5 Of The Biggest Diabetes Screw Ups Of All Time
Diabetes has had many screw-ups particularly when it comes to natural treatments, recommended foods and addressing deficiencies, which is central in both avoiding and treating the disease.
According to the CDC, diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes in the United States totals an astounding 29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population. Undiagnosed cases total a shocking 8.1 million people (27.8% of people with diabetes who are undiagnosed with the condition).
How many more people need to be diagnosed with diabetes before we look at how natural treatments and diet affects the vitality of our immune systems in contracting the disease, as well as managing it? While this remains to be untold, at least for now, there are natural treatments and reasons for the diabetic condition that can help you to manage your disease naturally and safely, reverse it, and in some cases, actually avoid it.
One of the most important screw-ups of diabetes is that the treatment for the disease is streamlined for all who are diagnosed, despite their individual dietary needs, deficiencies and complications. In fact, it has been one screw up after another with diet recommendations for diabetics historically. As a diabetes patient, you should be told all the of the options in healing and in many cases reversing your disease, then be able to work with your practitioner to see which approach works best for you. Often times a natural approach to the diabetic condition, be it type 1 or type 2 diabetes, can go a long way in improving and even reversing the disease. Below are some of the major screw-ups that have been served up in terms of healing for type 1 and type 2 diabetics.
Screw up # 1 - Fruit raises blood sugar: This screw up has caused major health issues and deficiencies for many diabetics by instilling a fear of eating fruit.
According to the latest research from the University of Oxford, eating more fruit is encouraged for diabetics. A team of European scientists in the China Kadoorie Biobank national study decided to investigate the health effects of consuming fresh fruit in patients both with and without diabetes. The researchers examined the effects of fruit consumption on almost 500,000 participants of the China study who ranged in age between thirty and seventy-nine years old, and lived in ten different areas across China. The participants were clinically followed for approximately seven years.
During the follow-up period, 9,504 cases of diabetes were identified in participants who did not have diabetes at the beginning of the study. Using Cox regression models, researchers analyzed the correlations with consumption of fresh fruit while also adjusting for age, sex, location, socioeconomic status, body mass index (BMI), and family history of diabetes.
In total, 18.8 % of the participants said that they consumed fresh fruit every day, and 6.4% said they never or rarely consumed fruit. Those who had been previously diagnosed with diabetes were three times as likely to not consume fruit than those without diabetes or with screen-detected diabetes.
The research was clear. People who did not have diabetes at the beginning of the study and consumed fresh fruit in high amounts had a significantly lower risk of getting diabetes. While those who had diabetes at the beginning of the study and consumed high amounts of fruit had a significantly lower risk of dying from any cause, as well as a lower risk of developing cardiovascular complications which are often associated with the disease.
Therefore, higher fresh fruit consumption showed a significantly lower risk of diabetes and, among diabetic individuals, lower risks of death overall, as well as prevention of major vascular complications despite the study's "uncertainties" about its potential effects on risks of death and major vascular complications.
Screw up # 2 - High protein diets are best for keeping down blood sugar: This screw up is costing people their livers and their health. High protein diets are high in dietary fat (not the good kind), which have been shown in studies to cause oxidation in the blood and the progression of disease. Dramatic improvements in blood sugar levels occur when diabetics eat low fat, high carbohydrate plant-based diets, according to the Journal Diabetes Care. A study revealed that both a low-fat vegan diet and a diet based on ADA guidelines improved glycemic and lipid control in Type 2 Diabetic patients. These improvements were greater with a low-fat vegan diet.
Screw up # 3 - Type 2 diabetes is genetic: Type 2 diabetes is not genetic – type 2 diabetes is a diet related disease. A recent Yale Study has confirmed that insulin resistance, also known as non-alcoholic fatty liver, is a main factor in the cause of Type 2 diabetes linking fatty liver to Type 2 Diabetes.
The reason there’s weight gain and ultimately a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, is due to insulin resistance, Type 2 Diabetes is a pre-fatty liver, or fatty liver, that has lost all its glucose. Because the liver is rejecting glucose it’s unable to do its job, causing the pancreas to pick up the slack. This overload engages the adrenals, causing them to work double-time pushing out adrenaline and epinephrine, which in the end hinders pancreatic function.
Screw up #4 - Type 1 diabetes is largely genetic. This is perhaps the biggest screw up of all time. Diabetic patients are being blamed for their disease via their genetic make up and what’s worse, they’re putting their offspring on high alert that the disease might befall them, when more and more research is revealing that type 1 diabetes is viral. The very nature of this disease being viral changes everything in terms of diet recommendations. Eating more anti-viral foods such as fruit and an abundant amount of leafy green vegetables and eating more antiviral wild foods such as lemon balm, nettle leaf, olive leaf, and more, will do far more in terms of healing the diabetic than eating the recommended high protein, low carbohydrate diet. Coming at type 1 diabetes from a viral angle vs a genetic angle could help greatly in improving the condition as well as improve sugar levels and overall health.
Screw up # 5 - Honey Spikes Blood Sugar: This screw up can leave some type 1 diabetics lacking from the miraculous benefits of this ancient and often unappreciated probiotic. There are so many diabetics missing out on the natural benefits of raw organic honey, as well as the antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal benefits of this golden liquid food, that also, contrary to popular belief, regulates blood sugar.
Studies indicate honey in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes was associated with significantly lower glycemic index than with glucose or sucrose in normal diabetes. Raw organic honey is truly magical in its abilities. Raw organic honey contains about 200 substances -- among them, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Sadly raw honey is considered unhealthy to diabetics because of its sugar content -- specifically fructose, but having raw honey daily has more positives than it does negatives when it comes to diabetic health. What is more, raw honey doesn't spike blood sugar levels as many people fear.
Researchers looked at how honey compares with sucrose (regular table sugar) and concluded that sucrose is made up of glucose + fructose, just like honey. That being said, the initial blood sugar spike measured at 30 minutes was greater from honey than from glucose, however, blood sugar levels in the honey group then dropped lower than sucrose, and remained lowered for the next two hours. Not surprisingly, for type 1 diabetics, the impact of honey on blood sugar levels was also far less than pure glucose or refined sugar.
Diabetes Can Be Prevented
Finally, a bigger screw up when it comes to diabetes, is the disbelief that diabetes can be prevented. Diabetes is preventable with natural methods. While medical science has come a long way in helping people to manage the disease, natural methods of prevention, such as diet and lifestyle choices go a long way in keeping you free of disease. Work closely with your practitioner, Naturopath or Holistic Nutrition practitioner to improve your immune health and vitality and address these concerns as well as dietary deficiencies that can lead to the disease.