Diabetes type 2 is caused by years of faulty eating. Begin to include plenty fresh plant foods in your dietary and bring it under control, maybe even reverse it.
Understanding Diabetes Mellitus
Doctors often use the full term “Diabetes Mellitus” rather than “diabetes” alone, to distinguish this disorder from “Diabetes Insipidus” which is another rare disease that does not affect blood sugar levels.
There are two types of diabetes mellitus:
Type I: Known as juvenile diabetes, occurs when the pancreas fails to produce adequate insulin. Insulin is the hormone used by the body to make blood sugar (glucose) available to cells.
Recent evidence reported by John Hopkins University suggests that consumption of dairy products by sensitive children causes the immune cells to respond with excessive aggressiveness to antigens in cow’s milk. These antigens may attach themselves to cells in the pancreas. Once attached, the antigens are attacked by immune cells that, in the process, destroy both the antigens and the pancreatic cells that produce insulin. Most people who have type I diabetes develop this disorder before age 30.
Type II: The most common form of diabetes, usually occurs in adulthood in people older than forty; but these days, the age number is getting smaller and smaller. For most adult-onset diabetics, the pancreas actually produces more insulin than is necessary, at least in the early stages of the illness.
Dietary fat and cholesterol infiltrate the blood and block insulin from making glucose available to cells. As the disorder continues, the pancreas weakens, and production of insulin diminishes until insulin injections may be prescribed.
Constantly overeating the wrong kinds of foods over the years is the main risk factor for developing type II diabetes. Overeating (or gluttony) causes insulin resistance. These people need very large amounts of insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels.
Symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus
Type I: In people with type I diabetes, the symptoms often begin abruptly and dramatically. The initial symptoms include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and particularly in children—abdominal pain. Breathing tends to become deep and rapid as the body attempts to correct the blood’s acidity. Without treatment, this illness can progress to coma and death, sometimes within a few hours.
Type II: People with type II diabetes may not have any symptoms for years or decades before they are diagnosed. Increased urination and thirst are mild initially and gradually worsen. Eventually, the person feels extremely fatigued, may develop blurred vision and become dehydrated.
In some type II diabetics, the blood sugar level in their early stages could be abnormally low that it is diagnosed as hypoglycemia.
Blood sugar levels can get very high when uncontrolled, causing the person to develop severe dehydration, which may lead to mental confusion, drowsiness and seizures.
The two types of diabetes have similar symptoms which include: chronic thirst, excessive urination, excess hunger, muscle wasting, weight loss, fatigue, dry skin, itching, rashes, numbness, tingling of hands and feet, vascular degeneration, atherosclerosis, heart disease, retinopathy, loss of sight, kidney disease and gangrene, due to poor circulation.
Causes of Diabetes Mellitus
One of the main causes of diabetes type II as mentioned above is constantly overeating. Other risk factors that may increase the chances of diabetes:
- Poor diet of high carbohydrates, fats and proteins
- Obesity – due to the extra amount of fat in the body, the insulin may not function properly
- Virus infection, like the Coxsackie B virus that may infect the pancreas, impairing the release of insulin
- Emotional stress – excessive and prolonged grief, anxiety, stress and worry may alter the blood sugar level leading to diabetes
- Smoking – people who chain-smoke are highly susceptible to developing diabetes
People with diabetes must adjust their food intake, exercise and some use drugs to control blood sugar levels. The goal is to keep their blood sugar levels within the normal range as much as possible to avoid complications.
Diet management is very important in people with either types of diabetes. In general, diabetics should eliminate:
- Refined sugar
- White flour and white rice
- Grains that have gluten
- Commercially raised cow’s milk
- All processed foods
What they should do:
- Eat more foods that help their condition (see below)
- Eat meals on a regular schedule
- Exercise daily
- Fresh raw fruits and vegetables
- Chlorophyll-rich foods: wheatgrass, barley grass, spirulina, chlorella
- Healing oil
Below is a documentary where 6 people with diabetes were challenged to change their dietary and lifestyles. The results were amazing, proving that diabetes (especially type 2) can be reversed.
Recommended Healing Foods To Lower Blood Sugar Level
Some of these foods have insulin-like properties and should be included in a diabetic’s diet regularly, varying them in the diet as much as possible:
Carrots are good blood regulator and also helps eye problems in diabetics. Juice with a green apple (not red) that helps bring down sugar level. Then add any other green vegetables. Aim to eat more greens as they’re the best for helping in regulating blood sugar level. Bitter melon, cucumber and okra have insulin-like properties that make them suitable foods for this condition too.
Click on each fruit or vegetable to learn in more detail, their health benefits and how they are helpful in bringing down sugar level.
Some Suggested Combos (measurement for one portion):
- 3 carrots + 2 green apples + 1 fennel + 8 sticks of asparagus + 1-inch ginger (optional)
- 2 green apples + 1 bittergourd + 4-6 ribs of celery + 1 green pepper + ½ lemon
- 2 green apples + 6-8 ribs of celery + a bunch of spinach + a bunch of cilantro + a slice of lemon + 1-inch ginger (optional)
- 2 green apples + 2 guava or 1 grapefruit
- 2 green apples + 8-10 leaves of kale + 1 cucumber + a slice of lemon (optional)
- 2 green apples + 6 leaves of collard greens + 4 ribs of celery +½ lemon (optional)
- 2 green apples + ½ bunch of watercress + 1 fennel + a slice of lemon
- 1 carrot + ½ fennel + 2 ribs of celery + 1 sweet potato