Dr. James Howenstine’s article, What is the cause and cure for type-2 diabetes?, outlines the most common threads among most type 2 diabetics:
- Sedentary Life Style
- High Intake of synthetic hydrogenated transfats
- High (sp) intake of refined simple carbohydrates (sugar)
- Absence of adequate amounts of dietary essential Omega 3 fatty acids
- Inadequate body stores of trace minerals, vitamins and nutrients. When blood sugars are elevated diabetics pass large quantities of urine containing important vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Dietary repletion is difficult until blood sugar control is restored.
The article further details the simplest prevention and curative measures to help diabetics rid themselves of the disease. The bottom line: exercise and diet. Since a sedentary life style (item #1 on the list above) can be cured with routine exercise and is a given on the path towards any healthy lifestyle, let’s look specifically at diet and how stevia may help make type-2 diabetes a thing of the past.
Coupled with proper exercise, the use of safe, healthy sugar alternatives in the first place, may help many people with hypoglycemia, or a pre-diabetic condition, stabilize their blood sugar and prevent them from ever contracting the disease.
The key word being healthy. Dr. Howenstein notes how any
sugar substitute … made in a factory [he specifically notes Nutrasweet (aspartame), Sucralose, and Splenda] … is dangerous to health. Many of these contain chlorine. The best safe sweetening substance appears to be the natural substance stevia. Several of the glycosides in stevia have blood sugar lowering capability.
Further, Dr. Patrick B. Massey noted in the Daily Herald (May 20, 2002) that,
Stevia has some very interesting properties. It has no calories but has actions similar to several currently used medications. It stimulates the release of insulin and normalizes the response to glucose, especially in type 2 diabetes. It is used in Latin America as an inexpensive therapy for hyperglycemia.
It must be noted that regaining normal blood sugar values requires the permanent elimination of all packaged foods and the initial ridding of all sugar from one’s diet.
Rebecca Wood, an award winning author of Julia Child & James Beard Cookbook Awards, notes several other foods, along with stevia, that may aid in keeping one’s blood sugar under control, including:
- Bitter melon
- Sunflower family root vegetables
- Onion family
The good news, according to Dr. Howenstein, is that
[t]he disease is reversible with appropriate dietary changes in approximately 90% of cases.
Even better news is that the use of safe sugar alternatives, such as stevia, may prevent the onset of the disease before curative measures ever become necessary.