Can you cure type 2 diabetes?

How the firstMy guess is that every diabetic has asked their diabetic nurse whether or not type II diabetes is curable and or they have typed into Google “Can you cure type 2 diabetes?” If you asked that question even five years ago the chances are you would have been told that diabetes is a lifelong condition that has to be regulated by medication and/or insulin.

Today, the picture is very different, we know that type II diabetes is curable and evidence is emerging that type I diabetes can also be reversed. I am not an expert on type I diabetes, but I do know how to cure type 2 diabetes. Six years ago my husband, Leo, decided he had had enough of being a diabetic. He was on the maximum daily dosage of metformin and the next step getting full-blown type I diabetes and having to inject insulin into his body every day was only a step away.

I think, to be honest, it was fear that made him take that step. I had always said that a cure was possible if you changed not only his diet but his lifestyle. I think to make that change was too hard when he was on the minimum dosage of metformin. It’s such an easy step isn’t it to just take one tablet a day. It doesn’t sound at all life-threatening.

Unfortunately, newly diagnosed diabetics didn’t always have the full facts, six years ago. He was told that diabetes wouldn’t kill him and that fact is very true. Sadly he wasn’t told that the complications of diabetes always shorten your life, often by as much as 10 years and that they are very capable of killing you!

 

How Can you cure type 2 diabetes?

Leo stopped taking his diabetic medication six years ago. The cure was immediate in the sense that his medication was reduced from four Metformin a day to 3 Metformin a day in one month. It took less than six months to become medication free.

Of course, that’s not just being free of taking medication every day but it is also freedom from worry. Little things like travel insurance are cheaper because you are not diabetic.You don’t have to worry or fret that you can’t leave the house without your medication. As we age it is so easy to walk out of the door and forget even the important things.
Can you cure type 2 diabetes?

The greatest freedom is the fact that you lose all the paraphernalia of diabetes. Sometimes all the gubbins of diabetes is overwhelming. There are the diabetic strips – lovely when you go out to a restaurant and then have to take out a piece of machinery and prick your finger to see what your sugar reading is.

Everything seems so much easier and possible when all of that worry and stress simply melts away. To be fair, there is never any guarantee that you will be diabetes free forever. Leo knows that as he ages he may slow down and become diabetic again.

That doesn’t seem really important at least now he has had six worry free years. That is also six years when his body has not been ravaged by the complications of diabetes. It is given his body a chance to be normal.

Whatever happens, in the future will be but he has to be healthier in the long term as a result of making that change.

 
How Can you cure type 2 diabetes?

I think as an outsider looking into the diabetic world the first and most important step is the shift in your brain. As Albert Einstein once said the definition of insanity is repeating the same action over and over again and expecting a different outcome.
You did not become diabetic overnight and you can change it virtually overnight. To do so, you have to change your approach to the way you eat. This change is permanent.
Small changes make a difference to your sugar levels. Add all of these small changes together and they make a tidal wave of change. However, you do not have to implement them all overnight. Although they will become a time if you want to break the cycle of diabetic medicine that you will have to make all of the changes.
In my experience to change permanently, you have to change a habit. If you change something for 30 days it has become a habit and that change can be permanent.
To cure type II diabetes, you need to reduce the levels of carbohydrate you eat. You may be surprised that to do this you do not have to cut out carbohydrates – in fact that’s not a good idea everybody needs carbohydrates for energy.

