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Managing Diabetes Without Medication

Diabetes Without Drugs

Diabetes Without Drugs

All drugs have side effects, some worse than others. Yet one of the cornerstones of diabetes management along with diet, weight control, and exercise, is to take insulin or one of the many diabetes medications that our doctors routinely prescribe. People with type 1 diabetes have no choice. They have to take insulin. But the great majority of us have type 2 and mostly take one or two or even three different pills for our condition. Some of these pills are clearly safer than others. For example, none of us take Rezulin any more, now that it killed at least 63 people. That was a dozen years ago so I wouldn’t be surprised if you forgot about Rezulin or never heard of it, but half a million of us were using it when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recalled it. Six years later Avandia became even bigger than Rezulin, earning GlaxoSmithKline $2.5 billion that year. Not so many of us take Avandia now that studies show that it raises the risk of heart attack by 43 percent. Recently, yet another diabetes drug, Actos, seems to be life-threatening. Already banned in parts of Europe because it may cause bladder cancer, the FDA says that doctors should be cautious when telling us to take Actos. “The benefits of blood sugar control with pioglitazone,” it says, “should be weighed against the unknown risks for cancer recurrence.” Even the diabetes drug that the most people with type 2 diabetes use can’t be completely safe. Metformin carries what the FDA calls a “black box warning.” Named for the black box that usually surrounds the warning, it means that the drug may cause serious adverse effects. Metformin’s black box warning says that lactic acidosis is a rare result of taking metformin, but when it happens it can lead to death half of the time. I took my chanc Continue reading >>

Natural Ways To Manage Diabetes In Cats

Natural Ways To Manage Diabetes In Cats

If your cat has been diagnosed with diabetes, there are several treatment options available to help your feline live a long, healthy life. But is there a way for cat parents to avoid regular insulin shots and rely on natural remedies alone? Not exactly, says Dr. Tara Koble, DVM of The Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital, in Boise, Ida. “Some diabetic cats can be managed on a low-carb food alone, without insulin,” says Koble. ”This is the only ‘natural’ treatment that sometimes works by itself. Many cats need a combination of a low-carb food and insulin.” Most veterinarians agree that natural supplements that tout diabetes remedies don’t work as effective treatment options. Insulin shots may be a necessary means to managing a diabetic cat’s health. “There is no ‘natural’ replacement for insulin. However, insulin itself is a naturally occurring hormone, and in cats who need it, we are just technically replacing what is lacking,” says Koble. “Other natural supplements that are marketed for diabetes just help support the overall health of the cat but they don't treat the disease directly.” On the other hand, there is a natural approach to preventing diabetes in cats that is highly effective. Koble recommends pet parents pay close attention to diet and exercise. “The two best things any cat parent can help do to protect from diabetes would be to feed the highest quality canned, low-carb or raw diet that is possible,” she says. “The second critical thing to help prevent diabetes is to get your cat moving. Exercise is protective against diabetes, and indoor only cats are usually lacking severely in activity.” What Causes Diabetes In Cats Not dissimilar to type 2 diabetes in people, most cases of diabetes in cats occur when a cat’s blood sugar r Continue reading >>

Treatment

Treatment

Treatment for diabetes aims to keep your blood glucose levels as normal as possible and control your symptoms to prevent health problems developing later in life. If you've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, your GP will be able to explain your condition in detail and help you understand your treatment. They'll also closely monitor your condition to identify any health problems that may occur. If there are any problems, you may be referred to a hospital-based diabetes care team. Making lifestyle changes If you're diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you'll need to look after your health very carefully for the rest of your life. This may seem daunting, but your diabetes care team will be able to give you support and advice about all aspects of your treatment. After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, or if you're at risk of developing the condition, the first step is to look at your diet and lifestyle and make any necessary changes. Three major areas that you'll need to look closely at are: You may be able to keep your blood glucose at a safe and healthy level without the need for other types of treatment. Lifestyle changes Diet Increasing the amount of fibre in your diet and reducing your sugar and fat intake, particularly saturated fat, can help prevent type 2 diabetes, as well as manage the condition if you already have it. You should: increase your consumption of high-fibre foods, such as wholegrain bread and cereals, beans and lentils, and fruit and vegetables choose foods that are low in fat – replace butter, ghee and coconut oil with low-fat spreads and vegetable oil choose skimmed and semi-skimmed milk, and low-fat yoghurts eat fish and lean meat rather than fatty or processed meat, such as sausages and burgers grill, bake, poach or steam food instead of frying Continue reading >>

