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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Eating to Heal & Prevent Type 2 Diabetes



Type 2 Diabetes is an increasing epidemic. Over 29 million people currently are living with diabetes equating to 1 in every 10 people over the age of 20 being diagnosed at some point in their life with 1 in 4 being diagnosed over 65! Diabetes cost the United States an estimated $245 billion in 2012, a figure that is expected to rise with the increasing number of diagnoses. Type 2 diabetes is not just an epidemic here in the US but is on the rise worldwide. The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) reports that as of 2013 there were more than 382 million people living with diabetes. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 90% of people around the world who suffer from diabetes suffer from type 2 diabetes. It is fair to say diabetes is a worldwide health crisis!

Both type 2 diabetes and its side effects can be prevented, delayed and even reversed. The most effective prevention methods include regular physical activity and a healthy diet. Up to 85% of complications and morbidities among individuals with type 2 diabetes can be prevented, delayed, or effectively treated and minimized with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Type 2 Diabetes is a disease of lifestyle, meaning it is directly caused by how you eat and your lifestyle practices. It is not something you get overnight, over the past week or even over the past year. Often the process of creating type 2 diabetes takes decades or more. However, it can take substantially less time to reverse by making changes to your diet and lifestyle. 

In the Raw Vitality Healing Diabetes Naturally program we teach the 4 Key Areas of Health, the first of which is Eating for Healing and Long Term Health. Your eating practices are the very foundation the rest of your healing and long term health will be built upon. 

Eating for Healing and Long Term Health Type 2 Diabetes


There is one overall approach to eating to heal, reverse and prevent type 2 diabetes and this one approach is simply:

Eat real, living, organic, nutrient dense, plant based foods. 

Seem too simple? Repeated studies and doctors have found that by simply following this one principal type 2 diabetes can be stopped in its tracks, reversed and prevented while at the same time eliminating all the usual health complications associated with type 2 diabetes. 

The reason this one principal is so effective is that it solves all the problems associated with creating type 2 diabetes through diet including: calorie restriction, nutrient deficiency, high toxicity in tissues, high amount of sugar in the diet and too much animal protein. 

Caloric Restriction


Restricting calories is one of the most beneficial ways to begin the process of reversing, healing and preventing type 2 diabetes. Traditionally in our culture when we think of restricting calories we think simply of eating less but eating the exact same foods, just decreasing the total amount eaten. This is not a good way to restrict calories as it will leave you feeling unsatisfied, hungry and can cause your blood sugar levels to make sudden dips. 

Instead, the better approach is to change the types of foods you are eating. If you make the correct changes you will reduce your total calories while still consuming the same amount of food, keeping your blood sugar even and feeling satisfied. 

The correct way to do this is to begin eating high quality (real), organic, nutrient dense living plant foods. 




Nutrient Deficiency


Often obesity or carrying excess weight is a contributing factor to the development of type 2 diabetes. Yet despite high calorie intake, studies have shown obese individuals have high rates of micro-nutrient deficiencies. Processed foods lose 50% of the protein, 70-80% of the vitamins and minerals and 95% of certain nutrients. Deficiencies of specific vitamins and minerals play an important role in glucose metabolism and insulin production and contributes to the development of type 2 diabetes. In addition, diabetes itself frequently causes nutritional deficiencies. (1)


The body uses micro nutrients to heal and repair normal wear and tear so when deficiencies exist this healing and regular upkeep of the body stops or does not operate effectively. These same nutrients are needed to produce insulin and use it effectively in the body.


To begin helping the body heal and reverse type 2 diabetes increasing the amount of micro nutrients in the diet is vital. Taking supplements does not do an effective job because that is not how the body was designed to get nutrients. Foods have thousands of different types of plant chemicals, macro and micro nutrients that all work together for health and healing and the body is better able to digest, absorb and assimilate foods rather then supplements. The key to reversing nutrient deficiency and healing type 2 diabetes is to eat nutrient dense, organic, plant based foods. Organic foods have been showed in repeated studies to have higher amounts of nutrients including antioxidants which help reverse cellular damage, but also organic foods do not contain the health harming toxic chemicals of non-organic foods.

High Rate of Toxicity


New research shows that environmental chemicals have a great deal to do with both diabetes and obesity. A 2006 study found that US adults with the highest exposure to six kinds of POPs had 37.7 times the risk of diabetes of people with the lowest levels of exposure. The POPs included dioxins, DDE, oxychlordane, and trans-nonachlor. The last two are breakdown products of the pesticide chlordane.

Virtually everyone in the world is contaminated with POPs. They are sprayed on most commercially grown foods in America and have many industrial uses. They are also found in higher quantities in animal fats, because fat stores toxic chemicals. POPs and arsenic are the chemicals most strongly linked with diabetes by existing evidence.

