How I Searched for a Cure to My Diabetes.
Do you know diabetes is the silent killer without symptoms?
It frightens the hell out of me.
People with diabetes 2 like I had myself, are at high risk of nerve pain, heart disease, blindness, heart attack, stroke, amputation, kidney failure, peripheral neuropathy, gangrene, Alzheimer’s, gum diseases, cataracts and glaucoma? These things will happen when blood sugar and insulin levels are out of control. We have an epidemic, no it’s a pandemic, of diabetes in most countries and people are just popping pills to fool the symptoms. I was one of those ignorant fools.
I knew diabetes was not a disease to “just live with” by taking Glucophage or other allopathic pills to hide the symptoms and not deal with the underlying cause of the problem. But how do I find the primary cause and hopefully the solution.
I researched and found facts that took me along a path to the solution.
I found, despite the generalised treatment guidelines of conventional and alternative medicine, not everyone with type 2 diabetes is the same. There are many causes and contributing factors involved with blood sugar and diabetes. For one person, it may be mostly about their diet; for another, it might be stress-induced, and for someone else, it might be driven by thyroid, liver, pancreas, kidneys, cardiovascular systems, gut health, hormone system or adrenal problems.
“Many possible causes” was a wakeup call for me, and I started a search for answers for myself. I was determined not to suffer the long-term consequence of high blood sugar, painful joints, nerve pain, and losing my memory. I kept a journal about what I ate, whether it was a stressful day and much more, I took my blood” pricks” every day.
Let me share some of my relevant findings.
The pancreas is an organ located in the abdomen. It plays an essential role in converting the food we eat into fuel for the body’s cells. The pancreas has two main functions:
• Secretes enzymes into small intestines which helps in digestion,
• Secrets insulin into the blood, which helps regulate blood sugar.
How did I know if these two functions were working at maximum efficiency?
Insulin allows your healthy cells to use glucose (sugar) for energy. People with insulin resistance have unhealthy cells throughout their bodies that don’t use insulin effectively. Both the cells and insulin are the problem. In essence, the cells have trouble absorbing glucose, which causes a build-up of sugar in their blood and puts fat around the organs, which you cannot see, but is dangerous.
I knew I had to find “insulin solutions” if I was to live a long, healthy, pain-free life.
Insulin resistance was where I found my main problem.
Did you know there is an enzyme that burns fat? When blood sugar is low, and you need more energy, but the food isn’t available, glucagon is secreted. Its purpose is the exact opposite of insulin’s purpose. Glucagon goes into the cells and causes fat to be released. It does so with the help of a fat-burning enzyme called hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL). But insulin can interfere with its function. I decided that this was the path to follow for my solution.
My approach is to always to get down to the simple basics.
Nobody could tell me what was causing my diabetes. Was it hormone imbalance, thyroid, adrenal dysfunction, gut health, liver, pancreas or the other bodily system problems? These diseases do not stick out like a sore thumb with symptoms. I did discover that, the thyroid directly influences 11 different systems in the body: that’s right, 11:
1. Bones and bone growth
2. Blood sugar metabolism
4. Cholesterol and other fats in the blood
6. Cardiovascular system
9. Making hormones from Cholesterol
10. Protein metabolism
11. Red blood cell metabolism
I had my thyroid “ultrasound” scanned and found out that it was not operating at maximum efficiency. So what? I had no idea what to do next. There were only allopathic pill options.
I realised from my research that I could not reverse diabetes 2 without knowing whether each and all the above organs and systems were also operating (or not) at optimum efficiency. Even just one of the above could be the proverbial “weak-link”. What would I do if I had all my systems tested and discovered that most were not “playing the game” with their fellow systems?
I was scared of asking myself questions like:
• Is my thyroid dysfunctional?
• Is my cortisol balance correct?
• Are my hormones out of balance?
• Do I have a fatty liver which is dumping sugar into the blood?
• Are my dangerous triglycerides causing me to be insulin resistant?
• Am I eating enough good fats?
• Do I have a leaky gut?
