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How to Maintain Normal Blood Sugar Levels

Diabetics are often given contrary information on what is the correct diet or even what types of food are best for the diabetic condition. Here is an article that clearly shows the reason and need for a low carbohydrate diet:

“All carbohydrates are basically sugar. Various sugar molecules – primarily glucose – hooked together chemically [“bonded”] compose the entire family of carbohydrates. Your body has digestive enzymes that break these chemical bonds and release the sugar molecules into the blood, where they stimulate insulin.”

“This means that if you follow a 2,200-calorie diet that is 60 percent carbohydrates – the very one most nutritionists recommend – your body will end up having to contend with almost 2 cups of pure sugar per day.”

excerpted from Protein Power
by Doctors Michael and Mary Eades

Based on this astounding information, the question is not whether or not a diabetic should be on a low carbohydrate diet, but just what are the foods for a low carbohydrate diet?

Without attempting to list every kind and type of food, and for simplicity, I have grouped foods into three general categories below; those that are high carbohydrate content which should be avoided, medium carbohydrate content which can be eaten only in modest or extremely small portions, and low carbohydrate content that can be eaten as much as one likes:

 

High Carbohydrate Content:

All kinds of potato and potato products (including yams and sweet potatoes). Any products made from grain such as wheat, rye, oats, rice and corn. This includes any type of bread, pasta, chips or cereals. Any type of hard beans such as navy beans, pinto beans, black eyed peas, kidney beans, soy beans, lima beans, red beans, black beans, etc., as well as peas and peanuts. Most fruits and any fruit juices.

 

Medium Carbohydrate Content:

All root vegetables such as beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips and rutabagas. Most kinds of nuts, avocado, onions, apricots, strawberries, peaches, plums, tangerines (not oranges), and honeydew or casaba melons.

 

Low Carbohydrate Content:

Any kind of meat including beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken, any kind of fish, seafood or shellfish, eggs, or cheese. Vegetables such as broccoli, green beans, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, asparagus, any kind of greens such as spinach, beet greens, kale, Swiss chard, mustard greens and turnip greens. Summer and zucchini squashes. Salad materials such as any kind of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, etc., and any kind of oil such as corn, olive, peanut, etc., and butter.

Follow the above guidelines, get in a low carbohydrate diet and add supplements needed.


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Lower Cholesterol and Blood Sugar Naturally and Without Drugs

A diet rich in fiber has been shown to lower cholesterol and blood sugar in diabetics. Many diabetics can significantly maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and as a result, reduce their diabetic and cholesterol medications or stop taking them altogether, by eating lots of high fiber foods.

A recent study published in the May issue of The New England Journal of Medicine found that blood sugar levels were reduced by 8.9% on a high fiber diet. It also lowered cholesterol and triglycerides.

Fiber comes from the cell walls of plants. Additionally, fiber and water work together to keep the bowels regular.

Unfortunately, the majority of high fiber foods also contain a high amount of carbohydrates, and if you are diabetic, those will increase your blood sugar levels dramatically.

Below are lists of low-carb foods that are also high in fiber, along with the approximate number of grams of fiber they contain.

The fiber content shown is for a quantity of 1/2 cup.

Low-Carb Fruits

  • Blackberries, 4.9 grams
  • Avocado, 3.8 grams
  • Medium-sized Apple, 3.6 grams
  • Raspberries, 2.6 grams
  • Blueberries, 2.1 grams
  • Cherries, 1.5 grams
  • Strawberries, 1.4 grams

Low-Carb Vegetables

  • Brussels Sprouts, 3.1 grams
  • Broccoli, 2.7 grams
  • Greens, cooked, 2-4 grams (beet greens, collards, kale, spinach, and turnip greens)
  • Mushrooms, canned, 2.0 grams
  • Green Beans, 1.4 – 2 grams (broad beans, pole beans, and snap beans)
  • Asparagus, 1.8 grams
  • Okra, 1.6 grams
  • Zucchini, 1.3 grams
  • Yellow Summer Squash, 1.3 grams
  • Cauliflower, 1.4 grams
  • Onions, 1.3 grams
  • Celery, 1.1 grams
  • Peppers, 1.1 grams

Including more of the above foods in your diet will help in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

You should make changes to your diet to include more high fiber foods, and do it gradually. Just add a few grams at a time so that your digestive system can adjust.