You have to change the types of carbohydrate that you eat.To do this, you have to bear in mind that everybody has a different body with different experiences. You have to do test for yourself how you react to different forms of carbohydrate.
For instance, most medical advice advises you to eat brown rice as opposed to white rice. The one thing that drove Leo sugar levels through the roof was rice in any form. Brown rice was the worst sugar spike of all, it was worse than Basmati rice, white rice, wild rice et cetera.
You have to work out which carbohydrates are better for you personally. Another decision you have to make is whether you want to have a tiny amount of your favourite type of carbohydrate or a portion size of an alternative.
He found that bulgur wheat did not create a huge sugar spike. He decided that although he didn’t like it as much as brown rice he preferred to eat a normal portion of bulgur wheat which filled him up, rather than a spoonful of rice which left him hungry.These choices are personal. First of all work out which foods drive your sugar levels through the roof the chances are they will be processed food, sugar or cakes. Find alternatives to these foods.
You may not find these alternatives overnight but don’t give up finding an alternative to to chocolate biscuits in the afternoon. It might be a fresh mango or a fruit salad.
Whatever food choices you make refine the carbohydrates that you eat and reduce your overall carbohydrate intake and you will cure your diabetes

Is fasting good for diabetes type 2?

Is fasting good for diabetics type 2?

Fasting and Lar0n mice?

You may wonder why I’m talking about fasting and Laron mice when the question is “Is fasting good for diabetes type 2?” To understand the answer to this, it is necessary to understand why Laron mice are different from any other common garden mouse. Medical research has been looking at the effect of fasting on mice since the 40s and even in that decade scientists knew that fasted mice lived longer than the control group. You may think there’s nothing surprising there religious fasters tend to be long-lived, and in that you may be right, but the interesting thing is that mice who had their calories severely restricted were often physically stunted. However, mice who were deprived of food, in other words, fasted tended to live twice as long as normal mice. These mice became known as Laron mice and they lived for over four years and you probably don’t know the life expectancy of a mouse, but it’s about two years so in human terms it would be the equivalent dying at the age of 1 75 or so.

What is interesting about these mice above and beyond the fact that they live longer is the fact that they don’t tend to die of a disease. They just die of old age there is no other discernible cause. These mice have been genetically engineered so their bodies can’t use a specific hormone called IGF-1. This is a growth promoting hormone which keeps yourself on the go all the time. Although we all need it as we grow we need less of it as we age. In fact, if we stop growing this hormone tends to accelerate disease. To imagine this, it’s like driving a car flat-out with your foot down right to the floor for weeks with no break. You don’t have regular checkups in the garage and you don’t take time out to change parts. Any vehicle and our bodies are only that would break down eventually.Is fasting good for diabetics type 2?

Prof Volter discovered similar disorders in humans in Ecuador. These people are not the only people to suffer from Laron syndrome in the world to suffer from this, but all of them are of Jewish descent. They grow to a height of about 3 foot six if they do not have the growth hormone IGF-1. injections before puberty. Not everybody in the community has this defect. To investigate what happens as a cellular level in response to IGF-1, the researchers washed cells taken from both the Laron subjects and the rest of the tribe without mutation, with Laron serum.

The cells which were washed in Laron serum had fewer DNA breaks, this would strongly suggest when theIGF-1 was absent there is a protection against oxidation in the cells and it is this oxidation that causes degeneration and disease. The protection disappeared when IGF1 was artificially added to the Laron serum.

Unfortunately, this does not mean that anyone with an IGF-1. deficiency lives to a spectacularly old age. Alcoholism is high in the tribe and also accidents. Those that do live into their 80s perhaps have learned to enjoy life more. They can smoke and eat a high calorie diet and get super obese and still be immune from diabetes and cancer. It will take more time for those people to be persuaded by education to take on a healthy lifestyle and be able to see how long they can actually live for.

There is evidence that periodic fasting seriously makes a difference to both health and Longevity. Fasting also seems to flick a switch on a number of repair genes. This is likely to be because when you embark on a fast your body goes into immediate shock. Your brain sends out frantic signals to say that you are hungry and if you ignore these signals what can the brain do? The body immediately goes into starvation mode, thinking it has to deal with long-term starvation. In the past but we were hunters and gatherers this situation would have happened quite normally and very frequently. The body doesn’t have to do this normally today because there is plenty of food for everyone.

