Author's Perspective: There are 3 very important points that you need to understand about Type 2 diabetes:
Point Number 1: Type 2 diabetes is more than a blood sugar problem -- it's a rotting disease that gradually destroys your tissues and organs one at a time without any symptoms, pain or discomfort. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic andbiochemical/hormonal problem characterized by nutrient deficiencies and cellular starvation.
Point Number 2: The diabetic drugs do absolutely nothing to stop the spread of the rot. To make matters worse, the medications give you a false sense of security that the meds are actually doing something, so you don't feel the need or urgency to change your diet or lifestyle.
Point Number 3: Some doctors are admitting that Type 2 diabetes can be reversed; or, at least, controlled with diet and exercise. Thirty years ago, doctors scoffed at the idea that diet and exercise could control or slow down the progression of Type 2 diabetes, let alone even reverse it.
Points Number 1 and Number 2 are related in that since most diabetics see diabetes as a blood sugar problem, they believe that the drugs are helping because they lower their blood sugar.
Most diabetics don't realize that the drugs aren't working until years later when they start to have problems with their kidneys, eyes, feet, etc.
In addition, since Type 2 diabetes is a biochemical/hormonal problem characterized by nutrient deficiencies and cellular starvation, you can only fix that by eating the right foods that contain the missing nutrients. And, these missing nutrients that the body requires are not in the drugs.
The key point to understand here is that as long as you continue to rely on the drugs, your diabetes will continue to get worse; and, you will end up taking more and more drugs with each passing year ...
Concerning Point Number 3, the good news is that there are now a lot of diabetes books and programs out there that claim that they can reverse your diabetes.
But, the bad news is that it's left up to you to figure out which of these diabetes books and programs will work for you. But, most of these websites won't tell you their solution unless you buy their book first. Why do they do this? Because they know that their book or program won't work for the majority of diabetics.
On the other hand, I am telling you my solution without having to buy my book first. Why? What's the catch?
Because I am confident that my solution will work. And, "the catch" is that once you verify that my solution works for you, then, you will feel more confident in buying my book to implement the rest of my program.
But, first, let's take a few minutes to clearly understand what Type 2 diabetes is as a disease. Why is this important? Because, once you truly understand the disease, you'll begin to understand why the drugs won't work. Also, you'll understand which diabetes websites are telling you the truth or just running a scam to get your money.
Type 2 Diabetes Is A Rotting Disease
In simple terms, Type 2 diabetes (also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, NIDDM) is a rotting disease. I know that may sound crude, but, hopefully you get my point.
Once you realize that this disease is rotting out your insides, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that a bunch of prescription drugs aren't going to stop the rot and the spread of this disease.
Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease of insulin resistance, cell inflammation, oxidation, and glycation that gradually spreads the rot throughout the body, causing serious damage to major tissues and organs such as the arteries, eyes, kidneys, feet, heart and brain.
The main reason why this disease is able to progress and spread the rot to the various tissues and organs is because (initially) there is no discomfort or pain associated with this disease (for many years).
And, because there is no discomfort or pain, we don't take this disease seriously. So, there is no real concern or motivation to do anything about this disease.
In addition, we take diabetic medications to keep our bloodglucose in check, so we think that there is nothing to worry about! We don't realize that the disease is still progressing and the medications do absolutely nothing to stop the progression!
So, we think that everything is fine, until one day, we begin to notice some small problems with things like blurry vision, or numbness in our foot, or a small bruise or sore that doesn't seem to heal. Or, our doctor tells us that we have protein leaking in our urine, which is an early sign of potential kidney damage.
Author's Sidebar: I can't tell you the number of people we've met who truly believed that nothing was going to happen to them. Some of them tell us that they wish that we had been more forceful with our message ...
Risk Factors of Type 2 Diabetes Are You Diabetic?
If you're not sure if you are diabetic, review the symptoms (listed above) and ask your doctor for a complete physical exam.
