Let's first define Diabetes, "What is diabetes? Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to build up in your blood. This is why many people refer to diabetes as “sugar.” Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States." What is diabetes (cdc.gov)
What causes diabetes is an excess of glucose in the bloodstream. When we have an abundance of sugar the pancreas releases insulin to drive it into the cells, the cells hit a point where they are overloaded with glucose and become insulin resistant. The glucose then is turned into fat and builds in the bloodstream and on other organs. This doesn't mean you have to be overweight to be diabetic. However, we need to help the body regulate how it is managing the sugar we do not want excess sugar floating around in the bloodstream or building on organs.
Sugar is hard, as I have posted before, as it is in everything and your body converts a lot of your carbohydrates into glucose. Sugar can stunt your immune system, cause inflammation and feed bad bacteria. It can also clog your liver often we see more nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and this is coming from an abundance of sugar. The sugar is turned into fat and then clogs the pores which inhibit the liver from filter blood, managing hormones, releasing bile that helps us to break down our good fatty acids.
If you find that you get shakey after sugar or have issues if you do not eat often due to blood sugar dropping, these are signs you may want to get a handle on blood sugar. High blood sugar is usually also a sign of not breaking down your fats. If you do not break down fat and digest it well this is usually a good sign of not getting in vitamin A, D, E, and K, which is needed for skin bones, eyes, and immune.
You will want to support your liver to decongest which choline plays a large role in helping open pours back up you can also use Antronex which helps to open pores of the liver. Milk Thistle is a helpful one for building bile, the liver is also a good food to support giving amino acids to rebuild the liver. Changing habits of high sugar and carb to lower carb/sugar is helpful to reduce the load. You also will want to nutritionally support your Pancrease by taking enzymes that support the pancreas, lowering sugar stops the constant need for insulin from the pancreas. It is helpful also to work on the bacteria in the gut as candida can have you craving sugar. High demand for energy will also make you crave sugar, this is when you need to be eating proteins and high-fat meals helping to slow digestion down and keeping you fueled. If you start your day with proteins and fats it can help keep the craving for sugar down. Eating healthy fat, protein, or fiber helps slow the intake of sugar. If eating high fat is hard for you, you may need enzymes or even a bile salt, such as cholacol. Sometimes even increasing the acidity in the stomach with Zypan or Apple cider vinegar helps to support the liver/gallbladder to push out the bile to break down the fat, and pancreas to push out enzymes.
If you need more help to assess your nutritional needs feel free to set up a Scan or a nutrition consult where we can discuss how to support you nutritionally.