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How to stop type 2 diabetes and be diabetes free?
And better yet, how to reverse diabetes naturally?
Diabetes doesn’t just happen to you because you’re just unlucky.
In my research, I found two reliable sources that explain what causes diabetes and a contributing factor.
Table of Contents
- Dr. Peter Glidden / Dr. Joel Wallach: Chromium and Vanadium Deficiency
- Dr. Jason Fung: Insulin Resistance
- Sleep Deprivation as a contributing factor
- Further Reading
Let’s dive right in.
Diabetes is Caused by a Deficiency of Chromium and Vanadium
Dr. Peter Glidden, a Naturopathic Doctor (physician), describes type 2 diabetes as a deficiency disease of two essential minerals, chromium and vanadium.
Dr. Glidden explains that these two minerals are used by the cell to open its gate to allow sugar in in the presence of insulin.
In other words, when you eat:
- Your pancreas secretes insulin.
- Your cells then detect that insulin.
- And your cells open the door to let sugar in.
However, for the cell to open that door to allow sugar in, it needs the minerals chromium and vanadium inside of it.
If those minerals aren’t present inside the cell, the cell can’t open the door, and sugar piles up in the blood.
Likewise, Dr. Joel Wallach, BS, DVM, ND explains in his book Hell’s Kitchen: Cause, Prevention & Cure of Obesity, Diabetes, and Metabolic Syndrome that adult onset type II diabetes, or insulin resistant diabetes, is caused by mineral deficiency disease that results from insufficient dietary intake, or improper absorption of, chromium, vanadium, and other minerals.
Moreover, Dr. Wallach mentions in his book that Walter Mertz, MD, reported in 1955 that chromium was an essential nutrient and soon after he was appointed to the Chairmanship of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland.
Dr. Mertz stated that “The most consistent effect of marginal chromium deficiency is elevated insulin response, and the first effect of chromium supplementation is the restoration of a normal response. It appears…that if we improve glucose tolerance, restore normal insulin levels and at the same time lower cholesterol levels – particularly (LDL cholesterol – the bad cholesterol) – we may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.”
In another interesting study, Richard J. Doisy, PhD., professor of biochemistry at the State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center, supplemented with chromium healthy individuals between twenty and twenty-five years of age.
He found that their pancreas didn’t have to produce as much insulin to manage their blood sugar levels.
Dr. Doisy stated:
“My contention is that probably one-fourth to one-half of the people in this nation are deficient in chromium…
…We have relatively high tissue chromium levels at birth and it’s downhill from there on in.
And the result for the health of Americans is that millions have maturity (type II) onset diabetes.
And millions suffer from vascular disease.”
Dr. Doisy also said that “you tend to increase (the rate of) your chromium excretion when you’re eating excessive carbohydrates…and if the diet is not providing sufficient chromium (to make up for the increased rate of loss), then you are going to be in negative balance.”
Dr. Wallach, in his book Hell’s Kitchen, also states that chromium is an essential trace mineral necessary for normal glucose metabolism and that its function is directly related to the function of insulin.
Also, Dr. Wallach mentions that a “deficiency in chromium is characterized by glucose intolerance (hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia and diabetes), poor growth, peripheral neuropathies, negative nitrogen balance (loss of muscle mass – sarcopenia) and a decreased respiratory quotient.”
K.N. Jeejeebhoy reported in 1977 that “chromium could eliminate the need for medical insulin in human patients.”
Jeejeebhoy’s use of intravenous chromium in diabetics eliminated peripheral neuropathy and the need for insulin treatments to normalize blood sugar.
Later, on August 31, 2004 a group of Harvard scientists released the results of a fifteen-year study in which they analyzed the chromium levels in the toenails of 33,000 men ranging from 40 to 75 years of age and they found that the subjects with the lower levels of chromium had higher rates of heart disease and diabetes.
Their study was published in the September 2004 issue of Diabetes Care, the official journal of the American Diabetes Association.
As far as vanadium, in 1991, the University of British Columbia stated that, “the trace mineral vanadium could replace insulin for adult onset type II diabetics.”
Apparently, vanadium makes the cell membrane receptors more sensitive to insulin.
Vanadium also inhibits cholesterol synthesis, which drops plasma levels of cholesterol and reduces aortic cholesterol deposits.
Check out article 2741 titled Role of Chromium in Human Health and in Diabetes published in the American Diabetes Association’s website in November 2004.
Diabetes is Caused by Insulin Resistance
Dr. Jason Fung says that the effect of a diabetes drug wears off over time, up to about six months, and your blood sugar slowly increases.
As a result, you end up needing more of the drug and/or taking a combination of diabetes drugs (metformin, glyburide, rosiglitazone) and lastly on increasing amounts of insulin.
In other words…
…your diabetes GETS WORSE.
This is why MDs tell you that diabetes is a chronic progressive disease.
Sugar levels and diabetes are two different things.
Here’s the deal…
…Diabetes is insulin resistance and that’s what gets worse!
A high sugar level is the SYMPTOM of insulin resistance like high fever is the symptom of a lung infection.
