Reverse Diabetes Naturally

 

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Reverse Diabetes Naturally

Although new cases of diabetes in the U.S. have leveled off over the last few years, diabetes rates had been surging throughout our nation—and much of the world. Millions suffer from diabetes and its complications like heart attack, kidney failure, amputations and blindness. However, there is hope. Many cases of diabetes can actually be reversed!

Two Types of Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is caused by an absolute deficiency in insulin that results from destruction of the pancreas’ insulin-producing cells (known as the beta cells). Type 1 diabetes most commonly occurs following autoimmune destruction of a significant portion of those cells. Although typically thought of as a pediatric condition (formerly known as “juvenile diabetes”), type 1 diabetes can also occur in adults.

In contrast, the root cause of type 2 diabetes is insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the technical term used when a person’s tissues are not responding to insulin appropriately. At first the affected individual’s pancreas will produce more insulin to try to overcome the insulin resistance. However, if diabetes-predisposed, the pancreas will often fail under the continued burden of insulin resistance. The end result is type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes used to be called “adult onset diabetes.” However, this is no longer an appropriate designation as the condition occurs in many young people as well.

The worldwide epidemic of diabetes is largely due to staggering rates of type 2 diabetes, although cases of type 1 are also increasing. For example, of the more than 25 million Americans affected, 90-95% of them have the type 2 variety.

Diabetes Complications

Diabetes of either type can take a huge toll on quality of life. One of the most common complications of diabetes is nerve damage, technically called “diabetic neuropathy.” As many as 70% of those with diabetes will develop this complication. One of the problems with diabetic neuropathy is progressive loss of foot sensation. This can set the stage for tissue damage from seemingly innocuous insults. For example, a pebble in one’s shoe is no threat to someone with normal sensation. However, for someone with diabetic neuropathy, that pebble may remain in the shoe all day long. By evening a sore or ulcer can be the result. Such a lesion may begin a long process that sometimes leads to amputation. Among individuals with diabetes, more than 70,000 amputations occur each year in the U.S. alone.

Even if a person does not lose a limb, neuropathy can be disabling. Some affected individuals can’t work because of burning pain in their legs or can’t sleep because of severe neuropathy symptoms. Neuropathy can also interfere with intestinal health and proper digestion.

In the U.S. each year, 12–24,000 new cases of blindness occur because of diabetes. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among adults aged 20 to 74. The disease causes damage to small blood vessels in the back of the eye known as the retinae. The result is something called diabetic retinopathy. Nearly one-third of Americans with diabetes, 40 years old and older, have this condition. Of these four-million-plus individuals, 655,000 have advanced retinopathy that can result in severe vision loss or blindness.

Reversing Diabetes

The good news is that not only is diabetes often reversible—but also its complications typically are. LifeStart strategies lie at the foundation of preventing or reversing the type 2 diabetic process. Research indicates that three of the LifeStart principles are especially powerful: L—liquids, E—exercise, and F—food. For example, in overweight, diabetic-predisposed individuals, diabetes can often be staved off by exercising 30 minutes daily and losing five to ten percent of one’s body weight (typically effected by choosing healthy foods and beverages).

You see, such changes help to reverse insulin resistance. Other habits that can help insulin work better in your body include getting sufficient sleep and avoiding nicotine. But let’s come back to some other insights involving the “big three” of liquids, exercise and food.

Some of our biggest enemies on the diabetes battlefront are soft drinks laden with high fructose corn syrup. You’ll get tremendous help in the weight loss arena by avoiding these beverages completely. The zero-calorie soft drinks are not necessarily your friends. Some research indicates that individuals who prefer these beverages may actually end up consuming more calories through the course of the day—perhaps as a result of drinking them!

Additionally, artificially sweetened beverages cultivate that very same sweet tooth that caused many of your problems in the first place. Why not follow the suggestion in my popular DVD series, Changing Bad Habits for Good? There I talk about the power of making clean breaks with the habits that pull you down. Why not consider that approach when it comes to all soft drinks?

When it comes to food choices we can gain surprising insights from a people group that has some of the highest rates of diabetes in the world, namely, Native Americans. A classic study published in 1994 in the journal Diabetes Care looked at amazing natural experiment. National Institutes of Health researchers identified two groups of people with Pima Indian ancestry, some living in the environs of Phoenix, Arizona, the others residing in rural Mexico. These two populations, although genetically similar, were living very differently.

When compared to their Mexican cousins, the Arizona Pimas were less active, had a higher intake of animal products, consumed less fiber, and ate a higher fat diet. When the researchers looked at diabetes rates among individuals of the same age, there was nearly four times as much diabetes among the Arizona Pima women and nine times as much among the men compared to their relatives living in Mexico.

The conclusion was a powerful one: lifestyle largely drives diabetes. That’s right, even if you think you got dealt a bad hand genetically, you can often keep diabetes at bay (or reverse it all together) by eating more like a traditional native American. Why not eat more of what many people throughout Indian Country call “the three sisters,” corn, beans, and squash?

Summary

Natural, lifestyle-based strategies found in the LifeStart acronym provide the keys to help optimize your blood sugars—or to prevent diabetes all together. To learn more about the nine strategies behind the LifeStart program, download the FREE LifeStart eBook. For best results, consult with your healthcare providers and find a local support center where you can surround yourself with a community of supportive peers. Our online directory will help you locate such individuals in your community. Our website also provides a variety of ancillary resources to help you in your pursuit of a diabetes-free future. These resources include books, DVDs, and other health services that I and other medical professionals have endorsed.

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About the Presenter

David DeRose, MD, MPH
Host, LifeStart Seminars

For over 25 years Dr. David DeRose has been helping people improve their health through motivational presentations and natural therapies. He brings solid credentials as a board-certified specialist in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine in addition to holding a master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis on Health Promotion and Health Education. Known for his engaging presentations, Dr. DeRose is an award-winning public speaker, published medical researcher, syndicated talk radio host, and experienced college teacher.

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