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The Progression of Blood Sugar Problems

Woman filling bulk bags at the grocery storeBlood sugar problems begin with a high carbohydrate diet, especially refined carbs (pasta, breads, potatoes, rice). Type 2 Diabetes doesn’t magically happen one day, it is a slow insidious process.

The good news is, we can step in at any point in this progression and stop it and better yet, reverse it. This is accomplished with diet and lifestyle change along with specific herbs and whole food supplements.

If someone is a type 2 diabetic, it can be reversed. If someone is a type 1 diabetic, it can’t be reversed but natural methods can help control blood sugar levels and long-term side effects.

The mechanisms for metabolizing carbs for energy – how our body creates energy – start to break down over time. This is the progression.

Step One – Carbohydrate Intolerance – At this point blood tests are normal.

  • Cannot properly metabolize carbs
  • Sweet and carbohydrate cravings
  • Hypoglycemic
  • Unstable blood sugars with resulting ups and downs of energy and moods
  • Nutritional depletion of: B complex, magnesium, zinc, manganese, chromium

This eventually leads to…

Step Two – Insulin Resistance

  • Blood tests are normal.
  • Cells become less responsive to insulin and resist insulin injecting blood sugar into the cells.
  • Worsening of the above signs and symptoms
  • Weight gain, especially in abdomen and torso
  • As these progresses homocysteine levels in the blood elevate (From lack of B complex vitamins) leading to cardiovascular disease and dementia

This eventually leads to…

Step Three – Hyperinsulinism – Advancing Insulin Resistance

  • Blood tests are normal EXCEPT for insulin challenge, fasting insulin, and lipid profile (cholesterol)
  • Excessive levels of insulin in the blood are less and less effective in moving blood sugar into the cells.
  • Worsening of the above signs and symptoms
  • High triglycerides, imbalanced cholesterol
  • Progression of cardiovascular disease

This eventually leads to…

Step Four – Diabetes Mellitus (type 2)

  • Higher insulin levels that no longer function sufficiently to move blood sugar into cells.
  • High blood sugar
  • Cardiovascular, kidney, eye problems, nerve damage may develop if blood sugar is not strictly controlled.

People with type 2 diabetes tend to develop Metabolic Syndrome:

  • High insulin levels
  • High blood pressure
  • Abdominal or torso obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease

Some of the Problems Promoted by Insulin Resistance

Disruption of multiple hormones

  • Increased cortisol (stress hormone)
  • Increased testosterone in women
  • Increased estrogen in men

Promotes lipid problems.

  • Elevates cholesterol
  • Lowers HDLs (the good stuff)
  • Increases triglycerides
  • Promotes fat storage

Causes weight problems.

  • Prevents you from burning body fat
  • Increases hunger
  • Leptin resistance – never feel satisfied after meals
  • Prevents weight loss
  • Central obesity

Promotes Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

  • It is an independent risk factor for CVD
  • Promotes inflammation (the root cause of most disease)
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Hypertension
  • Elevates blood lipid
  • Increases risk of blood clots

Important Treatment Considerations

Blood Sugar is a problem that responds well to natural methods.

  • Page Phase Two Diet (better yet, Phase One)
  • Support the body with whole food supplements and herbs that help diminish sweet and carb cravings.
  • Address insulin resistance – Insulin receptors often need initial bombardment with appropriate nutrients to become active again
  • When symptoms of sweet and carb craving and fatigue after meals improve, you are making progress. Some weight loss should start soon after.
  • Exercising 3 – 4 times per week for 30 minutes (or more) is vital to help insulin receptors work better and to lose weight.

The strategy for fixing blood sugar issues uses different types of information. A thorough history using symptom survey analysis to identify grouping of symptoms which may be called weaknesses. The Heart Sound Recorder which gives us information about the rate, rhythm and tone of the heart muscle, valves, and nerves. And Nutrition Response Testing which tests specific organs, glands, and systems for their energetic competence and thus identifies areas of need. These needs then are prioritized into an order of importance to determine where to begin, and the process of step-by-step strengthening is underway.

4 Join the Conversation

  1. Bob Friedman says
    Mar 20, 2023 at 9:11 PM

    I brown rice bad too?

    • Dr. Bob says
      Mar 21, 2023 at 10:58 AM

      Depends on how much, how often and what else you are eating. If the goal is to lower and keep insulin and blood sugar where it is supposed to be, most likely, especially as we age.

  2. Gail Weaver-Lambert says
    Mar 21, 2023 at 8:32 PM

    Seems I have most of the symptoms. I am going to get tested and see what I need. Hopefully, I will have good results. Stayed tuned and we'll see.

  3. Bob Friedman says
    Jan 26, 2024 at 2:26 AM

    I take Calcium Citrate/Magnesium, D3: C with Rose Hips, Zinc 50 mg. Do these have to be refrigerated?

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