If you want to know whether you or a family member may be at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, take a look at the diagrams (below) or review the following list of risk factors:
- Abdominal fat: waistline greater than 40 in. (man), 35 in. (woman)
- Note: Abdominal fat is biologically more active, causing inflammation
- Overweight/obesity: Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 25
- Note: 5-10% of Type 2s are not overweight or obese
- Poor nutrition: too many processed foods
- Sedentary lifestyle: very little physical activity or exercise
- Age: 45 years or older
- High blood glucose: 126 or higher
- High blood pressure: 130/80 or higher
- High triglycerides: over 150
- Low HDL cholesterol: under 40 for men, 50 for women
- High inflammation: high homocysteine, high C-reactive protein
- A family history: of Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease
- Non-Caucasian ethnicity: Hispanic-American, African-American, Native-American, Asian- American
- Poor mental health: e.g. depression, anxiety
- Gestational diabetes: during multiple pregnancies
- Drug use: tobacco, alcohol; prescription, OTC, recreational drugs
- Inflammation markers: C-Reactive Protein (CRP), Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF-α), Interleukin-6 (IL-6)
Note 1: If you have 3 or more of these risk factors, you may be at risk for being diabetic or eventually developing Type 2 diabetes later in life.
Note 2: If you've been diagnosed as having prediabetes, you can prevent the onset of full-blown diabetes, but you must heed the warning and take action to change your eating habits and lifestyle.
Note 3: There are several reasons why more than 41% of people with prediabetes develop full-blown diabetes, e.g. denial, lack of awareness, failure to change diet or lifestyle, etc. One of the reasons is due to Western Medicine seeing "prediabetes" as a separate disease instead of as one of the (developmental) stages of Type 2 diabetes pathogenesis!
Note 4: You do not have to be overweight to be diabetic. Almost 11% of Type 2 diabetics are not overweight. That's why it's important to follow a wellness program such as the Death to Diabetes program instead of a weight loss program!
Type 2 Diabetes Overview
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic, biochemical and hormonal disorder where the body is unable to maintain glucose homeostasis and the cells have lost the ability to effectively utilize the insulin produced by the pancreas. This is known as insulin resistance.
Type 2 diabetes is also a disease of hormonal imbalances, specifically insulin, glucagon, leptin, and cortisol.
Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes, because it primarily affected older adults. But today with more children being overweight and sedentary, Type 2 diabetes is affecting children as well as adults.
As a result, Type 2 diabetes has reached such an epidemic level that 1 out of every 2 people knows someone who is diabetic! In fact, you may be surprised at the number of famous people and celebrities who are diabetic.
Type 2 diabetes is fueled by several harmful and damaging biological processes, including cellular inflammation, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, glucose transporter (GLUT4) dysfunction, leptin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, protein glycation, excess oxidation, hypertriglyceridemia, cellular dehydration, toxic overload, mineral deficiencies, and other nutrient deficiencies.
As a result, Type 2 diabetes is not just one biological problem -- it is a combination of cellular dehydration, nutrient starvation (vitamin/mineral deficiencies), insulin resistance, leptin resistance, cellular inflammation, lack of glucose homeostasis, hormonal imbalance, rotting, toxicity, and oxidative stress.
These biological processes cause damage to trillions of cells, which can lead to a dysregulated immune system and multiple health problems.
In other words, Type 2 diabetes is more than just a "blood sugar" disease!
This is important to understand because once you realize that controlling your blood sugar is only one component to defeat your diabetes, then, achieving the ultimate goal of reversing your diabetes ("death to your diabetes") is within your reach.
Insulin resistance and cellular inflammation reinforce each other via a positive feedback loop, causing more cell damage and preventing your body's cells from effectively using the insulin produced by the pancreas.
As depicted in the diagram (below), the insulin receptors on the surface of each cell are damaged (inflamed), ignoring the presence of insulin in your blood and refusing to allow glucose from your blood to enter your cells and be transported throughout the cell via the glucose transporters [1a].
Consequently, the glucose stays in the blood, causing your blood glucose level to rise [1b]. As a result, the cells can't produce energy or burn fat . In addition, the cells are unable to remove toxins and waste ; and, over time, the cells may become further damaged and lose the ability to communicate with each other .
Cell Function Within a Type 2 Diabetic's Body
The cells in your body require the glucose (as fuel) in order to produce energy. Without this fuel, your cells cannot produce energy and perform their functions.
Some of this glucose is stored in the liver. But most of it enters the bloodstream and travels to the cells to be used as fuel. Glucose needs the help of a hormone called insulin to enter the cells.
Insulin, which is made in the pancreas, is released into the bloodstream in response to the presence of glucose in the blood (i.e. after eating food). Think of insulin as a key. When insulin reaches a cell, it attaches to the cell wall. This signals the cell to create an opening that allows glucose to enter the cell.
But with Type 2 diabetes, your cells don’t respond properly to insulin. Because of this, less glucose than normal moves into cells. This is called insulin resistance.
