Whilst the human body is designed to control blood sugar levels, particularly to provide energy and brain sustenance, the modern diet and lifestyle can create excessive demands. Evolution did not provide continual high levels of sugars, starches or refined carbohydrates. Diabetes is a biochemical disorder which affects the body's ability to use these foods. People with diabetes are not able to produce sufficient insulin or are unable to use the insulin they produce effectively enough to break down glucose or sugar in the blood and make it available to the body. The presence of high levels of blood sugar can lead to degenerative conditions especially of the blood vessels.
Type 1 Diabetes most commonly surfaces in childhood and is usually associated with the inability of the pancreas to produce insulin. People with Type 1 Diabetes are also called Insulin-Dependent because they have to take insulin for life. Type 2 Diabetes is often called Adult Onset Diabetes and usually occurs after the age of 40. People with Type 2 Diabetes do produce insulin in the pancreas, but their body cells have become resistant to it. There is however an alarming increase in the number of young adults and even children who are developing Type 2 Diabetes and this is closely linked to unhealthy life style habits and increasing rates of obesity in the younger age groups.
Although people with controlled diabetes lead a normal healthy life, uncontrolled diabetes means chronically elevated blood sugar levels which slowly destroy proteins in the body, causing considerable damage to tissues and organs. Complications from untreated or poorly controlled diabetes include kidney damage, heart disease, nerve damage, and even blindness.
Diabetes must be diagnosed and treated by a qualified medical practitioner. If you are at all concerned about whether you have diabetes, especially if you are overweight and have a family history of diabetes, please seek medical advice. The symptoms of diabetes include:-
Frequent and excessive urination &Always thirsty
Chronic fatigue, lethargy and weakness
Slow healing cuts and wounds
Weight loss without dieting
Loss of libido
Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
Recurring infections, especially urinary tract infections, thrush and athletes foot
There are no clear answers about the cause of Type 1 Diabetes, which makes the pancreas stop producing insulin. Some theorists believe that Type 1 Diabetes may be an auto-immune response or that it could be caused by a virus. Research has indicted that it is more prevalent when maternal Vitamin D is low during pregnancy.
Type 2 Diabetes (usually age onset related), is strongly linked to obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle but also can be a side effect from some medication. Both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes are known to have a strong genetic link. This means that if you have people in your family who have diabetes, then it is even more important to follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly and to take supplements and herbal remedies which can help to prevent diabetes. A low GL (glycaemic load) diet is advised. Supplements that might help those with pre-diabetic blood sugar controls include chromium and cinnamon. A recent introduction is Chromoprecise which has been shown to be a much more efficient absorber of chromium modulin into the cells and thereby increase glucose absorption . Then free glucose is reduced and insulin sensitivity is improved. Those on diabetic medication may benefit from extra vitamin B1 and folate.
Along with the correct lifestyle changes, herbal remedies and dietary supplements can reduce or eliminate the need for prescription medication (of type 2 diabetes) and can also aid in preventing some of the tissue and organ damage associated with uncontrolled blood sugar levels. Natural supplements to treat diabetes can include herbs such as Gymnema sylvestre, Galega officinalis and Bilberry. Natural remedies can be used as supplements to assist in the treatment or control of diabetes and some supplements used to support healthy circulation, to ensure adequate flow of blood to the feet and hands.