Type 2 Diabetes

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Diabetes and Hypoglycemia

Research has shown that people with diabetes who eat a plant-based, low-fat vegan diet lose weight, reduce their cholesterol and improve their blood sugar better than those on a portion-contol diet. you can use diet to control the condition, but if you retun to your old habits, it will come right back.

The most important cause of diabetes is weight gain, particularly in children and young adults. As soon as you see your child or grandchild gaining weight a regular regime of exercise should be organised. This can be going for walks (children usually run, jump and play around during walks), going to the local play area for children, going swimming, taking up a sport they like, etc.
As a person increases their stores of fat and becomes obese. This causes the body to become increasingly resistant to insulin, making the beta cells in the pancreas increase their production of insulin. This makes these cells vulnerable to autoimmune attack and failure. It is essential to lose weight and support the action and function of the pancreas beta cells via diet and herbs. How this illness progresses is all related to the individual's immune response. This immune response is best supported by weight loss (by a good high fibre diet, lots of exercise and herbal medicines). This is the only way to help to avoid the inevitable – injecting insulin and the life-stunting symptoms associated with diabetes.
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Diet and exercise
These have the biggest impact and the best diet is high in fibre and low in the glycaemic index (foods that are slowly converted to sugar). Diabetes UK recommends eating about 18g of fibre a day, but studies show that twice that amount provides significant benefits, because fibre lowers insulin and cholesterol levels (International Health Institute).

Diabetes is one disease
Diabetes is professionally regarded as one disease, where type 2 is just a slower form of type 1. The implications of this statement is that the progress leads to insulin dependency, unless its progress is stopped and health is restored.

The main cause of type 2 diabetes
The main cause is being overweight. You have to make a big change to get healthy, and exercise is key to managing the condition. As you change your diet, aim to burn 300 calories a day through exercise. If you have to, work out twice a day; if you can't, do it in one go. As you get fitter, gradually increase your exercise time. To kick-start your weightloss do the 5-day LSD Programme

After diagnosis, I recommend you try to delay taking prescribed drugs for at least three months so that you can change your lifestyle and make a difference to your health. If herbal medicines, diet and exercise don't help enough, the most popular drug prescribed is Metformin, which cuts the amount of glucose released by the liver, has less side effects and no weight gain. The problem with this drug is that as the years pass and the diabetes progresses, your dose will need to be increased and after just ten years most patients will have to inject insulin. It is best to start taking a prescribed herbal medicine right away. Email Alan Hopking

Broken glass
It is said by the experts that excess sugar in the blood is like pieces of broken glass scraping the arteries. This can lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
It is best to keep sugar under control with a regime you love or else you won't stay on it, and it must include high-fibre foods (whole foods like brown bread, brown rice, whole fresh fruits including the skin and vegetables). It has been found that cinnamon can sensitize your body to insulin, so include this in your smoothies. You must lose weight and become fitter, there's no way round it.
We all like a bit of sweetness in our diet. But sugar is a no-no for diabetics especially. Although Stevia is very sweet yet it is neither a sugar nor has it any glucose at all, and has zero calories. Get to like Stevia and keep your life healthy and sweet!

What herbs are traditionally used for diabetes?
There have been huge developments in the range of herbs available for diabetes and particularly Type 2. No longer are we just using the well-known European herbs for helping the function of the pancreas and insulin control, we are now using the best herbs for diabetes from many different continents. We combine these proven herbs in herbal medicine for patients. For instance, Gymnema from South America, Bitter Melon from Asia and Stevia from China are three important herbs in PancreasMore Tonic which help to control the blood sugar and which are so helpful for people just diagnosed with diabetes and also for those who are already on drugs like Metformin, especially if such patients are on a sugar controlled diet. Even insulin-dependant diabetics can benefit from these herbs. Consult Alan Hopking to help you get off Metformin and other drugs, ring freephone 0800 0834436.