In response, the pancreas makes more insulin. As less and less glucose enters the cells, it builds up to a harmful level in the bloodstream. This is known as high blood sugar or hyperglycemia.
The result is Type 2 diabetes. The cells become starved for energy, which can leave you feeling tired and rundown.
The sustained high blood glucose levels drive the beta cells of the pancreas to produce more insulin, which may cause the beta cells to begin to "wear out". Gradually, this may lead to beta cell dysfunction, which will reduce insulin production and cause blood glucose levels to rise even further.
As depicted in the diagram (below) this creates vicious cycles of metabolic, biochemical and hormonal imbalances that further fuel this progressive disease.
Over a period of years, these metabolic imbalances of excess glucose, insulin resistance, beta cell dysfunction, and cellular inflammation continue to feed each other, spreading more damage to more cells.
This leads to an increase in the production of fat cells and the need for more insulin from those cells. This increases the fat storage, especially in the abdomen area, while inhibiting fat metabolism because of the excess insulin (known as hyperinsulinemia).
The excess glucose and excess fat also lead to a build up of fat in the cells, causing an increase in your triglycerides.
The excess fat then produces more leptin, the hormone that tells your brain when to eat, how much to eat, and most importantly, when to stop eating.
But, when your leptin levels become chronically elevated, you become leptin resistant—your body can no longer "hear" the hormonal signals telling your brain you're full and should stop eating.
As a result, you gain even more weight, creating a vicious ongoingcycle of high glucose levels, leptin resistance and insulin resistance, which leads to Type 2 diabetes.
Just as with insulin, the only known way to reestablish proper leptin signaling is through proper diet, including the right type of fiber, which is primarily that from vegetables.
In addition, there is an increase in oxidative stress, glycation, and a depletion of key micronutrients such as potassium, chromium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E causing a severe nutrient deficiency.
All of this dysfunction leads to more cell membrane damage and a buildup of homocysteine, which causes damage to the artery walls.
The liver produces extra cholesterol to try to repair the damage to the artery walls, but, instead, this leads to arterial plaque formation and an increase in blood viscosity and blood pressure.
This is why many diabetics end up taking multiple prescription medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Unfortunately, this combination of medications just makes matters worse.
However, as previously mentioned, there is more to diabetes than the insulin resistance and inflammation. There are biochemical and hormonal cycles and imbalances (root causes) that fuel diabetes, including excess oxidation, glycation, adrenal fatigue, and toxicity.
There is also insufficient nutrient absorption by the gastrointestinal system causing nutrient deficiencies. All of these biochemical and hormonal imbalances continue to fuel the disease and cause damage throughout the body. This leads to problems with the eyes, kidneys, feet, heart and brain.
As depicted in the following diagrams, Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease due to a series of vicious cycles of biochemical and hormonal imbalances that wreak havoc and damage throughout the body.
Consequently, you must break the “Cycle of Diabetes” at the cellular level to stop the damage. Otherwise, this will lead to blindness, kidney dialysis, amputation, heart attack and stroke.
Since billions of cells have been damaged by the diabetes, the body requires a comprehensive nutritional and detox program that removes the excess toxins, reduces the oxidative damage, breaks the vicious cycles, and initiates the body's repair process to repair the cellular damage and heal the body.
However, the good news is that these biological changes and metabolic, biochemical and hormonal imbalances can be corrected and these complications prevented with a diabetes wellness program that includes superior nutrition, anti-inflammatory foods, a proper exercise regimen, spiritual health, and less stress in your life.
The One Thing You Need to Know About Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is not just a blood sugar problem. More importunity, Type 2 diabetes is a disease of cellular starvation, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, chronic inflammation, excess oxidation, excess glycation, excess toxicity, nutrient deficiencies, and weakened immune function.
By understanding this one thing about diabetes, you can better envision what it will take to defeat the disease.
For example, you can see that a nutritional program must be powerful enough to address cellular starvation, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, chronic inflammation, oxidation and protein glycation.
Most diabetes diet programs focus on hyperglycemia and insulin resistance, but, they fail to address the other areas. That's why most of these programs may work in the short-term, but, not in the long-term.
Why Am I So Tired?
After years of being diabetic, the amount of glucose has steadily increased with most of it remaining in your bloodstream -- that's why your blood glucose readings are high.
More importantly, the amount of glucose is decreasing within your actual cells, because it can't get into your cells -- this is called insulin resistance.
If you have been taking diabetic medication, you have been under the false premise that the drugs were working.
