This an Up-Date on Me ....
I was recently told I have type 2 diabetes.
It was something I never thought I would ever face.Shock!!!!!
I was told mine is heriditary, and so now you understand why the doctors go slowly with my heart condition.
Well, at least I have all answers now and understand why no operations are planned right away.
Until I am threatened with death I will not be a priority.
So at least I can see it all clearly now....But more medications NO.
Then I got angry and wanted more answers.
I have gone on line to help myself and anyone else who is in my same postion.
I have accept some medication ones that are necessary for my condition.
But i dont really want medications I would rather have natural sources So....
My Search Results:
The Diabetes Epidemic Worldwide:
The “silent epidemic” or KILLER!
Diabetes has correctly been labeled as the “silent epidemic” – its non-dramatic, insidious and chronic nature often masks the menace inflicted by the disease through death, incapacitation, and negative impact on quality of life of patients as they spend years coping with their life-changing affliction.
The World Health Organization is one of several organizations that monitor the worldwide patterns in diabetes. Some of the salient points extracted from recent reports on the state of diabetes clearly highlight the life-threatening nature o the disease and its alarming rise in frequency:
1 Worldwide 3.2 million diabetes-related deaths are reported annually, a number equivalent to that of
2 One in every 20 deaths is attributed to diabetes equating to 8,700 deaths per day, or 6 deaths every minute.
3 In the age group of 35-64 years, 1 out of 10 deaths are attributed to diabetes, a ratio that increases to 1 out
of 4 in certain vulnerable populations.
4 Diabetes contributes significantly to premature adult mortality – out of all deaths of diabetic people under
the age of 35, three-fourths are attributable directly to the disease.
5 Based on 2005 figures, at least 171 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is expected to
double by the year 2030.
6 The condition is worse in developing countries, where the number of people afflicted by the disease are
expected to increase by 150% by the year 2030.
Why is there an increasing trend in the incidence of diabetes?
In the past, most diabetics were known to have a genetic tendency towards the disease. However, that trend has rapidly given way in the past few decades to other causes, at least from a statistical perspective. These genetically-independent trends that explain the growth in the incidence of diabetes can be summarized as follows: (a) overall growth in population, (b) increased life expectancy resulting in a higher ratio of aged population more prone to diabetes, (c) increasing obesity trends, (d) unhealthy diets and (e) sedentary lifestyles.
In other words, diabetes has increasingly become a lifestyle-related disease as it afflicts young and old, in developed and developing nations, around the world. As the number of patients grows across the globe, there has never been a stronger and more urgent need for therapeutic measures that arrest the growth of the disease and alleviate its secondary manifestations.
So What is Type 2 Diabetes?
In a word Sugar not processed correctly inside our bodies, in the form of glucose,and is the main source of fuel for our bodies cells. The hormone insulin allows glucose in blood to enter cells. In type 2 diabetes, either the body doesn't produce enough insulin or cells are resistant to effects of insulin.
As a result, glucose builds up in the blood instead of entering cells, which causes cells to be deprived of energy. If high glucose levels in the blood persist, it may damage the eyes, heart, kidneys, or nerves.
Natural Remedies for Type 2 Diabetes
There are some natural treatments that are being explored for type 2 diabetes. If you are interested in trying a natural treatment in addition to standard treatment, be sure do so only under the close supervision of a qualified health professional. If diabetes is not properly controlled, the consequences can be life-threatening.
Also inform your physician about any herbs, supplements, or natural treatments you are using, because some may interact with the medications you are taking and result in hypoglycemia unless properly coordinated. Consider keeping track of your herbs, vitamins, and supplements with the Supplement Diary and giving your doctor a copy.
Why Keep Supplement Diary:
This supplement diary can help you keep track of the herbs and supplements you're taking. Make a photocopy for your doctor and other health care providers so they have this information in your chart. Keeping them up-to-date with this supplement diary can help prevent drug interactions and potentially harmful reactions.
What You Need for Your Supplement Diary :
You will need to have all of your herb, supplement, vitamin, and mineral bottles on a table in front of you.
You will also need a printer and paper. I have designed the supplement diary page you need, which you will find on the last page of this article. There is room for four supplements per page--you may need to print several copies, depending on how many supplements you are taking.
1 The first step is to write down the product name and brand name of the supplement on the first line, "Name (including brand)".
For example, the product name on the label of fish oil simply says "Fish Oil". So you would write this down.
The brand name is "Spectrum Essentials". Write this down next to the product name "Fish Oil".