It’s best to increase the amount of fiber in your diet over several weeks. This prevents problems with stomach-aches, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

The message is, increase the amount of fiber in your diet!

 


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Another Way to Lower Cholesterol Without Drugs

*Cholesterol is a vital material produced daily by your liver and is part of every cell wall in your body. It is also found in various foods.

Just to give an example of the disease mongering covered in Selling Disease – Creating Diseases to Sell Drugs!, the problem of elevated cholesterol levels has been blown way out of proportion by the drug companies, in an attempt to scare the public into buying a pharmaceutical drug solution. The drugs being pushed on the American public as the solution to lowering cholesterol levels are a group of man-made chemicals called statin drugs, that do not belong in the body and have really bad side effects.

Ronald Rosedale, M.D. is one of the most highly regarded diabetic specialists in the United States. At the Designs for Health Institute’s BoulderFest he lectured other doctors on how medications can slow or even prevent patients from getting well. In one part of the presentation he was discussing cholesterol medications:

“Patient B is a 42-year-old man who was referred by patient A. He had a triglyceride level of 2200, a cholesterol level of 950 and was on maximum doses of all his medications. He was not fat at all; he was fairly thin.”

“This man was told that he had “familial hyperlipidema”[Definition: very high cholesterol levels that run in the family, from one generation to the next.], and that he had better get his personal and business matters in order, because if that was what his lipids [Definition: blood fat levels.] were despite the best medications with the highest doses, he was in trouble.”

“Whenever I see a patient on any of those medications, they’re off the very first visit. They have no place in medicine. He was taken off the medications and in six weeks his lipid levels, both his triglycerides and his cholesterol, were hovering around 220. After six more weeks, they were both under 200, off of the medications. As I said earlier, they have no place in medicine.”

Ronald Rosedale, M.D.

Some doctors see through the false solutions created by the pharmaceutical companies and are not afraid to speak out about them. There are several natural alternatives for lowering your cholesterol levels. One such alternative is covered here:

“The Journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which usually takes a very cautious approach regarding natural supplements, did not hesitate to publish a study of red yeast rice for reducing cholesterol.”

“Red yeast rice has been used in China since 800 A.D. It is produced by fermenting [Definition: breaking down of food into simpler materials.] rice with a yeast that gives it a reddish hue. Red yeast rice contains approximately ten compounds [Definition: substance made up of two or more things combined.] that are similar to prescription statins.”

“Red yeast rice does not seem to cause the typical side effects – muscle pain, abdominal discomfort, liver irritation – that commonly occur with statins.”

Excerpted from Statin Drugs & their Natural Alternatives
by Jay S. Cohen, M.D.

Red yeast rice can be purchased from numerous sellers on the Internet.


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High Morning Sugar Levels: Should They Dictate Your Actions?

Let’s look again at what happens as you become insulin resistant.

The liver becomes resistant first, then the muscle tissue, then the fat. What is the effect of insulin on the liver? It is to suppress the production of sugar by the liver.

“The sugar floating around in your body at any one time is the result of two things, the sugar that you have eaten and how much sugar your liver has made. When you wake up in the morning it is more of a reflection of how much sugar your liver has made. If your liver is listening to insulin properly it won’t make much sugar in the middle of the night. If your liver is resistant, those brakes are lifted and your liver starts making a bunch of sugar so you wake up with a bunch of sugar.”

excerpted from a talk at the Designs for Health Institute
by Dr. Ronald Rosedale, noted Diabetic Specialist

In a book by Julian Whitaker, M.D., there is a section that covers research with insulin-dependant diabetics that explained the mechanics behind the cause of the “Dawn Phenomenon”. Though the research concerned insulin-dependant diabetics, it applies equally to non-insulin-dependant type 2 diabetics. Dr. Whitaker explains:

“Dr. Peter Campbell and his associates from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, have documented that most insulin-dependent diabetics have early morning surges of growth hormone, an insulin antagonist [antagonist: a substance that counteracts the effect another substance has on the body] that regularly causes elevated blood sugar readings in the morning.”

In other words, the growth hormone reduces the force or effectiveness of the insulin the body would make in the morning, which would normally handle the high output of sugar by the liver. Also, growth hormone enhances the making of glucose by the liver, thus you have the creation of the “dawn phenomenon.”

