Diabetes – What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You

| January 3, 2012 | Comments (6)

Anybody can suffer from diabetes, and if you do, you don’t need me to tell you how difficult it can make your life. You certainly don’t need to hear, as some recent reports in the media imply, that you have only yourself to blame, through being fat and lazy. Such a simplistic viewpoint is not only offensive, it is also inaccurate. Around 20 per cent of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are normal weight or underweight.

On this page you’ll find out about causes, symptoms and risk-factors – plus 6 simple things you should do right now…

What Is Diabetes?

The illness that is technically known as diabetes mellitus (“sugar diabetes”, as distinct from diabetes insipidus, a disorder of the pituitary gland) is divided into two types:

Type 1 diabetes, also called insulin-dependent diabetes, is usually first diagnosed in children or young adults. It is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Blood sugar levels are managed through injectable insulin and other medicines, wise food choices and physical activity.

Type 2 diabetes, is a metabolic condition that usually begins with insulin resistance, in which the body cells become unable to use insulin properly. This puts pressure on the pancreas to produce more insulin, but in time it becomes “exhausted” and loses this ability. Type 2 diabetes can be diagnosed at any age. Treatment includes anti-diabetic medicines, as well as wise food choices and physical activity.

Risk Factors for Diabetes

As mentioned earlier poor diet and lack of exercise are the main risk factors. But here’s a more comprehensive list of considerations for you to assess your risk:

  • Are you overweight by more than 20%?
  • Do you take little, frequent exercise?
  • Do you have a relative with diabetes (parents or siblings)?
  • Do you belong to one of the following ethnic groups: African American, Native American, Latin American, Asian American, Pacific Islander ?
  • Do you have “Impaired Fasting Glucose” (IFG) or “Impaired Glucose Tolerance” (IGF) on previous blood tests.
  • Do you have high Triglycerides (blood fats)?
  • Do you have the right balance of cholesterol?
  • Do you have a history of high blood pressure?

The question that is increasingly being asked is “are there cheaper and equally effective alternatives to medication?” My weekly posts will reveal how there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your reliance on these drugs, some of which have unpleasant or even dangerous side effects.

However, it’s important to point out that every person’s diabetes is different and you should never stop taking any medication without discussing your own situation with your doctor.

Plus, I’ll be bringing you regular updates on the very latest cutting-edge natural breakthroughs and safe alternatives that can help bring your blood sugar levels down and transform your health. But in the meantime, here’s some  positive things you can do right now…

Six Simple Things you Can Do Today

  • Avoid processed foods, especially meat products such as bacon, sausages, burgers, and ‘ready meals’.
  • Avoid high fructose corn-syrup, which is added to many food products.
  • If you have been prescribed statins to lower your cholesterol, these may be causing high blood sugar (hyperglycaemia) which is being mistaken for genuine diabetes. Check with your doctor whether this is the case.
  •  Boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids.  Find out more here…
  • Take regular daily amounts of Vitamin E and Vitamin D3 supplements
  • Take regular exercise….even if you don’t consider yourself overweight or obese, you need to take regular exercise. Remember! Thin people get diabetes, too!

Wishing you the best of health,

Martin Hum PhD DHD
Nutritionist
for Real Diabetes Truth

Nutritionist Martin Hum


Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone’s personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.


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Sources:

1. Diabetes in the UK 2010: key statistics on diabetes. Diabetes UK, March 2010.

2. Prescribing for Diabetes in England 2005/06 to 2010/11. The Health and Social Care Information Centre, August 2011.


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  1. Eils says:

    I have just been told I have Diabetes 2. I am at a loss as to how. I am well over weight this last 3 years due to stop smoking, my Doctor said it would pass but has not. I had a craving for chocolate this last year but as I suffer with acne I have never eaten a lot of sweet stuff or chocolate, I don’t like sweet things. I don’t use any fat but have eaten quite a lot of bacon, sausage, and hams. I have always been quite slim apart from the last 3 years, I also am not as mobile as I used to be due to back injury when hospital stretched me to far on traction machine, I also have Arthritus all over, what one thing have I done wrong to get Diabetes 2 and is it ok for me to continue on Atkins Diet as I am starting to loose weight on it. X

  2. carefix says:

    One thing your doctor will definitely not tell you is that both insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes proper are caused by trans-fats – and nothing else. The particular trans fats that cause diabetes are found in vegetable oils which have been passed through a hydrogenation plant with or without the hydrogen turned on. These days in the UK the hydrogen is mostly switched off as this makes the oils more dangerous. It is generally true that most unsaturated fats are actually trans fats.

    Insulin resistance (as defined above) is entirely curable if you switch to oils which you are absolutely certain do not contain the trans isomer form. This used to mean “cold-pressed” oils but even some of these are being passed through hydrogenation plants now so it is safest to east a mixture of sunflower seeds and linseeds, about 0.5 kg 0.2kg per month as a minimum. Extra-virgin olive oil and some animal fats are safe too. Curing insulin resistance will result in dramatic weight loss for the obese.

    The switch to natural oils can also cure type two diabetes but only in a limited number of cases. You have to have the right genes. As a rule of thumb the later in life you are diagnosed and the fatter you are the more likely you are to be a genetically curable type. Typically it is only 15% (UK) who are curable.

    Do not be deceived by the drug companies and consultants into eating rapeseed, sunflower and corn oils. They will make you sicker and themselves richer.

  3. I am type 2 diabetic, using a weels chair because my legs has been affected avoiding me to walk, I am using medication for it and try to follow good use of allowed meals,and will like if there some way to have a best way to improve it and have a better life.

  4. I believe avoiding prepared foods could be the first
    step to help lose weight. They will taste great, but ready-made foods have got very little vitamins and minerals, making you take more in order to have enough electricity to
    get throughout the day. For anyone who is constantly feeding on
    these foods, changing to whole grains and other complex
    carbohydrates will assist you to have more vitality while feeding on less.
    Great blog post.

  5. Thanks for finally writing about > Diabetes – What Your Doctor Won

  6. yasmin says:

    this site was really helpful. i think i have diabetes and now i think i will finally book that dreaded appointment with my docter because of how thourough this website was. thank you

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