted into fat that will not be used for energy making your liver sick.
HOW TO END DIABETES
There is no secret: you can end diabetes now, by simply limiting or completely eliminating the intake of sugars and carbohydrates and substituting it for fats. But is that all? Yes, that’s basically all there is to it.
The trick is in how you perform and maintain this dietary change and that is where the bulk of the work is. The biggest problem is basically how to eliminate carbohydrates because they are almost like an addiction in our food culture; this requires a lot of willpower.
The failure most people have eliminating carbohydrates is that they don’t substitute them with anything caloric, thus starving the body. After limiting carbohydrates for a while, people end up going back and having a carb binge. If you substitute carbs with fats and you’ll be always satiated.
The problem is that food is part of our social life, and carbohydrates are always at the center of every social event. How to resist? You have to come up with your own motivation scheme. I think once you start feeling the benefits of being a fat burner you’ll you will never look back.
Eliminating insulin: the trick to end diabetes
Our body requires adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to live. We can get it from carbohydrates by eating foods like bread, pasta, sugar, fruits and many other carbohydrates. They are readily converted into glucose.
However our body is wise and has other sources of energy. Our body stores energy in two other ways: fat and glycogen.
Glucose is the main and easiest source of energy, then comes the glycogen which is a concentrated form of glucose, and finally fats that are our largest store of energy.
- Fats: are long lasting energy sources. We can produce energy from fats and this allows us to survive many days without eating!
- Glycogen: are energy packets ready to be used when there is no glucose circulating in the blood. Glycogen is stored in the liver and muscles. (and that’s why there is advantage in weight training to combat diabetes )
If the glucose level in the blood is low, the liver produces glucagon, a hormone that converts glycogen into glucose. However our body can get energy by converting stored fat; this process is called gluconeogenesis, fats are converted into energy.
Why is it so important to understand this process? It’s simple: if you do not eat carbohydrates, your body will get used to making energy from these two other forms: fat and glycogen.
A big misconception is that we need to eat carbs all the time to survive. And their absence of it can cause a person to feel sick, dizzy, faint, have seizures or even go into a coma – this is nonsense.
With this fear in mind, people eat all the time. Any small hunger we munch all day on carbs. This only promotes and consolidates glucose dependency for energy. Let’s go step by step.
A word about carbohydrates
I will not go into much detail on carbohydrates because it is not the focus of this article. Organic, whole grain carbohydrates are great foods. They can be beneficial as long as they don’t produce a insulin problem.
It is not the carbohydrate itself that is harmful. What it is detrimental, particularly for diabetic or pre – diabetics is wasteful consumption of carbs creating insulin production in excess. Carbohydrates are a problem also due to its extreme caloric nature and immediate conversion into glucose.
A word about fats
It is important to understand what is fat. Most pressing however it is to know that fats do not harm your health. One of the biggest mistakes in public health was the prohibition of fats. Today there is an idea that if you eat fats, like butter, cheese, lard, coconut oil, will have heart disease and ultimately a heart attack. There are dozens of studies showing no correlation between fat and heart disease. This attitude is changing. Fats are needed for you cell health, brain and biochemical reactions in you body.
Removing fat from our diet was the worst idea ever conceived, because fats have always been an important part of our diet. Fats give us food satisfaction, removing it created a void in our seeking satisfying foods. To bring you satisfaction fats were replaced with carbohydrates and sugar – a big mistake.
This error has been promoting an absurd increase in diabetes rates. We must think in terms of healthy fats and feed on them as much as possible. Not only fats provides 9 calories per gram; it makes us more satisfied and less hungry.
- Coconut oil / butter
- milk butter
- Milk cream
- Whole yogurt (no sugar)
- Olive oil
- Nuts and seed oils
Fats that are bad
- Soy oil
- Canola oil
- Corn oil
- trans fats
- Vegetable fat
Proteins although are not carbohydrates can also be converted into glucose for energy. If you substitute carbs for protein you’ll end up with the same problem. First eliminate carbohydrates, but do not replace them with proteins. Proteins are not foods that produce energy. Proteins are useful in cell construction. Do not worry about protein, you probably have enough protein in your diet.
THE DIET OF CHANGE
One of the problems with the so called diabetic diet, is that it is based on counting carbohydrates. There are two problems with this idea:
- It is virtually impossible to know precisely how many calories we eat or spend. Even if you were in a laboratory it would be a hard task to accomplish: it’s nonsense.
- Counting or not counting carbs, you are still eating them and producing insulin, and this will do nothing to reverse diabetes.
Think of percentages instead. In this diet there is no counting calories or carbohydrates, instead you’ll focus on percentages and proportions of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. The goal is to reduce protein and carbohydrates while maximizing healthy fats.
