Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders
Together the flu and pneumonia rank as the 9th leading cause of death in the US. A disproportionate number of those whose lives are claimed by these respiratory infections are diabetics. Diabetes creates inflammation that impairs lung function and in turn the respiratory system, fueling infections like influenza. It also weakens the immune system, prolonging and worsening said infections and others. Lifestyle interventions—a therapeutic diet, exercise, and supplements—can help to manage and reverse diabetes and its complications.
Uric acid, previously simply considered a waste product, plays a crucial role in metabolic disease according to a recent study in the European Journal of Internal Medicine. Through various physiological processes, researchers now know that uric acid promotes fat storage, glucose production, and insulin resistance. It even affects blood pressure.
Time-restricted eating, often termed time-restricted feeding (TRF) in scientific literature, is a form of intermittent fasting that restricts consumption of foods and beverages—“energy intake”—to a specific window of time.
[I]t’s clear that there are health benefits to time-restricting our food consumption. [A] study published in the journal Nutrition Reviews . . . offered a summary of evidence on the effects of time-restricted feeding on both body weight and markers . . .
Over 400 million people around the world suffer from type-2 diabetes (T2D) and almost 50% of the current population in America is classified as pre-diabetic or diabetic. While the standard American diet – calorie-dense, nutrient-poor, hyper-palatable processed foods – is an overwhelming culprit, physical inactivity also has a key role. A recent 10-year follow-up study of intensive lifestyle modifications – which included regular exercise – lowered the incidence of diabetes (type-2) by 34% . . .
Insulin resistance has become a huge problem in our culture and it can lead to many of the chronic health problems we see today, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s disease. Plus, insulin resistance can cause many of the symptoms most women attribute to menopause. In this video Dr. Northrup shares everything you need to know about insulin resistance and how you can reverse it.
Understanding the relationship between less healthful dietary and lifestyle choices and developing type-2 diabetes, a recent study linking the brain’s center for impulsive behavior and diabetes risk was really interesting.
The research . . . involved 232 non-diabetic subjects. These individuals underwent brain-imaging studies that measured the metabolic activity of their amygdalas, an area of the brain that is involved with . . . impulsivity.
We all know that you can reverse obesity. However, can you cure type II diabetes? According to Dr. Fung, you most certainly can. In this eye-opening video, Jason Fung discusses the relationship between type II diabetes and obesity and provides effective ways to reverse this chronic condition – diabesity.
About one and a half million Americans will receive a diabetes diagnosis this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 30 million are already diagnosed with it, per the most recently available data, and another 81 million more have prediabetes but just don’t know it yet. The rise in insulin-related conditions such as these, and metabolic syndrome and fatty liver disease are contributing . . .
Are Pollutants Causing Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes? The Link between Persistent Organic Pollutants and Metabolic Syndrome
The incidence of obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) has increased dramatically since the 1980s. In the United States, nearly 40 percent of the adult population is estimated to be obese, and 30 million Americans have diabetes, a vast majority (90 to 95 percent) of whom have type 2 diabetes. In addition to increasing the risk of premature death . . .
Dr. Jason Fung, MD, a nephrologist, the co-founder of the Intensive Dietary Management Program, and a leading expert in fasting, obesity, and diabetes, discusses Type 2 diabetes in this eye-opening video. Dr. Fung provides proven strategies to prevent and reverse this chronic condition via lifestyle adjustments. Listen to his insights and vanquish this burgeoning disease.
New research finds differences in the gut microbiome of children who are at high genetic risk of developing type 1 diabetes. The findings suggest that certain species of bacteria may have a protective effect in autoimmune conditions.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that can develop at any age.
However, it tends to occur in early adulthood . . .
What should you eat if you have diabetes? If you’re confused by this question because you’ve heard a lot of conflicting information, you’re hardly alone. Fortunately, the answer should be quite simple: Eat foods that don’t raise blood sugar very much, such as low-carbohydrate foods.
Although low-carb diets were routinely prescribed for people with diabetes more than 100 years ago . . .
Do you have type 2 diabetes, or are you at risk for diabetes? Do you worry about your blood sugar?
This guide gives you an overview of what you need to know about diabetes. Our other guides can teach you more about the symptoms of diabetes, as well as provide specific information about type 2 diabetes and type 1 diabetes. . . .
Many people with diabetes or prediabetes have improved their health with dietary changes. You can too!
I spend a great deal of time in my clinic dealing with the problems of type 2 diabetes. But occasionally, people ask about type 1 diabetes (T1D) as well. The reason why it is so rare for me is that I treat adult patients where T2D outnumbers T1D by at least 9:1.
Dr. Richard Bernstein is a fascinating character. He had developed T1D as a child of twelve. . . Eventually he decided that the proper treatment was a low carb diet.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices. It was mentioned in the Bible and was used in ancient Egypt . . .
Cinnamon’s popularity has continued throughout history. In fact, a flurry of recent clinical studies proving its benefit in blood sugar control has spurred a tremendous resurgence in cinnamon’s popularity.
[M]ore recent studies in patients with type 2 diabetes are showing consistently promising results.
