Drugs Supplements Cannot Cure Diabetes
Health-e-Solutions comment: Drugs Supplements Cannot Cure Diabetes – David Seaman, MS, DC, DACBN, is the author of Clinical Nutrition for Pain, Inflammation and Tissue Healing. He has a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, Conn. We agree with his assessment that current chronic and autoimmune disease treatment protocols are more geared toward damage control than to restoring health. He may be right in saying that drugs and supplements are not the answer. Lifestyle change is the best solution we have available, but it does take effort to change. The effort is worth it!
Chronic diseases are the outcome of disease-promoting, goal-oriented behaviors. So, the notion that diseases can be “cured” with drugs or supplements should be abandoned. Diabetes is good example of this.
Blood glucose control serves as an example for how drugs are not curative. Diabetes Forecast is a website magazine produced by the American Diabetes Association for patients with type 2 diabetes. In an article about hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c), the author discusses goals in the context of diet and a drug called metformin. Here are the diagnostic criteria for HbA1c:
- Less than 5.7 percent HbA1c = normal (no diabetes)
- 7-6.4 percent HbA1c = pre-diabetes
- 5 percent or higher HbA1c = diabetes
HbA1c is also called glycated hemoglobin, which is the most well-known of a family of chemicals called advanced glycation end-products, or AGEs. Glycated means sugar-coated, so HbA1c is “sugar-coated” hemoglobin, which is thought to be the best marker of glycemic levels during the prior 2-3 months.
MedlinePlus, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) publication education website, states: “If you have diabetes, you and your doctor or nurse will discuss the correct range for you. For many people the goal is to keep your level below 7%.” The same goal is described in the Diabetes Forecast article. In other words, the goal is to keep diabetes from becoming really bad diabetes. The goal is clearly not about getting back to normal.
Why would the goal not be to get below 5.7 percent? This tells us that metformin will not get a diabetic patient even close to normal.
This is largely because this approach to diet is faulty; relying too heavily on starchy carbohydrates, so blood glucose and HbA1c can never reach normal again. Consequently, metformin and other medications are used to stop HbA1c and blood glucose from getting severely abnormal, while the patient lives the rest of their life on medications.
From the perspective of supplements, it is equally impossible to normalize blood glucose and HbA1c. However, with diet, exercise and supplements, one can become normal again. It just takes discipline; the kind that the average person is not taught.
The process of getting sick and developing metabolic syndrome, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, etc., is actually a mutation process. By making unhealthy lifestyle choices, particularly related to diet and exercise, a low-grade inflammatory state develops that mutates normal tissues into unhealthy abnormal tissues. In the case of hypertension, blood vessels lose their ability to relax, which leads to increased peripheral resistance and hypertension.
We can actually take any disease and identify mutations that occur specific to the condition. While various conditions present differently, they have a common underlying inflammatory / mutagenic drive.
The goal should be for us to become “normal humans” again. The key to becoming a normal human is to pursue health with diet, exercise, adequate sleep and stress management. Nutritional supplements can be taken to support this effort. Talk to your doctor for more information.
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