If you’re one of the 29 million Americans suffering with type 2 diabetes, it can be confusing to know what to do once you’ve been diagnosed. While it can be tempting to take a diabetes pill or inject insulin rather than change habits, there are a number of reasons to take the healthier path. For starters, did you know that diabetes is associated with high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and heart attack, as well as kidney disease? If not, then read on. Today, we’ll dispel three important myths so that you can learn how to be healthy while reversing type 2 diabetes naturally.
Myth #1: You should carry candy with you when you are a type 2 diabetic.
Traditional doctors recommend that people with type 2 diabetes carry candy with them in case they start to feel the effects of low blood sugar, such as shakiness, clamminess, feeling jittery, blurred vision or passing out. In this circumstance, some grapes or a banana would be a better choice, as consuming candy is contrary to what a diabetic should consume. If you do “cheat” and eat candy in order to keep from passing out, then you should also eat some nuts or protein so your blood sugar doesn’t crash again. The need for “rescue candy” actually reflects poor diet and medicine coordination, which is common. In that case, your treatment regimen and diet need adjustment, so you don’t have these dangerous sugar lows.
The high carbohydrate diet resulted in a doubling of the incidence of diabetes from 1980 to 2002. The epidemic of diabetes in our country is not surprising once you examine the facts about grains and starches. Potatoes, bread, rice and other starchy foods are made up of simple sugars that are rapidly released into the bloodstream. Every time you eat one of these high-carbohydrate foods, your blood sugar undergoes a sudden surge. Your pancreas responds by secreting insulin, which moves glucose out of the bloodstream and into the cells. This causes blood sugar to drop, often to a level even lower than it was before you ate. In the short term, the result is reactive hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, characterized by headache, nausea, fatigue, mental confusion, and hunger. In the long term, this sugar roller coaster ride stresses the pancreas and adrenal glands, keeps insulin levels chronically elevated, promotes weight gain, and increases your risk of not only diabetes, but also high blood pressure, heart disease, and other degenerative diseases.
We have found that for most people, this process can be reversed by reversing the diet that created the problem in the first place. If you follow a yeast-free eating program 100% for about 100 days (sometimes longer), the process is reversed. This means that you must totally eliminate sugar, pasta, breads, rice (all grains), and dairy for about 100 days.
The tricky part of this process is the 100% commitment to this eating program in order to reverse type 2 diabetes. Following this eating program only 99% will definitely help, but not eliminate the diabetes.
Myth #2: If you are a type 2 diabetic, you should be substituting sugar with Equal, Splenda, and Sweet’N Low.
Equal: Aspartame (found in Equal and NutraSweet) is an unnatural substance produced by a large chemical manufacturer and a neurotoxin that destroys brain cells. The body breaks down aspartame into formaldehyde, the chemical used by morticians for embalming, which is a known cancer-causing agent. The use of aspartame has been associated with more than 150 symptoms, including increased incidence of brain tumors, mood disorders, declining mental function, and migraine headaches, to name a few.
Splenda: Splenda, which is sucralose, is also an unnatural substance and is chemically manufactured by adding chlorine molecules to sugar. Chlorinated hydrocarbons, such as sucralose, that are found in the petrochemical industry are known carcinogens. Side effects of Splenda include gastrointestinal problems, migraines, seizures, dizziness, blurred vision, allergic reactions, blood sugar increases, weight gain, headaches, chest pain, and rashes. It also increases your risk of getting diabetes.
Sweet’N Low: Saccharin, the ingredient in Sweet’N Low, was discovered by accident by a chemist who was experimenting with coal tar derivatives in a lab. Side effects of saccharin include photosensitivity, nausea, weight gain, digestive upset, abnormally rapid heart rate, some type of cancer, and allergic reactions such as headache, difficulty breathing, skin rash, hives and diarrhea. In the early 1970s, saccharin was thought to be a carcinogen when it was linked to bladder cancer.
Another problem is that when you taste something sweet, such as these artificial sweeteners, even though they aren’t sugar, your body responds the same and releases insulin. But when the glucose doesn’t come, the insulin has nothing to bind to. This may decrease your insulin sensitivity, which can lead to increased risk for developing diabetes.
So what should you substitute sugar with?
You should avoid artificial sweeteners in all of their forms. Instead, use only naturally occurring sugar substitutes, such as Xylitol and Stevia, both of which are extracted from certain species of plants.
Myth #3: If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you will need to be on insulin for the rest of your life.
Traditional medicine views type 2 diabetes as a problem of elevated blood sugar and not making enough insulin. This is not the case. As its name suggests, non-insulin-dependent diabetes is not caused by inadequate production of insulin. Instead, it is characterized by an inability of the body to use insulin effectively. In other words, the problem is not a lack of insulin but a decline in the sensitivity of cells to the signals of this messenger hormone, a condition called insulin resistance. Even though there is plenty of insulin in circulation, the effect of insulin resistance is the same as that of insulin insufficiency: glucose cannot get into cells, and as a result, blood sugar levels remain elevated.
Type II diabetes results from long-developing insulin resistance which in turn is a result of longstanding intake of simple carbs exceeding one’s tolerance. Simple carbs include not only the obvious sugar, but also pasta, bread, rice and dairy. If your intake exceeds your tolerance over the course of years or decades, then cells become insulin resistant as a defense mechanism. The result is that blood sugar rises. Tragically, traditional medicine’s approach is to prescribe drugs that overcome this cellular defense mechanism. Therefore, sugar is essentially force-fed to the cells. This causes cellular damage and eventually leads to the cells becoming even more insulin resistant.
Taking insulin for type 2 diabetes is not the solution because too little insulin is not the problem. This is why the traditional approach is not effective.
So how do you correct insulin resistance and get your cells to be sensitive to the signals of insulin again? Eat a healthy diet, such as the yeast-free diet mentioned above, and get out and exercise. Insulin resistance can be corrected through these lifestyle changes.