366 Million Diabetics by 2030
Our children within 25 years are more likely to get diabetes than any other illness. This is due to high obesity in children and low exercise activities and too many sedentary activities like PlayStation games and computer friends like FaceBook. Get your children outside to breathe fresh air and run around and ride their bikes. Restrict computer games (offer incentives to them to exercise). Exercise also improves brain function and sparks off wider interests.

Type 1 Diabetes
Cause: failure to produce insulin as a result of autoimmune attack on beta cells in the pancreas.
Onset: typically in childhood or early adulthood.
Prevalence: about 10 percent of all diabetics are type 1.
Symptoms: thirst, hunger excessive urination; weight loss, vision changes, drowsiness or exhaustion.
Onset: can be very rapid.
Treatment: injected insulin.
Prevention: not regarded as preventable.
Herbal Treatment: herbal medicines can be prescribed to support the pancreas and digestive system and improve energy levels.
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Type 2 Diabetes
Cause: insulin resistance brought about by overweight/obesity and physical inactivity.
Onset: usually middle age but increasingly seen in younger people, even children.
Prevalence: about 90 percent of all diabetics are type 2.
Symptoms: similar to type 1 but initially much milder. Almost half of people with type 2 are not aware they have it.
Treatment: herbs, diet, exercise, weight loss, insulin-sensitizing drugs. Many type 2 diabetics progress to injected insulin after their beta cells fail (about 10 years).
Prevention: dietary changes and physical activity can reduce the risk.
Herbal Treatment: diet reform along with herbs that can help to restore the pancreatic function; herbs to help weight loss, improve energy and immune system. Kick-start your weightloss do the 5-day LSD Programme
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Do you want to know if the insulin you are taking is necessary or not?
This is what you do: ask your doctor to run a test of insulin levels (as well as glucose levels) both before and 90 minutes after a typical low-fat/high-carbohydrate breakfast (including for instance a blueberry muffin, cereal with skimmed milk and an 8oz glass of orange juice). Make sure you take no long-acting insulin after 6pm the evening before and no diabetes medications of any kind the morning of the test until after the second blood sample is taken. (The blood drawn after eating or after drinking a glucose solution is called a 'post-prandial reading.')
Here's how to interpret the results: If the second insulin level is 10 or more points higher than the first, it means your pancreas is working and that you probably can get off insulin with diet and herbs. If it is 20 or more points higher, it is almost a certainty that you can do so. To do this you will have to follow a low carbohydrate diet (along the lines of the Atkins Nutritional Approach) and specific herbal medicines.
(With acknowledgements to Dr. Robert Atkins)

PanceasMore
There are major herbal medicines for functional treatment of a faultering pancreas, particularly diabetes type 2. But even insulin dependent diabetes can be helped with such herbs; as in Pancreas More particularly at the earliest stages following diagnosis. Herbs such as Gymnema, Bitter Melon, Stevia, Wormwood and Goats Rue are amongst the important herbs used in this tonic which is being used by many who find it a continual source of help and support.

Other herbal medicines available from Herbactive Herbalist for type 2 Diabetes or blood sugar highs and lows are:
PancreasMore Tonic
Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia)
Gymnema
Stevia
Bitters
Kick-start your weightloss do the 5-day LSD Programme

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Stevia is a very useful sugar alternative; it contains no glucose and has been used to treat diabetes for generations. See our full study of the amazing sweetness of Stevia for diabetics

Wider Herbal Treatment and Diabetes
We have herbs for the panceas more action as described on this page
Herbs for improving energy
Herbs for immune system enhancement
Herbs for the digestive system and liver
Herbs for the kidneys and the eyes

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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK

• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.

PRECAUTIONS:

Pregnant/Breast-feeding mothers

Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.

Volatile Oils

Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.

Uteroactivity

A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.

Breast-feeding mothers

A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.

Paediatric Use

Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.

Perioperative use

The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK

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