What is the ideal percentage? This will depend on the degree of intolerance to insulin and glucose as mentioned above. The more diabetic you are, the more you’ll have to cut carbs .
If your blood sugar is in the 300-400 mg / dl range you should cut carbohydrates completely or eat only 5%. If your sugar is in the range 140 – 200 milligrams / dl you can still consume between 10 -20%. But why percentages are so important?
The diet’s trick is to activate the “metabolic switch”
You have a key within yourself that can switch your metabolic mode from using carbs to making fuel from fat without using insulin.
Our body is a biological machine, and like all machines it requires some form of fuel. Our fuel is called ATP or adenosine triphosphate. ATP can be produced from various sources and not only carbohydrates.
Another plentiful source are glucose and fats. Glucose is preferred because it is abundant and easy to assimilate. But fats are only secondary due to their cost conversion to ATP. However fats are a richer source of energy with 9 calories per gram, while glucose has 4 calories per gram. Living off your fat is more efficient.
Think of the energy system in the body like a engine powered by two sources: (1) fat or (2) glucose. The body can switch between these two modes. There is a central control system like a key that can change the mode.
We have the ability to make this change several times a day. When the body feels there is not enough glucose, the key is changed to burning fat; if there is enough glucose is the key stays in default mode: using carbohydrates. If there is a constant presence of glucose (carbohydrates) over time, the body sets this mode permanently (almost). However there is a problem.
Our bodies can get spoiled. If you eat carbs all the time, and glucose is cheaper to produce ATP; the body end up giving preference to this mode. The body eventually loses the ability to change switch modes temporarily. So you become a permanent carb burner and unable to burn fat. But there is a way to teach your body to access you key as we’ll see below.
Most people today are glucose burners and never exchange mode because the body is always supplied with carbohydrates. Hence the difficulty in losing weight, because the body never tap into the fat simply because doesn’t need to. Our problems start because excessive amount of carbohydrates promotes excessive amounts of insulin.
With the excessive amount of daily insulin, we have:
- Cell insulin resistance: large amounts of insulin ultimately destroys the ability of cells to absorb glucose leading to a number of other problems
- Accumulation of glucose in the blood: as cells no longer have the ability to utilize glucose, it accumulates in the blood. The properties of glucose are corrosive destroying the nerves, tissues and organs over the years
- Pancreatic failure: the overproduction of insulin stimulated by rampant consumption of carbohydrates can cause failure or exhaustion of the pancreas which produces less insulin worsening diabetes
- Fatty liver: finally the only alternative for the body to get rid of the blood glucose accumulation is to convert a part into fat. These fats will mostly be stored in the liver. In turn making diabetes advance even further in a vicious circle
How to train the body and become a “fat burner”
Let’s call this energy exchange system; metabolic switch. A natural system that we all have. This system is activated by biochemical signs. It is easy to see when the body activates the metabolic key which can happen in a few days only. And they are:
(1) Increased fat intake
When we eat a higher percentage of fat than carbohydrates and proteins, we send a signal directly to the metabolic key to get to work.
(2) The decreased intake of carbohydrates
Similarly, when we reduced the percentage of carbohydrates, we activate the “fat burning” key mode even if we don’t increase the fat intake.
(3) frequent periods of fasting
If we spent many hours fasting, a signal also is produced indicating that there is a lack of glucose which then activates the process of gluconeogenesis.
The moment we become fat burners and we activate the metabolic switch our body works more the way it was intended by years and years of evolution. There are no more energy highs and lows because energy is being produced on demand. It is possible to lose lunch, or spend hours without eating without feeling weak or dizzy.
How do we know the metabolic key is on
It might only take a few days. Your body is smart and is ready to promptly answer your needs. We have millions of years of evolutionary memory stored in your genes. If you start practicing the above, in two weeks you should notice a difference.
The first sign is that when you fell hunger it has a different feeling. You are hungry but not starving, if you skip a meal you don’t feel weak, irritable or confused. Our appetite also changes; ingestion of food become more pleasurable. Your energy level throughout the day is improved: you have a constant good energy level and more mental clarity. Weight loss is another sign that you are using fats for fuel. After all you are burning your fat for energy.
Using your body will turbo charge these metabolic changes. The more active you become, the more chances your have at becoming a fat burner. Any physical activity is beneficial, however weight lifting is best because muscle is a storage bin of glicogen and at the same time, muscle improves insulin distribution.