To be effective, you should treat the disease, such as the lung infection with antibiotics, and not the symptom (high fever) with more and more Tylenol.
Drug-based diabetes treatments treat the high blood sugar, not the insulin resistance, and because you are not treating the disease, the diabetes gets worse.
Heart disease, strokes, neuropathy, eye disease, kidney disease, etc. don’t get better.
You can’t treat the symptom and expect the disease to get better!
When you eat, blood sugar levels rise and your pancreas secretes insulin.
Insulin signals cells that there’s sugar in the blood for cells to let sugar in.
When a person suffers from insulin resistance, more insulin needs to be released to achieve the same effect.
Now, what’s the cause of insulin resistance?
Insulin itself is what causes insulin resistance.
For instance, our bodies develop a resistance or tolerance to addictive drugs, and that’s the reason why you end up needing more and more of a drug.
Therefore, as you make or take more and more insulin, your body develops a higher resistance to it…
…and here’s when the vicious cycle begins.
Since prescribing insulin feeds into this vicious cycle, diabetes gets worse by increasing your insulin resistance.
This is why the standard of care for diabetes DOESN’T WORK!
Please, watch this 12-minute video in which Dr. Jason Fung talks about the The Perfect Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes.
The key treatment considerations:
- Treat diabetes by reducing, not increasing, the insulin levels
- Diabetes is a dietary disease that needs a dietary treatment, not drugs or medications that suppress symptoms
- Diabetes is a curable disease and not a chronic progressive disease
Dr. Jason Fung suggests that the way to lower insulin levels is by practicing intermittent fasting.
Fasting is a protocol that has been done for thousands of years.
Many religions in the world have periods of fasting (Ramadan, 40 days of lent).
When you don’t eat, your insulin levels go down breaking with the vicious cycle of insulin resistance and higher levels of insulin.
Now, let’s look at what Intermittent Fasting means.
How Does Intermittent Fasting Work?
Sugar is stored in the liver as glycogen in limited amounts.
Because a diabetic’s storage capacity in the liver is full, eating a meal will introduce more sugar that will spill over into the blood.
The body will produce more insulin to try to force that sugar back into the body…
and because it can’t…
the body will store that sugar as fat in your tissues.
At this point, insulin will make you gain weight.
For this reason, the best way to treat diabetes is by draining off your fat storage with fasting.
Every time you fast, your liver storage will get drained off forcing your body to burn that stored energy in your tissues.
Sleep Deprivation as a Contributing Factor to Diabetes
The 10-year Nurses Health Study showed that subjects who slept 5 or less hours per night had a higher risk to being diagnosed with diabetes when compared to those who slept 8 hours per night.
This is very interesting.
11 individuals were subject to sleep deprivation of 4 hours of sleep per night.
And after 1 week, those individuals’ blood glucose levels were so disrupted that they could be classified as pre-diabetics!
So what does that mean for you?
When you’re sleep deprived and have a meal, your pancreas becomes less sensitive to blood sugar.
Your pancreas secretes less insulin!
Likewise, your tissues become less sensitive to insulin, and as a result, your tissue cells won’t absorb as much sugar.
So, insufficient sleep affects your production of insulin and at the same time it affects your absorption of sugar.
Moreover, sleep deprivation also raises cortisol levels.
Remember, cortisol is a stress hormone that also helps regulate blood sugar and lower levels of the thyroid-stimulating hormone.
Diabetes is a dietary problem that requires a dietary solution.
As simple as that.
Diabetes develops after years of eating the wrong foods, mainly Refined Carbohydrates.
To reduce insulin levels, Dr. Fung recommends:
- Intermittent fasting
- Reduce dietary intake of refined carbohydrates (anything made with flour, bread, bagels, pasta, sweets, starchy foods, etc.)
- Eat a high fat diet with natural fats
- Fiber (vegetables like kale, spinach, celery, etc. and fruits except for bananas and grapes, )
- Spices and herbs
Intermittent fasting and low refined carbohydrate intake help you keep your insulin levels down.
High fats, fiber, vinegar (pickled foods), and spices (cinnamon, turmeric) and herbs are protective factors that help against insulin spikes.
With the exception of, maybe, honey, carbohydrates are found in nature with fiber.
Eat fruits and vegetables as intended by nature.
More vegetables than fruits, especially green leafy vegetables.
At the same time, you should support you sugar metabolism with Dr. Joel Wallach’s chromium and vanadium supplement.
And lastly, sleep well! Insufficient sleep affects sugar metabolism in your body.
Want to Learn More?
If you want to know more about how to prevent and reverse Diabetes, Dr. Fung’s book The Diabetes Code is an awesome read.
In terms of intermittent fasting, I recommend Dr. Fung’s book titled The Complete Guide to Fasting.
These books are very clear and easy to understand.
As a bonus, another good source of information about weight loss and fasting is Dr. Fung’s book The Obesity Code.
I hope this post was informative to you.
Knowledge is power.
Let me know in the comments below about your experience with diabetes.
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