Managing Treatment Of Diabetes Mellitus In Your Cat

Managing Treatment Of Diabetes Mellitus In Your Cat

If your cat was just diagnosed with diabetes mellitus (DM), fear not, you’re in good company. Unfortunately, DM is a growing problem in cats, likely due to the growing rate of obesity. So what exactly is diabetes? Diabetes mellitus is an endocrine problem where your cat’s pancreas fails to produce enough of the hormone, insulin. With DM, the body doesn’t make enough insulin, which is the hormone that helps push sugar (“glucose”) into the body’s cells. Without the insulin, the body’s cells are starving for sugar; unfortunately, this then stimulates the body to produce more and more sugar (in an attempt to feed the cells). That’s why your cat’s blood sugar is so high (what we call a “hyperglycemia”). Without insulin, the sugar can’t get into the cells; hence, why you need to give it through a tiny syringe twice a day. The good news about DM in cats? Unlike diabetes in dogs, DM can be transient in cats. What does this mean to you? If your cat was just diagnosed with DM, don’t panic – with aggressive follow-up, short-term insulin injections, weight loss and a change in diet, it may not mean life-long disease in your cat! It’s important to recognize the clinical signs of diabetes mellitus in cats, because the sooner you recognize it, the sooner we can treat it and the better the long-term prognosis for your cat. Signs of DM in cats include: Dilute urine (e.g., less foul smelling urine in the litter box) Obesity Muscle wasting over the back Acting hungrier Walking “lower” in the hind limbs (e.g., hocks) due to diabetes neuropathy (nerve problems) Types of diabetes mellitus In veterinary medicine, there are two types of diabetes mellitus seen: Type I DM and Type II DM. Cats develop the latter type called Type II diabetes. Type I DM (which is s Continue reading >>

How To Control Diabetes Without Medicine

How To Control Diabetes Without Medicine

People who have type 1 diabetes need insulin injections because their body does not produce enough insulin to regulate glucose metabolism. Those with type 2 diabetes have sufficient quantities of insulin in their system and they can make simple lifestyle changes to control the blood glucose levels without any medication. Here is an overview of how to do it. How to Control Diabetes Without Medicine 1. Improve Your diet The best way to manage type 2 diabetes is to be careful about what you eat. A balanced diet is essential for better control of blood glucose level. Try to stay away from high glycemic index foods like refined sugars, white bread, pasta and rice. Prefer whole grains, lean meat, low fat dairy products, legumes, fruit and non-starchy vegetables. You can have small quantities of starchy vegetables. Go for freshly prepared meals and avoid fast food and processed food. These contain a lot of bad fats and hidden sugars and can lead to insulin resistance. The quantity of food is also crucial, if you want to control the blood glucose levels, avoid binge eating and control the portion size. It is also very important to have small meals and snacks at regular intervals. It will keep your blood sugar levels steady for longer time. 2. Lose Weight If you are overweight and are concerned about how to control diabetes without medicine, you should try to lose some weight. Losing weight can have tremendous benefit, and according to experts shedding 10-15 pounds can lead to better control of blood glucose levels. People with extra fat around waist are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. This can be controlled by healthy eating and regular exercise. 3. Control Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea is a medical condition in which the breathing temporarily stops while a person is asleep. Continue reading >>

Trying To Control Uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes And Hypertension Without Meds Is A Bad Idea

Trying To Control Uncontrolled Type 2 Diabetes And Hypertension Without Meds Is A Bad Idea

A lot of the topics I write about are inspired by something that has come up in one of my classes. This blog is no different. Avoiding taking diabetes and blood pressure medicine Several weeks ago a patient was referred to our 10-hour comprehensive diabetes class. When reviewing the patient’s health questionnaire with her she spoke up and said that she had listed all of the medications she was supposed to be taking but that she was not taking any of them. I repeated back to her what she had just told me to make sure that I had heard her correctly. When she confirmed what I thought she had said was true I asked her why she was not taking the prescribed medications. She told me that she wanted to try and control her blood pressure and blood sugar levels without having to take medications, and that is why she was attending the class. I can certainly understand her desire to do this and respect her attitude for being willing to do what it may take to accomplish her goal, if it is possible. At this point no one knows if it is possible or not. As I reviewed her list of medications I saw she had been prescribed at least one diabetes medication as well as one for high blood pressure. She then offered to show me the sheet where she had been recording her blood sugar values and blood pressure readings. The blood sugar readings were not horrible but were definitely too high. A hemoglobin A1C was not available. Of real concern were her recent blood pressure readings with frequent diastolic pressures in the 90s and on occasion in excess of 100 mm/hg. Her systolic readings were in the 140-upper 160 range (1). I reiterated to the patient that trying to manage her diabetes and blood pressure without medications definitely had some advantages and was a goal to shoot for down the road Continue reading >>

Is This The Formula For Reversing Type 2 Diabetes?

