The trend for adults with diagnosed Type II Diabetes in America is staggering. In just the past thirty years it has ballooned three fold from 493,000 to 1.8 million new cases each year.1
There are age, gender and race differences highlighting genetic influences, but all groups are trending in the wrong direction. Those with family members with diabetes have a dramatically greater likelihood of becoming diabetic themselves. We are also witnessing massive increases in pediatric Type II Diabetes.2
Unlike those with Type I Diabetes, Type II Diabetics produce insulin. Type II Diabetes glucose spikes occur when the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or where there is a lack of insulin sensitivity. The lack of insulin sensitivity is known as insulin resistance. Insulin resistance produces excess glucose that circulates throughout the body. It leads to damaged nerves and small blood vessels in the eyes, kidneys, and heart. The body’s health is further compromised when it then becomes dehydrated.
“Type II is the most common form of diabetes,
affecting 90-95% of the 26 million American Diabetics.”3
Cause & Effect
There is some debate in the scientific community about the causes of this increase. Most nutritionists would agree that diet is mostly, if not entirely to blame. It is also influenced by a lack of physical activity.
There are two main drivers of this new insulin resistance:
- Increased Oxidative Stress. 4
- High Glycemic Index Sugars (i.e. high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)) 5
The body’s high oxidative stress environment is explained in our NAFLD post. These factors are interrelated as toxins present in the body compromise the intestinal wall overwhelming the liver and immune system resulting in oxidative stress. Our Hepatiben is formulated to quickly and safely turn on detox pathways to support the cleansing of the liver and reduce oxidative stress in the body.
Oxidative stress disrupts sensitivity to insulin in the body. The terms to describe this condition are known as Metabolic Syndrome 6 or Diabesity. 7 This is in addition to the chronic inflammation oxidative stress causes and leads to a multitude of other health issues.
Metabolic Syndrome is defined by common pathologies: obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and hypertension. Recent studies have also concluded that high fructose corn syrup has a similar outcome in reducing insulin sensitivity. The use for HFCS has increased 1000% in the past 40 years in our food supply.8
Recently the food industry introduced agave as a “natural” alternative to sugar. Unfortunately, agave has an even higher glycemic index and might even accelerate this process. In response to this the American Diabetic Association has recommended that agave be limited for diabetics.9
We think agave should be eliminated altogether and instead use substitutes like (honey, cane sugar, unprocessed stevia, maple syrup or monk fruit). The best option is to avoid sugar all together, but that can be very challenging for many.
Deficiencies & Candida drives cravings
The scientific research points to two main categories of drivers for sugar cravings:
Deficiencies: Protein & Mineral
If the body gets locked into a sugar craving, it is often from a protein or mineral deficiency. To figure out which one it is, consume some protein and see how you feel in 30 minutes or so. If the cravings are still present, there are two likely reasons. Understand too that the more sugar that enters the body, the more minerals are required to process the sugar. So if the cravings are driven by mineral deficiency consuming sugar will only compound the issue. One solution for that would be taking Relaxity Mg to push those magnesium levels back up (Mg is the most deficient mineral in the body). You can also incorporate humic or fulvic acid into your diet.
Candida feeds on sugar and drives cravings through the vagus nerve. We have discussed this parasitic relationship in multiple articles and Liver Medic formulated Candida Complex to help with that issue
The best way to regulate your blood sugar naturally is with a comprehensive natural formulation like our Sugar Balance. And for long-term sugar control, cleaning your liver (liver is the insulin regulating organ) is the best way to normalize blood sugar levels.
- https://www.touchendocrinology.com/articles/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver disease and type 2 diabetes
- http.www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/issues/winter08/articles/winter08pg12.html The growing challenge of “Diabesity.” Mary Best, author.