• What if my intestines or microbiome are not absorbing nutrients to feed my organs?
And so, the questions continued; so frustrating.
Finally, my research paid dividend, I discovered I was barking up the wrong tree all these years, like others around the world with diabetes 2.
The solution to my Diabetes 2 is giving my body a chance to heal itself.
This solution activates the process which cleans out all the old protein that blocks up one’s brain, causing memory loss, moods and Alzheimer’s. It stimulates all your inner organs systems, hormone imbalance, thyroid, adrenal dysfunction, gut health, liver, pancreas and most importantly, the insulin problems which could be causing my diabetes. I started my self-healing as this process would repair all my faulty organs and systems.
From my own experience, even this year, this treatment has been a miracle solution for so many of my ailments, including my diabetes. It simplified my life and did not cost me anything. I can add it to any future lifestyle or diet I choose. I now know that any and every lifestyle and diet can be improved using this treatment; this is the real quick start to the Self-Healing process.
Let me explain the Dr Fung solution.
Every time you put different foods in your mouth, you get an altered hormonal response. So, counting calories for any treatment cannot work – cake, avocado, meat and broccoli of the same calories will not cause the same reaction regardless; your insulin hormones will go up. Eat an egg with its calories, and the insulin stays much the same as before eating the egg. Calories in, calories out, makes no sense says Dr Fung, and I agree with him from my many years of personal experimentation and documenting the outcomes. All calories are not equal; so, one cannot cure or even control diabetes with food.
The “old” fundamental principle in the past was that the metabolic rate stays the same when you drop the number of calories you eat, and so you use up more calories, but it does not work like that, at any time, for anyone, including me. By eating reduced calories over three to six meals per day, the metabolic rate also drops so we cannot lose weight or lower our insulin levels, let alone our blood sugar level.
So, what happens is, calories in go down, calories out also go down. The body does this automatically to prevent starvation. This does not happen if you cut off food altogether and fast for any period. What needs to be corrected is the number of times we eat each day with a fast between two meals of about 16 hours.
Hormones are cell messengers that carry necessary signals to different cells in the body. Insulin is a hormone and is the main driving factor of putting on and taking off weight. Certain foods like doughnuts and cakes have more insulin effect. Eat a slice of white bread, and your insulin goes up, eat an egg, and your insulin does not go up. All foods have different effects on the body. What foods you eat plays a role, but how often you eat plays a more critical role. Reduce the number of times a day we are stimulating the hormonal pathways and watch the magic begin. This is the one truth for me and any diabetic 2 sufferers.
There is another truth we need to take into consideration, regardless of which Chronic Disease we are suffering from.
For years, registered dietitians and food scientists alike have touted the perks of eating plants and cutting back on meat. And it seems people are catching on. A study published in The Permanente Journal notes that plant-based diets have gone mainstream — partly because the advantages have been well researched and healthcare practitioners recommend this way of eating as many have seen incredible results from their patients.
Going plant-based is not so much a diet as a general approach to eating. There’s no need to count calories or stress meeting specific macronutrient goals each day. In essence, it’s simply about eating more plant-based foods (and fewer animal-based ones while you’re at it).
There are several different interpretations of the diet:
Vegetarian individuals may eat cheese, eggs, and milk, but they do not eat meat, such as chicken, pork, and beef. Instead of meat, they lean on plant-based protein.
Vegan people choose to forgo animal products altogether (including milk, cheese, and honey) and exclusively eat plants as part of a vegan lifestyle.
Some people are more flexible. They try to cut down on their meat intake and eat a diet primarily filled with plants but with some animal products here and there.
It’s no secret that filling your plate with mostly whole foods is one of the healthiest ways to eat. Whole foods and a plant-based diet fit perfectly together, as both consists of eating foods in their most natural state.
Whether you think your diet can use a little tweaking or want to learn precisely how to make a whole foods approach, I look at the ins and outs of a plant-based diet in my latest eBook:
“Benefits of a Plant-Based Lifestyle”.
This article is typical of my new ‘Ask Michael” approach to helping people worldwide.
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