What is interesting is when the body is in repair mode it may occur because body have to decide what is the best way to expend energy. Under normal circumstances we have enough to eat, the body is only interested, in growth, sex and reproducing. When you fast the boy starts a process of autophagy, this means literally “self-eat “. The body breaks down the old cells and replaces them with new ones. This happens frequently naturally no sign your body is older than seven years. However, it is known that certain types of cancer are caused by the failure of the body to regenerate new cells. When a cell is past its sell by date, it is more likely to mutate naturally and cause cancer.

 

Is fasting good for diabetes type 2?

So, in conclusion, fasting is good for most overweight diabetics. That doesn’t mean that embarking on a five-day fast. No fat should be undertaken without medical supervision and tomorrow we will investigate the safe way to fast for diabetics as a way of curing diabetes

Bibliography
Defective Growth Gene in Rare Dwarfism Disorder Stunts Cancer and Diabetes

Growth Hormone Receptor Deficiency Is Associated with a Major Reduction in Pro-Aging Signaling, Cancer, and Diabetes in Humans

Diabetic Romantic Thai Dinner Recipes

Yesterday we examined the preparation of fish and seafood to prepare a diabetic romantic Thai dinner recipe.Thai fish dinners are great for diabetics  because they focus on fresh healthy food simply prepared. I am going to give you two starters a soup and barbecued fish.

 

Thai fish broth with greens

thai fishServes 2

100g brown rice noodles
500ml chicken or fish stock
1 tbsp Thai red curry paste
4 dried or fresh kaffir lime leaves
1 tbsp fish sauce
200g skinless white fish, such as sea bass  or squid
100g raw king prawns
2 pak choi leaves separated
Large handful coriander leaves

Method

Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions. Refresh in cold water and drain well. Boil  the stock in a large saucepan and stir in the curry paste, lime leaves, fish sauce and 250ml cold water. Once it comes to the boil turn the heat down and  simmer gently for five minutes. Cube the   fish into inch cubes and add to the pan. Return to a simmer, then cook for 2 mins uncovered. Stir in the noodles, prawns and pak choi, and simmer for 2-3 mins or until the fish and prawns are just cooked. Serve in bowls scattered with the coriander.

Pla Plo

This has to be the greatest barbecued fish on the planet, you can do it with any white fish such as schnapper, or even small sardines. In Thailand the meal is traditionally dipped in rock salt to stop it from sticking

 

Fish with Mango Sambal – Serve with Kale or spinach or pak choi 

Serves 2

2 white fish steaks such as schnapper or basa.
Marinade
5 Tables[pooms Thai oyster sauce,
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons of  grated fresh ginger
1 fresh red chili, finely chopped (or more if you prefer it very hot)
Sambal

1 ripe  mango
1 Tablespoons of  fish sauce
1 red chili, finely chopped or half a teaspoon of chili flakes
Juice and zest of 1/2  lime juice
2 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
a handful of cherry tomatoes finely diced
1/2 red onion finely chopped
Large handful of fresh coriander

Method

Stir the marinade ingredients together in a bowl and pour over the fish steaks leave at room temperature for at least twenty minutes, but I prefer to do them a few hours before. Dice the mango and all the chopped sambal ingredients. if it’s not sweet enough add a pinch of stevia add more heat if you prefer.

Place the fish on the grill pan and baste with a little of the marinade.Grill the fish  until it is  lightly browned on the outside and the  flesh turns opaque and separates easily. Try to turn the fish only once so that it does not break and then baste with the marinade. Do not overcook or the fish will dry out. Serve with the salsa and some pok choi, or steamed spinach or kale.

 

Diabetic Romantic Thai Dinner Preparation

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In general, the food from Southeast Asia is a lot cleaner than Western food, because it uses fresh natural ingredients and very little processed food. It is possible to have a diabetic romantic Thai dinner, which is incredibly healthy and taste superb. A lot of Thailand is coastal and they serve lot fresh fish, oysters and mussels and other assorted shellfish.

