A recent Medscape article called “Evidence Scant on Nutraceuticals for Neuropathy in Diabetes” stimulated me to write this blog on diabetes because, every day, I see people’s blood sugar falling, their energy and neuropathy improving, and regaining their health by using the right nutraceuticals.
Diabetes is the most searched-for health condition on the web today. Millions of people are trying to find out what it is and how to overcome it. However, modern medicine doesn’t have time to educate people about lifestyle and modern doctors know nothing about the minerals that help prevent diabetes. Instead, they prescribe drugs to force the pancreas to produce more insulin, to try and make cells allow glucose to enter. Having been bombarded with too much insulin already, these cells are insulin resistant and won’t accept any more glucose. Thus, the cells starve and no energy is produced and the blood stream is saturated with sugar. Magnesium deficiency is a direct cause of insulin resistance.
The excessive urination in diabetes carries both sugar and magnesium out of the body. The excessive sugar, excreted through the urine and sweat, provides food for the yeast organism Candida albicans resulting in rashes on the skin, especially under the breasts and in the groin, yeast vaginitis in women and yeast discharge in men.
Common complications of high levels of sugar in the blood include nerve damage, called diabetic neuropathy, which mostly affects the feet, with symptoms of numbness, tingling, burning and pain; atherosclerosis and heart attacks; damage to small blood vessels in the eyes and kidneys, causing vision loss (diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the United States) and kidney disease; and diabetic foot ulcers, with increased susceptibility to infection, gangrene and amputation. In researching my book, The Magnesium Miracle, I learned that all these complications relate to magnesium deficiency and that low magnesium levels serve as a marker for diabetes, occurring in up to 40% of diabetic patients. Instead of using magnesium to treat diabetes, medications are prescribed for it and to “prevent” all the conditions associated with this condition.
In non-Western cultures, it takes only one generation of people eating a diet high in refined sugar and flour to develop diabetes. This is true of people around the world, the most recent victims live in India.
All in all, it’s a terrible condition but one that you can turn around. Most alternative practitioners want you to immediately alter your diet, but you may not even have the energy to do that. So, I say to start with magnesium, preferably ReMag. Magnesium is involved with dozens of processes in the body that have to do with food digestion, insulin production, detoxification, and weight reduction.
With ReMag you will have the energy to tackle a change in diet, but even then, I’ll make it very easy for you by introducing you to ReStructure, my protein powder, meal replacement. ReStructure for breakfast keeps you away from pastries and jam, and ReStructure in the evening stops the carbohydrate grazing and snacking. As you begin to lose weight and drop your fasting blood sugar levels, you will be even more motivated to make the 1-2 meals you do eat a day much more healthy.
The proper diet for the prevention and treatment of diabetes includes frequent small meals of protein (fish [wild salmon to avoid mercury], free range chicken and meat) and complex carbohydrates (non-gluten whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and vegetables) and the avoidance of simple sugars and white flour.
Stevia, from the leaves of a plant that grows in South America, is the best sweetener to use. Don’t use the sugar substitute, aspartame, which can worsen blood sugar control and cause weight gain, headaches, nerve damage and eye damage, because it is made partly from wood alcohol, which breaks down to formaldehyde. Fiber from oat bran, flaxseed and apples has a positive effect on keeping blood sugar balanced.
I also suggest you identify any existing food allergies by eliminating likely suspects (dairy, gluten, corn) from the diet for several days and then eating several meals of one of the suspected foods in one day or doing a blood test or finger stick for glucose. If the blood sugar is elevated after eating a particular food, it may be wise to avoid that food and find replacements that do not elevate the blood sugar. Eat one or two cloves of garlic daily to help keep Candida under control.
Supplements for Diabetes
· Magnesium: Choose ReMag, a 100% absorbed, bioavailable, non-laxative magnesium.
· Zinc and Chromium from 100% bioavailable ReMyte multiple mineral, which contains zinc, chromium and 10 other complementary minerals.
· ReStructure Protein Powder: 1-2 scoops per day.
· Vitamin C complex: Choose a food-based organic product. Dosage: One tablet, once or twice daily to support the adrenal glands. I recommend Grown by Nature.
· Vitamin B complex: Use ReAline with methylated B vitamins and amino acid precursors to glutathione. Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily.
· RnA Drops: A unique product made from barley sprouts that test negative for gluten and produce a unique cell called the iCell, which helps make perfect cells and balances body, mind and spirit.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
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