Is This The Formula For Reversing Type 2 Diabetes?

The first-year results of a clinical trial have shown that almost half of people partaking in an intensive weight management program delivered through primary care achieved remission of their type 2 diabetes without medication. The trial, which is called the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT), builds on earlier work by co-lead investigator Prof. Roy Taylor, director of the Magnetic Resonance Centre at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom. The earlier work showed that a radical change in diet can reverse type 2 diabetes. The results of the trial, recently reported in The Lancet, suggest that remission of type 2 diabetes may be achievable through intensive weight management programs supported by routine primary care. The team's findings revealed that after 12 months of radical weight management, participants lost an average of 10 kilograms (22 pounds), and that 45.6 percent of them went back to being non-diabetic without medication. 'Long-term maintenance of weight loss' focus Prof. Taylor says that significant weight loss reduces the amount of fat in the liver and pancreas so that they can start working normally again. "What we're seeing from DiRECT," he remarks, "is that losing weight isn't just linked to better management of type 2 diabetes: significant weight loss could actually result in lasting remission." "Our findings suggest that even if you have had type 2 diabetes for 6 years," adds trial co-leader Prof. Michael Lean, chair of Human Nutrition at the University of Glasgow in the U.K., "putting the disease into remission is feasible." He says that their approach differs from the conventional way of managing type 2 diabetes in that it focuses "on the need for long-term maintenance of weight loss through diet and exercise and encourage[s] flexibility Continue reading >>

New Drug Appears To Eliminate Type 2 Diabetes For First Time

New Drug Appears To Eliminate Type 2 Diabetes For First Time

Type 2 diabetes, although influenced by a person’s genes, is largely thought to be brought about by a poor diet and being overweight for prolonged periods of time, particularly at an old age. The pancreas is either unable to produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells simply don’t react to insulin, which leads to dangerously high blood sugar levels. This is known as insulin resistance, and at present, there is no medical way to treat this. A new drug forged by a team at the University of California, however, might prove to be a veritable game-changer. As reported by New Scientist, a daily dose of the drug, given to mice with insulin resistance, canceled out the harmful condition. This is the first time that any treatment has effectively “cured” type 2 diabetes. The team of researchers had an inkling that a particular enzyme was responsible for bringing about insulin resistance. The enzyme – cacophonously known as low molecular weight protein tyrosine phosphate, or LMPTP – can be found in the liver, and it appears to interact with cells in such a way that they become resistance to the presence of insulin. Conjuring up a brand new drug that was specifically designed to hinder the progress of LMPTP, the team thought that it would allow the cells’ insulin receptors to once again be able to react to insulin as they normally would. Much to their delight, they found that they were correct. “Our findings suggest that LMPTP is a key promoter of insulin resistance and that LMPTP inhibitors would be beneficial for treating type 2 diabetes,” the team noted in their Nature study. For this study, their drug was orally administered to a few unfortunate laboratory mice. These mice had been fed an extremely high-fat diet, and they had developed obesity and type 2 dia Continue reading >>

6 Effective Strategies To Lower Blood Sugar Without Medication

6 Effective Strategies To Lower Blood Sugar Without Medication

Over 30 million Americans have diabetes. More than 84 million Americans have prediabetes. Take a moment…just let that sink in… OVER 100 Million Americans are dealing with blood glucose issues Sadly, 25% of diabetics and 90% of prediabetics don’t even know they have it! They are living life with symptoms and a reduced quality of life. Several months back, I had a conversation with someone that had recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was still in shock. She was stunned and almost paralyzed with fear. Her healthcare office directed her to some classes and over the course of several weeks, she learned to monitor and manage her blood glucose. While this was not a fun or welcome experience, this woman was owning her health. She had watched the health of several family members decline due to diabetes. Sitting in the dark in denial was not an option in her mind. But, it shouldn’t take a diagnosis of diabetes, prediabetes or metabolic syndrome to encourage us to become proactive in the management of our blood glucose. Every single person can benefit from healthy blood glucose levels. High serum glucose contributes to cravings, rollercoaster energy levels, chronic inflammation, and over-eating. Excess glucose in your bloodstream also damages blood vessels and over time, this can affect vision and lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney disease and nerve problems. Becoming proactive isn’t complicated, but it does require us to be deliberate and thoughtful. These are 6 Effective Strategies to Lower Blood Sugar Without Medication (or carb counting)… When we think about diabetes, our thoughts automatically move to food, specifically sugar and carbs, but exercise plays a significant role in helping individuals lower their numbers. The best part is that Continue reading >>

Can I Treat Diabetes Without Drugs?

