15 Aug

MDs Question Use of Type 2 Diabetes Medications: What the Doctors Don’t Tell You about “Diabetes Type-2” Syndrome

Non Insulin Dependent Type 2 Diabetes is a massive problem in the Western world; in the USA some 6 per cent of the population, or 18,000 people, have been diagnosed with this “modern” disease. Worldwide, according to WHO statistics, possibly 170 million people have the disease and this is set to double by 2030.
In Type 2 Diabetes some sufferers can make insulin, but insufficient for their body’s needs whereas others make sufficient insulin but cannot utilize it to regulate their blood sugar. This gives rise to similar symptoms as insulin dependent diabetes, but which can be controlled by diet and lifestyle changes. This is Non-Insulin Dependent Type 2 Diabetes.
Insulin Dependent Versus Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes
There appear to be many similarities between the two types of diabetes. However with non-insulin dependent diabetes (Type 2) the onset is usually later in life. This disease is often controlled by the use of tablets.


Why is Diabetes Type 2 a “Modern” Disease?


Within the medical community there is a lot of debate about this condition, which apparently didn’t exist in the early part of the 20th century – at least not in the spiraling numbers that are being diagnosed now. Some doctors question the true nature of the disease and its causes – is insulin the cause or some other hormone or metabolic process? Is it linked to the way we live in the 21st Century?
What “What The Doctors Don’t Tell You” Are Saying
WDDTY are warning that many doctors are ignoring the fact that diet and lifestyle are key to understanding and curing this disease because it is easier to prescribe medications than to persuade patients to change their habits.


Medications that are Worse than the Disease?


On the WDDTY web site it is also asserted that many patients with Type 2 diabetes that could easily be controlled with diet are being prescribed pills with side effects that could be worse than the disease itself.
According to Dr Sidney M. Wolfe of the US Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, and author of Worst Pills, Best Pills (Washington, DC: Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, 1993), “Doctors find it easier to prescribe a pill than to nag patients with type 2 diabetes to lose weight, the safest way to treat the condition.”
Naturopathic guru Dr. Mercola on his web site implies that insulin imbalance may not be the cause of Type 2 Diabetes. Other well known naturopathically trained MDs are joining in the questioning of chemical methods of treating this problem, including Australian Dr. Sandra Cabot who has written Diabetes Type 2 – It Can be Reversed Naturally.


Natural Cures for Type 2 Diabetes


Leading nutritionist Dr Stephen Davies advocates that by planning your meals properly and getting regular exercise the body can maintain healthy blood sugar levels (Lancet, 1991; 338: 774-8). Sometimes, he asserts, losing just 10 or 20 pounds (about half a stone to one and a half stone) is enough to bring it under control. Bringing your blood pressure down is also helpful. Ways to do this include eating less salt, and avoiding alcohol and smoking.


Putting the Other Side of the Type 2 Debate


It has to be said that most doctors do agree with the mainstream view on Type 2 Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes and do ensure that patients are attending to lifestyle changes. As with all complex issues, generalizations should be avoided and a fair balance needs to be maintained. This is a highly complex issue which will continue to be debated.


Sources of Information on Type 2 Diabetes


Further information on Type 2 Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes can be accessed through The American Diabetes Association and the UK Diabetes Association. There is also a good source of information on the BUPA UK web site.
Other Suggestions for Helping with Non-Insulin Dependent Type 2 Diabetes
In natural healing circles it is believed that some Non-insulin dependant Type 2 diabetes symptoms can be linked to parasites, leaky gut syndrome and Candida Albicans yeast in the gut, all of which give rise to toxicity and impair the liver. Here are some more suggestions for improving overall health.
Regularly top up the beneficial flora with probiotic supplements to cleanse the gut of yeasts and other pathogens (e.g. E.Coli). The body will absorb nutrients better boosting energy levels.
Make sure to take essential oils daily (fish oils, flax oil, omega 3-6-9 oils) since these are necessary for healing.
Join a gym and go swimming or take some classes each day. Get a regular schedule of work.
Cut out sugars and yeasty foods like bread, beer, wine, cakes and sweets.
Eat five fruit and vegetable portions daily.
Avoid sweeteners and e-numbers.
Go organic where possible and eat a salad meal EVERY day.
Avoid cola and drink home made fruit and vegetable juices (carrot & apple is a favourite combination) or filtered water.


20 May

Diabetes and Depression – Which Comes First? Depression Diabetes Link Worsens Blood Sugar, Mood, & Shortens Life

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut highlights the much discussed connection between diabetes and depression. Diabetics with depression don’t respond as well to drugs or insulin – and treatments for depression simultaneously improve their diabetes and lessen diabetic symptoms.

Diabetes and Depression are Connected

Doctors have known for a long time that diabetes and depression are closely linked. Similar factors are believed to cause both conditions, and the presence of one ups risk factors for the other.

Lifestyle habits like obesity, lack of exercise, an unhealthy diet and poor nutrition are risk factors for both diabetes and depression. It may be these lifestyle factors – or it might be side effects from medication, or the long-term complications of either disease, that makes the other more likely.

“Our research indicated that a diagnosis of diabetes in itself does not increase the patient’s risk,” says Jeff Johnson, a professor and researcher at the University of Alberta. “But their risk of depression increases when the burden of the disease increases.” He also mentions the side effects of depression medication, which may contribute to adult onset diabetes.

Type 1 (juvenile) diabetics are also more likely than the general population to experience depression as adults, reports Reuters.

New Research: Depression Raises Type 2 Diabetes Risk

A new study conducted at the University of Connecticut shows that depression worsens diabetic insulin resistance – and that treating depression improves insulin resistance and diabetic symptoms.

University of Connecticut researchers suspect that the link is related to obesity. Belly fat, a common characteristic of diabetic and pre-diabetic patients, is related to the stress hormone cortisol, which has also been linked with depression.

Depression disrupts hormones like cortisol and serotonin, which produces an endless cycle of bad moods and also weaken the immune system… and the metabolism. On top of that, diabetes can be created by the unhealthy eating habits people use to stave off bad moods, stress, and depression.

Diabetes and Depression a Lethal Combination

Other research shows that the combination of diabetes and serious depression more than doubles a person’s risk of dying. Canada.com reports that diabetic patients with “minor depression” have a 67% greater chance of dying, while those with diabetes and “major depression” have a 130% greater chance of death.

The same study found that those with the most severe depression were often single, female, inactive, smokers, and being treated for another medical condition. They also had more diabetic symptoms than those who were not depressed or only slightly depressed.

Although this study does not discuss the reasons patients with both diabetes and depression died, researchers believe it may have been due to either physiological complications of both diseases, or to lifestyle and behavioral factors like smoking, obesity, lack of exercise, or not filling or taking their medication as regularly as those who were not depressed.