What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a group of diseases that have to do with how your body uses glucose, or blood sugar. Glucose is important to your body as it is your brain’s main source of fuel. Glucose also gives energy to the cells that make up your muscles and tissues.
No matter what type of diabetes you have, it means that you have too much glucose in your blood.
This is a major problem as it can lead to serious health issues.
Two of the chronic diabetes conditions are type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Two types of diabetes that are potentially reversible are pre diabetes and gestational diabetes.
Pre diabetes is when your blood sugar levels are high, but they aren’t yet high enough to be considered diabetes. Gestational diabetes happens during pregnancy but may go away completely after the baby is born.
What are the Symptoms of Diabetes?
Symptoms of diabetes vary depending on what type you have and how much your blood sugar is elevated. For those with prediabetes, there may be no symptoms at all.
Some of the symptoms of the early stages of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are:
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Blurry vision
- Slow-healing wounds or sores
- Frequent infections
Some of the symptoms of later stages of type 1 or type 2 diabetes are:
- Extreme fatigue
- Constant hunger
- Excessive thirst
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands or feet
It is important to note that type 1 diabetes usually develops in childhood or adolescence. Type 2 diabetes can develop at any age, but is usually seen in people over 40.
What is the Cause of Diabetes
While there is no single cause of diabetes, there are many different risk factors that can lead to the various types. Before you can understand the cause, you must first understand how glucose in your body works.
Insulin is a hormone that is made by your pancreas. It is important to your body as it helps to lower the amount of sugar in your blood.
Glucose is a sugar that is the main way your cells get energy. Glucose comes from the food you eat and from your liver. Your liver is also where extra glucose is stored. When your blood sugar is low, like if you haven’t eaten for awhile, the liver will let go of some of this stored glucose and help put your levels in a normal range.
Causes of Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes happens when your immune system attacks and destroys the insulin that is coming from your pancreas. This leaves you with little to no insulin left in your body. Sugar then builds up in your bloodstream.
Causes of Type 2 Diabetes and Pre diabetes
In both of these types of Diabetes, your cells become resistant to insulin. Your pancreas can’t make enough insulin to make a difference, so sugar again builds up in your bloodstream.
Being overweight is a big link to the development of type 2 diabetes, but genetic and environmental factors play a role, as well.
Causes of Gestational Diabetes
During pregnancy, hormones are made by the placenta. While these hormones are needed to sustain the pregnancy, they make your cells more insulin-resistant. Sometimes, your pancreas can’t keep up and too much glucose stays in your blood.
The liver, pancreas and kidney are all vital organs in the body which regulate blood sugar levels in our blood. pH imbalance triggers excess acid build-up in the body which damages these vital organs This imbalance also affects our hormones, sleep, and immune system.
There are many things we do that can help balance our pH levels. These include:
- Eating more green, leafy vegetables
- Minimizing processed foods, including alcohol, caffeine, fried foods, sugary foods, and those with unhealthy fats
- Adding natural Vitamin C through foods or even that in supplements
- Reducing stress
- Green juicing
- Consistent, moderate exercise
- Avoiding smoking cigarettes
Inconsistent eating patterns can cause poor pH balance, and also stress the pancreas as it has to deal with big surges and dives in our blood glucose levels. We should aim to eat 3-4 meals daily, with the largest being at breakfast, and the smallest at dinner.
Traditional methods of treating diabetes depend on what type of diabetes you have. No matter what condition you are diagnosed with, having a healthy diet, keeping a healthy weight, and taking part in regular exercise are necessary.
Blood sugar monitoring, taking insulin, and oral medications and prescriptions are often involved with diabetes treatment. However, a lot of times the actual cause is not addressed but rather the medicines cover up and treat the symptoms.
While these different traditional medicines can somewhat help with the symptoms, they can also have very harmful side effects. Some of these include:
- Upset stomach
- Skin rash
- Weight gain
- Swelling of the legs or ankles
Fortunately, there are other ways of treating the condition of diabetes.
Diabetes Treatment Options
If you’ve been struggling to keep your blood sugar stable for years now, often looking for alternative ways to cure your diabetes, there is one solution you may not yet have stumbled upon. You deserve to have the full picture about your disease before you give the industry one more dime to add to their $825 billion in annual profits.
Pharmaceutical Medications for Diabetes
Most often, you will be told that there is no cure for your diabetes and that the best you can do is keep the symptoms: imbalanced blood sugar, obesity, eventual loss of limbs, etc. in control with medications. This means that you will be expected to check your blood levels and take insulin or oral medications for your entire life. Already, we can see that this is a fool-proof way for the pharmaceutical industry to make billions from your health issue – you are expected to medicate forever!