Can I Treat Diabetes Without Drugs?

If you have type 1 diabetes, you must take daily insulin injections to keep your blood glucose in a normal range. Your body produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a vital hormone that helps your body convert food into energy. Without insulin, you would die. If you have type 2 diabetes, the answer to this question is much less clear. Many people can keep their blood glucose in a healthy range without medications (either oral diabetes medications or insulin injections) if they lose weight and keep their weight down, are regularly physically active, and follow a meal plan that helps them keep portion sizes under control and helps them spread the amount of carbohydrate they eat at each meal throughout the day. Eventually, however, many people with type 2 diabetes find that despite their best efforts, weight control, exercise and diet aren't enough to keep their blood glucose in a healthy range. This is not unusual. One theory is that some people's insulin-producing cells just get tired out from having to produce more and more insulin because their cells are resistant to the effects of insulin. If your healthcare team tells you that you need to take oral diabetes medications or insulin injections to manage your blood glucose, it's important that you follow their instructions. Keeping your blood glucose in a healthy range is key to preventing long-term complications, such as eye disease, kidney disease, heart attacks, and other problems that poorly controlled blood glucose can cause over a period of years. Continue reading >>

Treating Type 1 Diabetes…without Insulin

Treating Type 1 Diabetes…without Insulin

For type 1 diabetes, insulin has long been the essential treatment method. Blood glucose monitoring, frequent insulin injections, even insulin pumps are used to help diabetics control their glucose levels and avoid dangerous spikes and dips in their blood sugar. But for some, being captive to the use of insulin may soon be a thing of the past. One patient, Erika Totten, who was part of a key phase III clinical trial at Penn's Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, received transplanted pancreatic islet cells and is no longer insulin-dependent. In fact, now seven years removed from her transplant, Erika doesn't need insulin at all. "The procedure gave me back my pre-diabetes life," said Totten in a recent Philadelphia Inquirer article. Investigators on the trial, including Ali Naji, MD, PhD, a professor of Surgery, and Michael R. Rickels, MD, MS, an associate professor of Medicine, both of the Type 1 Diabetes Unit at Penn, found that transplanting purified human pancreatic islet cells into type 1 diabetics can lead to nearly normal glycemic control and no longer being reliant on insulin. “This phase III clinical trial examined the longer term effects of islet cell transplantation, aiming to secure [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] approval of islet cells as a biological product for treating type 1 diabetes," Rickels said. Researchers from the multi-institutional study found that transplanted islets provide better glycemic control, improved hypoglycemia awareness, and durable protection against severe hypoglycemic events in type 1 diabetics who have otherwise experienced significant glucose instability with other types of insulin delivery methods. Patients with this severe type 1 diabetes can experience such dangerous highs and lows that they can become disor Continue reading >>

Ten Ways To Take A Bite Out Of Blood Sugar

Ten Ways To Take A Bite Out Of Blood Sugar

Simple tips on how to lower blood sugar that you can integrate into your daily life. By Wil Dubois Let’s talk about blood sugar management today. Sounds boring, huh? Not at all, really. Done right, taking steps to lower blood sugar can be highly empowering. Sweet numbers on a blood sugar log will bring a smile to your face faster than an ice cream cone in July. I know a lot of you who take pills for your diabetes feel powerless to change a high blood sugar reading, so you’d rather not know that your sugar is high—but there are things you can do to lower your blood sugar that don’t involve opening your medicine cabinet. Here are my top ten tips for lowering blood sugar: 1. Test, Don’t Guess The first step—the mantra of dLife from the very beginning—is test, don’t guess! To master your blood sugar, you must first know where it is. And if you only check first thing in the morning, you’re cheating at solitaire. If you want to truly master your blood sugar, you should fearlessly seek out your very worst, highest numbers. That means checking after meals. Don’t let that high number flashing on your meter get you down. Rejoice that you’ve found it. It’s just a problem to be fixed—and as you roll out the rest of these tips, those high numbers, like the walls of Jericho, are going to come a-tumblin’ down. 2. No More Monochrome Meals! While there’s no such thing as a diabetic diet anymore, there’s only so much your system can handle at once when it comes to foods that turn into sugar quickly. Here’s my advice: deprive yourself of no food, but limit yourself to one carb portion per meal. Carbs tend to be white in color: things made of flour (including pasta), potato, rice, and sugar. Oh, and corn is pale yellow, so it’s a white food, too. If you Continue reading >>