“This phenomenon creates a problem because the early morning blood sugar level is the level most commonly used to establish the amount of insulin [or drugs] used that day. Second, if this level is high, there is a tendency to try to bring it down aggressively with larger insulin dosages [or drugs] in the afternoon or evening. This approach only worsens the problem by creating hypoglycemia.”

“The bottom line is that we should be less concerned with blood sugar levels that are elevated (150-250) in the morning unless there is a consistent elevation throughout the day.”

excerpted from Reversing Diabetes
by Julian M. Whitaker, M.D.

If you are experiencing high morning sugar levels you can turn your diabetic condition around and improve your overall health by getting onto a high protein/low carbohydrate diet, taking the correct nutritional supplements, and putting a little exercise into your life!


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Higher Morning Sugar Levels

Blood sugar can be brought down and kept at normal levels throughout the day, yet, many diabetics find that even though they have not eaten before bedtime, when they wake up in the morning their blood sugar levels are elevated. This is caused by something called the “dawn phenomenon”:

“Although the mechanics of the dawn phenomenon aren’t yet entirely clear, research suggests that the liver deactivates more circulating insulin during the early morning hours.” [This results in sugar not being pushed into cells for energy but building up in the blood instead.]

“Investigators have actually measured blood sugar every hour throughout the night under similar circumstances. They find that the entire blood sugar increase occurs about 6-10 hours after bedtime for most people who are so affected.”

“Both the time it takes for blood sugar to increase and the amount of the increase vary from one person to another. An increase may be negligible in some and profound in others.”

Excerpted from Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution
by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein

You can begin maintaining healthy blood sugar levels with regular exercise combined with a low carbohydrate diet and by supplementing with the correct nutrients. This can also help reduce the effects of the “dawn phenomenon”.


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Improve Your Health Without Drugs

People today are being put on drugs to handle the blood sugar levels of diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and high cholesterol. Are drugs the answer to these health challenges or do they just make things worse?

Factually, medical drugs are not the answer to the above health challenges. Doctors and researchers are now realizing that drugs are more often destructive and should not even be used, as you can see from the following excerpts:

“A type of therapy used by the majority of physicians in our country for the past fifty years is the administration of drugs at sublethal levels [sublethal: not quite enough to cause death ] . Drugs of course, are alien chemicals that are not normally present in the cellular environment of the human body. They radically alter man’s internal environment and often create very severe and dangerous side effects.”

“Drugs do not halt or prevent the disease process, especially degenerative diseases. At best they offer only relief of symptoms, while the basic, underlying disease process continues uninterrupted.”

“Nature’s biological nutrients [gotten from food] have been used as a defense system for millions of years in the battle against all forms of disease. They are far more reliable and more time-proven than the relatively recent drug-therapy fads that have swept the modern world.”

“When our body cells are ailing, as they do in disease, then chances are excellent that it is because they are being given inadequate nutrition. The list of things that these cells may need includes not only all amino acids and all the minerals, plus trace elements [trace elements: simple chemical substances in very tiny amounts], but about fifteen vitamins and probably many other nutrients.”

“Drugs at best are only a palliative [palliative: treating only the symptoms of a disease , alleviating pain and symptoms without providing a cure ] form of treatment…. The basic fault of drugs is that they have no known connection with the disease process itself…. Drugs are wholly unlike nature’s nutrients…. They tend to mask the difficulty, not eliminate it. They contaminate the body’s internal environment, create dependence on the part of the patient, and often complicate the physician’s job by erasing valuable clues as to the real source of the trouble.”

“Statistics tell us that as much as 5 percent of all hospital admissions – 1.5 million people – are now the result of negative reactions to legally gotten prescription drugs. Once a patient is in the hospital, his chances of getting a drug-created sickness more than doubles. This means that over three and a half million people experience drug-created internal contamination and dependence.”

“Many physicians are beginning to insist that the primary reliance in the battle against infectious disease – all forms of disease – should always be on weapons that are most similar to nature’s own biological weapons.”

“Nutrient therapy*, is a safe, economical, prevention oriented, and effective alternative to our current medical crisis.”

