Episode 3 : Diabetes – It’s not just about sugar.

Diabetes – Poor Sugar Management or Inflammation?

Diabetes is not just about sugar

Diabetes is not just about sugar.

Let’s look at diabetes, specifically diabetes type 2 and ways to prevent it, becoming your reality or the strategies for managing it to improve your long term health outcomes.

The diabetes pandemic

Diabetes Type 2 is a global pandemic largely caused by diet changes over the last 40-50 yrs from less fibre to more processed sugar. What used to be called adult onset diabetes is now, sadly, experienced by children. The shocking tragedy is diabetes type 2 is completely preventable and in most cases reversible.

Reversing diabetes

Research from Newcastle University in the UK has achieved complete reversal of diabetes using dietary caloric restriction. Most of us need to EAT LESS FOOD.
Additionally research teams in the US have reversed diabetes using an anti-inflammatory approach.   A body under stress from many sources – nutritionally poor diet, pathogens in the gut or liver, a toxic load of heavy metals can all create inflammation, which creates unstable blood sugar levels.

We can reduce inflammation using a combination of the following:

  • Nutritional supplements
  • Resveratrol
  • Omega-3’s
  • Rosemary
  • Curcumin
  • Phyto nutrients in green veggies
  • Exercise and good sleep

An interesting link exists between mental health and diabetes with 20% of diabetics suffering depression.  In depression there is inflammation and often, a more sedentary lifestyle.   Whilst insulin itself is inflammatory, uncontrolled sugars can also lead to inflammation, particularly in the brain, resulting in depression.  We must move the body as exercise reduces cortisol and insulin levels, positively impacting inflammation.

The rise in statin drugs used to reduce cholesterol has seen a subsequent rise in blood sugar levels and diabetes. Statins cause the liver to push sugar into the blood instead of converting it into fat. These drugs also reduce Vit D, coQ10 and selenium, all of which are needed for pancreatic and thyroid function.  Only use statin drugs if it is absolutely vital you do so.

What do we need to pay attention to?

  • A nutrient dense diet
  • Exercise
  • Avoid statins where possible
  • Increase anti-inflammatory foods
  • Reduce inflammatory components of our diet and lifestyle choices (eg not smoking)

Recipe: Help manage your sugar levels.

Type 2 Smoothie

  • 1/2 medium avocado
  • 1 tablespoon virgin cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseeds or hemp seeds
  • 1 large handful greens – spinach leaves, kale, rainbow chard
  • 1 tsp of chopped curly parsley
  • Small knob of fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup of fresh or frozen organic berries or 1 small fresh kiwi fruit

Method

Add water, blend all ingredients till smooth, enjoy !!

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2 Comments

  1. Reply

    Hayley

    09/09/2016

    It's a goodie, did not know the connection to STARCH... thanks

  2. Reply

    Richard Heidlmair

    10/09/2016

    Terrific information - very useful strategies! Thank you!


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