So, the primary reason why you feel so tired is because your cells are unable to pull in glucose.
Without glucose, your cells can't produce fuel (ATP, adenosine triphosphate). Without fuel, your cells can't produce energy.
And, without energy, you'll feel tired. The cells must be repaired so that they can, once again, pull in glucose to produce ATP and energy.
That's the simple explanation. Now, let's go a little deeper into this fatigue issue.
First, diabetes can directly cause fatigue with high or low blood sugar levels.
High blood glucose: makes your blood “sludgy,” slowing circulation so cells can’t get the oxygen and nutrients they need. If your blood glucose is high in the morning, you may feel groggy, lethargic or you may have a feeling like you were drugged.
Low glucose levels: also cause fatigue, because when blood sugar is low, there is not enough fuel for the cells to work well.
Low glucose levels in the middle of the night: If your blood glucose drops too low at night (usually after 2am), this can wake you up and you may find it difficult to go back to sleep.
Inflammation: In addition, high blood glucose can cause fatigue through cell inflammation. When blood vessels get inflamed by the glucose, immune cells called monocytes come into the brain, causing fatigue.
Then, there are causes that associated with your lifestyle. Some examples of activities that can make you feel fatigued include:
Lack of sleep or poor sleep: Some people are too wound up or too busy to sleep. Or they’re up to use the bathroom all night, or they have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which can wake them up many times an hour. If that is happening to you, you are likely to be fatigued during the day.
Shift work: Rotating shifts or working nights can cause fatigue directly by interfering with your body clock or indirectly by disrupting sleep.
Depression: High blood glucose can lower your serotonin levels. Also, dealing with your diabetes 34/7 can be very taxing and overwhelming, especially if your health is not improving. As a result, depression is very common with diabetes. Most depressed people feel fatigued, even if they don’t feel sad. Even at low levels, depression can sap your motivation. Why get up?
Doing too much: If you’re ripping and running all day, not taking breaks or even stopping to breathe much, you are courting fatigue. Forcing yourself to do everything can cause the fatigue to worsen. Also, if you over-exercise this can leave you fatigued later on because you have exhausted your glucose stores (e.g. glycogen in your liver).
Stress: In small doses, psychological or physical stress can give you energy, but if it goes on too long, it will wear you out.
Diet: Too much carbohydrates — especially refined carbs — can make anyone tired, especially with diabetes. Eating a plant-based higher protein/fat, lower-carbohydrate diet in conjunction with raw juicing will help.
Caffeine: Too much caffeine can cause fatigue through a rebound effect. Dehydration, or not drinking enough water, is a major cause of fatigue.
Being out of shape or having weak muscles: Not moving our bodies contributes to fatigue. Of course, it’s hard to exercise when you’re fatigued.
Weight loss merry-go-round: If you have gone through a lot of weight loss and weight regain cycles, this can cause your body to lose lean muscle tissue and slow down your metabolism and your body's ability to burn fat as fuel. If your body can't burn fat as fuel, it uses up all of your glucose, depleting your glucose stores.
Aging: It is normal to have less energy as we age, but this slowing down should not be dramatic. If loss of energy is rapid or severe, there is something else going on.
Besides the diabetes, there are other medical conditions that can cause fatigue including:
Anemia, or low red blood cell counts: It’s easy to be tested for anemia. If you’ve got it, it’s usually due to deficiency of iron, folic acid, or vitamin B-12, or to heavy menstrual bleeding in women (which results in iron deficiency).
Low thyroid (hypothyroidism): people with diabetes are more likely than others to have thyroid problems. If your thyroid level is low, you are likely to feel tired, sleepy, and depressed. Read our web page about thyroid problems and what to do.
Low testosterone levels, especially in men: Men with diabetes are much more likely to have low testosterone.
Infections: People with diabetes often have infections they don’t know about. Infections take energy to fight, which can cause fatigue and raise blood sugar levels. A common source is urinary tract or bladder infections. They often hurt, but sometimes have no symptoms, except for the fatigue. Silent dental infections and vaginal infections are also common and fatiguing.
Undiagnosed heart disease: If you get tired after tasks that you used to sail through, it could be time to for a heart check-up.
Conditions like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. These are autoimmune disorders, which are more common in women, but men get them too. Fatigue is the main symptom. Many other diseases cause fatigue — here is a more comprehensive list on the U.S. National Library of Medicine/Medline Plus website.
