Diet-Therapy healing for Diabetes: Type II
Diet Therapy for Diabetes Type 2 ,written by Dr. Frank Tortorice, M.D., Functional Medicine (see profile)
Feb 9, 2019
It is easier to outline the true nature of adult-onset of (Type II) diabetes by highlighting what it's not, rather than what it really is. It's not a genetically-inherited condition that you just don't have any influence over. It's also not a failure of self-control. You're not a glutton or a sloth or a sugar or food addict. You're merely a person with a metabolic engine that's in want of repair, because of years of eating processed foods that became mainstream diet since the second world war. You're not guilty of anything as the information about the foods has been heavily influenced by decades of economic and political pressures, not facts known to science.
The role of insulin and leptin from a scientific view as the master hormones of regulation of blood sugar in the body and fat metabolism has been obscured by the processed food industry’s campaign. That has moved Americans, far from healthy fats, proteins, and other nutrients that promote fullness and a lean body. In fact, advocating a low-fat high carb diet achieves the precise opposite. Even once intended customers attempt to create healthier decisions at the grocery store, their smart intentions are sabotaged by the clever selling of extremely profitable unhealthy foods that are publicized as “healthy” by the food giants.
Diabetes and Obesity combined - or Diabesity could be a condition precipitated by multiple dietary and personal choices in lifestyles, that results in worsening of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle through the diabetic dysregulation of hormones and neurotransmitters. It's actually an example of the proverbial dog chasing its own tail! After you become obese, you become diabetic. And after you become diabetic, you become obese and stay that way due to development referred to as insulin resistance, i.e. your fat cells become “deaf” to the messages sent by your pancreas via insulin to inform your brain that you just are feeling full - and you ought to stop eating. The role of insulin is to remove the toxic amounts of glucose in your bloodstream, not to manage blood sugar. A Standard American Diet (SAD) has 23 teaspoons worth of sugar in the form of carbohydrates on a typical day, yet the human body only requires less than 2 teaspoons worth of sugar in the bloodstream for healthy functioning. The extra sugar is stored as extra body fat in the form of triglycerides and as calcified plaque in the arteries. So to reverse Diabetes and Obesity one has to break this vicious cycle of insulin resistance and fat accumulation with making healthy lifestyle choices.
Can Diabetes II or Diabesity be Reversed?
Diabesity can be healed by repairing the metabolic dysfunction caused by the combination of an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, thus healing the hormonal and neurological imbalances of the body. Many people who are pre-diabetic and diabetic tend to simply give up go on to become Insulin-Dependent Type II diabetics who must inject themselves before every meal. At this juncture, most diabetics may also have to deal with the many serious consequences of diabetes: heart disease, kidney disease, thyroid disease, diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy, a veritable cascade of deteriorating health.
The good news is that each of the factors described can be reversed through the science of Nutrigenomics and Functional Medicine. Optimize your health without relying on prescription drugs and surgeries.
AN OVERVIEW OF DIABETES TYPE II: written by Research Staff, Jan 4, 2019
Diabetes is a condition which affects the body's ability to process blood glucose or sugar. It is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the world. According to data published the WHO, diabetes occurs in about 27.9 to 32.7 percent of the US population with the average age-group being 18 and above . Without undergoing any form of treatment or care management, the disease condition can lead to the uncontrollable build-up of sugars in the blood which can, in turn, increase the risk of other dangerous implications such as heart diseases, strokes, and death in severe cases. There are three (Diabetes type 1, 2 and Gestational diabetes) types of diabetes and the level of care recommended usually depends on the type of diabetes in the body. Apart from the use of enzyme therapy which may be too expensive, it is easier to prevent diabetes than to manage the condition. In cases of avoiding diabetes, diabetic diet or diabetic meals can be prepared to assist the body to produce more insulin to breakdown blood sugar .
DIET THERAPY AND NUTRITION FOR DIABETES
The use of nutrition therapy has been widely documented as one of the best diabetes prevention methods for most patients . These diabetic meals come in the form of Ayurvedic diets, cinnamon for diabetes, and diabetic breakfast. There is a strong link between diabetes and nutrition. This is because a diabetic diet plays a vital role in conjunction with the medical interventions aimed at preventing or treating the disease condition. One of the significant challenges of diabetic patients is the likelihood to become obese, and there is a growing body of research aimed at providing the best nutrition plan for diabetic patients.
Not just in diabetic patients, nutrition plays a vital role in the wellbeing of the body. It provides the body with strength, boosts the production of hormones and enzymes to stay healthy and above all, help fight against diseases . The prescription of the right diabetic diet or diabetic meals will keep the body healthy and fit to fight against the disease condition.
FOODS TO FOCUS ON
1. Raw, cooked or roasted Vegetables;
Vegetables contain a high level of antioxidants and nutrients which improves digestion, aids in blood circulation and enzyme production. While suffering from diabetes, your diabetic meals should include low carb veggies like Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, eggplant, onions mushrooms and low-carb squashes like zucchini. While planning your diabetic meals, try them with dips such as salsa, guacamole, hummus, and low-fat dressings . These items can be incorporated into your diabetic breakfast.
2. Stay hydrated with lots of fluids
Taking water while on a diabetic meal plan may be great but infusing it with fruits and vegetables makes it more interesting. Flavor your water with fruits like cucumber and lemon to improve task and make it nutritionally rich. Staying hydrated improves nutrient transportation and aids in digestion; it controls the body temperature and pH .
3.Try more of proteins
Legumes such as dried lentils, peas and beans are excellent replacements for the high-calorie grains which may be dangerous for diabetic patients. These proteins have a low carb and some exciting flavors which keeps you satisfied for a long time .
FOODS TO AVOID 
1. Alcohol and carbonated drinks
While on a diabetic diet, avoid carbonated beverages and alcohol since they increase the rate of body dehydration.
2. Sugar-sweetened beverages
These foods are high in carb content and can serve as the worst food to include in your diabetic meal plan.
Others include; trans fat, white bread, pasta and rice, sweetened yogurt drinks and sweetened coffee.
ADOPTING THE AYURVEDIC DIET PROTOCOLS
This is a diabetic meal plan which provides the needed guidelines for all food intakes. This gives you an idea of what to eat, and how it can boost your health, manage or prevent diseases, and maintain a high level of wellness. It is more or less referred to as an eating ritual .
What to eat
• Black beans
• Chicken white meat
• Dry cereal
• Egg whites
• Unsalted butter
• vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower
What to avoid
• Vegetable oils
• Trans fats
• Soft drinks
• Processed foods
• Most dairy products
• Artificial sweeteners
DIABETES TREATMENT USING A NATURAL APPROACH
Diabetes can be treated or prevented by utilizing herbal remedies and diet therapy. Herbal remedies come in handy in assisting diabetic patient to manage the symptoms of diabetes and increasing the rate of metabolism in the body. Some common herbal remedies for diabetes therapy includes
• Aloe vera
• Bitter melon
• Milk thistle
According to the data published by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in 2009, it has been recommended that all individuals who were suffering from diabetes or any pre-diabetes treatment should engage in complementary therapy in the form of medical nutrition therapy . The treatment is aimed at achieving treatment goals most especially by people who are familiar with diabetes. The ADA also suggested that existing diabetes patients should engage in medical nutrition therapy to prevent the occurrence of other diabetes-related complications.
Diabetes nutrition treatment plan can be accompanied by other forms of complementary therapy such as exercises (to improve the overall health of the body) yoga, and meditation to keep the mind focused and refreshed [9-10].
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