Over the years, I have spoken to lots of people who are put off using fish because they from underneath are all you have to do is it put in the frying pan, wok, grill or whatever when you are cooking it. In addition, any fishmonger will gut, clean, remove the head and scales, and, of course, this is much less time-consuming than doing it yourself.

If you want to do yourself here are the instructions and they are applicable for any fish. All of the innards on fish need to be removed it is quite common to grill sardines and other fish which are about 2 inches long without taking out the innards. However, I prefer to clean and gut all fish and the principle is the same. Never attempt to deal with fish with blunt knives it’s a hard job that way.

Put the fish in your hand with the fish on the side facing upwards make a slit along the inside from behind the head to the lower fin in all cases this will open the stomach cavity, remove the insides and clean out the cavity with cold running water. To determine if you need to scale it consider whether or not you are eating the skin. If you intend just to peel the skin back and remove it there is no point in going through all the work to scale it. However, I like to save my fish with a crisp skin and, therefore, scale it. To scale a fish lay flat on a chopping board and run the back of a paring knife from the tail to the head. If you want the head to stay on the fish and the usual reason for this is it identifies the fish to the diners then leave it if you want to remove it making a cup with a sharp knife just behind the head and go all the way down to the chopping board. Finally cut off the gills and trim the fins with scissors. Try out the fish with paper towels before cooking.

Muscles clams and oysters can be rinsed under running water but be careful to get into the crevices. Sometimes oysters need to be lightly scrubbed. Muscles need to be debearded, if you hold the muscle in your hand you will see that it has hairy bits sticking out in places greatly is very hard with a sharp knife and pull them out. I prefer to soak seafood in saltwater for at least five or six hours so it pumps out all the sand. Many instructions will tell you to discard any shellfish that does not open, but this is said now to be an old-fashioned idea.

It is possible to prepare crabs and lobsters at home, but many people prefer to buy ready cleaned crabmeat partially because it’s a bit of a pain to do it yourself. A lot of people also don’t like to cook live seafood because if you drop them into boiling water there is an escape of air the sound is a bit ghoulish. You can get around this by putting them in cold water and bringing to the boil because they are stunned by becoming slowly unconscious as the temperature increases. Make sure that you have salt in the water.

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To Prepare a live Lobster 

Either, drop the live lobster into a pot of boiling water with added salt or put it into a pot with cold water and added salt and bring to the boil. It is difficult to tell you the exact time of cooking for a lobster because it depends on which of the two methods you choose and also the size of a lobster. As a guide and average time is about 17 minutes, but the lobster is cooked when the shell turns bright red.

Turn the lobster onto its back insert the point of a very sharp paring knife halfway between the tail not severing the tail but with the handle pointing to the tail and the point to the head, first of all, sever the tail and then turn the lobster round and sever the body.
There is a black thread of intestine’s in the tail and you have to remove this. There may be a small sac of sand and grit in the head which may need removing. Everything else on the lobster is edible. To crack the claws use a small toffee hammer or a small hammer.

Do be aware before you embark on dressing a crab that  there are dead men’s fingers inside which are poisonous, they are very clear but just so you know. A lot of fish markets sell crab claw meat still in the claws and these are the easiest and bet ways to utilise crabs. They are generally sold by the pound r kilo, but by weight

To prepare a live crab. 

1 Live crab.

Court Boullion Recipe

2 leeks
2 carrots
1 onion
1 sticks of celery
1 small fennel bulb
2 garlic heads halved
a large sprig each basil, lemon thyme, tarragon and parsley
20g rock salt or pink Himalayan Salt
1 lemon or lime, sliced
1 teaspoon of cider vinegar
2 star anise
300ml dry white wine or cider.

Method

Start by making a flavoured stock called a court bouillon. Roughly chop the vegetables  and put  in a large saucepan or stockpot with the garlic, and herbs.Add the rock, sliced lemon,  vinegar, star anise and wine. Add 3 litres water, bring to the boil and simmer for 30 mins. Cool and strain the liquid into a jug, discarding the vegetables.

