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Dahl Family Medicine

Family practice physician in Washington, Indiana
Address: 600 S Hwy 57, Washington, IN 47501
Phone: (812) 257-1052

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Mellitus results from a defect in the production of insulin by the pancreas. Without insulin, the body cannot utilize glucose (blood sugar), its principal energy source. As a result, the level of glucose absorbed by the body tissues is low and the level of glucose circulating in the blood is high. Diabetes over time increases the risk of blindness, atherosclerosis, kidney disease and neuropathy (loss of nerve function). It is a disease characterized by a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism. People who are greatest at risk for developing this form of diabetes are over weight and eat a diet high in refined, processed foods and low in fibre and complex carbohydrates.

In the type II, non-insulin dependant form of diabetes is often referred to as a maturity-onset diabetes and most often occurs in people with a family history of diabetes. In this type of diabetes, the pancreas does produce insulin but the insulin is ineffective. Symptoms include itching, blurred vision, unusual thirst, increased appetite, drowsiness, fatigue, frequent skin infections, slow wound healing and tingling or numbness in the feet. Other signs are lingering flu-like symptoms, loss of hair on the legs, increased facial hair and small yellow bumps known as xanthomas anywhere on the body. Males sometimes experience frequent urination day and night and develop inflamed penile glands and foreskin.

An estimated 5.5 million American are being treated for diabetes; and estimated 5 million have undetected type II diabetes; and another 20 million have impaired glucose tolerance that may lead to full-blown diabetes. Complication of diabetes is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In Canada, it is recognized as being such a major and costly health condition that the government has invested millions of dollars into diabetes research and teaching. One of the reasons for its costliness is that diabetes is major risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease. This is due to the raised blood fat levels which occur when stored fat is broken down in response to the cell's "starvation" for energy.

There is a test for detecting type II maturity-onset diabetes which involves sipping from several glasses of water which contain varying amounts of sugar, from .25 tsp. Up to 1.5 tsp. Healthy people generally notice a sweet taste when a teaspoon or less of sugar is added to 8 ounces of water. By contrast, people with adult-onset diabetes usually do not notice sweetness until 1..5 to 2 teaspoons of sugar have been added to the water.

Recommended Nutrients

Chromium picolinate(400-600 mcg daily) . Usually this mineral comes in 200 mcg. Capsules or tablets. It improves the insulin's efficiency by lowering blood sugar levels. (If you have diabetes consult with a physician before taking any supplement containing chromium.) The amino acids L-Carnitine and L-glutamine plus Taurine are recommended to mobilize fat. These additives are actively using bodybuilders six star testosterone booster, such as in six star testosterone booster. Each are recommended to be taken 500 mg. Twice a day. The L-Carnitine can be taken with water (never milk) and it will be better absorbed if you take it with 50 mg. Vitamin B6 and 100 mg. Vitamin C. The B vitamins are important especially B12. Zinc deficiencies have been associated with diabetes. Zinc gluconate lozenges or optizinc is preferred for better absorption.

Co-enzyme Q-10 (commonly used for heart diseases) taken at 80 mg daily dosage will improve circulation and stabilize blood sugar. Magnesium (750 mg. daily) is important for enzyme systems and pH balance. It protects against coronary artery spasm in arteriosclerosis. Manganese (5-10 mg. daily) is needed for repairing the pancreas. Vitamin A (15,000 iu daily); Vitamin C (3000-6000 mg daily); and Vitamin E (400 iu to 800 iu daily).

Essential Oil of Wild Carrot is recommended as an oral remedy to help fight high cholesterol and diabetes. It is distilled from the seeds of the wild carrot plant that grows wild in fields, usually in the Mediterranean basin. Studies by the institute of Biomedical and Philosophical Studies in France indicate that this substance reduces high cholesterol and is useful in the treatment and prevention of diabetes (if you have hypoglycemia you should try this). Dietary Recommendations

Eat a high-complex carbohydrate, low fat, high-fibre diet including plenty of raw fruits and vegetables as well as fresh vegetable juices. This reduces the need for insulin and also lowers the levels of fats in the blood. Fibre helps to reduce blood sugar surges. For snacks, eat oat or rice bran crackers with nut butter. Legumes, root vegetables and whole grains are also good. Place less emphasis on eating red meat or poultry for protein; instead, eat more grains and legumes, fish and low-fat dairy products.

Supplement your diet with spirulina as it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels (caution that it may cause constipation). To normalize blood sugar levels, also eat more berries, brewer's yeast, cheese, egg yolks, fish, garlic, sauerkraut, soybeans and vegetables.

Type II diabetes can usually be controlled by dietary modification and exercising so the number one goal is tolose weight. As exercise produces an insulin-like effect in the body be sure to eat more carbohydrates before working out. Avoid salt and white flour products as they can elevate your blood sugar. Simply carbohydrates like baked goods which are made with refined flour and lots of sugar are to be strictly avoided as they will dramatically raise your blood sugar.

Insulin injections may be replaced with an inhaler in a few years. Researcher at John Hopkins School of Public Health reported that an experimental aerosol inhaler normalized blood glucose levels in six volunteers with type II diabetes.