Dr Simone Baum

Type II Diabetes

In NIDDM, insulin levels increase because the body's cells are not responding to it. Insulin is responsible for bringing glucose, the body's energy source, into cells. As the body is not responding to insulin, the glucose remains in the blood stream and the body is starved for energy.

High blood sugar increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, cancer, diabetic retinopathy, foot ulcers and loss of nerve function.

NIDDM is linked to the Western diet (high intake of sugar, fat and animal products and low intake of dietary fiber) and obesity. There is now shocking evidence of childhood NIDDM due to obesity and the sedentary lifestyle of today's children.

Other etiologies are chromium deficiency, uremia, prenatal malnutrition especially maternal hyperglycemia.

Conventional Treatments: Oral Hypoglycemics and Insulin
1. Oral Hypoglycemics have many side effects including: allergic reactions, headaches, fatigue, indigestion, nausea, vomiting and liver damage. They also lose effectiveness over long term.
2. Insulin is generally used in severe causes as a last resort. But the question that arises is, why give more insulin when the body is already producing too much insulin? Why not work on making the body's cells more sensitive to insulin?

Naturopathic Treatments:
1. Eat a diet focused on complex-carbohydrates, high fiber and low fat. All simple, processed concentrated carbohydrates should be avoided to stabilize blood sugar levels.

2. Regular exercise is vital in the maintenance and management of NIDDM. Exercise enhances insulin sensitivity, improves glucose tolerance, decreases total serum cholesterol and triglycerides, increases HDL levels and improves weight loss.

3. Supplement with Chromium as it is part of the glucose tolerance factor which is vital for proper blood sugar control.

4. B6 and B12 protect against diabetic nerve abnormalities.

5. Vitamin E and C are important in protecting the cardiovascular damage caused by high blood sugar.

6. New evidence has found that Cinnamon decreases blood sugar levels and is very effective in NIDDM.

7. Momordica charantia (Bittermelon) is traditionally used in Asia, Africa and South America to decrease blood sugar levels. It is very effective and when injected has demonstrated benefits equal too or better than insulin in Type1 Diabetes.

8. Trigonella foenumgraecum (Fenugreek seeds) decreases glucose, insulin, total cholesterol and triglycerides and increases HDL, the good cholesterol.

Treatment Examples
Naturopathic Treatments are individual and unique for each person. The below examples are samples of Naturopathic approaches but are not tailored or exhaustive treatments. No doses will be given.

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