Return the liquid to the pot and bring back to the boil. Lower in the crab and simmer for 12 mins per kg, then leave the crab to cool in the pot until cold.

 

To prepare the crab, lay the crab on its back and twist off the front black-tipped claws. These contain most of the white meat. Put the crab on its back with the eyes towards you and, using both hands, push up the six legs. Press your two thumbs either side of the eyes and push away the ‘purse’ (that is the central body part).
On the underside, you will see a circle of grey feathery gills which are  called dead men’s fingers. It is crucial to pull these off and discard. They should not be eaten. Then, using a heavy knife, cut the round purse into four. This exposes the white meat, which can be picked out.
Pull off the knuckles from the claws and pick out the meat with a skewer or small, sharp knife. Place the large claws on a worktop and cover with a clean towel. Smash down with the back of a heavy knife or mallet until the shell cracks. As an alternative method, placing a wooden board on top of the crab, then hitting the board with a large hammer, also works well. Peel off the cracked shell to extract the meat inside. There is a thin blade bone in the centre, which should be discarded – be careful, it is sharp. You can also push the meat out using your thumbs and fingers, checking at the same time for any stray bits of shell.
Pull off the 6 legs. Extracting meat from the legs is fiddly, so unless you really need the meat, save them for a bisque.
To check that there is no shell left in the white crabmeat, sprinkle the crab over a metal tray – you will be able to hear if any shell is left in.
Using a teaspoon, scrape out the brown meat inside the main body shell, both soft and hard. Place in a sieve and rub through into a bowl using the back of a wooden spoon.

The King prawn tails can be bought fresh or frozen on their own like lobsters they should be deveined by cutting along the back and removing the black intestine. Alternatively the whole prawns can be bought and then grilled and then use them whole to the table. The smaller prawns which the Americans call shrimp are sold either fresh or frozen normally because of their size they have been cooked at sea usually there have also been beheaded and shelled.
Squid is available in various sizes, small ones are about 3 inches long was big ones are nearly a foot long. They can be bought in two ways you can purchase just the body sacks which have been cleaned and are ready for cooking or you can buy squid whole with the ink. To prepare fresh squid pull the tentacle head from the body sac which will also pull out the insides. Cut off the tentacles because they can be used but discard the head and the insides. Within the body sac there is a large piece of transparent cartilage which is known as the backbone of the squid remove it by pulling gently. This can be easier done when both are underwater. The body sac is covered by a thin membrane which is a sort of a pinky brown colour, gently insert your knife between the membrane and the sack and it should pull away easily leaving the squid flesh white.

 

Tomorrow we will look at Thai fish recipes, including barbecued seafood, grilled fish with garlic and herbs, steam fish with ginger and wild mushroom and many others.

Why Detoxifying is very Important for Diabetics

Why detoxification is good for diabetics

There are a lot of myths about diabetes and detoxification, about each one individually and also whether it is safe for type 2 diabetics to detoxify. Detoxification does not mean checking into an expensive clinic for rehab, a detox in the diet sense is a temporary eating plan diet plan to cleanse the body of any toxic substances, such as fat in the liver and pancreas, chemicals, pollutants, food additives or pesticides or even just junk food that is very low on nutrients.Detoxifying is very Important for Diabetics so that their systems are not overloaded.

Why detoxification is good for diabetics
You may have been put off the idea of detoxification because you believe that your body can do it quite naturally. The truth here is that no one really knows in today’s world about the long-term effects of the pollutants in our modern day atmosphere. That doesn’t mean that this is an argument for detoxification. I will be putting forward the arguments for and against in this article. I am not trying to persuade you one way or another, but I am trying to give you all the facts so that making your choice will be easier.