If the company lists a website name on the bottle, write that down as well. Your health care provider may have additional questions after looking at your supplement diary, and knowing the website can help him or her find information quickly.
2 On the "Used For" line of the supplement diary, write down why you are taking the herb or supplement.
Is it for high blood pressure? Acne? PMS? For general health? Whatever the reason, note why you are taking the supplement on this line.
3 Most of the Ingredients information can be found in the "Supplement Facts" box on the label.
Write down what constitutes a serving size. In this example, one serving size is 2 softgels. So I would write down "Serving size=2 softgels"
The information in the "Supplement Facts" box is the amount per serving, not per capsule.
Now list all the ingredients and the amount per serving. You do not have to include the % Daily Value, which is also listed on the label.
If the list of ingredients is long, feel free to write outside the lines on the blank space. You will need more room for multivitamins.
4 Now that you have listed the all the ingredients, you need to record how much you are taking.
Is it two capsules two times a day? Or are you taking one capsule three times a day? If it is a liquid supplement, are you taking one tablespoon once a day? Or do you take the supplement occasionally as needed?
5 So how long have you been taking it?
When did you start taking this supplement?
Did you start in January of last year, or has it only been a week?
You may not be able to remember specific dates (another reason why a supplement diary is necessary), but please try to be as precise as you can.
6 Are you aware of the potential side effects? Are there other safety concerns from taking this supplement? Can this supplement make you drowsy, or can it cause indigestion?
It will be helpful for you to record this information in your supplement diary, so if you experience any new symptoms or complaints after you begin a supplement, you can trace it back to the source.
If you don't know this information, you can check the Herbs and Supplements section of this website. But remember to talk to your doctor about any ingredient or product you would like to take.
7 Who Recommended It? Did you start taking the supplement after consulting with a osteopathic or naturopathic doctor?
A herbalist? An acupuncturist? Your medical doctor?
A rheumatologist? Did you read about it online? Did a friend rave about it?
Or did the salesperson at your local health food store or drugstore pharmacy suggest that you take it?
This information is really helpful for your health care providers. People at the health food store don't have your complete health history, so shoppers often end up with supplements that aren't appropriate for them.
Always include as much as you can here for your doctor.
7 You can record any additional notes or informational instructions here as you can, about the product that reccomended to you. Or write down with any other information you might think is relevant.
8 Now you are ready to start keeping your own supplement diary.
Ginseng Facts & Science
The Science Behind the Effects of Ginseng
Although research on Panax ginseng is fairly limited, there's some evidence that the herb may offer certain health benefits. Here's a look at several key study findings:
1) Panax Ginseng and Mental Ability
Panax ginseng may improve cognitive performance during prolonged periods of mental activity, according to a 2005 study from the Journal of Psychopharmacology. In a clinical trial involving 30 healthy young adults, researchers found that those given Panax ginseng were less likely to experience mental fatigue while taking a test (compared to those given a placebo).
In addition, a 2000 study in Psychopharmacology showed that a combination of Panax ginseng and ginkgo biloba may help enhance memory in healthy middle-aged adults.
2) Panax Ginseng and Diabetes
A small 2008 study from Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases showed that Panax ginseng may aid in diabetes management. The study involved 19 people with well-controlled type 2 diabetes. Compared to those given a placebo for 12 weeks, study members who took Panax ginseng supplements for the same time period experienced greater improvements in blood sugar control.
3) Panax Ginseng and Erectile Dysfunction
Panax ginseng appears to be effective in the treatment of erectile dysfunction, suggests a 2002 study from the Journal of Urology. In tests on 45 men with erectile dysfunction, those who took Panax ginseng for eight weeks showed greater improvements than those given a placebo for the same time period.
In an earlier study of 90 men with erectile dysfunction, 60 percent of the participants reported improvement in their symptoms compared with 30 percent of those using the placebo. The study was published in the International Journal of Impotence Research.
Unlike prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction (which are usually taken when needed), ginseng only appears to be useful for erectile dysfunction if taken on a continuous basis.
More Research on Panax Ginseng
Other research suggests that Panax ginseng may not be helpful for some conditions. For instance, studies have found Panax ginseng ineffective for alleviating hot flashes, improving mood and boosting sports performance. In addition, the National Institutes of Health noted that there is not enough research to rate Panax ginseng's effectiveness in treatment of a number of conditions (including depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, colds, the flu, bronchitis, fever, digestive problems, fibromyalgia and anemia).
Side Effects of Panax Ginseng
Children or pregnant or nursing women should avoid Panax ginseng. People with hormone-dependent illnesses such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or cancers of the breast, ovaries, uterus, or prostate should avoid Panax ginseng because it may have estrogenic effects.
