Nutritional Support for Type
II Diabetes Mellitus
Type II Diabetes
or Adult Onset Diabetes is a common disease affecting approximately
4% of the population. Most commonly, the body doesnt use the naturally
occurring insulin that helps in the absorption of sugar. That is why
the person with diabetes has to decrease the amount of sugar eaten.
Otherwise, all the sugar goes around to the various body organs, especially
the kidney and eyes and destroys tissue.
| Diabetes can be significantly helped
by changing your diet
Cut back on high fat, refined foods, starches, and sugars. Change
your lifestyle. The goal in treatment, whether by herbs, nutrients
or insulin is to keep the blood glucose level around 120
right about where it would normally be. That is the physicians
job, the patients role is to follow some general guidelines
that will improve the quality of life, decrease the potential
of the serious complications of diabetes and may decrease the
dependency on insulin of the diabetic patient.
The most important
part of successfully controlling adult onset diabetes is controlling
what you eat. You need to regulate the amount of sugar, starches, fat,
and refined foods eaten. For example, if the dinner meal were spaghetti
and meatballs and salad, you would need to eat less spaghetti or eat
whole-wheat spaghetti and eat more salad and meatballs in the meal.
Spaghetti, like white breads and other pastas is a refined starch that
converts into glucose in the body.
It would be helpful to think of eating a bowl of spaghetti or a slice
of white bread as eating sugar. If however, a small amount of spaghetti
is eaten with a protein and fiber, the body handles its effects better.
The protein in the meat and the fiber in the salad slow the glucose
released into the blood stream. This lessens the harmful effects of
the excess glucose remember the kidneys and eyes. Even better,
substitute the high fat meatballs with low fat turkey or chicken in
Try to make the following
- Eat whole grains. Buy
spelt, quinoa, whole wheat, corn, or rice pastas, whole wheat bread.
If it is white, then think of it as sugar.
- Eat lots of fiber.
Fiber is found in beans, grains, fruits, and vegetables. Because
fruit contains high amounts of a type of sugar that converts into
glucose, limit fruit to 1 piece daily.
- Minimize the amount
of sugar you eat. Sugar is in everything from soft drinks, to pastries,
to catsup. Always eat protein and/or fiber if eating sugar. Dont
substitute artificial sweeteners (except the herb Stevia) for sugar.
The artificial sweeteners are associated with many over 25 complaints
ranging from headaches to vertigo. More importantly the American
Diabetic Association recommended that anyone with diabetes not to
eat any sorbitol.
- Keep the diet low fat.
Some fat like those found in avocados, nuts, and grains is needed,
but not the kind that you can pour.
Exercise stimulated the cells
that absorb the glucose in the body to do their job. Exercise can take
many forms from walking the dog, to parking farther from the store in
the parking lot, to the chair aerobics often demonstrated on television.
It is important to do some form of exercise daily. It is a great tool
that helps your body control the diabetes.
Type II diabetes
often follows a major trauma in the persons life such as the loss
of a spouse. Instead of seeing diabetes as a sentence that must be carried
out, think of it as an opportunity to get back into mental, emotional
and physical balance. Maybe the disease is forcing the person to look
at him or herself.
Why is this happening? Now (s)he must think about everything (s)he put
into his/her mouth. Suddenly, the body is out of balance; it has decided
not to do a job that it had been doing for years. So how do you regain
this balance? If you already have a religious belief, strengthen it.
If this has been an area in your life that you have ignored, then embrace
it. There are so many different ways to approach it in both Eastern
and Western disciplines.
Whatever you chose, take time to think about your life and its direction.
Lessen negativity in your life. Work on improving relationships that
add to your life and eliminating those that make you unhappy. Focus
on being happy and productive.
Type II Diabetes Mellitus is a
high maintenance condition. It is important to monitor the blood glucose
levels several times daily. Oral insulin is a wonderful drug that helps
control the disease, but is a poor substitute for what your body can
do naturally. Your body releases insulin as needed, the oral dose releases
its load when taken whether or not it is needed at that moment.
By working with your diet and lifestyle, you can minimize the dependency
on the drug and help your body relearn how to absorb sugar safely. Diabetes
is a disease with serious consequences. If it is uncontrolled, the patient
may develop kidney disease possibly leading to failure, blindness, and
poor wound healing which may result in gangrene and amputation. If controlled
through diet, exercise, prudent use of insulin, and spiritual/mental/emotional
harmony, not only are these potential conditions minimized, but also
you have increased your overall health and well being.