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March 2017 Newsletter
Table Of Contents
How does Diabetes damage your Heart and Eyes and What is the relationship between Diabetes and Antioxidants
Exercise is a Panacea for Diabetics
Type 2 Diabetes can be Completely Cured
Coming in April: How to Be A Nutritarian (A Personal Story)
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A Word From Our Editor, Grace Sylke
Just like what has happened so many times, these Newsletters about Diabetes have been eye-opening, scary and full of hope.

In this Newsletter, which is Part B of this series on Diabetes, we share the awful truth about how destructive Diabetes can be to our Hearts and our Eyes, two of the most important components of the human body.  In Part A, we shared how Diabetes can destroy our kidneys as well.

Surprisingly, we've discovered that Diabetes is the Number 3 Killer of Americans along with Heart Disease and Cancer. 

But there's HOPE for the millions of Diabetics out there; and we share exactly what that hope is in this Newsletter.

We're also writing a Part C for April, which will go into detail about how to completely CURE Type 2 Diabetes. 

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We repeat! This is War! And Diabetes is the Enemy. It must be identified, dealt with and then conquered! This 2-Part Newsletter is about how to wage this battle, and it is Part 18 of our Series on Obesity In AMERICA!

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There is a direct correlation between Diabetes and Heart Disease. In fact, one of the main reasons that Diabetes has been able to hide in the shadows for so long before being declared one of the top three killers of Americans is because it was hiding behind both kidney and heart failures, which weren't being properly attributed to this scourge. We discussed how Diabetes destroys the kidneys in our Part A, January Newsletter. Now, it's time to discuss how Diabetes affects and destroys the heart.
This section like the segment on Diabetic Kidney disease from our Part A, January Newsletter is both shocking and scary because so little about these devastating relationships between Diabetes and kidney and heart failure is known by most of us. We get diagnosed with Diabetes or hear a loved one has been diagnosed and simply think it's a sugar regulation issue that requires avoiding sweets and desserts. No one gives a thought to the possibility that this ubiquitous disease could result in kidney or heart failure.

And trying to describe what can happen to the diabetic's heart immediately gets us into the weeds of medical nomenclature. Nevertheless, we're going to do our best to describe it. Let's simply start with the numbers, which are staggering. "People with diabetes are 2-4 x more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people without." (Quote taken from the For Your Sweet Heart website article entitled "Dr. Travis Stork Gets Real About Diabetes and Heart Disease"). Here's another staggering statistic, "At least 68 percent of people age 65 or older with diabetes die from some form of heart disease; and 16% die of stroke." (Quote taken from the Heart.Org website article entitled "Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes")

Here's what happens. When a diabetic patient repeatedly goes into hyperglycemic episodes, which means his/her blood sugar spikes outside of the normal range, it can eventually trigger "diabetic cardiomyopathy due to diastolic dysfunction caused by myocardial fibrosis". (Quote taken from the Care.Diabetes Journals website article entitled "Diabetes Care")
In layman's terms, "'diastole' is the cardiac cycle phase during which the heart is relaxing and filling with incoming blood that is being returned from the body". So Diastolic dysfunction refers to the decline in performance of one (usually the left ventricle) or both (left and right) ventricles during diastole." 

According to David S.H. Bell, MB, FACE, in an article he wrote in late 2003 about Diabetes Care, "we have learned [over the past 30 years] that diabetic cardiomyopathy is not a rare condition but instead a very common one, and that its etiology is largely due to hyperglycemia with contributions from the insulin resistance syndrome that cause left ventricular hypertrophy" [which means enlargement] (Quote taken from the Care.Diabetes Journals website article entitled "Diabetes Care"). In other words, chronic high blood sugar damages the heart!