Child’s Gluten Intake During Infancy, Rather than Mother’s During Pregnancy, Linked to Increased Risk of Developing Type 1 Diabetes
New research presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Barcelona, Spain (16-20 September) shows that a child’s intake of gluten at age 18 months is associated with a 46% increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes for each extra 10g of gluten consumed per day.
Statistics from the EPA indicate that more than one billion pounds of insecticides are used per year in the United States in agricultural, lawn, garden, and home applications. Alarmingly, emerging research indicates that our overzealous use of insecticides may be contributing to rising rates of diabetes. Read on to learn about the link between insecticides and diabetes and how avoiding these toxins . . .
In this video, Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, Functional Medicine practitioner and founder of The UltraWellness Center, interviews Dr. Carrie Diulus, MD, Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, to discuss proven methods to overcome diabetes naturally. Though diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes several years ago, Dr. Diulus has maintained normal blood sugar levels and forgone using medication by making healthful lifestyle changes. Listen to learn how!
Targeting specific microbiota in the gut could be one way to protect against type 1 diabetes, a new study concludes.
Researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia have found distinct gut microbiota alterations in rodents and humans that are at high risk of type 1 diabetes.
Furthermore, the scientists found that these gut microbiota alterations . . .
Type 1 diabetes is characterized by the loss of insulin-producing ? cells in the pancreas and has largely been thought to be irreversible—until now. Newly published research suggests that there might be a cure for type 1 diabetes after all.
. . . Excitingly, a new study published just last month suggests that a “fasting mimicking diet” could effectively reverse the pathology of type 1 diabetes . . .
(Part 1 – Development of T2D/Metabolic Syndrome)
Insulin resistance plays a large role in increasing insulin levels. Increasing insulin levels tend to drive weight gain and obesity.
The question we need to answer is this. What causes insulin resistance? From other biological systems, we can guess that a good place to start is with insulin itself. Does insulin cause insulin resistance? Let’s look at the evidence.
(Part 2 – Development of T2D/Metabolic Syndrome)
Everybody says that insulin resistance is bad. Very bad. It’s the root cause of type 2 diabetes (T2D), and metabolic syndrome, isn’t it? So, if it is so bad, why do we all develop it in the first place? What’s the root cause? My friend Dr. Gary Fettke from Tasmania wrote an illuminating book called ‘Inversion’ where he describes how you can learn a lot from looking . . .
(Part 3 – Development of T2D/Metabolic Syndrome)
Fructose is even more strongly linked to obesity and diabetes than glucose. From a nutritional standpoint, neither fructose nor glucose contains essential nutrients. As a sweetener, both are similar. Yet fructose is particularly malevolent to human health compared to glucose due to its unique metabolism within the body.
(Part 4 – Development of T2D/Metabolic Syndrome)
Dr. Alfred Frohlich from the University of Vienna first began to unravel the neuro-hormonal basis of obesity in 1890. He described a young boy with the sudden onset of obesity who was eventually diagnosed with a lesion in the hypothalamus area of the brain. It would be later confirmed that hypothalamic damage resulted in intractable weight gain in humans . . .
(Part 5 – Development of T2D/Metabolic Syndrome)
Type 2 diabetes actually happens in two phases. The first phase, which lasts approximately 10-15 years shows a slow increase in insulin resistance. However, the body compensates by increasing insulin levels. This keeps blood glucose relatively normal.
But something suddenly changes after approximately a decade of rising insulin resistance. Hyperinsulinemia can no longer . . .
A low-carb diet is low in carbohydrates, primarily found in sugary foods, pasta and bread. Instead, you eat whole foods including natural proteins, fats and vegetables.
Studies show that low-carb diets result in weight loss and improved health markers. . . . Best yet, there’s usually no need to count calories or use special products. All you need to do is to eat whole foods that make for a complete, nutritious and filling diet.
Stress and busy lifestyles are an integral part of our culture that few escape. Your body reacts regardless of whether stress is consciously acknowledged, and it may be impacting you more than you realize. For instance, there may be a concern regarding your thyroid, blood sugar, or cholesterol levels. . . . These are all early signs of chronic illnesses, yet has anyone considered stress, cortisol and insulin resistance?
How to prevent long—term complications of diabetes and balance your blood sugar with natural products
Diabetes is a serious chronic disorder that’s associated with numerous long-term complications if not properly controlled. The main four areas of the body affected by diabetic complications are the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and lining of blood vessels and organs. . . . [W]hen blood sugar levels are elevated, glucose floods these cells and causes significant damage.
Have you recently had an HbA1c blood test? It is quite likely that at least once a year you will have one. It’s a common and important test that can measure your long-term average blood sugar levels.
This guide will help you interpret your HbA1c results, and explain why HbA1c is an important way to measure metabolic health. We’ll also explain reasons for occasional unexpected . . .
. . . [L]et’s remember that type 2 diabetes reflects two fundamental problems:
1. Insulin resistance
2. Beta cell dysfunction
Insulin resistance, an overflow phenomenon, is caused by fatty infiltration of the liver and muscle. Without dietary intervention, defect #2 virtually always follows #1, albeit by many years. Also, #2 is almost never found without #1.