By Don Penven
A diagnosis of diabetes is not a death sentence for your child. It does mean that you, as parents, must make some significant lifestyle changes, because this disease is reversible.
Diabetes takes hold when the pancreas stops or reduces its flow of insulin into the body. Insulin is a hormone that converts sugar into glucose, from which the cells in our muscles and body tissues derive their energy. No glucose, no energy to do much of anything. The problem is that too much sugar and carbohydrates that are converted into sugar overload the pancreas. It’s only one organ and can only do so much. And in some case the body cells refuse to accept deliveries of glucose.
The National Institutes of Health says, “Physical activity and weight loss help the body respond better to insulin. By losing weight and being more physically active, people with insulin resistance or pre-diabetes may avoid developing type 2 diabetes.”
Therein lies the problem. Where do you start to rehabilitate whatever has been damaged?
Here’s an explanation of what the medical profession says is going on:
Type 1 Diabetes – The cause for this diagnosis is simply that the pancreas has stopped making insulin. Your pediatrician may believe that the answer to this problem is to prescribe drugs and/or injections of insulin. This, of course, treats the symptoms of diabetes, but it does nothing to fight what’s causing the disease—the pancreas.
Type 2 Diabetes is the diagnosis when the pancreas manufactures less and less insulin needed to convert the sugar into glucose. Another scenario is when the pancreas is supplying enough insulin but the body cells are refusing to accept it.
Gestational Diabetes occurs during pregnancy and usually disappears after delivery.
Pre-diabetes refers to people who have a problem with high blood sugar but have not yet reached the chronic stage.
Recent research discovered just what may be going on and respected physicians and microbiologists have found the answer.
People living in the Western world began a downhill slide 100 years ago. People began adding more and more carbohydrates to their diet—things like sugar-loaded soft drinks, white enriched bread, biscuits, cakes, pies, snack foods, candy, tobacco and alcohol.
People in undeveloped countries seldom contract cardio-vascular disease, various cancers, arthritis, and, of course, diabetes… They have diets with fewer carbohydrates.
Some members of the scientific community agree that Western Civilization is destroying the pancreas by forcing it to struggle against the sugar onslaught. In many cases the pancreas just wears out.
So where is my government? What is the FDA doing,” you ask?
“The thing that bugs me is that people think the Food and Drug Administration is protecting them — it isn’t. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it’s doing are as different as night and day.”
– Dr. Herbert L. Ley, former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration
Does that answer your question?
The most important tips I can pass along to you in this article are once the diagnosis is confirmed, regardless of what type diabetes your child has, to begin making significant lifestyle changes.
- Begin by setting the example. Cut way back on the carbs: Eliminate the “white” foods like potatoes, rice, white bread, cakes, pies and cookies.
- Regulate what your child drinks—absolutely no sugar-packed soft drinks. Water is the best thing going to begin cleansing the body.
- A family member (she was pre-diabetic) and I just started taking Alpha Lipoic Acid supplements. They are a powerful anti-oxidant and will benefit the diabetic. (Get them at Walmart.)
- Learn all you can about the disease.
If this article gave you any insight into the disease and started you thinking about what course to take, the link below will take you to much more information that can help you make informed decisions about how exactly to proceed.
Health care researcher, Matt Treverso has assembled his findings in an easy to follow electronic book that is available for immediate download to your computer.