Diabetes Mellitus (DM) or “sugar diabetes” actually refers to two different conditions.
The Two Types of DM
Type I DM (“juvenile diabetes”) usually begins in childhood and is marked by weight loss or failure to gain normal weight, severe thirst and frequent urination. Patients are also prone to infections.
Type I patients have damage to the part of the pancreas that produces the hormone insulin. Insulin controls blood sugar by permitting the sugar to pass from the bloodstream into the cells. Since Type I patients can’t produce insulin, the blood sugar rises dramatically but the sugar can’t get into the cell. The cells are literally “starving”.
Although the cause of Type I DM is considered “unknown” by mainstream medicine, recent research indicates a link between the disease and Type I DM patients who began ingesting cows milk at an early age.
Lifestyle measures and supplements can also help stabilize the blood sugar and prevent some of the complications of the disease.
Type II DM (“adult onset diabetes”) usually begins in adulthood. Although there is often a hereditary predisposition, this disorder is almost entirely a disease of lifestyle.
The primary causal factors include lack of exercise and diets high in refined carbohydrates and sugar (bread, cookies, cakes, pasta, soda, etc.) These two factors can lead, initially, to high insulin levels and then to the “metabolic syndrome” or “pre-diabetes” and, eventually, full-blown DM.
The lifestyle choices previously mentioned have become so prevalent in our country that the incidence of Type II DM has tripled in the past 20 years. Even obese young children have become victims of the disease.
But here’s some good news. Because Type II DM is lifestyle disorder, simply improving lifestyle can prevent just about 100% of these cases and can even “cure” the majority of patients with this illness.
A multidisciplinary-treatment approach including diet, supplements, proper exercise and stress management has proven to be highly effective.