“The simple truth is that our country needs physicians who are interested in curing and preventing the causes of disease rather than merely treating symptoms.”

excerpted from Brain Allergies
by William H. Philpott, M.D. and Dwight K. Kalita, Ph.D.

Increasing numbers of people in the medical profession are now realizing that drugs are not the great solution they once thought them to be. In fact, the dangers of taking drugs have recently become headline news, with drug companies being found to have hidden previously known side effects to many of their “wonder drugs”.

There are safe and natural ways to lower blood sugar levels, lower triglycerides, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and effectively lose weight. It all starts with diet, proper nutrition (by supplementing with vitamins and minerals, as our food today has far less of them than 50 years ago), and putting a little exercise into your life. And, within weeks or a few months, health can be yours again.


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What is Insulin Resistance and How It Affects Your Body

There are 17 million diabetics in the United States and 80 million more who are in some stage of insulin resistance. A diet high in carbohydrates and lack of nutrition are the two main factors in creating insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a “pre-diabetic” condition, which, when it gets extreme, becomes type 2 diabetes. Below are two doctors clarifying how this condition develops and its effects on the body:

“When cells become resistant to insulin, the receptors on their surfaces designed to respond to insulin have begun to malfunction.”

“It simply means that the receptors require more insulin to make them work properly in removing sugar from the blood. Whereas before they needed just a touch to lower it, now they need a continuous supply of excess insulin to keep blood sugar within normal range.”

“As time goes by, blood sugar rises higher and stays up longer after the carbohydrate meal despite the enormous amount of insulin mustered to lower it. Bear in mind that were your doctor to check blood sugar during this stage of developing insulin resistance, your blood sugar would be perfectly normal. The major silent change taking place is the ever-growing quantity of insulin needed to keep it that way.”

excerpted from Protein Power
by Doctors Michael and Mary Eades

“The liver becomes resistant first, then the muscle tissue, then the fat. What is the effect of insulin on the liver? It is to suppress the production of sugar by the liver.

“The sugar floating around in your body at any one time is the result of two things, the sugar that you have eaten and how much sugar your liver has made. When you wake up in the morning it is more of a reflection of how much sugar your liver has made. If your liver is listening to insulin properly it won’t make much sugar in the middle of the night. If your liver is resistant, those brakes are lifted and your liver starts making a bunch of sugar so you wake up with a bunch of sugar.

“The next tissue to become resistant is the muscle tissue. What is the action of insulin in muscles? It allows your muscles to burn sugar for one thing. So if your muscles become resistant to insulin it can’t burn that sugar that was just manufactured by the liver. So the liver is producing too much, the muscles can’t burn it, and this raises your blood sugar.

“Well the fat cells become resistant, but not for a while. It is only after a while that they become resistant. It takes them longer. Liver first, muscle second, and then your fat cells.

“So for a while your fat cells retain their sensitivity. What is the action of insulin on your fat cells? To store that fat. It takes sugar and it stores it as fat. So until your fat cells become resistant you get fat, and that is what you see. As people become more and more insulin resistant, they get fat and their weight goes up.

“But eventually they plateau. They might plateau at three hundred pounds, two hundred and twenty pounds, one hundred and fifty pounds, but they will eventually plateau as the fat cells protect themselves and become insulin resistant.

“As all these major tissues, this massive body becomes resistant, your liver, muscles and fat, your pancreas is putting out more insulin to compensate, so you are hyperinsulinemic [having an abnormally high level of insulin in the blood] and you’ve got insulin floating around all the time.

“Insulin floating around in the blood causes a plaque build up. Insulin causes the blood to clot too readily. Insulin causes cells that accumulate fatty deposits. Every step of the way, insulin’s got its fingers in it and is causing cardiovascular disease. It fills it with plaque, it constricts the arteries, it increases platelet adhesiveness and ability of the blood to coagulate [clot]. Any known cause of cardiovascular disease, insulin is a part of.”

“If you want to know if insulin sensitivity can be restored to its original state, well, perhaps not to its original state, but you can restore it to the state of about a ten year old.”

“You can increase sensitivity by diet and a lot of supplements.”

excerpted from a talk at the Designs for Health Institute given
by Dr. Ronald Rosedale, noted Diabetic Specialist


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Low Carb Diets Work for Overweight Diabetics

Overweight people with type 2 diabetes can keep their weight and blood sugar under control over the long term by following a low-carbohydrate diet, Swedish researchers reported in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism.