Learn How To Cure Diabetes Naturally In 30 Days

Learn How To Cure Diabetes Naturally In 30 Days

Diabetes is surprisingly spreading very fast among the people. Almost every 30th person in the world has diabetes. So, if you are a patient of sugar (diabetic), then you are at the right place because here I will tell you, how to cure diabetes in 30 days naturally without any medication. But before I explain the remedy, I want to give you an overview of Diabetes Mellitus. So you can know first what it is. What is Diabetes? In our body, there is a hormone called Insulin which controls our blood glucose level by converting extra sugar into glycogen, lipids, and proteins. In this way, our blood sugar remains in balance. But if due to any reason insulin stops its function then it causes diabetes. So basically this is how we get a disease called Diabetes Mellitus or high sugar. What are the Symptoms? The symptoms of this are a high level of blood sugar in the urine and disturbance of body’s osmotic equilibrium and nervous system. Types of Diabetes There are 2 types of diabetes which are most common among the people. Now I will discuss these two types. Type 1 Diabetes It develops in childhood, and sometimes patients require lifetime insulin injections for survival. Type 2 Diabetes It develops in the adulthood. The main reasons for this type of diabetes are the lack of exercise and unhealthy diet. Now, I am going to explain how to cure this disease without medication. It seems to be funny, but it is not because there is a home remedy with which you can cure this disease within a month. How to Cure Diabetes in 30 days without medicine? To cure Diabetes naturally in 30 days you need following 4 Ingredients. 100-gram Garlic 100 gram Ginger 100-gram Mint 100-gram Anarchy (This is the dry pomegranate) All the 4 things are easily available at home or at stores. How to prepare it? Continue reading >>

New Implants Could Treat Type 2 Diabetes Without Needles

New Implants Could Treat Type 2 Diabetes Without Needles

Implants that deliver a constant metered dose of medication have plenty of promise. They’re especially useful for making sure patients don’t have to orient their daily schedule around their medication times. For the same reasons, they’re a potential solution for patients who tend to forget to take medications that have to be delivered right on schedule. Their major strength is being able to keep a patient’s serum concentration of their medication at a specific level. For example: Nexplanon, a hormonal contraceptive implant, delivers a constant dose of medication that keeps a woman’s progesterone levels within a particular range that prevents her from ovulating. Too high or too low a dose, and everything would get out of whack. But the implant keeps the serum concentration pretty stable. But because of the steady diffusion of the active substance, such drug-delivery implants aren’t fabulous for conditions that require medication only when symptoms appear. There hasn’t been a lot of luck with an implant for asthma, for example, because we haven’t surpassed the rescue inhaler for timely asthma treatment. Another condition that has resisted the implant approach is type 2 diabetes. Because type 2 is all about insulin insensitivity, and insulin is something that operates in a tight feedback loop with fluctuating blood glucose levels, you don’t necessarily want a blood insulin concentration that’s always held stable at the same level. Monitoring Blood Chemistry in Real Time Not to worry, though: the biotechnologists are on this. Scientists are developing implantable biomedical microelectromechanical systems (bioMEMS) that can monitor your blood chemistry in real time, deliver timed and quantized doses of medication, and phone home to your doctor to report o Continue reading >>

How To Reverse Diabetes Naturally

How To Reverse Diabetes Naturally

According to the 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report, over 30 million people living in the United States have diabetes. That’s almost 10 percent of the U.S. population. And diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, causing, at least in part, over 250,000 deaths in 2015. That’s why it’s so important to take steps to reverse diabetes and the diabetes epidemic in America. Type 2 diabetes is a dangerous disease that can lead to many other health conditions when it’s not managed properly, including kidney disease, blindness, leg and food amputations, nerve damage, and even death. (1) Type 2 diabetes is a completely preventable and reversible condition, and with diet and lifestyle changes, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting the disease or reverse the condition if you’ve already been diagnosed. If you are one of the millions of Americans struggling with diabetes symptoms, begin the steps to reverse diabetes naturally today. With my diabetic diet plan, suggested supplements and increased physical activity, you can quickly regain your health and reverse diabetes the natural way. The Diabetes Epidemic Diabetes has grown to “epidemic” proportions, and the latest statistics revealed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that 30.3 million Americans have diabetes, including the 7.2 million people who weren’t even aware of it. Diabetes is affecting people of all ages, including 132,000 children and adolescents younger than 18 years old. (2) The prevalence of prediabetes is also on the rise, as it’s estimated that almost 34 million U.S. adults were prediabetic in 2015. People with prediabetes have blood glucose levels that are above normal but below the defined threshold of diabetes. Without proper int Continue reading >>

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