Moreover, these medications have numerus side effects ranging from:
- Weight gain
- Skin rashes
- Low blood sugar (the very thing they are supposed to prevent)
- Upset stomach
- Swelling of the legs and ankles
- Kidney complications
- Gas and bloating
Almost all diabetes medications aim to increase the insulin secreted by the Pancreas. They fail to address to the reason your pancreas stopped making its own insulin to begin with – so that your blood sugar could remain at healthy levels all the time, naturally. That is what your pancreas was meant to do!
Why the Pancreas Stops Functioning Properly
All systems in the body work perfectly when they are given the right environment in which to do their job. You wouldn’t ask a contractor to build you a home in the middle of a hurricane, would you?
Blood glucose in normally tightly controlled by insulin, a hormone created and released by the pancreas. Insulin then regulates blood glucose levels, partly with the help of the liver.
In people with diabetes, there is an absence or insufficient amount of insulin, so the blood glucose can never be stabilized.
The liver, pancreas and Kidney are vital organs in the body which help to regulate the blood sugar level in blood. pH imbalance triggers excess acid build up in the body which in turn damages these vital organs.
As a result, the pancreas’ capacity to produce insulin, which breaks down glucose into energy, is compromised, increasing or decreasing the sugar levels in the blood.
This pH imbalance happens due of variety of reasons:
- Genetic factors triggered by Fat deposition in Liver causing it to malfunction
- Improper eating patterns
- Late nights, and poor sleep
- Lack of exercise
- Drinking alcohol
- Stress from a hectic pace and modern demands
These habits all further imbalance the pH levels of the body which causes complications such as diabetes, but also:
- Hypo/ hyperglycemia
- Kidney damage (nephropathy)
- Ketoacidosis and more
People with some understanding of alternative treatments often turn to traditional Chinese medicine, yoga and other modalities to help cure the problem.
Chinese Medicine for Diabetes
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) addressed diabetes with acupuncture or herbs to try to get the blood flowing more regularly in the body. It also helps to promote qi, or life-force energy to revitalize the organs – the liver, pancreas, and kidneys included.
The only problem is that if lifestyle choices are not changed and the underlying pH imbalance is not altered, TCM can provide a temporary change in the body, but not a long-term solution.
This being said — many sessions of acupuncture and herbal therapy (sometimes taking up to a full year to complete) can help to restore the balance of the body, leading to higher functioning of all organs and hormonal systems, including those that regulate insulin secretions.
Diet for Diabetes
There are many foods and herbs which can help the pancreas, and liver to keep the body’s blood glucose levels more even. These include:
- Curcumin (as found in foods like turmeric)
- Psyllium (plant fiber)
- Pectin (from apples and other fruits)
- Aloe Vera
- Bitter Melon
- Milk Thistle
- Holy Basil
You should also avoid refined sugars, and refined carbohydrates even if you aren’t a diabetic, but especially so if you are pre-diabetic, or fully diabetic.
Yoga for Diabetes
Yoga helps diabetics tremendously. Just decreasing stress has a profound impact on how our organs work, and how blood glucose is managed for energy in the body. It is, in fact, a lifestyle choice which helps to address to the root level of the problem, helping to reduce acidity in the body and lower stress hormones which can cause insulin resistance.
However, unless yoga is practiced up to three times a week religiously, it cannot help reverse diabetes long-term.
Herbal Medicines for Diabetes
There are two medicines made by Grocare that help to address the underlying cause of diabetes – the poor functioning of your pancreas, likely due to imbalanced pH, caused by inflammation and a lack-luster immune system.
ACIDIM, the first medication, is the only researched-based formulation on the market, that helps balance the pH of the entire intestinal systems & abdomen seamlessly. When the gut is inflamed, the entire body is prone to disease. In fact, inflammation is being linked more and more to diabetes, even in Western medicine. It is something that Ayurvedic practitioners have known for centuries, though.
Then there’s your liver’s suffering health. There is pathway leading from fatty liver to type 2 diabetes and back from the latter to the progressive liver disease in a vicious circle. The second medication, DIADOMA helps to stimulate the liver, pancreas, and kidneys by removing excess acid build up and restoring their normal function. This medication helps to strengthen the liver as it recovers from toxic fatty build up from our lifetime’s worth of lifestyle choices.
DIADOMA and ACIDIM work symbiotically to remove the pH imbalance, stimulate the Pancreas and Liver, restore the insulin secretory function and thus help to control blood sugar levels. This reduces the chances of hypo/ hyperglycemic episodes, which eventually turn in to full-blown diabetes.
These medicines are completely natural and hence, does not lead to insulin resistance and does not require an increase in dosage during treatment. Some patients even report being able to go off their pharmaceutical insulin and oral diabetes medications completely after changing their diet, reducing their stress, getting better sleep, and taking Grocare’s all-natural medicines for just a short time.
These medicines also do not cause any harmful side effects. The only side-effects you may notice might include having more energy, feeling more alert, and having fewer bad food cravings. This is because you’ve solved the problem from the root cause instead of just covering up the symptoms with other medications. You can read about Grocare here