Diabetes – what your physician doesn’t know

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By Dr. Holly

Dr. Holly
Dr. Holly

Physicians are taught that diabetes is caused by weight gain/obesity. Weight gain/obesity causes disruptions in insulin receptor sensitivity and eventually disruption in the capacity of the pancreas (the Beta Langerhans cells) to produce insulin. Unfortunately what they are not taught is that there are a number of other factors involved. Factors involving a variety of systems and organs in the body long before the pancreas and insulin receptors are involved. Unfortunately, if we only deal with the final issues, ie., the insulin receptors and the pancreas…we will never resolve the underlying issues. The client will forever remain on synthetic drugs struggling to manage the symptoms while the underlying issues continue to get gradually worse. For instance, the sugar processing in the gut can deplete the good bacteria or the microbiota in the gut. When the gut microbiota is depleted, bad bacteria start to flourish. Inflammation in the gut can lead to all kinds of other issues throughout the entire body and brain, including diabetes. The gut bacteria have a big impact on fatty acid metabolism; composition of fatty tissue in the liver; hormone regulations like glucagon; regulation of the intestinal membrane and much more. Assuming you don’t have “leaky gut syndrome”, “irritable bowel syndrome”, or a host of other gut inflammatory conditions AND you have a healthy microbiota in the gut…then we look at the liver. The liver is the first internal organ that regulates blood glucose or blood sugar levels. The challenge with the liver is that huge numbers of people have liver issues by the time they are 30, including those who are vegans or vegetarians!! Glutathione levels are usually significantly liver and a variety of non-alcoholic fatty liver syndromes may be present. This impacts on enzymes like transketolase are important in the blood glucose regulation. If we assume that your liver is healthy, then we start looking at the adrenals. The adrenals are also very important in the regulation of blood glucose levels. The adrenals are responsible for the stress response among things. If the body is in stress, whether due to the psyche or the gut, the adrenals jump into action. And of course, as well all know, most people in today’s society are working on adrenaline. But if the adrenals can’t regulate the blood glucose levels effectively because they are in chronic overdrive or have collapsed into hypo activity, then we move on to the pancreas. It is at this point that we start getting insulin insensitivity and then low pancreatic secretions of insulin. This is the point at which MDs jump into action and put people on anti-diabetic medications like metformin and then insulin. BUT…diabetes can be caused from either other issues…how about a respiratory viral infection? Or what about high levels of free fatty acids in the blood…or, or, or.

Did you know that anti-diabetic drugs like metformin can:

• Deplete the body of CoQ10 just like statin drugs; necessary to make cellular fuel

• Depletes the body of Vitamin B12

• Cause acidosis – which can be fatal

• Exacerbate kidney issues

On the other hand, did you know that we have all kinds of herbs that work wonderfully well to:

• Regulate the gut

• Regulate the liver

• Regulate the adrenals

• Regulate the insulin receptors

• Regulate the pancreas

As with so many drugs, Metformin is a manmade synthetic version of a compound found in a herb (Galega offinialis). Various herbs have been found to be up to 400 times more effective than drugs like Metformin. In addition, herbs have also been shown to stimulate the growth of new Beta Langerhans cells in the Pancreas!!! Now, just think for a minute…is it better to take a manmade synthetic drug that depletes the body of vital nutrients in an attempt to mask the symptoms and avoid the underlying issues? Or is it wiser to deal with the underlying issues in a way that supports the body’s ability to heal itself… You answer the question for yourself…

Here’s to your health! For more information, contact: Dr Holly at holly@choicesunlimited.ca Disclaimer: This site is provided for general information only, and is not a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or other health care professional. This site is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of this website. This site is not liable for the contents of any external internet sites listed, nor does it endorse any commercial product or service mentioned or advised on any of such sites. Always consult your own health care practitioner.