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

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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


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.
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)

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


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.


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.

Food Allergies and Diabetes

Food allergies and diabetes

Food allergies and diabetes are really not a great combination. Although food sensitivity can have a variety of symptoms results they very often leave you feeling tired and jaded. Managing diabetes is hard enough without the added complication of food sensitivities. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic condition and food intolerances can trigger inflammation, destruction of cells in the form of an autoimmune disease and insulin resistance can be triggered by food intolerances. What that means in plain English is if you have a food intolerance or a combination food intolerances it may be far harder for you if not impossible to cure your diabetes.

Fortunately, food allergies are very rare they affect less than 1% of the population. Food intolerance of food sensitivity is a milder form of allergy and these effect about 20% of the population. Food intolerance tends also to be to specific groups of products. The main culprits are

Wheat-based bread and cereals and wheat bran products.
Processed bread cakes pastries biscuits and cookies
Dairy products, especially cow’s milk and cow’s milk cheese
Any food containing processed sugar.

Food additives such as monosodium glutinate and tartrazine and yellow additives

Because these intolerances are so common to this types of foods you often get an immediate improvement. The first step is to eliminate the first five group for two weeks. If there is an immediate improvement there is no need to go any further but if you feel better after three weeks it is worth eliminating the next five culprits and they are: –
Tomatoes, peppers and aubergines, and potatoes
Coffee tea chocolate and Coca-Cola
Soybean products
Food allergies and diabetes
If you feel better after two weeks it is worth staying off the first big five group and reintroduce each week one food from the second group. When you reintroduce a food keep a diary and eat that food each day for the next seven days. Make a careful note in the Journal of how they make you feel. It should be fairly clear which food group causes the problem. You have two choices when you find the food group that is problematical for your digestive system. You can eat it in digestible portions for a while and see if that makes a difference, you can cut it out of your diet completely or you can eat it only rarely. Only your system can make that decision because it does depend on how you feel.

Food sensitivities are not always a very simple matter. Leo had an allergy to crab, it was violent and immediate he threw up several times until he had removed all the crab from the system and anything else he had this reaction even if you only had half a teaspoonful of crab. Incredibly when he ate cheese he is fine he can eat crab. Some people report that they can eat eggs on their own or with salad but when served with toast then they cause a problem. So it is important to spend some time and play around with your food intolerances.

A food diary is very important and you should be very diligent about writing down every food and symptoms. This may seem like a waste of time, but eventually you will be able to find a common factor. Remember to check back over the day before as well when consulting your food diary because not all reactions are immediate.

Also, a point to be aware of is the fact that you can have a craving for food that you are allergic to. A classic example here is sugar. You may feel better when you have eaten because it gives your system a temporary high this lift makes you feel better until you crash down and feel exhausted. Sometimes you may even have eaten more sugar in the interim period so you have another high and you’re not aware initially of the lows because your symptoms are being masked by reintroducing the food into your system again. The only thing you can do with this is to avoid the food for seven days and then reintroduce it. Try eating smaller quantities of the food if the body finds it can digest smaller amount it may not cause you any further and aggravation and you can eat small amounts of it rather than cutting it out.

Never be tempted to cut out too many foods at once. There are several reasons for this the more varied diet you eat the less you will be bothered by food intolerance if you have a restricted diet you are more likely to have more symptoms. One of the reasons that this is the if you restrict your diet you will find that you may become intolerant of foods you could previously take

Research conducted at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine found that saturated fats cause immune cells to be active
and then they excrete an inflammatory protein called interleukin-1 Beta. This protein interacts with organs and tissues causing them to resist insulin.

Dr. Philpott noted that certain food allergies caused the body cells to swell (edema) leading to insulin resistance. Edema is a response to inflammation which contributed to diabetic type responses in the body. He and his team observed blood sugar levels of patients before and after meals. When the offending food was removed, the diabetic response vanished in conjunction with the inflammation.The foods that caused the most inflammation were corn, wheat, and dairy products.

food allergies and diabetes Auto-Immune Destruction
In some Type 1 diabetics, auto-immune responses can play a key role in their diabetes. About three-quarters of Type 1 diabetics are allergic to their own pancreatic cells, and these are the cells which are responsible for insulin production. Research conducted in Australia and Italy has found a correlation between cow’s milk and Type 1 diabetes in children. Bovine Serum Albumin is a protein to which some individuals are sensitive to, and the body attacks it. Unfortunately the pancreatic cells responsible for producing insulin look very much like Bovine Serum Albumin leading to both the protein and the pancreatic cells being attacked which limits the amounts of cells and, therefore, the amount of insulin produced. Italian research concluded that children given cow’s milk formula during the first three years of life are 52% more likely to develop Type 1 diabetes.

Insulin resistance can stem from many causes, including food allergies and intolerances. In today’s highly processed, highly chemicalized food systems, the ingesting of certain foods can cause chronic inflammation. This chronic inflammation disrupts normal body processes like insulin production and encourages continued sensitivities creating a vicious cycle.

