|Posted on October 12, 2009 at 4:29 AM|
Before continuing with diabetes treatments, I should call attention to diuretic drugs commonly prescribed to diabetics.
While diabetic drugs are bad enough since they increase insulin, another class of drugs that are frequently prescribed to diabetics are Thiazide drugs. These are "water pills" which decrease water retention as a result of high blood pressure.
Typically diabetics experience swelling of the hands or feet which is a symptom of poor electrolyte imbalance and high blood pressure. The side effects are many, and one of them causes insulin regulation to worsen. In fact, pre-diabetics often get full blown diabetes as a result of taking these drugs.
Hypertension or high blood pressure is extremely common in diabetes because high glucose and insulin levels raise blood pressure. The loss of essential minerals such as magnesium promotes elevated blood pressure as well. I've got two words to describe this, pure madness!
There are many more examples of this type of treatment makes the condition worse syndrome. Maybe I'm beating a dead horse here, but if you haven't seen the "Town of Allopath" video sketch, check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4NEQzZlSDE
Continuing from the previous daily topic on diabetic treatments, one of the most vital vitamin-like substances is Lipoic acid. It raises the body's antioxidant defense systems, acts as an insulin mimick by transporting glucose into the muscles for energy, increases ATP energy to the mitochondria and effectively in time reverses a build-up of a fatty liver, which is frequently seen in diabetes.
About 25% of the western world have a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This is a condition that ripens diabetes to full effect and with a regular use of lipoic acid will reverse this condition.
Other crucial supplements are Co-enzyme Q10, helping to reduce inflammation and helping fuel the mitrochondria. If water retention is problematic, toss out the lasix and thiazide drugs and take Dandelion root extract instead.
Dandelion, as in from your front lawn, dandelion? That's correct, but from a root extract. This is a superior diuretic and supplies electrolytes instead of depleting them.
Another very useful supplement is Green Tea Phytosome. Green Tea Phytosome is not an ordinary green tea extract. It is Green tea bound to a Phosphatidylcholine complex, that allow it to work for up to ten hours instead of a mere 30 minutes as with standard green tea extracts.
Green tea is a potent inhibitor of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma. This offers an anti-obesity effect by postively modifying transcription factors related to adipocyte differentiation. In English, that means that it prevents excessive fat storage and accumulation of triglycerides, which in turns improves insulin regulation.
Also important are amino acids such as Carnitine and Taurine which improve insulin regulation and prevent abnormalies found in poor glucose metabolism.
There are many other beneficial supplements that could be added to a diabetic regimen, so I will conclude this mentioning just two others. Gymnema sylvestre is a sugar destroyer and it not only helps to regenerate beta-cell islets in the pancreas, it also can inhibit the absorption of dietary sugar intake by up to 50%. If you pull a capsule apart and sprinkle some on your tongue, it will render eating anything tasting sweet quite unappealing.
Finally, there is a great importance on the health of intestinal flora. In the earlier part of the 20th century, it was believed by some that beneficial flora could cure diabetes. Western physicians have a habit of ignoring non-patentable ideas and this was no exception. Today, there is ample evidence that supplying one's self of beneficial bacteria can substantially boost glucose metabolism. I think we've only seen the tip of the iceberg on what probiotics and fermented foods have to offer.