Unfortunately, diabetic cardiomyopathy isn't the only complication of the heart with which diabetics have to contend.
"Diabetes is treatable, but even when glucose levels are under control it greatly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. That's because people with diabetes, particularly type 2 diabetes, may have the following conditions that contribute to their risk for developing cardiovascular disease.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
    High blood pressure has long been recognized as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Studies report a positive association between hypertension and insulin resistance. When patients have both hypertension and diabetes, which is a common combination, their risk for cardiovascular disease doubles.
  • Abnormal cholesterol and high triglycerides
    Patients with diabetes often have unhealthy cholesterol levels including high LDL ("bad") cholesterol, low HDL ("good") cholesterol, and high triglycerides. This triad of poor lipid counts often occurs in patients with premature coronary heart disease. It is also characteristic of a lipid disorder associated with insulin resistance called atherogenic dyslipidemia, or diabetic dyslipidemia in those patients with diabetes. Learn more about cholesterol abnormalities as they relate to diabetes.
  • Obesity
    Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and has been strongly associated with insulin resistance. Weight loss can improve cardiovascular risk, decrease insulin concentration and increase insulin sensitivity. Obesity and insulin resistance also have been associated with other risk factors, including high blood pressure.
  • Lack of physical activity
    Physical inactivity is another modifiable major risk factor for insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease. Exercising and losing weight can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, reduce blood pressure and help reduce the risk for heart attack and stroke." (Quote from website article entitled Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes)
As if the above isn't enough, diabetics may be faced with the complication of coronary heart disease (CHD), which causes plaque to build up in the coronary arteries. " Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances found in the blood. When plaque builds up in the arteries, the condition is called atherosclerosis (ATH-er-o-skler-O-sis).  Plaque narrows the coronary arteries and reduces blood flow to your heart muscle. The buildup of plaque also makes it more likely that blood clots will form in your arteries. Blood clots can partially or completely block blood flow. CHD can lead to chest pain or discomfort called angina, irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias, a heart attack or even death." (Quote taken from the NIH, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute article entitled "What Is Diabetic Heart Disease?")

If that isn't enough to shake you out of diabetic complacency, nothing will. Oh, wait a minute. Maybe the next segment will be the big awakener. Because it's all about how diabetes can actually cause and has caused blindness in thousands of Americans.

But don't despair. We didn't call this Part B, "STOP Diabetes!" for nothing. Unlike what most doctors tell you, Diabetes is a curable disease! So keep reading to find out how to Conquer it.

This is One Eye. Over time, Diabetes Can Destroy Both of Your Eyes!

This silent eye destroyer is called Diabetic Eye Disease and the statistics are alarming! "Diabetic retinopathy, when tiny blood vessels inside the retina are damaged by  diabetes, is the most common diabetic eye disease, and is the chief cause of adult blindness in the United States." (Quote taken from the Health.Us News website article called " Got Diabetes? Do These Things or You May Go Blind") 

Because diabetes often lurks in the background in millions of Americans who don't even realize they have it or because once diagnosed, they don't really understand what a killer it is and how it destroys your kidneys, heart and eyes, Diabetic Eye Disease goes unchecked and unacknowledged until it's too late. "Symptoms include blurry or double vision, pain or pressure in the eyes, problems seeing out of the corners of the eyes, as well as seeing flashing lights, rings, or dark or floating spots. People with diabetes are also at higher risk for developing cataracts and glaucoma, and at a younger age than those who don't have diabetes." (Quote taken from the Health.Us News website article called "  Got Diabetes? Do These Things or You May Go Blind"

Diabetic Eye Disease is not a single condition. It's a group of "of eye conditions that affect people with diabetes. These conditions include diabetic retinopathy, diabetic macular edema (DME), cataract, and glaucoma". (Following quotes taken from the National Institute of Health's, NIH, National Eye Institute, NEI, website article entitled " Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease") 
  • Diabetic retinopathy affects blood vessels in the light-sensitive tissue called the retina that lines the back of the eye. It is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness among working-age adults. Chronically high blood sugar from diabetes is associated with damage to the tiny blood vessels in the retina, leading to diabetic retinopathy. The retina detects light and converts it to signals sent through the optic nerve to the brain. Diabetic retinopathy can cause blood vessels in the retina to leak fluid or hemorrhage (bleed), distorting vision. In its most advanced stage, new abnormal blood vessels proliferate (increase in number) on the surface of the retina, which can lead to scarring and cell loss in the retina.
  • Diabetic macular edema (DME). A consequence of diabetic retinopathy, DME is swelling in an area of the retina called the macula. DME is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetic retinopathy. About half of all people with diabetic retinopathy will develop DME. Although it is more likely to occur as diabetic retinopathy worsens, DME can happen at any stage of the disease.
  • Cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens. Adults with diabetes are 2-5 times more likely than those without diabetes to develop cataract. Cataract also tends to develop at an earlier age in people with diabetes.
  • Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the eye's optic nerve-the bundle of nerve fibers that connects the eye to the brain. Some types of glaucoma are associated with elevated pressure inside the eye. In adults, diabetes nearly doubles the risk of glaucoma.
If you have diabetes or suspect you have it, go to your doctor and get it diagnosed immediately. This is not a disease to ignore or take lightly. It's a destroyer of one of the most precious senses we have, our eyesight. 

