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1st September 2012, 12:45 PM
So, what is diabetes? A little explanation of cellular physiology is in order here. The cells in our bodies use carbohydrate for energy. This carbohydrate is usually provided to the cells in the form of glucose. When we consume a meal, it is broken down in our digestive system. The nutrients, including glucose, are absorbed and carried in the bloodstream throughout the body to feed each cell. But our individual cells are locked up tight and do not freely allow molecules to pass in and out of them. Their cellular environments must be tightly controlled or they would die. Therefore we need something to act as a key to open the door to our cells so that they can eat the glucose that has been delivered to them. That’s where insulin comes in. Insulin is a hormone made in specialized cells of the pancreas called the beta cells of the Islets of Langerhans. Insulin acts like a key, or a gatekeeper opening the locks to the cells, and assists glucose to enter the cells so that our cells can eat. Diabetes is a lack or absence of insulin or it is an inability to use the insulin that is produced. For various reasons, the body either stops producing insulin, or our cells no longer recognize the insulin and the insulin key no longer fits the locks of the cells. In either case, we find that the level of glucose builds up to very high levels in the blood, a condition referred to as hyperglycemia, while at the same time our cells are literally starving.
If you can, paint a picture in your mind of a person sitting at a dinner table surrounded by food. Imagine that there is a gourmet meal prepared before this person. There is a wonderful salad, fresh whole-grain dinner rolls, stuffed pheasant hens, asparagus with a light cream sauce, and a decadent dessert of choice waiting for this person. However, for some reason, the person can not eat. The food is right there before them, but they can not open their mouths and eat it. Hunger consumes the person but there is nothing that they can do about it. This is what diabetes is like. There is plenty of food in the blood, however, the person can not utilize the nourishment provided for them.


In order to properly discuss diabetes, we must differentiate the types of diabetes. There are actually four types of diabetes. A brief explanation of each is given below:
1. Juvenile or Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM). Generally patients who suffer this disorder are diagnosed as children. The cells which produce insulin in the pancreas, the beta cells in the Islets of Langerhans, are somehow destroyed. Theories on the cause of this destruction
vary, but include an autoimmune (where the immune system of the body actually attacks the pancreas believing that the pancreas itself is an infection) reaction to an insult such as viral infection, chemical injury or unknown toxin. This is the most serious form of the disease, and complications can rapidly threaten one’s life.
2. Adult or Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM). This is by far the most common form of DM, and is characterized by an impairment in the secretion of insulin. Eventually the amount of insulin secreted by the pancreas is insufficient to meet the needs of the body, and levels of blood sugar elevate. Other factors include a resistance to insulin at the cellular level. Insulin attaches to specific receptors (key holes) in cells. When resistance develops there can be a decrease in the absolute number of insulin receptors. In this event the actual amount of insulin in
the blood stream is higher than normal, however, it is ineffective and the patient still becomes hyperglycemic.
3. Gestational Diabetes. This is a hyperglycemic state which sometimes occurs during pregnancy. Very little is known about the cause of this form of diabetes, however, 50% of women who suffer from this disorder eventually develop Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus later in life. Because of this close association with the later development of NIDDM, causes and treatments in this work will consider Gestational Diabetes and NIDDM as the same problem. Complications from this disorder are different from other diabetes. The unborn child becomes the primary focus
of attention of physicians and unfortunately, the disease. Children born of diabetic mothers have a grossly increased frequency of birth defects. Their mothers suffer more often from toxemia of pregnancy, or very high blood pressure which can compromise the circulation to the unborn child (a cause for immediate delivery of the child). Children born of diabetic mothers are generally much larger than children born of mothers with normal blood sugar. This increase in size creates numerous problems upon delivery. Often the child is just too large to pass through the birth canal and emergency cesarean section is necessary.
4. Diabetes secondary to other causes. This can be caused by disorders such as tumors of the pancreas, infections of the pancreas and can occur as a reaction to some drugs. In these cases, the diabetic state is usually of a less concern than the problem that caused it.