In a recent 44 month study (3 years, 8 months) carried out in Sweden, type 2 diabetics were found to be able keep their weight and blood sugar under control by following a low-carbohydrate diet.

The participants in the study limited their carbohydrate intake and reported that the most significant effect of this low-carb diet is the absence of hunger.

By avoiding starch-rich bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, and breakfast cereals, it minimized the glucose spikes that made it necessary for people with diabetes to take insulin, researchers said.

Of the patients in the trial, all but one had lower weight after the 44 months than when first starting the diet. Furthermore, glucose levels dropped soon after starting the diet and have stayed down over the 44 month period.

A low-carb diet, proper nutrition and adding even a small amount of exercise will directly address and improve your diabetic condition.


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Effectiveness of Low Carb Diets

A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine medical journal looked at low-carbohydrate diets and found that they are an excellent way for people to lose weight.

A three-week study published in the March 15, 2005, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine found that during a two-week period on a strictly controlled very-low carbohydrate diet, participants lost an average of 3.6 pounds.

The study compared a very low-carbohydrate diet with a regular diet.  During the first study week, participants ate a regular diet in which they could eat anything and as much as they wanted.  They ate about 3,000 calories and 300 grams of carbohydrates per day and remained at the same weight.

In the following two weeks, when the dieters were restricted to 20 grams of carbohydrates per day, and despite the fact that they could eat as much protein and fat foods as they liked, they wound up actually eating about 1,000 fewer calories per day.  As an additional benefit, participants’ blood sugar levels improved on the low-carb diet.

The study showed that eating carbohydrates makes it far more difficult to reduce both food and calorie intake.  So cutting your carbohydrate intake will help you lower your caloric intake as well.  With fewer carbohydrates, you’re going to eat fewer total calories a day, which will result in easier weight loss.


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How to Tell if Your Doctor Really Cares

A recent issue of the FDA’s publication of Drug Safety published the following survey results:

“When patients feel they might be having an adverse drug effect, doctors will very often dismiss their concerns, a new study shows.”
“In a survey of 650 patients that reported having adverse drug reactions due to taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called “statin” drugs, many said their physicians denied that the drug could be connected to their symptoms.”

Doctors do not read or study the lengthy lists of side effects for the hundreds of drugs they can and do prescribe, nor is it possible that they could remember if they did.

The survey continued… “It was found that physicians seem to commonly dismiss the possibility of a connection, even for those side effects that are clearly stated in the list of side effects that actually come with the medication.”
“The best-known side effects of ‘statin’ drugs such as Lipitor and Zocor are liver damage and muscle problems, although statins have also been tied to changes in memory, concentration and mood, among other problems.”

Because of not knowing what the side effects are, or not feeling they have the time to have a long discussion with the patient, or feeling it’s not a big problem, the doctor often doesn’t pay attention to the patient’s complaint.

The survey continued… “Physician reaction to a potential side effect is vital because the muscle problems [with statin drugs] can progress to a rare but potentially fatal condition if the drug isn’t discontinued.”
“Forty-seven percent (47%) of patients with muscle problems or cognitive problems [Definition: relating to the mental processes of perception, memory and judgment.] and reasoning said their doctors dismissed the possibility that their symptoms were statin-related.”
“Fifty-one percent (51%) of patients with peripheral neuropathy, a type of nerve pain affecting the extremities, said their doctors denied a possible connection with statins.”

The bottom line here is that if you feel you must take drugs or medications, you need to read and understand what the potential side effects are. Do not count on your doctor either warning you of side effects or even knowing what they are.

You can read the drug literature that comes with the medication, or check on line at www.drugs.com or www.rxlist.com.
Both these sites give you all the information and any medication side effects associated with its use.

If you suspect that you are experiencing any side effects, have a drug side effects discussion with your doctor. Insist he listen to you and give you a solution. If your doctor won’t take the time to listen and help you solve the problem or just brushes you off, that doctor is not really interested in your welfare. Fire him! Even if you feel he/she has a “wonderful” bedside manner, immediately replace him/her with a doctor who will listen to you and help work out a solution with you!

If you do not take responsibility for your health and well-being, and the well-being of your loved ones, no one else will!


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