POWER PLAN: the method
With the traditional diabetes diet, counting carbohydrates is the system used. Forget this system, it is very complicated and doesn’t produce results. It doesn’t do any good because we are still eating carbohydrates and producing insulin one way or another. The idea here is to eliminate insulin production almost completely and get rid of diabetes once and for all.
This diet is very simple: you just consume about 10 -20% of carbohydrates and protein and 80-90% fat. The hard part is doing it in a sustainable way. Hence the idea of a plan. Start slowly and by parts; at the same time monitor your sugar levels making daily readings.
Go slow. Changing a diet is something monumental. If you go too fast you will not succeed. You spent your whole life eating carbohydrates, and quitting all at once is nearly impossible. In a way, how you implement this diet is more important than the diet itself. Look at it as a long-term project.
The first month you will only eliminate the added sugar or table sugar. Once you conquer that, move on to all foods that have added sugar. Did you know that 80% of packaged foods have added sugar? On the first month just become aware of the amount of sugar you’ve been consuming on a daily basis. In the first month just cut all of the following:
- Table sugar
- Soda (diet soda too)
- Fruit juice (fruit juice has more sugar than soda)
- Bakery goods
- Hard candy
- Sweet bread
Cut all the sweets. At the same time pay attention and study how many processed foods and packages have sugar. If you delete the table sugar it is already something to be proud of. If you failed to eliminate table sugar, then repeat the first month until you have eliminated all added sugars.
Once you’ve conquered table sugar, it’s time to cut the carbs and increase fat. Just started decreasing:
- White or brown rice
- White bread or whole
- All foods made with flour (this will not be easy)
- Grains (including beans)
- Starchy foods
- Fruit juice
This will not be easy because the list above is basically the most common foods in our diet. First remove the biggest culprits. Focus on eliminating rice, pasta and white or brown bread.
In the second month focus on decreasing pasta, white bread, and white rice (or brown) by almost 100%. Keep other carbohydrates the same.
Start to add larger portions of fats. Be generous (a) with butter, cheese and whole milk, full fat yogurt or the fats mentioned in the list below.
In the first month you eliminate table sugar and added sugar; in the second month you got rid of white rice, pasta and bread. In the third month start cutting all other carbs to achieve your goal percentage defined above.
Start paying attention to the food that with healthy fats and add them to your diet. Be creative
- Pork chops
- Steak with fat
- Beef tallow
- Olive oil
- coconut oil
Now you see that after all this is not a difficult diet at all. In fact it’s great! Your friends will start envying your diet, just tell them they can do it too.
A word of warning. Do not confuse high-fat diet with – “anything that is fatty diet”. A chocolate cake or french fries are greasy but it wont work. Fried carbohydrates are not considered healthy fats. Anything made with vegetable oil are not in our list and can make this a little dangerous.
For example, a fried chicken swimming in soy oil and other breaded frying goods will take you several steps behind. Remember, margarine, and vegetable oil, soybeans, canola, corn are trans fats and will cause inflammation and more diabetes. Fast foods goes into the same category.
Turbo charge your new diet with anti-diabetic herbs
Artemisia: this bitter herb has many anti-diabetic properties which include increased insulin production; blood glucose lowering; liver protection; help with fat digestion
Black seed oil: this oil if taken ounce a day have amazing rejuvenating properties; digestive properties and blood glucose lowering properties.
Another important note: this diet with higher percentage of fat only works if you become a fat burner and make the fool switch. If you eat a high amount of fat while still eating lots of carbohydrates, not only will not diminish insulin production but you will simply continue with a “nothing changed but only worse diet” and simply eating more fat and more carbs will make you fat. Remember percentage of 10% carbohydrates 90% fat.
With diabetes you have a few options:
- Do nothing and watch the deterioration of your health. Continue to eat the same diet and achieve nothing and become more diabetic as time goes by
- Go to your doctor and start using anti hyperglycemic pills. Continue to eat carbohydrates advised by medical establishment and see your glucose continuing to rise. At a certain point you’ll need insulin in increasingly higher doses. You go to the gym work out and nothing changes, your diabetes progresses
- Stop eating carbohydrates and begins to eat more fats and reverse diabetes
The mistake many people make is to think that only eliminating carbohydrates is enough. This is more or less the traditional diet for diabetics posture, based on carbohydrate counting. When you eliminate cabs you must replace them with something nutritious, or else you’ll starve your body. Soon the poor patient is hungry and goes back to eating everything including sweets in search of food satisfaction.
With this diet this problem is solved because you’ll have all the necessary nutrients for health. Besides being a very tasty diet.
The most difficult part is to change the food culture. This is a decision that only you can do. You do not need to believe me, do yourself and see if find out if there are results. Any questions send me a note in the comments below.
Good luck and have a great day!
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