As well, physicians look for what is referred to as the classic triad of symptoms of diabetes which include: polyuria, which is frequent urination; polydipsia, or frequent thirst; and polyphagia, or increased hunger (generally only associated with Type I DM).
Once again, it will be important to differentiate Insulin and Non-Insulin Dependant Diabetes Mellitus. Research on the causes of IDDM is seriously lacking, however, there is some evidence which points to some nutritional and environmental factors. As was mentioned, IDDM is characterized by destruction of the beta cells of the Islet of Langerhans in the pancreas. But what causes this destruction? There has also been shown to be a correlation between the consumption of whole cow’s milk and IDDM. Perhaps the strongest theories surround a viral origin of the beta cell destruction. A brief explanation of virology is necessary here. Viruses can not live outside of a “host” cell, while bacteria can live on the kitchen counter for several hours, and many can even flourish. Viruses depend on a host cell for all its needs. A virus will enter a host cell and live on the host cell’s food sources. The virus will use the host cells different organisms to reproduce itself over and over again until the host cell becomes so full of the virus that the cell wall blows up, thus killing the host cell and releasing millions of other viruses who now need to find a host cell of their own. We have all suffered from the common cold. This is a virus which likes to live in the respiratory tract. It will not live in the stomach, it will not live in the liver, it will not live in the pancreas. Research has suggested that there is a viral element to IDDM, which can destroy the beta cells.

Deficiencies in several nutrients have been shown to increase the incidence of diabetes, and scientific research has demonstrated that supplementation with the specific nutrients described below can greatly improve the diabetic’s condition. In fact, evidence is mounting that supplementation with the antioxidant group of vitamins, combined with yeast-chromium, magnesium, zinc, pyridoxine and gammalinolenic acids actually improve glucose tolerance, stimulate immune defenses, promote wound healing, while reducing the relative risks from the complications of diabetes.38

BENFOTIAMINE (Health Masters’ B Complex) is a fat-soluble form of vitamin B1 (thiamine) and is the most effective metabolic precursor of active thiamine, or vitamin B1, available. It also supports healthy blood sugar metabolism. Thiamine is water-soluble, which makes it less available to the interior of the cell. The difference here is that benfotiamine can easily penetrate into the inside of cells and is more bioavailable than the water-soluble thiamine.
CINNAMON (Health Masters' Cinnamon Extract Fuel Burner) adds a 'supercharged' extract of 100% safe and effective therapeutic blend of cinnamon and other powerhouse nutrients to reduce blood glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. Cinnamon has long been recognized for it's ability to help the body's conversion of sugar (glucose) into energy. Studies show including cinnamon in the diet of type 2 diabetics will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

BIOTIN (Health Masters' Ultimate Multiple Vitamin) Biotin is one of the lesser known B vitamins. It is normally found in meats, dairy products and whole grain cereals. It is not on the Food and Drug Administration’s US Recommended Daily Allowance (U.S.RDA) list, however it is a vital micronutrient. Biotin is not normally supplemented by most over the counter vitamins or by food replacements for dieters of people who are too ill to eat for themselves. The Journal of Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition reported that hospital patients receiving intravenous (IV) feedings without biotin suffered a variety of symptoms including depression, nausea and lethargy. Supplementation with 300 micrograms of biotin relieved symptoms in only 5 days.39 The Annals of the New York Academy of Science reported a study where patients with Insulin-Dependant Diabetes Mellitus were taken off their insulin therapy and given either 16 milligrams of biotin or a placebo for one week. The results were very encouraging. The fasting blood glucose levels of the placebo group rose dramatically, as would be expected with a person who has diabetes. But the group who received the biotin therapy actually had their blood glucose levels FALL significantly.

VITAMIN C (Health Masters' Excellent C) Experimental studies have shown that diabetic patients excrete more ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in their urine than do non-diabetics.40 This is also associated with the increase in atherosclerosis in diabetic patients.41 Diabetic patients receiving 500 mg vitamin C supplementation twice daily demonstrated improved glucose tolerance tests IN JUST TEN DAYS!!! Supplementation has also shown to reduce serum cholesterol and triglycerides. As little as 500 mg daily can have dramatic effects. In one study patients received 500 mg vitamin C for one year. After that time the patients experienced AT LEAST 40% reduction in serum cholesterol and a significant reduction in triglycerides.

NIACIN (Health Masters' Vascular Relaxant) Niacin is one of the elements in the energy transfer system of the body. Niacin is involved in the body’s utilization of glucose, the body’s tolerance of glucose. Thus a deficiency of niacin will interfere with the utilization of glucose and energy production.

VITAMIN E (Health Masters' Vitamin E) Studies have shown that vitamin E may reduce the insulin requirement of diabetics dramatically. Further, diabetics on insulin therapy should begin vitamin E therapy with 100 I.U. daily, monitor their blood glucose levels AT LEAST four times a day, and do so only with the cooperation of a qualified medical person.

