There are primarily 3 types of diabetes:
* Type 1 Diabetes
* Type 2 Diabetes
* Gestational Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes (aka Juvenile Diabetes)
Type 1 Diabetes usually occurs earlier in life, due to damaged beta cells which fail to produce insulin. People with Type 1 diabetes will require insulin to prevent serious hyperglycemia and life-threatening ketoacidosis, but they can reduce the amount of insulin they require by eating properly.
Unfortunately, Type 1 diabetics are told that they can eat whatever they want as long a they increase their insulin dosage. But, this is bad advice that leads to health issues with the eyes, kidneys, etc. later on in life.
Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms
The most common symptoms for Type 1 diabetes (juvenile or child onset) include, but are not limited to, frequent urination, thirst, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, unexplained weight loss, and abdominal pain. If you exhibit these symptoms, see your physician immediately.
Conventional Medical Care
With conventional medical care, the long-term prognosis for a Type 1 diabetic is dismal. More than one-third of all Type 1 diabetics die before the age of fifty.
The primary reason for this is a combination of the diabetes, the excess insulin, and poor nutrition. This leads to high cholesterol and inflammation levels, accelerating atherosclerosis and damage to the kidneys, eyes, nerves, and other organs.
Good News for Type 1 Diabetics
Type 1 diabetics do not have to feel doomed to a life of poor health and a possible early death — as long as the diabetic is willing to improve their nutritional profile.
By following the Super Meal Model Diet, Type 1 diabetics can sustain steady blood glucose levels and lower their insulin requirements by about half.
It is essential for all Type 1 diabetics to learn that they have the power to optimize their health with superior nutrition, which can give them the opportunity for a long and healthy life.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, NIDDM) has reached epidemic levels in the United States and other countries around the world. There are more than 24 million diabetics in the U.S. and more than 190 million worldwide.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder where the cells of the body have lost the ability to effectively utilize the insulin produced by the pancreas. This is known as insulin resistance.
Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes, because it primarily affected older adults. But today with more children being overweight and sedentary, Type 2 diabetes is affecting children as well as adults. As a result, Type 2 diabetes has reached such an epidemic level that 1 out of every 2 people knows someone who is diabetic! In fact, you may be surprised at the number of famous people and celebrities who are diabetic.
Type 2 diabetes is a combination of insulin resistance, leptin resistance, inflammation, toxicity, cellular dehydration, nutrient starvation, and oxidative stress that affects trillions of cells — which can lead to a dysregulated immune system. In other words, Type 2 diabetes is more than just a “blood sugar” disease!
This is important to understand because once you realize that controlling your blood sugar is only one component to beat and reverse your diabetes, achieving the ultimate goal of “death to your diabetes” is within your reach.
Insulin resistance and inflammation prevent your body’s cells from effectively using the insulin produced by the pancreas. That is, the insulin receptors on the surface of each cell are damaged (inflamed), ignoring the presence of insulin in your blood and refusing to allow glucose from your blood to enter your cells.
The cells in your body require the glucose (as fuel) in order to produce energy. Without this fuel, your cells cannot produce energy and perform their functions. Over a period of years, the insulin resistance and inflammation spreads to more and more cells, leading to an increase in the production of fat cells and the need for more insulin from those cells. This increases the fat storage, especially in the abdomen area, while inhibiting fat metabolism because of the excess insulin (known as hyperinsulinemia).
Over a period of years, this may lead to beta cell dysfunction, which may reduce insulin production and cause blood glucose levels to rise even further. In addition, there is an increase in oxidative stress, glycation, and a depletion of key micronutrients such as potassium, chromium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E causing a severe nutrient deficiency.
All of this dysfunction leads to more cell membrane damage and a buildup of homocysteine, which causes damage to the artery walls. This leads to arterial plaque formation, an increase in blood viscosity and blood pressure, and, in some cases, an increase in cholesterol. That’s why many diabetics end up taking prescription medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Unfortunately, this combination of medications just make matters worse.
If Type 2 diabetes goes untreated, the excess insulin and excess blood glucose (hyperglycemia) damages the body’s blood vessels and can lead to thicker blood, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high homocysteine, high c-reactive protein, arterial plaque formation, and low levels of chromium, magnesium, calcium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. These complications affect nearly every organ in the body, leading to kidney failure, diabetic retinopathy and blindness, peripheral neuropathy and amputation, serious skin infections, gangrene, cardiovascular disease, stroke, disability, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, hearing damage, nonketotic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome, and death.
However, the good news is that these biological changes can be corrected and these complications prevented with a superior nutrition, a proper exercise regimen, spiritual health, and less stress in your life.
Gestational diabetes is a temporary for of Type 2 diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. In the majority of women found to have this condition, there are no symptoms of diabetes, and the diabetes usually goes away after the baby is born.
However, women with gestational diabetes have a strong likelihood of developing adult onset diabetes later in life due to poor eating habits.
Since gestational diabetes is a sign of nutritional deficiency, it can be overcome with superior nutrition, as defined by the Super Meal Model Diet.
Note: If you want to to learn more about diabetes and if you’re serious about defeating your diabetes, request a free copy of the author’s research paper titled The 7 Mistakes That Diabetics Make.