PAUL SCAVONE, PD -
Heres something most doctors WILL NOT tell you: You can train your body to prevent or even reverse diabetes!
When I say prevent or reverse, I mean...
Restore your blood sugar to normal levels
Lower your blood pressure
Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
Prevent retinopathy, which causes thousands of diabetics to go blind each year Boost your energy and control your weight
DIABETES AND OBESITY
I have combined diabetes with obesity because most Americans have Type 2 diabetes, often referred to as "adult onset diabetes," which is associated with being significantly overweight.
Research clearly shows that in those at high risk of developing diabetes, weight loss plus exercise can delay the appearance of the condition by as long as 10 years. More importantly, researchers found that lifestyle changes were more effective than treatment with drugs.
For Type 2 diabetics, being significantly overweight leads to a condition called insulin resistance. The blood sugar rises, as do serum insulin levels, but the ability of the insulin to pump sugar into the cells is impaired. This in turn leads to diabetes, which is a major cause of coronary artery disease, chronic renal disease, damage to the peripheral nerves, skin ulcers and breakdown and vision loss. As the American population becomes more and more overweight, the percentage of people with diabetes is not only increasing at an astronomical rate, but the disease is also appearing in younger people.
Like many chronic diseases, diabetes can be stopped in its tracks by employing the philosophy of restoring health instead of masking disease.
The key to maintaining normal blood sugar levels is to control what you eat, provide proper nutrition and to burn off excess sugar in your blood stream.
Our body is constantly creating new cells and removing old ones. More than 50,000 cells will die and be replaced with new cells before you even finish reading this sentence.
The quality of the new cells produced is up to you and your ability to make lifestyle changes.
Before your cells can use any nutrients, accumulated toxins must be eliminated. This natural process can take 4 to 6 weeks; there are always exceptions where it may take a little longer. Many of those who take longer are also taking sublethal doses of chemicals for various ailments. All prescription medications have side effects.
Keep in mind, diabetes is NOT a drug deficiency. Irregardless, you should never suddenly stop taking prescribed medications without medical supervision.
If you are taking insulin, this natural program will work with your medication, possibly allowing you to gradually reduce it, with your doctors approval.
This Diabetes/Obesity Reversal Program will improve the quality of life for the vast majority of persons with diabetes. However, it doesn't work 100% of the time because insulin-dependent diabetes is an autoimmune imbalance, which can cause severe damage to cells and tissues. These individuals need additional help from a health care professional who also recognizes the benefits of diet, nutrition and exercise.
The Diabetes/Obesity Reversal Program works exceptionally well if:
You are insulin resistant or have diabetes Type 2
You have recently (within 7 years) been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and are under the age of 50
If you do not smoke, take multiple drugs or regularly drink alcohol
If you don't have acute pancreatitis, kidney or other major organ failure
If you are willing to make lifestyle modifications HERE IS HOW TO PROCEED:
Eliminate or severely reduce grains. Because they rapidly turn into glucose in your body, grains will spike your blood sugar level and eventually lead to insulin resistance. That, in turn, leads to diabetes.
Refined grains, especially baked goods made with white flour, are particularly harmful. Flour is bleached - it is effectively dead! It is an empty food stripped of all nutrition and fiber where only sugar remains.
When you see flour... Think compressed sugar!
Eliminate starches. Your blood sugar elevates rapidly and for a prolonged period of time when you eat starchy, high carbohydrate foods. The biggest offenders are potatoes and corn; however, most processed foods contain starches. To make matters worse, they also have harmful additives like sugar, preservatives and chemicals that destroy natural healthy enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals in your body.
Eliminate all foods containing aspartame and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). When you ingest aspartame it is absorbed from the intestines and passes immediately to the LIVER where it is taken inside via the liver filter. The liver then breaks down the aspartame in to its toxic components -- phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol. This process requires a lot of energy from the liver, which means there will be less energy remaining in the liver cells. The liver cells then will have less energy for fat burning and metabolism, which will result in fat storing. Excess fat may build up inside the liver cells causing "fatty liver". When this occurs, it is extremely difficult to lose weight.
Aspartame also causes weight gain by causing unstable blood sugar levels, which increases the appetite and causes cravings for sweets/sugar. This is particularly toxic for those with diabetes or epilepsy. It also causes fluid retention giving the body a puffy and bloated appearance. This makes people look fatter than they are and increases cellulite.