Diabetic patients have an increased requirement for vitamin E, as well, deficiencies of vitamin E may promote the cellular and vascular damage associated with diabetes (as well as other conditions).46,47 Supplementation has proven very beneficial. Numerous studies have shown that supplementation with vitamin E often improves the diabetic’s condition as well as reduce the complications of the disease, especially those associated with the vascular system and skin ulcers. In a case reported in Clinical Medicine, a diabetic patient with a large, yellow ulcerating lesion on the leg was administered 150 mg vitamin E through injection twice a week, and 100 mg orally three times a day. In just TWO WEEKS the ulcers were closed and normal skin formation began.!!! A second report in the same journal discussed a woman who had suffered three lesions on her leg for over one year. This woman was given the same treatment, however, her results were not as rapid as the first. This time it took THREE WEEKS for the ulcers to heal!

CHROMIUM (Chromium Picoinate) Chromium was discussed briefly above, and has been demonstrated to improve glucose tolerance. Chromium is available in a variety of sources, however, the best results have been found from brewer’s yeast with chromium.

COPPER Copper is one of the micronutrients we hear very little of. A micronutrient is a vitamin or mineral which the body needs very small amounts to suffice its needs, and too much will actually be toxic to the body. Generally the body’s needs are met through diet. However, deficiencies in copper is associated with glucose intolerance. Excess intake of micronutrients can be toxic, therefore, supplementation should be limited to 2 mg daily, or equivalent to the
US FDA Recommended Daily Allowance.

MANGANESE (Health Masters' Ultimate Multiple Vitamin) It has been clinically demonstrated that manganese levels in diabetics are one half that of normal, healthy individuals.50 In animal studies, guinea pigs fed a diet deficient in manganese became hyperglycemic. Even more alarming is the fact that the offspring of these guinea pigs were born with abnormalities of the pancreas. In one study of manganese supplementation, a 21 year old insulin dependant diabetic was given 3-5 mg manganese daily. His
results were dramatic, experiencing a consistent fall in blood glucose levels, often actually becoming severely hypoglycemic. Others in the study did not have such dramatic results, suggesting that results are dependant on individual manganese levels.

PHOSPHORUS (Health Masters' GHI Cleanse) Deficiencies of phosphorus have been demonstrated to impair the ability of insulin to regulate blood glucose. Phosphorus deficiencies are also associated with some of the vascular complications of diabetes. A substance called 2,3-diphosphoglycerate is a molecule found in our blood which regulates the way oxygen is released from the red blood cells to the cells for normal gas exchange. As the name implies, phosphate is the main component of this molecule, and shortages of phosphate in the system will lead to imbalances, which can lead to problems including poor oxygenation of tissues which is associated with diabetic foot ulcers and other vascular abnormalities. Supplementation with 2 grams, 3 times a day has demonstrated improvement with the oxygen carrying capacity of the red blood cells, and patients receiving this treatment felt less tired. As well, control of their blood glucose levels vastly improved. Further, after two years of supplementation, the patients in this study showed no evidence of adverse effects from the large dose of phosphorus supplementation.

POTASSIUM (Health Masters' GHI Cleanse) Potassium deficiency has been clinically shown to cause a decrease in insulin levels and increases in the resistance of the insulin receptors. Supplementation of potassium was associated with significantly higher insulin levels and improvement of glucose utilization.

ZINC (Health Masters' Zinc Glycinate) Diabetics tend to hyperexcrete zinc through their urine, even when kidney function is normal according to laboratory tests. Further, the degree of excretion of zinc is correlated with level of glucose in the urine. In clinical tests, non-diabetic subjects were alternately fed a diet with insufficient zinc, then a diet with zinc supplementation. What was interesting is that the levels of zinc in the blood stream remained fairly constant, regardless of the amount of zinc in
the diet. However, when the subjects were on the low zinc diet, their blood glucose significantly increased, as well as the amount of fats in the blood (which could later be laid down in the arterial walls).

COENZYME Q10 (Health Masters' CoQ10 Max) Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), also known as ubiquinone is a little known nutrient. It is an essential component of the mitochondria, or the organelle which produces cellular energy. CoQ10 can be synthesized in the body, but deficiencies have been reported. In observational studies, diabetic patients tend to have deficiencies in CoQ10 almost ten times as often as non-diabetics. In fact, as many as 20% of diabetics receiving oral hypoglycemic drugs were deficient. (This can have severe cardiovascular effects. See the Feb 95 issue of EDBH!) Supplementation has proven quite beneficial for all diabetics. A group of 39 diabetics were given supplementation for a trial ranging from 2 to 39 weeks. The results were astounding, with many experiencing as much as a 30% drop in fasting blood sugar.

Dr Ted