What is diabetes? – Through the eyes of a Macrobiotic Diet Specialist
Diabetes occurs when the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin or when the body’s cells resist or reject the insulin that is produced. The result is high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia. Diabetes is a complex, heterogeneous disorder. Type 1 diabetes occurs predominantly in young people and is due to selective autoimmune destruction of the pancreatic beta cell, leading to insulin deficiency. Type 2 diabetes is much more common, and the vast majority of people with this disorder are overweight.
The macrobiotic way for life can help prevent and relive diabetes, a modern epidemic disease that affects up to one in four adults and children around the world. The macrobiotic diet emphasizes plant-based foods, no dairy, no simple sugars, no meat except fish once or two times a week, whole grain, and a variety of vegetables.
“Macrobiotics” comes from -macro bios-, the Greek words for “long life” and “great life”.
What is the type 2 diabetes?
Insulin resistance plays a key role in the development of type 2 diabetes, and the disease results from both insulin resistance and impaired beta cell function and both are YIN conditions, as are obesity and overweight. A primary cause of these conditions is the intake of strongly YIN simple sugars, such as refined sugar, as well as refined carbohydrates like white rice and white flour. The continual intake of extremes exhausts and depletes the beta cells. The result is either not enough insulin or insulin that is too weak to facilitate the transfer of glucose across the cell membrane. If insulin lacks strong YANG power, it will not be able to bond with the cell membrane and enter the interior of the cell. Without insulin as a facilitator, glucose does not enter the cell, but remains circulating in the blood, hence the high level of blood glucose characteristic of diabetes. This mechanism explains the onset of type 2 diabetes.
What is the type 1 diabetes?
The mechanism of type 1 diabetes is a little different, albeit also extremely YIN, this devastating, incurable disease strikes children, creating a painful and difficult experience for young families. What most people don’t know though, is that there is strong evidence that this disease is linked to diet and, more specifically to DAIRY products. The ability of cow’s milk protein to initiate type 1 diabetes is well documented. In some infants, cow milk proteins are not fully digested, and small amino acid chains or protein fragments are absorbed by the small intestine. In the bloodstream the immune system identifies these fragments as antigens, or foreign protein, and codes antibodies to destroy them. Some of these protein fragments are identical in form to insulin-producing beta cells. Antibodies produced by the immune system thus destroy both the cow proteins and the beta cells, taking way the child’s ability to produce insulin. The result is type 1 diabetes, an incurable lifetime condition. Once again, we can understand this process in terms of YIN and YANG. Milk, a product of the yang animal body, is a powerfully yin secretion designed for growth. This is especially true for the milk of large mammals such as cows. The intake of this strongly yin substance (often together with refined sugar) is largely responsible for the onset of type 1 diabetes.
Which supplement is best for diabetes?
Of the herbs, aloe vera is the most widely used complex plant, containing hundreds of amino acids and phytonutrients. Bitter melon and berberine are also popular for natural diabetes treatment, however, Ceylon cinnamon and garlic are the most effective. Of the minerals, Chromium is the most clinically proven blood sugar lowering effect. The best form is a fulvic acid based liquid Chromium in organic bond.
What does chromium do for the body?
Chromium is an important and essential trace element that helps maintain normal blood sugar levels. It increases fat metabolism, with some studies showing that high-cholesterol intake of 300-1000 μg / day reduces total LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in individuals, while increasing -apolipoprotein A-, a unique component of the „good”HDL cholesterol. It reduces the craving for sweets, so it is also used in weight loss programs. It is essential because the body cannot produce it, so a balanced intake is important. The latest research results clinically confirm the use of Fulvic-acid based food supplements, which contain nutrients in a nature-identical and elemental organic form. Dr. Kontos Essential Chromium Drops are fulvic-acid based, water-soluble and instantly absorbed by the body.
Chromium in the prevention and control of diabetes: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10705100/