Aspartame can actually precipitate diabetes; cause diabetics to go into convulsions; aggravate or simulate complications, especially retinopathy and peripheral neuropathy. It destroys the optic nerve and interacts with insulin.
HFCS is a man-made sweetener found in a wide range of processed foods and sodas.
A Princeton University study found that rats given HFCS gained much
higher amounts of weight than those given table sugar. They also had
higher rates of triglycerides (fatty sugar in the blood).
Bocarsly, M, Powell, E, et al, High fructose corn syrup causes characteristic of obesity and rats: increased body weight, body fat and triglyceride levels-Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior 2010; 97:1
Similar studies have linked HFCS to obesity in humans.
Focus on foods with a low glycemic loads. Eating foods low on the glycemic index and with glycemic loads lower than 10 are the best ways to control your blood sugar. The glycemic index measures how quickly foods break down into sugar in your blood stream. The glycemic load measures the amount of sugar in each serving of food.
Satisfy your sweet cravings by eating naturally sweet fruits and
vegetables. A good rule of thumb is that the best fruits are those that can be consumed with the skin on and the best vegetables are those that are grown above ground. Apples, pears and sweet potatoes are good for you.
Eat foods rich in protein. Your cells need the nutrients in proteins. In fact, protein counteracts the damage done by starches.
Not only does protein not raise your blood sugar, it actually helps your
body handle insulin better. It also builds muscles and repairs tissue,
which is essential for staying lean and preventing diabetes. Grass fed
beef, free range poultry, cage free eggs, wild ocean fish and most nuts
are good protein choices. Limit protein to 4 or 5 gram per meal and 9 grams per day.
Exercise your large muscle groups. Exercise builds muscle, which in turn improves metabolism and increases the sensitivity of insulin receptors, so the insulin that is present works much more effectively and your body doesnt need to produce as much. Even overweight people who exercise have less insulin resistance than chubby people who are sedentary. strength training to build muscle mass is critically important in the strategy to fight diabetes,.
The best workouts for people with blood sugar concerns are ones that work the leg and back muscles because these are your biggest muscles and working them demands more energy, which helps to lower your blood sugar.
Plan your workouts to last 15 to 20 minutes with periods of rest and high- intensity bursts. Short duration, high intensity exercise, helps recondition your metabolic capacity to handle blood sugar. In one study, a high-intensity
workout temporarily restored insulin sensitivity.
Ropelle E, et al, Reversal of diet induced insulin resistance with a single bout of exercise: the role of PTP1B and IRS-1 serine phosphorylation, Journal of Physiology 2006; 577:3
This high intensity resistance exercise should always precede your aerobic workout.
Vitality. and PROVEX CV. are a godsend for anyone with diabetes and a great place to start. Additionally, high DHA fish oil, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, Ubiquinol (CoQ10), magnesium glycinate and vitamins C, D and E are components of a healthy nutritional program for those with diabetes.
Fiber works to control and stabilize insulin levels. FIBERWISE. drink contains 12 grams of fiber, is low in sugar and tastes great.
You didn't get diabetes overnight and you cant expect positive changes in a few days.
However, the message is clear. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the key to preventing disease. And yet, this seems such a difficult task for our country. Despite a major commitment to education (many times incorrect), most diabetics have little enthusiasm for the lifestyle changes necessary to control their diabetes. As a consequence, those who fail to compulsively manage their illness often require more than one medication, becoming more prone to serious complications and having a worse prognosis.
Insulin resistance and pre-diabetes are precursors to diabetes and a lifetime of poor health and early death.
Diabetes is merely one symptom of a larger problem. Virtually every parameter of Americans' health is deteriorating. From heart disease to cancer, we are missing the greater message, no matter how advanced the treatment... prevention and developing healthy habits are the keys to longevity. Unfortunately, with huge advances in medical therapies and amazing breakthroughs in disease management, many Americans wrongly assume that doctors can "fix" any problem and a simple pill can reverse any disease.
While many pills do appear to work miracles, the more important and more difficult challenge lies at home, outside the doctors office. You must take responsibility for your own health and improve the quality of the rest of your life.
The food you eat and the food you don't eat, can make all the difference between developing diabetes and leading a long, active and healthy life.
It is far easier to turnaround in the earlier stages. Achieving a healthy weight through planned food intake modification and exercise can put you on the road to reversing this disease.