And keep reading because type 2 of this disease (see definition below) can be completely cured.
So What is the relationship between Diabetes and Antioxidants? 
Most of us are familiar with the word, "Antioxidant" and we pretty much know they are the good guys, but we really don't understand what it means or what it's "Anti" about. The prefix, "Anti" means against or opposite of.  So what are "Antioxidants" against? Once again we have to get into the medical nomenclature weeds to answer this question, and the answer will most likely surprise you because "Antioxidants" are against that very important element of life we all depend on-Oxygen. 

It seems that "Oxygen is a Jekyll and Hyde element. We need it for critical body functions, such as respiration and immune response, but the element's dark side is a reactive chemical nature that can damage body cells and tissues. The perpetrators of this "oxidative damage" are various oxygen-containing molecules, most of which are types of free radicals-unstable, highly energized molecules that contain an unpaired electron." 

"Since stable chemical bonds require electron pairs, free radicals generated in the body steal electrons from nearby molecules, damaging vital cell components and body tissues." Free radicals are like single guys or gals who are always running around trying to snag other people's partners. "Oxidative damage in the body is akin to rusting of metal, the browning of freshly cut apples, or fats going rancid. Certain substances known as "Antioxidants", however, can help prevent this kind of damage." (Quote taken from the Diabetes Self Management website article entitled " Antioxidants") 

It also seems that diabetics are highly susceptible to oxidative damage. "There is substantial evidence that people with diabetes tend to have increased generation of reactive oxygen species, decreased antioxidant protection, and therefore increased oxidative damage. Overall, the evidence indicates that hyperglycemia [blood sugar spikes that occur in diabetics] creates additional oxidative stress, and that measures of oxidative damage are generally increased in people with diabetes. (Quote taken from the Diabetes Self Management website article entitled " Antioxidants")

It stands to reason then that taking in more Antioxidants would be very beneficial for diabetics and there are three ways to do that, supplementing them with pills, eating foods high in Antioxidants or doing both. "Antioxidants include dozens of food-based substances you may have heard of before, such as  carotenoids like beta-carotene,  lycopene and vitamin C." (Quote taken from the Dr. Axe website article entitled " Top 10 High Antioxidant Foods")

Carotenoids are distinguished by their orange, yellow and red pigments. They "cannot be synthesized by humans or animals, diet is the only way to get them. There are well over 600 known carotenoids, with beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, lycopene, and astaxanthin being the most common." (Quote taken from the Global Healing Center website article entitled " What are Carotenoids?")

Vitamin C is another important Antioxidant. It "is an essential nutrient required by the body for the development and maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, and cartilage. It "helps lessen oxidative stress to the body and is thought to lower cancer risk. High vitamin C foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, and papayas."  (Quote taken from the HealthAliciousNess website article entitled  "Top 10 Foods Highest in Vitamin C")

Vitamin E is still another important antioxidant. It "helps to prevent  free radical damage to specific fats in the body that are critical for your health. Vitamin E is an important vitamin that is required for the proper function of many organs in the body and is extremely useful in  naturally slowing aging. It is found in many foods including certain oils,  nuts, poultry, eggs, fruits and wheat germ oil. It is also available as a supplement. Vitamin E benefits include treating and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels; such as chest pains, high blood pressure, and blocked or hardened arteries." (Quote taken from the Dr. Axe website article entitled " Vitamin E Benefits, Foods & Side Effects")

So let's talk about those side effects for a minute. When you get Vitamin E from food, there are no side effects, but there can be serious side effects due to over supplementation for some people. "

"Most people will not experience any side effects when taking the recommended dose. But Vitamin E may be unsafe when taken in high doses, especially for people who have conditions such as heart disease or diabetes. If you suffer from these health issues, do not take doses of 400 IU/day or more."