Panax ginseng may decrease the rate and force of heartbeats, so it shouldn't be used by people with heart disease (unless under the supervision of a healthcare provider).
Panax ginseng may lower blood sugar levels, so it shouldn't be taken by people with diabetes unless under a doctor's supervision. In addition, Panax ginseng may interact with insulin and other drugs for diabetes, such as metformin, glyburide, glimepiride and glipizide.
Panax ginseng may worsen insomnia.
Side effects of Panax ginseng may include nervousness, agitation, insomnia, diarrhea, headaches, high blood pressure and heart palpitations.
Herb-Drug Interactions for Panax Ginseng
Panax ginseng can increase the effect of blood-thinners (such as clopidogrel, ticlopidine, warfarin, heparin and aspirin), which may result in uncontrolled bleeding or hemorrhage. Certain herbs (such as danshen, devil's claw, eleuthero, garlic, ginger, horse chestnut, papain, red clover, and saw palmetto) can also increase the risk of bleeding if combined with ginseng.
Panax ginseng may affect heart rhythm and can increase potential side effects from theophylline (and similar asthma drugs), albuterol, clonidine and sildenafil citrate (Viagra).
Panax ginseng may interfere with the metabolism of monoamine oxidase (MOA) inhibitors, such as phenelzine sulfate, tranylcypromine sulfate and isocabaxazid. It's also believed to affect levels of neurotransmitters (chemicals that carry messages from nerve cells to other cells) and may interact with antipsychotic drugs such as chlorpromazine and fluphenazine.
Panax ginseng stimulates the central nervous system, so it may increase the effects of prescription drugs that do the same (such as medications for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, narcolepsy, and obesity). The combination may raise heart rate and blood pressure.
Panax ginseng has been found to interfere with the metabolism of drugs processed by an enzyme called cyp3A4. Ask your doctor to check if you are taking medications of this type.
Other Types of Ginseng
In traditional Chinese medicine, American ginseng is said to have "cooling" properties. This type of ginseng is often touted as a natural remedy for diabetes. American ginseng is also said to stimulate the immune system, improve strength and stamina, and treat and prevent some forms of cancer.
Also used to boost strength, stamina, and immunity, Siberian ginseng is sometimes taken to ease the side effects of chemotherapy. In addition, Siberian ginseng is thought to act as an adaptogen and protect against atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
Should You Use Panax Ginseng for Health Purposes?
While Panax ginseng may help with certain health conditions, it's crucial to consult your doctor before using Panax ginseng (or any other type of alternative medicine) to treat a chronic health condition.
Supplements that help Diabetes:
Although there are several different types of ginseng, most of the promising studies on ginseng and diabetes have used North American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius). Those studies have shown that North American ginseng may improve blood sugar control and glycosylated hemogobin (a form of hemoglobin in the blood used to monitor blood glucose levels over time) levels.
Chromium is an essential trace mineral that plays an important role in carbohydrate and fat metabolism and helps body cells properly respond to insulin. In fact, studies have found low levels of chromium in people with diabetes.
There are many promising studies suggesting chromium supplementation may be effective, but they are far from conclusive. For example, a small study published in the journal Diabetes Care compared the diabetes medication sulfonylurea taken with 1,000 mcg of chromium to sulfonylurea taken with a placebo. After 6 months, people who did not take chromium had a significant increase in body weight, body fat, and abdominal fat, whereas people taking the chromium had significant improvements in insulin sensitivity.
Another study published in the same journal, however, examined the effect of chromium on glycemic control in insulin-dependent people with type 2 diabetes. People were given either 500 or 1,000 mcg a day of chromium or a placebo for six months. There was no significant difference in glycosylated hemoglobin, body mass index, blood pressure, or insulin requirements across the three groups.
One form of chromium not recommended is chromium picolinate. For more information, read Chromium Picolinate Side Effects.
Magnesium is a mineral found naturally in foods such as green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains and in nutritional supplements.
Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions. It helps regulate blood sugar levels and is needed for normal muscle and nerve function, heart rhythm, immune function, blood pressure, and for bone health.
Some studies suggest that low magnesium levels may worsen blood glucose control in type 2 diabetes. There is also some evidence that magnesium supplementation may help with insulin resistance.
For example, a study examined the effect of magnesium or placebo in 63 people with type 2 diabetes and low magnesium levels who were taking the medication glibenclamide. After 16 weeks, people who took magnesium had improved insulin sensitivty and lower fasting glucose levels.