Pesticides have also been linked to type 2 diabetes. In-organic foods are sprayed with pesticides multiple times before arriving in your kitchen. Studies have shown that farm workers have high rates of Type 2 diabetes. One study found that women who mixed or applied pesticides to crops or repaired pesticide application equipment during the first trimester of pregnancy had a higher risk of developing gestational diabetes. Four herbicides and three insecticides were found to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. (2)

Again, Eating real, living, organic, nutrient dense, plant based foods solves this problem by reducing your exposure of toxic chemicals and beginning to detox your body of existing built up chemicals.

High Sugar in the Diet


We know that increased levels of sugar in our Western diets are a leading contributor to type 2 diabetes. We know how high in sugar soda and candy are, but did you know that all processed foods are sugar rich foods? White, processed foods turn to glucose when digested in the body so have a very similar effect on blood sugar as eating spoon fulls of white sugar. Most all packages and processed foods contain some sort of sugar additives, even foods you would not think contain sugar! Check labels, but better yet stay clear of foods that come out of a package and instead....

Eat real, living, organic, nutrient dense, plant based foods. 

Too Much Animal Protein


In terms of health, meat eaters have 4 times more breast cancer, 3.6 times more prostate cancer, 4 times more diabetes, and much more in general chronic disease. If you're just having milk, your risk of leukemia is 3 times more. In diabetes, the main cause is sugar, but we know that a meat, fish and chicken diet creates 4 times more diabetes because it creates insulin-resistance.

Several studies have found that higher intakes of total protein, especially animal protein, are associated with long-term risk of developing diabetes. (Dr. Frank Hu, from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston) Substantial amounts of animal protein from red meat and processed meat have been consistently associated with increased risk of diabetes. Additionally, higher intake of animal protein often comes along with other undesirable nutrients such as saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

In other studies, plant protein sources such as nuts, legumes and whole grains have been associated with lower risk of diabetes. Therefore, by replacing red meat and processed meat with plant sources of protein you increase the rate of diabetes healing and prevention. (3)

Again, by Eating real, living, organic, nutrient dense, plant based foods you easily reduce the amount of animal protein in the diet. 




You can eat in a way that will begin to heal and reverse type 2 diabetes, prevent it from occurring and can significantly reduce the health complications that come along with type 2 diabetes by following one simple approach. Eat real, living, organic, nutrient dense, plant based foods. 


In people with diabetes, stress can alter blood glucose levels in two ways:
  • People under stress may not take good care of themselves. They may drink more alcohol or exercise less. They may forget, or not have time, to check their glucose levels or plan good meals.
  • Stress hormones may also alter blood glucose levels directly.
Scientists have studied the effects of stress on glucose levels in animals and people. Diabetic mice under physical or mental stress have elevated glucose levels. The effects in people with type 1 diabetes are more mixed. While most people's glucose levels go up with mental stress, others' glucose levels can go down. In people with type 2 diabetes, mental stress often raises blood glucose levels. Physical stress, such as illness or injury, causes higher blood glucose levels in people with either type of diabetes.
- See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/mental-health/stress.html#sthash.U4eiV14O.dpuf
In people with diabetes, stress can alter blood glucose levels in two ways:
  • People under stress may not take good care of themselves. They may drink more alcohol or exercise less. They may forget, or not have time, to check their glucose levels or plan good meals.
  • Stress hormones may also alter blood glucose levels directly.
Scientists have studied the effects of stress on glucose levels in animals and people. Diabetic mice under physical or mental stress have elevated glucose levels. The effects in people with type 1 diabetes are more mixed. While most people's glucose levels go up with mental stress, others' glucose levels can go down. In people with type 2 diabetes, mental stress often raises blood glucose levels. Physical stress, such as illness or injury, causes higher blood glucose levels in people with either type of diabetes.
- See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/mental-health/stress.html#sthash.U4eiV14O.dpuf
The Raw Vitality Naturally Healing Diabetes program is a 30-day program that teaches and guides you through the 4 keys to health including how to implement this one simple eating approach to naturally healing and preventing type 2 diabetes. In 30-days you will gain the education and support you need to begin to heal your body and naturally reverse type 2 diabetes. This is an online program that offers you workbooks, recipe books, group wellness coaching calls, daily meditations, unlimited support from the Raw Vitality team and so much more!

Our next Naturally Healing Diabetes group will begin on Monday May 4, 2015. Register for this program today!

For any questions contact: therawvitalitycleanse@gmail.com


In people with diabetes, stress can alter blood glucose levels in two ways:
  • People under stress may not take good care of themselves. They may drink more alcohol or exercise less. They may forget, or not have time, to check their glucose levels or plan good meals.
  • Stress hormones may also alter blood glucose levels directly.
Scientists have studied the effects of stress on glucose levels in animals and people. Diabetic mice under physical or mental stress have elevated glucose levels. The effects in people with type 1 diabetes are more mixed. While most people's glucose levels go up with mental stress, others' glucose levels can go down. In people with type 2 diabetes, mental stress often raises blood glucose levels. Physical stress, such as illness or injury, causes higher blood glucose levels in people with either type of diabetes.
- See more at: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/mental-health/stress.html#sthash.U4eiV14O.dpuf




References:

1. The Malnutrition of Obesity: Micronutrient Deficiencies That Promote Diabetes










 

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