"Some studies show that taking high doses of vitamin E, which is between 300-800 IU each day, might increase the chance of having a serious stroke called hemorrhagic stroke by 22%. One serious side effect of too much vitamin E is an increased risk of bleeding, especially in the brain." (Quote taken from the Dr. Axe website article entitled " Vitamin E Benefits, Foods & Side Effects")

A discussion of the importance of Antioxidants for diabetics would not be complete without discussing Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA). ALA is "a unique, sulfur-containing compound that is made in small amounts in the body but is not obtained from the diet. It neutralizes a variety of reactive oxygen species and can "recycle" vitamins C and E in the body. In people with diabetes, ALA appears to enhance insulin action and blood vessel circulation, protect against diabetic  neuropathy (nerve disease), and inhibit protein glycation (a reaction between excess glucose and protein that impairs the protein's function and forms harmful end products in the body). ALA is safe and highly recommended for diabetics. "Seven randomized clinical trials of ALA in people with diabetic neuropathy concluded that short-term (3 weeks) intravenous infusion and long-term (4-7 months) oral consumption of ALA improved symptoms of neuropathy to a clinically meaningful degree while indicating a high safety profile for the drug." (Quote taken from the Diabetes Self Management website article entitled " Antioxidants")

For diabetics, the more Antioxidants the better, which could apply to all of us, but is especially helpful to diabetics due to the fact that hyperglycemia episodes (spiking blood sugar) leaves them more susceptible to oxidative damage than their non-diabetic fellows.
Exercise is the Best Drug of all for Diabetics!

We all benefit from exercise, but for Diabetics, exercise is a panacea. "Not only can it improve  blood glucose control-which in itself reduces the risk of  diabetes complications-but research suggests it may combat  heart disease, weight gain, depression, and more." (Quote taken from the Diabetes Forecast website article entitled " The Science of Exercise")

"Glucose is a simple sugar that is an important energy source in living organisms and is a component of many carbohydrates. As glucose travels through your bloodstream to your cells, it's called  blood glucose or  blood sugarInsulin is a hormone that moves glucose from your  blood into the cells for energy and storage. People with  diabetes have higher-than-normal levels [of glucose] in their blood. Either they don't have enough  insulin to move it [glucose] through or their cells don't respond to insulin as well as they should. High blood glucose for a long period of time can damage your kidneys (see our January Newsletter, Part A), eyes and other organs." (Quote taken from the WebMD website article entitled " What Is Glucose?")

Because exercise involves muscle contractions, it has a profound effect on how the body processes glucose. During exercise, your muscles act like a platoon of Pac-Men munching down glucose like candy. "In each cell, muscles store dense packets of glucose, accounting for around 2,000 calories worth of energy throughout the body, according to Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD, a professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. [This energy] just stays there unless you contract the muscle." (Quotes in the remainder of this section taken from the Diabetes Forecast website article entitled " The Science of Exercise")

As you exercise, your glucose reserves are depleted and need to be restocked. So the muscle platoon of Pac-Men magically morph in two ways. "They become more sensitive to insulin-a hormone that escorts glucose from the bloodstream into body cells-and they also start to absorb glucose on their own, independently of insulin." According to Ms. Colgerg-Ochs, "What's so good about exercise is that even if the muscles are insulin resistant at rest, that's irrelevant with exercise." These morphed Pac-Men become like super soldiers that are not insulin resistant during exercise, and the beneficial effects can last "anywhere from two hours to 3 days". For this reason, Ms. Colberg-Ochs recommends daily exercise for diabetics. 

What's more, if you add resistance training into your routine, exercise can provide additional benefits that help with blood glucose control by building muscle. According to Ronald Sigal, MD, MPH, FRCPC, a professor of medicine, kinesiology, cardiac sciences, and community health at the University of Calgary in Canada, "over the long term, there can be a change in muscle composition that can favor getting glucose into the cells. Also, over time, there are changes in body composition that can help glucose uptake, such as an increase in muscle mass."

"Every ounce of muscle is a glucose-burning powerhouse, so the more muscle a body has, the better it will be able to control blood glucose levels. "You can only fit a certain amount of [glucose] in muscle, but if you have more muscle, then you can store more," says Ms. Colberg-Ochs. She goes on to explain that "exercise helps with fat metabolism. One of the responses to training is that muscles can better utilize fat as a fuel. It gets fat out of the bloodstream and anywhere else it shouldn't be."

When a diabetic adds aerobic and resistance training to his/her life, they are choosing to be strong super humans that can actually change their body composition in such a way that their "muscles become better at using glucose for their energy needs." This is a far superior choice than the one that is making Big Pharma rich from the next Diabetes drug with all of its masking of the real problem, side effects and complications.
Here's the good news. Type 2 Diabetes can be cured! You can be Diabetes Free! Here's the Book that Promises and Delivers "The End of Diabetes".  