Medication side effects: Many drugs for diabetes, blood pressure, depression, pain, and other issues can cause fatigue. Also, be wary of synthetic herbal and vitamin supplements. Read labels, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This list is not complete, but, it should give you enough insight into the fatigue issue.
Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes often develops slowly from a condition called pre-diabetes, and symptoms may not be apparent for years.
Symptoms can include excessive thirst, which develops because hyperglycemia, or high levels of glucose in the blood, acts as a sponge to pull fluid out of the body's tissues. This leads to dehydration and extreme thirst as well as frequent urination. This also pulls fluid away from the eyes, resulting in blurred vision.
Because the body's cells aren't able to get the glucose they need for energy, people with type 2 diabetes may feel tired and fatigued.
Without the proper energy supply for the cells, people with type 2 diabetes may feel very hungry, and weight loss may result because the body has to use other sources for energy, such as burning muscle and fat stores.
High levels of sugar in the blood make it more difficult for the body to resist and fight infections and to heal, resulting in frequent infections, especially skin infections and open, slow healing sores.
High amounts of glucose in the blood can also lead to nonketotic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome, coma, and shock.
Over time hyperglycemia damages the body's blood vessels, leading to serious long-term complications, such as kidney failure, diabetic retinopathy and blindness, peripheral neuropathy and amputation, digestive issues (i.e gastroparesis), serious skin infections, gangrene, cardiovascular disease, stroke, disability, and death.
Other symptoms include skin rashes, urinary tract infections, candida, dry itchy skin, skin ulcers, flaky skin, foot tingling/numbness, hand tingling/ numbness, sexual problems, erectile dysfunction, unusual vaginal dryness, premature menopause, absent periods, drowsiness, excessive weight gain (especially in the belly area), and the inability to lose weight (especially the belly fat).
Later more extreme symptoms when blood sugars get higher include excessive thirst, excessive urination, excessive hunger, severe blurred vision, bed wetting - in children, muscle cramps, muscle weakness, headaches, irritability, fatigue, and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which is a very severe life - threatening complication of high blood sugars, requiring emergency treatment, which has very severe symptoms:
- Sweet-smelling fruity acetone breath
- Breathing difficulty
- Rapid Pulse
- Abdominal pain - usually in children
Complications of Diabetes
The major short-term complications associated with Type 2 diabetes include the following:
- Hyperosmolar Syndrome
As Type 2 diabetes progresses over the years, it rots outs the inside of your body, which eventually leads to one or more of the following long-term complications:
- Kidney Disease (Dialysis)
- Eye Disease (Blindness)
- Nerve Disease (Amputation)
- Heart Disease (Heart Attack, Stroke)
If you have any doubt that diabetes is a rotting disease, just take a look at some of the complications that develop because of this disease:
Other complications associated with Type 2 diabetes include the following:
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Obesity/Weight Gain
- Periodontal Disease
- Frequent Infections
- Bruises That Don’t Heal
- Sexual Dysfunction, e.g. erectile dysfunction
- Chronic Fatigue & Adrenal Fatigue
- Macular Degeneration
For more details about the root causes of Type 2 diabetes, the science of diabetes and the 6 major stages of diabetes pathogenesis, refer to the following web pages:
Note: If you have hypoglycemia, refer to our Hypoglycemia and How to Treat It Naturally web page.
FYI: Other types of diabetes include, but, are not limited to, the following:
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Gestational Diabetes
- Type 1.5 LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults)
- Type 3 Diabetes (Alzheimer's)
- MODY (Maturity onset diabetes of the young)
- Brittle Diabetes
- Double Diabetes
- Steroid-induced Diabetes (incl. CFRD, Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes)
Type 2 Diabetes, Thyroid and Leaky Gut
Are you having problems with digestion, food allergies, stomach discomforts, thyroid issues, etc. on top of having to deal with blood glucose problems?
You may be asking: What do all of these problems have to do with each other?
As you can see from the diagram (below), blood glucose, the thyroid, leaky gut and inflammation are all interconnected.
Note: For more information about leaky gut, refer to the AIP & Autoimmune Diseases Nutritional Program web page.
Next Steps to Reverse Diabetes
Now that you have an understanding of your diabetes and what it is doing and going to do to you, it's time to take action. So, listen to this ex-diabetic engineer who almost died from diabetes: You can beat this disease and reverse your diabetes, but, only if you're willing to make some changes.
And, don't forget, this is the only diabetes book where you get to talk to the author and gain his perspective on the disease and how he beat it and how you can beat it also.
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