Since biblical times fasting has been associated with Saints and the journey towards enlightenment, it heightens the senses, improves memory, increases the attention span and heightens your intellectual capacity. On a practical level both fasting and detoxification helps to temporarily take the strain off any digestive overload in our bodies. Unfortunately, it’s a bit like painting the Forth Bridge in Scotland want to get the end of it you have to start again at the beginning.

The benefits of fasting and detoxification are short lived. It can’t prevent further exposure to excessive fats or pollutants or chemicals or whatever you’re putting in your system but it does offer a level of protection because if it is done regularly it can stop excessive buildup of toxins in the system. It also has other temporary benefits it can make you feel more energetic, kickstart a weight loss regime or it can boost your way through a diet plateau.

There are different detox regimens, some involves fasting and taking in water for days or even weeks, this is not recommended for diabetics at all. Other detoxification diets involves cutting out meat, caffeine and dairy products for several weeks. Some are liquid diets in the form of meal replacements plus a ration of steamed green vegetables a day.

The reality of detoxification is that they involve a certain amount of discomfort and/or deprivation, even though they say they don’t. Some granted are more harsh than others detoxification that include enemas and bathing in Epsom salts, and uses herbal teas as a natural laxative is going to be tougher than going on a liquid replacement diet even though it may have less calories.

The reality is there is little new in detox plans. The only differences how they are sold to you. Do you remember Beyoncé, and her Master cleanse, she needed to lose weight fast for her role in Dreamgirls. The complete diet consisted of drinking 2 Litres each day of filtered water, lemon juice, real maple syrup and cayenne pepper. It also included a certain amount of laxative tea.

Did it work? Of course it did it provided just enough calories in the form of pure sugar i.e. the maple syrup to allow you to function at minimum levels. There is some evidence that cayenne pepper increases your metabolism rate I often add it to green tea.

Why our world is so toxic
Every day our system needs to expel the byproducts digestion and metabolism, dead cells and other waste. In an ideal world this would happen naturally and automatically but unfortunately today we are not living in an ideal world. A few years ago I studied psychology and I became interested in how humans had involved over time unfortunately there is a large amount of depressing evidence that although we have been around the last 40,000 years unfortunately we haven’t advanced all that much. Certainly asking, lymphatic systems, lungs, liver, kidneys and gut haven’t changed.

Although you probably think that our ancestors the hunters and gatherers were malnourished there is a lot of evidence that that’s very far from the truth. The remaining hunter gatherer tribes in Africa in Tanzania and Namibia as well as those in New Guinea and South America will indicate that actually able very healthy, healthier than we were.

Now we have to look at why that is the case because seen that although they have no shops, supermarkets fuel or petroleum products they also will without cholesterol problems, high blood pressure they had no angina no diabetes and no anemia and more incredibly they had no sudden deaths associated with illnesses. That meant that barring accidents they died happy and healthy and old!

In those days there diet would have focused on relatively simple meals composed of 20 to 25% lean protein usually in the form of fish obtain and 75 to 80% fruit and vegetables but the majority of that would have been vegetables and routes rather than fruits. Fruits and sugar in the form of Hollywood have been very rare treats.

 

Why detoxification is good for diabetics Anatomically we are the same inside but we have now introduced masses of synthetic chemicals, cleaners pollutants such as pesticides into our system and environment. Insecticides work in a similar way to know guess and they can attack the nervous system. What is more serious is that they can build up in cows milk, meat cheese and human breast milk. Herbicides can be absorbed right into the plant and simply washing plant does not remove them.

Since the 1950s there’s been a lot of scientists question the use of these additives. Some samples have shown that bread potatoes and milk and at least half of all fruit and vegetables contain some form of contamination well beyond government guidelines. Unfortunately we don’t really know what long-term exposure does to our bodies and also there are others chemical cleaners, food colourings, aerosol vapours, hydrogenated fats and artificial hormones to say nothing of the overuse of antibiotics.

Whether you want to consider the detoxification plans. Tomorrow we will examine these plans and what they offer.