Let's start by defining the difference between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes: 
"Type 1 diabetes is an  autoimmune disease, which means it results from the immune system mistakenly attacking parts of the body. In the case of type 1 diabetes,  the immune system incorrectly targets insulin-producing  beta cells in the pancreas. Nobody knows why this occurs, or how to stop it. The immune systems of people with type 1 diabetes continue to attack beta cells until the pancreas is incapable of producing insulin. People with type 1 diabetes need to inject themselves with insulin to compensate for the death of their beta cells. Everyone with type 1 diabetes is insulin-dependent." The Dr. Fuhrman Nutritarian Plan can help Type 1 diabetics, but it can't cure them. Most Type 1 diabetics contract their disease early in life, and need to deal with it until they die, which is often a shorter life span than non Type 1 diabetics.

"Type 2 diabetes is different. The autoimmune systems of people with type 2 diabetes don't attack beta cells. Instead, type 2 diabetes is characterised by the body losing its ability to respond to insulin. This is known as  insulin resistance. The body compensates for the ineffectiveness of its insulin by producing more, but it can't always produce enough. Over time, the strain placed on the beta cells by this level of insulin production can destroy them, diminishing insulin production. People with type 2 diabetes  may need to take insulin injections, usually for one of two main reasons: Low sensitivity to insulin and Beta cell failure." If Beta cell failure occurs, the Type 2 diabetic has become more like a Type 1 diabetic who is life-dependent on insulin. Type 2 diabetes usually occurs later in life and is referred to as "Adult Onset Diabetes". Dr. Fuhrman's Nutritarian "Beans and Greens" Plan can completely cure Type 2 diabetes! That's something to rejoice and embrace. (Above quotes taken from the website article entitled " Differences Between Type 1 and Type 1")

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes, this book is your road map to wellness. But the first thing you have to do is be willing to DRASTICALLY CHANGE the way you eat. This book explains why almost 30% of our U.S. population has diagnosed diabetes or undiagnosed (called pre-) diabetes. That translates to almost 30 million people who have already been diagnosed with diabetes and another 8 million people who are in pre-diabetic condition. 

Dr. Fuhrman explains what's wrong with the Standard American Diet, which translates into the absolutely apt acronym, SAD. He leaves no sacred cow (especially the meat and dairy industries' cows) untouched, and he makes a very convincing case for becoming what he calls a "Nutritarian". Nutritarians eat not according to customs, taste or habit. They eat according to the number of nutrients per calorie in their food choices, and when it's all said and done, the most nutrient rich foods are fruits, vegetables and beans. Dr. Fuhrman calls it the "Beans and Greens" Plan, and it's not a Diet. It's a life style-a life style that completely cures diabetes. 

If you also purchase his "Eat To Live" Cookbook, you're on the way to learning how to LIVE without animal protein, dairy, oils, white nutrient deficient carbohydrates like white rice, white bread, pasta, potatoes and pizza. These are the high glycemic foods that spike a diabetics blood sugar into a hyperglycemic state with breakneck speed and perpetuate the diabetic's roller coaster ride of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which over time ends up destroying his/her kidneys, eyes and heart. Remember, diabetes has recently been declared the 3rd leading cause of death next to cancer and heart disease. 

This book combo is the cure. No more drugs, no more insulin. No more diabetic roller coaster rides for type 2 diabetics. 

Coming in April: Part C, Diabetes:  Identify, Deal With & Conquer

Once again, we're being the guinea pigs and learning how to Be Nutritarians, and we're going to share our personal stories and favorite recipes right along with our blood glucose numbers.

We'll also get you up to date on the Construction of our new Greenhouse where we will be able to grow much of our Nutritarian fruits and veggies. 
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We plan to begin these Classes this summer and would love to have you in attendance. 
In many ways and especially when it comes to Big Food, we are all David of David and Goliath-little men fighting the big, rigged cog controlled by huge corporations that are in bed with government. The fact that almost 30 million Americans have Diabetes is testimony that Goliath is still winning; but the war is far from over because us little people are legion and more and more of us are sharing the truth about the horrible state of our Food System. 

Please FORWARD this email to your colleagues, friends and family who have Diabetes or whom you believe may be pre-Diabetic. They need to become aware of the dangers of Diabetes and the importance of healthy eating. We can't make the changes we need to make without first understanding why the changes are so important. We can save lives and our country with this information. 

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Please help us turn the tables around so we can declare our Food Freedom again and become the healthiest country on the planet instead of the sickest. 

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