So in conclusion if you want to cure your diabetes then consider looking at food intolerances first, you may think that diabetes is more life threatening and you are correct. but it is making things hard to do it that way around – deal with the food intolerances and then diabetes.

Food Sensitivity, Allergy or Food Intolerance

How did you feel after breakfast this morning? How did you feel after breakfast yesterday or after lunch? The food that you eat will have a direct influence on how you feel. You may have felt alert or energetic or lethargic or bloated but, however, he felt will have been a result of the food you ate. It may well be that you have Food Sensitivity, Allergy or Food Intolerance.

Food affects the way we feel but it also affects how we function physically and emotionally. It determines how much concentration we have, it determines how happy we are or how bad tempered we are.

To maintain peak performance, it’s necessary to make sure that all the nutrients in our food get from our digestive system and into our bloodstream. That may be stating the obvious but it seems that for a growing number of people this doesn’t happen.

What is an allergy?

An allergy is merely an abnormal response to a normal substance. This can be food or it can be an external substance such as pollen or pet dander. When the substance you are allergic to enters your body your immune system has to react. It produces large quantities of sensitising antibodies which immediately attach themselves to cell membranes. This causes them to erupt and release a number of chemicals and toxins including histamine and leukotrienes. Not surprisingly this causes a great deal of havoc the nasal and sinus cavities block up, the vessels delete there may be sneezing, runny noses, watery eyes, a rash on the skin and muscle spasms. The severity and the type of response depend on the area of the body affected in severe cases it may be accompanied by diarrhoea or vomiting, migraine and restricted breathing.

What are Food allergies?

Food allergies are in fact extremely rare because exposure to the food you are allergic to can have serious and life-threatening consequences. Some of the worst allergies are peanuts or seafood in these cases even the tiniest amounts means that emergency medical treatment is required. Some food additives, strawberries and eggs can trigger some very nasty symptoms.

Large amounts of histamines are produced, very often the throat and tongue swelled up which makes it harder for the oxygen to get to the lungs which often results in chest pain. Blood vessels dilate and fluids are lost from your blood which causes an immediate fall in blood pressure. When the toxins hit the system they usually cause your breathing tubes to go into spasm which causes asthma -like suffocation. The body goes into immediate shock known as anaphylactic shock. It’s usually treated by an immediate shot of adrenaline which opens up the airways and allows the sufferer to breathe. In many cases, people have these allergies carry adrenaline with them at all times. Less threatening reactions to food allergies may be a migraine, asthma, a rash, or vomiting and diarrhoea.

Food intolerances

Food intolerances occur when someone has lost the ability to digest a particular food because of an enzyme deficiency one of the most common examples is lactic intolerance. This occurs when the sufferer does not produce the enzyme lactase which is needed to digest the natural sugar lactose in milk. The best treatment is usually to avoid the particular food product however sometimes when you do not know what you are eating you can have lactase tablets.

Food sensitivities

food sensitivities would appear to be on the increase. Although people say they are allergic to food it is more likely that they are suffering from a food sensitivity because reactions are linked primarily to the digested system. Modern research indicates that the immune system may also be involved even though the symptoms are nowhere near as severe as anaphylactic shock. There are a growing number of allergy specialists who think that weight loss, some forms of arthritis and loss of energy are linked to food sensitivities.

A growing number of allergy specialists think that food sensitivity is not an allergy but indigestion and if you eat food indigestible quantities you are not likely to get the reaction. If this theory is correct and there are a lot of people who think they have food sensitivities but they don’t.

It is unlikely that food sensitivity has only one trigger some of the possible triggers are listed below.

Restricted diet

an imbalance of good bacteria in your gut

insufficient digestive enzymes

an acid-alkali balance

leaky gut syndrome

low immunity

an inability to diagnosis protein fully

over exposure to potential allergens

too few vitamins and minerals

intestinal parasites

weaning too early.

It makes sense that if you have a restricted diet with very little variety then it is possible that you are not getting enough vitamins minerals and other route nutrients to help in the manufacture of enzymes and natural antihistamines. In many cases, too much dairy or wheat-based products can cause this.

Alkalising vegetables and fruit are very important for strengthening the immune system to resist allergens and there’s plenty of medical evidence to indicate that by increasing the amount of these foods will reduce adverse reactions to foods. Acid forming foods such as meat and alcohol are far more difficult for the body to do digest and this in itself increases the risk partially digested proteins going into the bloodstream, in general, improving digestion, healing a leaky gut and boosting immunity are three very important ways to relieve symptoms. Diabetics have enough to cope with without having to deal with food allergies as well. A properly nourished person with a strong immunity should be well able to deal with potential allergens, but if you have a very stressful life or you miss meals you’re not digesting proteins properly or not getting enough sleep then you are more likely to suffer from food intolerances and someone who takes care of themselves.

Tomorrow we will discuss and investigate how to find the answers to food allergies